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. Please be advised if an ensemble choses to perform it will generally happen the last weekend of the class or the following week. Check out the different ensemble genres on the right of the page.

Ensemble Basics »

This introductory class is highly recommended if you've never taken an ensemble class, or a refresher for students with some ensemble experience. Students will play from a repertoire of rock & pop classics to help hone their ensemble skills. TUESDAYS at 6:30

Ensemble Basics »   Charles Kim »   

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 »   

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 »   

Godfathers of Funk and R&B »

Every session we learn and perform the music of seminal figures in the R&B genre. For session 2 we'll follow up Curtis Mayfield with other great Chicago soul men--The Dells, Billy Stewart, Walter Jackson, Tyrone Davis, and the late great Otis Clay. Wednesdays at 8PM.

Godfathers of Funk & R&B »   John Mead »   Curtis Mayfield Website »   

Big Band Jazz Ensemble »

We're bringing the Cotton Club to Lincoln Ave. and it's going down on Tuesday nights. If you used to play in high school or college jazz ensemble, you'll fit right in. There's plenty of opportunity to improve your jazz improvisation and play with like-minded participants. Open to intermediate and advanced players who can read music.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble »   Jack Cassidy »   

List of All Ensemble Classes (60 found)

Community Folk Orchestra

Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $24 ($23 members)

‘90s Alternative Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Tuesday with John Mead or Andrea Bunch

whatever dude…East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Friday with Steve Levitt

A splendid time is guaranteed for all
Session 2 “Beatles For Sale” Session 3 “Help”

Jam Band Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Jon Wall

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

Songs and Stories from the Chicago Folk Boom

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with Ed Holstein

A special weekday afternoon class celebrating a portion of Old Town School history.

Woodstock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Richard Pettengill

You've seen the movie. You've heard the music. Now join the band!

Aerosmith Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

From the seminal seventies up to their latest tour.

Americana Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Wednesday with Bob Goins or Tommi Zender

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

Beach Boys Ensemble: Pet Sounds

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Take your ensemble playing and harmony singing skills to a higher level with the music of a true genius, Brian Wilson.

Beatles Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 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 2 “Beatles For Sale” Session 3 “Help”

Beatles for Beginners

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

Bee Gees Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with John Mead

How deep is your love for this group and high is your voice?

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Work collectively on scales, arpeggios and basic improvisation.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jack Cassidy

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Bluegrass Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

Blues Band - Live!

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Hutchins

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

Brazilian Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Celebrating Tradition

Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Monday with Maura Lally or Peggy Browning

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

Clash Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

This and other ensemble classes are offered in rotation thru the years. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Classic Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Charles Kim

Learn an entire album. Session 2 “Night At The Opera” by Queen

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 2: Jesus Christ Superstar Session 3 TBA

Early Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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 Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Modern Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your inner twang.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Steve Levitt

The first and arguably the best rock supergroup.

David Bowie Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with John Mead

Oh you pretty things..where are we now?

Ensemble Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Tin Pan Alley Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Bau Graves

If your tastes run to schmaltzy waltzes and novelty numbers, this is the class for you!

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Peggy Browning

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Glam Rock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins or Jane Hanna

Come celebrate or be introduced to a host of characters, the Metal Guru, a Diamond Dog, and many more.

Godfathers of Funk & R&B

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with John Mead

Session 2: Chicago Soul Greats

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Grunge Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Shelley Miller

yeah yeah whatever Session 2 plug it in with 3 chords and an attitude

Guns N' Roses

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Let's go back to LA LA land in the Age of Excess

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Michael O'Toole

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Here and Now Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Introduction to Bluegrass Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Irish Session Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 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.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

Johnny Cash Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

Prison, trains love, death and much more

Jug Band Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Marianne Bossert

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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

Near Eastern Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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 Ian Wilson with your contact information.

New Orleans Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Radiators and all flavors in between.

Old Time Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 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  ·  $204 ($194 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!

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

A room full of stars. Join the constellation.

Reggae Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Sleepwalk, Wipeout and lots more.

Songs, Scales, and Rhythms from Mauritania, Africa

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Monday with Staff

Soul Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Join one of the longest running ensembles at the school.

Van Morrison Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Alton Smith

GLORIA et. al

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Rockin' music for women by women.

Taj Mahal Songbook

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

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