Wiggleworms turns 30

Wiggleworms turns 30
Wiggleworms turns 30

Wiggleworms turns 30

For nearly 60 years, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music has taught wannabe musicians and everyday folks how to pluck and strum their way through America’s great traditional sounds. But in 1985, Old Town teacher Katie Lahiff had an idea: to reach out to very young children and get them excited about music. They called the program Wiggleworms, and it’s grown to be one of the best-known and most successful programs at the school. There’ll be a 30th anniversary concert on December 6 to celebrate Wiggleworms. We talk about the history of the class and the importance of early childhood music education with the very first Wiggleworms teacher Katie Lahiff and current teacher Lindsay Weinberg. (Courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music)