Wiggleworms Bring Old Town Folk Music to Life

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Wiggleworms is a music group that performs old town folk music. The group is based in the United States and has been performing for over 20 years.


Wiggleworms is a folk music group from Old Town, Maine. The group is composed of four musicians who play a variety of instruments, including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. The group has been playing together for over ten years and has released four albums. Wiggleworms’ music is influenced by the music of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as by the British and Irish folk traditions.

What are wiggleworms?

Wiggleworms are music and movement classes for young children created by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. The program is based on the belief that all children are musical and that the best way to nurture their musicality is through active, creative involvement in music and dance.

Wiggleworms classes are designed to be lively, interactive experiences where children (and their caregivers) can sing, dance, play instruments, and move to the beat. The curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which emphasizes hands-on, child-centered learning.

Each session of Wiggleworms consists of ten weekly classes, and each class is 45 minutes long. Classes are offered for infants/toddlers (ages 6 months – 3 years), preschoolers (ages 3 – 5 years), and Kindergartners (ages 5 – 6 years).

The history of wiggleworms

Since 2001, Wiggleworms has been bringing the joy of music to children and families in the Chicagoland area. The program is based on the idea of “community music-making,” which means that everyone can join in the fun, regardless of their experience or skill level.

Wiggleworms began as a weekly music class for babies and toddlers, led by singer-songwriter Shirley Blazing. Blasingame had been teaching music to children in early childhood education settings for years, and she saw the need for a program that was specifically designed for very young children. With the help of her husband, Brad, and a group of dedicated volunteers, she created a curriculum that would nurture each child’s natural love of music.

Since then, Wiggleworms has grown to include classes for all ages, from babies to grandparents. We now offer a wide range of classes and events at our two locations: Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Wiggleworms Music Together in Evanston.

Our programs are led by experienced teachers who are passionate about sharing their love of music with others. We believe that music is for everyone, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can feel welcome and accepted.

The Benefits of Wiggleworms

Wiggleworms classes are a great way for kids to learn about music. Not only do they get to sing and dance along to folk songs, but they also get to play instruments and learn about different rhythms. Wiggleworms classes are also a great way for parents to bond with their kids and spend time together.

Wiggleworms help children learn

Wiggleworms is a music and movement program designed for children birth to age five and their caregivers. We provide a positive, fun, and safe environment where children can learn through active exploration. Research has shown that music and movement activities help children develop important skills such as:

– language and literacy
– math and science
– social and emotional
– creative expression

In addition, Wiggleworms classes help children build self-confidence, make new friends, and have a whole lot of fun!

Wiggleworms help adults relax

It’s been said that wiggleworms help adults relax. A recent study found that people who participated in a wiggleworm session had lower stress levels afterwards. Researchers believe that the movements and the music help to release endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.

How to Get Started with Wiggleworms

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to get started with folk music, look no further than wiggleworms! These little creatures are sure to liven up any party or get-together.

Finding a wiggleworm

Whether you’re looking for a wiggleworm to bring to your next Old Town session or just want to try your hand at playing one, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Wiggleworms come in all shapes and sizes, and the perfect wiggleworm for you is out there – you just have to know where to look.

To get started, take a trip down to your local music shop. Many shops will have a good selection of wiggleworms, and the staff will be able to help you find the perfect one for you. If you don’t have a local music shop, or if they don’t have the selection you’re looking for, don’t worry – there are plenty of online retailers that sell wiggleworms. A quick search on the internet willon reveal a number of options.

Once you’ve found a retailer, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of wiggleworm you want. There are many different factors to consider, such as size, weight, material, and price. Do some research and think about what would be the best fit for you before making your purchase.

Now that you know where to find a wiggleworm and what to look for, it’s time to get started on your journey to becoming anOld Town folk musician!

Caring for a wiggleworm

Wiggleworms are easy to care for, but there are a few things you should know before you get started.

First, wiggleworms need a warm, humid environment. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to provide a heat source for your wiggleworm (a heat lamp is fine).

Second, wiggleworms are very messy eaters. They will kick up dirt and mulch as they eat, so be prepared to vacuum or sweep up after them.

Third, wiggleworms are attracted to light. If you keep them in your home, be sure to keep their cage covered at night so they can get some rest.

Fourth, wiggleworms reproduce quickly. If you’re not planning on breeding them, be sure to separate the males and females.

Finally, wiggleworms are sensitive to chemicals and pesticides. Be sure to use only natural products around them.


The Wiggleworms program has brought old town folk music to life for countless children and families. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to entertain your kids, look no further than the Wiggleworms!

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