Ensemble Classes



There is no “I” in band.

The best way to become a better player is to play with others. The ensemble class gives you opportunities to play with other people on a regular basis in a comfortable setting where folks can listen to and learn from each other.

To get the most out of the class, you'll need to be able to play your instrument at an intermediate level. For folks who have taken our core guitar programs - you'll fit right in most ensembles once you've taken Guitar 3. After that, the sky is the limit.

Drummers are encouraged to bring their own cymbals and snare. Vocalists are encouraged to bring their own microphone and microphone stand. Electric guitar players are to bring a small, 10 Watt practice amp. Banjo players are encouraged to bring tuners.

Many ensemble classes conclude with a public performance either in the confines of the School or at a local venue. Check out the different ensemble genres on the right of the page.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble »

A new night and a new time. Gypsy Jazz Ensemble returns!

Sometimes called the Hot Club of Lincoln Square this vibrant ensemble will afford players a chance to really stretch out and share ideas with fellow jammers. Led by multi-instrumentalist Michael O'Toole, we invite guitarists, horn players, reeds, violinists, and more to produce some HOT gypsy jazz.

Mondays at 8:00PM.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble »   Michael O'Toole »   

Afrobeat Ensemble »

It's back! Join us for the return of this vibrant celebration of African music. Let Daniel help you explore the complex interlocking parts of this music, spanning the genres of Highlife, Afrobeat, Ethiopian Jazz and others. The class is best suited for musicians who are comfortable with their instrument and are able to improvise.

Afrobeat Ensemble »   

Classic Album Ensemble »

Spend a few hours on Saturday afternoon learning to play the music on a classic album. Each session we approach a specific offering from the pop/rock genre. For session 3 we are doing Led Zeppelin III one of the most diverse albums from the supergroup. Including songs like Gallows Pole and Tangerine. SATURDAYS AT 1PM

Classic Album Ensemble »   Charles Kim »   Led Zeppelin III »   

The '60s Classics Ensemble »

Get on board for a mind-blowing journey through a musical decade that remains a major influence on popular culture. Bring your Fender, your farfisa, your green tambourine, your mini skirt or love beads. The party ain't over 'til it's over. You want Kinks, Temptations, Satisfaction or maybe the Singing Nun? The possibilities are endless. Classes are held Wednesdays at noon or late Saturday morning after cereal and cartoons. Taught by the Human Jukebox: Steve Levitt.

‘60s Classics Ensemble »   Steve Levitt »   Billboard's Top Hits of the '60s »   

List of All Ensemble Classes (61 found)

The Aughts Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with John Mead

Lots of zeros all adding up to some fabulous music.

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

Afrobeat Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Dan Melnick

Join with others to celebrate the music of a continent.

All Originals Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Play and arrange your originals in a band setting.

Allman Brothers Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Steve Levitt

Brothers and Sisters are all welcome to journey to the Idlewild South and the Fillmore East.

Americana Ensemble

Adult Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Skip Landt

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s but includes songs from the folk revival and beyond.

Art Rock Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Bob Goins or Tommi Zender

“There's a new sensation a fabulous creation a danceable solution to teenage revolution.”

Beatles Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

Having been some days in preparation a splendid time is guaranteed for all. Session 3 (April 28 - June 22): Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beatles for Beginners

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

Beck Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Bluegrass Ensemble 1

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox or Nelson Mandrell

Learn the basics of playing and singing for bluegrass.

Bluegrass Ensemble 2

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Keith Baumann or John Huber

Work on advanced skills in playing rhythm behind instrument solos and vocals.

Bluegrass Ensemble 3

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz or Keith Baumann

This class will focus on a higher level of playing bluegrass music.

Free Bluegrass Jam

Adult WorkshopOpen to All

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Sunday with Staff

Blues Band - Live!

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $198 ($188 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Hutchins

Form a blues band, rehearse, and perform in an authentic blues club.

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

There's alway lots to discover when working with Bob Dylan's music.

Session 3 “Time Out Of Mind”

Brass Class!

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $144 ($134 members)

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

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Paulinho Garcia

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Advanced Brazilian Ensemble

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

This class is for the serious student of this magnificent musical form.

Easy British Invasion Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

From the Kinks to the Clash - but nothing too tough.

CBGB Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins

Gabba gabba hey! We're meeting late on Saturday afternoon - right after you wake up.

Celebrating Tradition

Adult Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Maura Lally or Peggy Browning

Make music together, creating your own arrangements while playing and singing folk music in the tradition of Frank Hamilton & Win Stracke, our School's founders.

Charlie Poole Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Matt Brown

Classic Album Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Charles Kim

Learn an entire album each session. Next up is Led Zeppelin III

Concept Album Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 3: Selections from Southern Rock Opera by Drive-By Truckers

Early Country Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Paul Tyler

Immerse yourself in real country music and join with other pickers and singers to make a band.

Modern Country Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your inner twang.

The Folk Orchestra

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Bau Graves

Funk Ensemble

Adult Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with John Mead

Get up for the downstroke.

Girls Like Us: Carole, Carly & Joni

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Cathy Norden

Three female icons of 20th century pop music.

Glam Rock Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $194 ($184 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins or Jane Hanna

Come celebrate or be introduced to a host of characters, the Metal Guru, a Diamond Dog, the Slider, Lady Stardust, China Girl, Baby Boomerang and many more

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Our motto is “Don't tread on me.” Come join Uncle Steve's band.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Jazz Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday or Thursday with David Jennings or Jack Cassidy

You've learned the chops and charts and now it's time to play with others.

Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

This ensemble is geared towards heavy hitters in the jazz idiom

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz performance will inform your jazz study.

Jug Band Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Jonas Friddle

With roots in the blues, jazz and ragtime, jug band music includes some of the happiest songs you'll ever play.

Klezmer Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Stuart Rosenberg

Celebrate the expressive melodies of this Eastern European music of Jewish descent.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

Add some spicy flavorings to whatever style you play: Jamming with Latin Roots music and contemporary funky fusions.

Maqam Theory and Application

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Mellow Gold Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden or Steve Dawson

Have you ever been mellow? Here's your chance.

Near Eastern Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Ronnie Malley

New Orleans Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Radiators and all flavors in between.

Old Time Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen or Jim Becker

Play in an Old Time string band with fellow students. You'll learn new tunes, and brush up some traditional favorites.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle or Anna Jacobson

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands. Come play the songs!

Pete Seeger and the Power of Song

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Mark Dvorak

Celebrate Seeger's rich and timeless legacy of song.

Phish Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Jon Wall

You asked for jam band - we've got “the” jam band ensemble.

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Pop Divas Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Sunday with John Mead or Andrea Bunch

A room full of stars. Join the constellation.

Psychedelic Garage Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Session 3: Music of The Zombies & Friends

Reggae Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Harjinder Singh

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

Rockabilly Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Sephardic Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Songs From The Holler

Adult Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Peggy Browning

From North Carolina to Kentucky, we'll study some of the tunes and pickers from the Appalachian region.

Soul Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Steve Earle Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Alton Smith

The one and only.

Van Morrison Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

GLORIA et. al

Weezer Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Put on your “Undone Sweater” and bring your “Hash Pipe.”

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Aerin Tedesco

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

Women's Rock Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Rockin' music for women by women.

Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Work on ensemble arrangements of jazz classics.

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