“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.

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Folk Program

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.

Folk Advanced is a folk band of experienced young minstrels – boys & girls.  New members to Advanced must have Director approval prior to registering.

Questions?  Email Peter Searby at petersearby@rside.org

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

Fall Folk Sessions

Intermediate Folk: Mayslake Peabody Estate
Thursdays – 3:00 to 4:30
Sept 12 – Oct 17
Advanced Folk: Mayslake Peabody Estate
Thursdays – 4:30 to 6:00pm
Sept 12 – Oct 17
A Beginner Session is still a possibility. Please email petersearby@rside.org if you are interested in beginner lessons.
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 31st St, Oak Brook
Instruments: Guitar, Fiddle, Ukelele, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Harmonica
*This program will finish with a house concert. Date & location to be announced.

Fall Riverside Singers

We are thrilled to introduce the first year of The Riverside Singers, an enriching musical opportunity for boys. The goal of the Riverside Singers is to provide a fun and informative venue for boys to learn the great songs of the past. We will be exploring the folk and religious traditions of Europe using a mixture of sacred and folk songs that have been sung for centuries.
They will be ushered into a larger and deeper tradition of boys singing great music. The boys will learn vocal techniques and rehearsal practices throughout the year. We hope to give them songs and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The Riverside Singers: Mayslake Peabody Estate
Thursdays – 12:30pm-2:00pm
Sept 12-October 24
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 31st St, Oak Brook
Choirmaster: Mr. Wesley Brown
*This program will finish with a concert on November 2nd in Big Rock, IL.

Ages & Cost

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

Fall Folk Session: $125 per child

Riverside Singers is for boys ages 8-14.  Fall Session: $125.00 per child

Registration Information

Folk Session: We will have 12 minstrels per group/level.

Riverside Singers: We will have 15 members for Fall Session.