Artist-Specific Classes



We offer a variety of classes focussing on the repertoire of specific musical artists - look for options in an ensemble setting or on a specific instrument.

Hendrix Decoded »

There was and will only be one Jimi Hendrix. Join us on a mission to analyze and decode his ground-breaking technique and discover ways to let it inform your individual style. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone and travel to Electric Ladyland…Have you ever been?

Hendrix Decoded »   Bob Goins »   

Windy City Ensemble »

Celebrate Chicago's rich musical heritage. Over the summer the school has produced performances all over the city recognizing different aspects of our urban musical culture from Early Jazz all the way to Hip-Hop. Now we offer this class from Mavis and Neko to the Pumpkins and the Buckinghams. SUNDAYS at 2:30.

Windy City Ensemble »   Andrea Bunch »   

List of All Artist Specific (47 found)

Hendrix Decoded

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins

Don't wait until tomorrow become stone free today

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Matt Brown

Learn to play some of your favorite contemporary songs on the banjo!

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Paul McCartney Bass Style

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello, Cathy Norden or Steve Levitt

You call the tune; we'll learn the tune.

‘80s Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with John Mead

Celebrate a decade of multiplicity

‘90s Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

Whatever, dude. East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building.

Ensemble Basics

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

New Americana Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Alton Smith

Hey Ho and all points in between

Miles Davis Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Jack Cassidy

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul, et al.

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Friday with Charles Kim or Steve Levitt

Good day sunshine… Session 1 Introducing The Beatles

Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Tom Ryan or Steve Levitt

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 1 Introducing The Beatles


Beatles for Beginners

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Charles Kim

The music of the Fab Four simplified for those who have only played a short while.

Black Keys/White Stripes Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Tom Petty Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with John Mead

Oh hell yes! Baby put on your party dress and join the band.

Classic Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Charles Kim

Session 6: “Raw Power” by The Stooges

Merge Records Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello or Steve Levitt

Session 1 “Stranger Things” Soundtrack

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Come together to celebrate popular music by women from all eras.

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello or Steve Levitt

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Here and Now Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Husker Du Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

From “Everything Falls Apart” to “Warehouse:Songs and Stories”

Jam Band Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Jon Wall

Let's kick out the jams and get better while we're at it.

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Shelley Miller

gabba gabba hey Session 1 2018: The ‘80s

R&B Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.

Reggae Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Come get you some ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica.

Riot Grrl Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Open to all genders ready to speak out and get loud.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Join this rootsy band comprised of a combination of R&B mixed with country influences.

Soul Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Session 1 Soul artists cover The Beatles

Sunshine Pop

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Windy City Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

Wilco Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins

If you feel like singing a song and you want other people to sing along…

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Sinatra on Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

American Primitive Guitar of John Fahey

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Nathaniel Braddock

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Guitar Style of James Taylor

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Michael Hensen

Masters of Hawaiian Music: Slack Key Guitar

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Jeff Peterson

Songs and Stories from a Chicago Folk Icon

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Masters of Hawaiian Music: Slack Key ‘Ukulele

Ukulele  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with George Kahumoku Jr.

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