Welcome to the Friendly School of Folk Music!

The Friendly School of Folk Music is here to support you in pursuing your musical interests at any age, level, or pace. Check out all of the classes, private lessons, and events in our growing creative community!

We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Friendly Babies Program

with Ms. Leah Egan

At the Friendly School of Folk Music, all children are finding their musical voices. Our early childhood music program, Friendly Babies, engages your child in a multi-sensory musical experience that fosters language, aids in motor skills development, and builds connections between children, caregivers, and community.  Classes are for non-walkers, 0-15 months, or for toddlers, 15 months - 4 years old.  Sessions are for six weeks, but you are welcome to join our class any time! Sign up a sibling and receive 1/2 off tuition for each additional sibling!

Songwriting with Hannah Rand

Whether you’ve composed one song or hundreds, this class will help unlock your creativity and unleash it upon new pieces. We’ll focus on both lyric writing and the musical side of songwriting, offering a variety of techniques to build confidence and skill in the art of songwriting. The class will culminate in a writers round (participation optional) at the Friendly Tap. 


What we’ll work on: • Lyric Writing • Melody and Harmony writing • Song structures (Verses/Chorus/Bridge) • Matching melody/lyric/harmony • Writing without “inspiration” 


Some class projects: • Analyze your favorite song • Write a song based on a line from a newspaper/book/advertisement/movie/show • Journal (object writing) 


Resources:Writing Better Lyrics - Pat Pattison 


Teacher: This class is taught by Hannah Rand, an acclaimed songwriter from the Chicagoland area. Hannah started writing songs at age 12, won a teen Grammy for her song, “Start Over” at age 18, and graduated from Belmont University in 2016 with a songwriting degree. She is passionate about the life-giving and life-changing power of song, and she loves helping others use music as a tool to make a difference.


Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

with Michael Henson

Click here for more information and to register for this class

The Friendly Community is a network of creative venues at 6729-33 Roosevelt Road:

Stop by anytime and get to know the wide range of musicians and other creative folks hanging out in our community.


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What's New
Gift Certificates

Gift certficates now available online!

Click Here to Give the Gift of Music... 

Bluegrass Jam Class Returns 9/18


Click here to register for fall session

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