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.

Godfathers of Funk and Soul »

For session 6 we take on the music of Marvin Gaye. From his early Motown dance hits and duets to the sophisticated funk of "Let's Get It On" and "Midnight Love". Get up, get up, get up, get up let's make music tonight! Thursdays at 8:30PM

Godfathers of Funk & Soul »   John Mead »   Marvin Bio »   

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 »   

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. Saturdays at 2:30pm

Afrobeat Ensemble »   

Concept Album Ensemble: Jesus Christ Superstar »

"What's the buzz? Tell me what's happening." For Session 6, we are taking on the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. Join our ensemble sherpa, Steve Levitt as he guides the group to full appreciation and understanding of the legendary musical. Learn the parts, interpret the vocals, and partake in a performance of selections from the album.

Thursdays at 8:30 PM.

Concept Album Ensemble »   Steve Levitt »   Info on the album »   

Classic Album Ensemble: Electric Warrior »

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 6, we are covering Electric Warrior by T. Rex. Hippie lyrics, glam poses, and crunchy guitars meet on Saturdays at 1:00 PM.

Classic Album Ensemble »   Charles Kim »   Marc Bolan Fanclub »   

List of All Ensemble Classes (66 found)

‘80s Alternative Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with John Mead

Explore music that wasn't on MTV.

‘60s Classics Ensemble

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.

The Aughts Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with John Mead or Andrea Bunch

Lots of zeros all adding up to some fabulous music.

Afrobeat Ensemble

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

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

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, the Fillmore East and beyond

Americana Ensemble

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

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

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.

Beatles for Beginners

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.

The Black Keys Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Explore the rich blues rock repertoire of this acclaimed duo from Ohio.

Bluegrass Ensemble 1

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

Learn the basics of playing and singing for bluegrass.

Bluegrass Ensemble 2

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Monday with Keith Baumann

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

Bluegrass Ensemble 3

Group ClassAdvanced

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

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

Bluegrass Jam

WorkshopOpen to All

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

Sunday with Staff

Prospective students, current students, former students, and anybody else who just wants to pick and sing - come out and join in!

Blues Band - Live!

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

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.

Brass Class: Holiday Cheer!

Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $72 ($62 members)

Monday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

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

Group ClassAdvanced

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.

Celebrating Tradition

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

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.

Classic Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Charles Kim

Learn an entire album. This time around “Electric Warrior” by T.Rex

Concept Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 6: Jesus Christ Superstar

Early Country Ensemble

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your inner twang.

Decemberists Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Discover the rich harmonies and textures of this wonderful group.

The Folk Orchestra

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.

Folk Songs In 3 Parts

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Mark Dvorak

Voices and instruments will meet in beautiful harmony.

Glam Rock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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.

Godfathers of Funk & Soul

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with John Mead

What's goin' on? Session 6: Marvin Gaye! Session 1: Ray Charles!

Grateful Dead Ensemble

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

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.

Irish Session Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

Bring your individual learning to the group session experience!

Jazz Ensemble

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

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

John Prine Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

Immerse yourself in the music of a favorite son and alumnus of the Old Town School

Jug Band Ensemble

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

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

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.

Intro to Latin Rhythms & Grooves for All Instruments

Group ClassBeginner

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

Sunday with Manny Bances

Add a new flavor to your playing style.

Laurel Canyon Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Alton Smith or Tommi Zender

Oh the list goes on forever

Maqam Theory and Application

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.

Mötley Crüe Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

You asked for it, the metal, the hair, the decadence. Come get a piece of this action.

Near Eastern Ensemble

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.

New Lost City Ramblers Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Matt Brown

New Orleans Ensemble

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

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

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!

Phish Ensemble

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.

Pixies Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Celebrate the punk, psychedelic, heavy surf sounds of this seminal alternative band.

Poets of Pop Ensemble

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Session 6: The Trip Continues

R.E.M. Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

Calling all shiny happy people to answer the question “what's the frequency Kenneth?”

Reggae Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Al Gibbs

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

Rock Instrumentals Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Sleepwalk, Wipeout and lots more.

Rolling Stones Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello or John Mead

Session 6: In depth open G tuning selections and few sides of Exiles.

Songs From The Holler

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Join one of the longest running ensembles at the school.

Springsteen Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with John Mead

Climb in back, heaven's waiting on down the track.

The Great American Songbook Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Calling all ukes, guitars, banjoes, vocalists and more

Tom Petty Ensemble

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.

Windy City Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Alton Smith

From Lou Rawls to Liz Phair

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Rockin' music for women by women.

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