Are you listening?

Are you listening?

If you’re curious — curious about what your ear can do, curious about what makes this song attractive to you, curious about how it’s put together and how different performers have made it their own — you can’t beat learning by ear.

60 Years In, Old Town School Returns to its Oak Park Roots

60 Years In, Old Town School Returns to its Oak Park Roots

For the last 60 years, the Old Town School of Folk Music has become as much a Chicago institution as Wrigley Field and Second City. But it is a little-known fact that the school, which has taught thousands of students the fine art of guitar, banjo, mandolin and a myriad of other instruments, found its beginnings in a living room in Oak Park.

Summertime Playing

Summertime Playing

We love summer at the Frank Hamilton School! There are so many opportunities to play outdoors in different parts of the city, taking our “Second Half” on the road and getting people all over to sing along. Recently a group of us played during the High Museum’s...
Pete Seeger’s Definition of “Folk” …

Pete Seeger’s Definition of “Folk” …

As Frank prepares to honor his friend Pete Seeger’s induction into the Banjo Hall of Fame (along with Steve Martin and Eddy Davis), it’s a good time to consider Seeger’s eloquent words on the “folk process” and how it transcends genre....