“The voice of a particular people is often expressed through their folk music. The stories of heroes, of heartaches, of home and hearth, and other realities of life provide children with a common heritage of song through which they may approach life with joy and a sense of the brotherhood of man.”

Professional folk musicians will teach participants how to play and sing the various folk music traditions of America. The environment is friendly and inspiring. Students are placed into groups based on ability level. However, there are opportunities for students of different ability levels to play together during our sessions. Musical Styles Include: American Folk Tunes, irish Tunes, Hymns and Spirituals, Bluegrass and Country, Ballads from Ireland and England, Calypso and Reggae, Ragtime and Swing.

To Register



 Does your son or daughter want to learn an instrument and play in a small folk band?

Riverside will prepare them through individual lessons and then gather a small troupe of minstrels for them to play with.

Folk Beginner is a music workshop which helps boys and girls develop their instrument skills and voices to play together as a folk band.

Folk Intermediate is a folk band workshop where young minstrels – boys & girls – can build their repertoire of folk songs, refine instrument skills, and play music as a group.<

Instrument Groups: First Hour (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Bass Guitar)
Folk Song Rehearsal: Second Hour


Instrument Groups: First Hour (Guitar, Tin Whistle, Concertina, Fiddle)
Irish Session: Second Hour

Sessions & Locations

Folk Beginner:

4 week Summer Session
Every Wednesday & Thursday
June 21 – July 13
10:00 – 12:00pm

Folk Intermediate:

4 week Summer Session
Every Wednesday & Thursday
June 21 – July 13
12:00 – 2:00pm

Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Irish Lessons & Sessions

May 31 – July 26th
7:00 – 9:00pm on Wednesdays
(Monday sessions on June 19 & 26)

The Commons
117 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559

Ages & Cost

Riverside Folk & Irish Sessions are group music lessons for boys and girls ages 8-14. Placement is determined by skill level in coordination with the Director.

Folk (Beginner & Intermediate) 4-week Summer Sessions: $160

Irish Lessons & Sessions: $120

Registration Information

Summer folk will have 8 spots available in each session.

Pre-registration is offered to our returning folk musicians and will be announced via email and on our website.

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