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.

Soundtrack Ensemble does "The Wizard of Oz" »

There's no place like home BUT what about coming out and celebrating the classic tunes from "The Wizard of Oz". Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, We're Off To See The Wizard, If I Only Had A Brain and MORE. We meet on Thursdays at 8:30. with Steve Levitt and Toto too!

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble »   Steve Levitt »   

Songs Of The Great Songwriters »

This class will cover material from a variety of prolific songwriters. Learn these songs both as a player and as a way to inform and inspire your own songwriting and expression. Think Mitchell, Morrison, Dylan, Cohen, Costello, and many many more.We meet Tuesdays at 6:30.

Songs of the Great Songwriters »   Ed Holstein »   Bob Goins »   

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 3 we're off to Philly to celebrate the soulful sounds of the city of brotherly love. LOTS of Barry White and more. Wednesdays at 8PM.

Godfathers of Funk & R&B »   John Mead »   

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 »   

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 »   

List of All Ensemble Classes (72 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 3 “Help”

Prince Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with John Mead

This class is gonna party like it's 2099.

Godfathers of Funk & R&B

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with John Mead

Session 4: Philly Soul: Barry White & more

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 ClassIntermediate

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.

Taj Mahal Songbook

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 Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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.

Afro-Pop Ensemble Sampler

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Staff

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.

New Americana Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Alton Smith

Hey Ho and all points in between

Art Rock Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with 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)

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please send an e-mail with your contact information.

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 4: Rubber Soul

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.

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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.

Black Sabbath

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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 Bruce Altice or Steve Hutchins

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

Brass Class: Square Roots!

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $102 ($97 members)

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

Toot your horn this summer and play at our Square Roots Festival.

Brazilian Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio or Heitor Garcia

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Brill Building Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Alton Smith

Before Dylan came along and changed everything there was the Brill Building.

Mellow Gold Ensemble

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.

Muppets Music Part 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $96 ($91 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Are you a frog? A pig? A cookie monster?

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.

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 3: Pixies "Doolittle/Surfer Rosa"
Session 4: Loaded/Velvet Underground

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Bill Brickey or Steve Levitt

Session 4 The Wizard of Oz

Classic Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Alton Smith or Steve Dawson

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls we're heading down Nashville way for the good old songs.

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

We're doing a session on each Session 4: Neil's “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”

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?

Eagles Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with John Mead

Turn up the Eagles the neighbors are listening…

Eclectic Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

Elvis Costello Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Alton Smith or Jimmy Tomasello

Calling all angels and bring your red shoes…

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)

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

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.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 3 selections from “Steal Your Face”

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)

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.

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.

Gypsy Music with Tagoi Din Clejani

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Staff

Here and Now Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

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.

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.

Muppets Music Part 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $96 ($91 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Are you a frog? A pig? A cookie monster?

Near Eastern Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Ronnie Malley

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

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $280 ($270 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 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

A far out fun sonic sojourn.

R&B Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with John Mead

Reggae 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 Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Rock Instrumentals 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 Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Rolling Stones Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello or John Mead

Session 5 The Brian Jones Years
Session 6 Exiles on Main Street

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.

Vintage Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

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 by women for everyone

Songs of the Great Songwriters

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

Learn and be inspired by a study of masterful songwriting

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