$80 for One Session of Adult Group Classes at Old Town School of Folk Music ($160 Value)

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Unlike Pinocchio, musicians value strings, truth, and fashionable headwear. Distance yourself from the hapless haberdashery of perjuring puppets with today's Groupon: for $80, you get enrollment in one session of any adult group class (a $160 value) at Old Town School of Folk Music, which has locations in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. Old Town School of Folk Music's classes have educated Chicagoans in a melodic array of musical instruments, techniques, and genres since 1957. Strum your way into your nephew's friend's garage band by tuning up your voice or guitar, or cover rocking Civil War ballads with a more antiquated instrument such as the fiddle, mandolin, or dulcimer. Ensembles allow intermediate musicians to hone their skills in various genres and tribute bands, and dance and movement classes dabble in everything from yoga to Capoeira. Old Town School of Folk Music also teaches theater and visual art classes, as well as a comfortable selection of beginner's classes for novices and experts posing as prodigies. Space is limited; check the calendar for new session registration dates.


UPchicago featured the Old Town School of Folk Music in May 2010. Yelpers give the school's Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations 4.5-star averages:

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Registration required. First time students only. Cancellation after session has begun forfeits Groupon. Not valid for Musical Theater Ensemble or Jazz Vocals Workshop. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Old Town School of Folk Music

Originally founded in 1957, Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and facilitates performances of arts rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. More than 700 accredited music, dance, theater, and visual-arts courses expand the cultural horizons of students of all ages and abilities, and more than 300 concerts and events reach more than 200,000 audience members every year.

Founder Frank Hamilton hoped that through his nonprofit academy "teacher and student would be partners in learning." Today, the school continues that tradition, fostering supportive learning environments that draw from an accessible education model. The school also presents performances by internationally known touring artists and Chicago's local artists—as well as its own staff and students—nearly every weekend, with free world-music concerts on Wednesday nights. Old Town School operates three facilities in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square, including one 425-seat and two 150-seat concert halls, 64 classrooms, two music stores, a café, and a resource center.

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