Pop & Rock Classes



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We're serving up the Fab Four »

Pick a Beatle class! People say they wrote the book and they didn't even know how to read! One of the best ways to hone your abilities on your instrument is to study the masters! We offer Beatles for Beginners for those just starting to get comfortable on their instruments. Beatles Acoustic addresses vocals and guitar parts. The Beatles Ensemble and Daytime Beatles take on a different album each session. Beatles Fingerstyle offers unique instrumental arrangements.

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Tom Petty Ensemble »

Calling all American Girls, Mary Janes, Refugees and Vampires in the valley. Don't back down or breakdown here's your chance to learn and celebrate one of the most iconic songbooks around. John Mead will teach the tunes and gear you for performance. The waiting is the hardest part…

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List of All Pop & Rock Classes (66 found)

Bass Groove Lab

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

‘90s Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Tuesday with John Mead or 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  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Mountain Goats Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Folks have asked and now we're offering it.

Wilco Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins

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

Yacht Rock Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Band Coaching Adult

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Saturday with Bob Goins

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Friday with Steve Levitt

Session 4 Let It Be Session 5 Abbey Road

Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

Session 5 Abbey Road

Beatles for Beginners

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

Tom Petty Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with John Mead

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

Women's Rock Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Rockin' music by women for everyone Session 5: The 70s

Classic Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Saturday with Charles Kim

Session 5:A Twofer from Neil Young “Gold Rush” & “Nowhere”

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Session 5: Moondance LP by Van Morrison

Modern Country Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 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  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Glam Rock Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 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

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Steve Levitt

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Grunge Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

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

Here and Now Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Iron Maiden Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Jam Band Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Monday with Jon Wall

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

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

Memphis to New Orleans Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Beale Street all flavors in between.

One Hit Wonders Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Monday with Alton Smith

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Pop Divas Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

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

Punk Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Sunday with Shelley Miller

gabba gabba hey

R&B Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session 3 Gladys Knight Session 4 Stevie Wonder

Reggae Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

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

Rockabilly Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Session 3: The music of Muscle Shoals- Aretha, Wilson, Clarence and more

Soundtrack of the Windy City

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

Rock & Pop Chamber Music

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Brandi Berry

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday 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  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

Lead Guitar Basics

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

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

Rhythm Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday or Saturday with Steve Hutchins or Chris Corsale

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Overdrive 2 Electric Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Extended Play

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters or Dan Fulkerson

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Introduction to Electric Slide Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Basic skills, techniques, and tunings will be covered.

Millennial Song Repertoire

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Brothers Vaughan Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Let's head to Texas and examine the differences and similarities of these great blues brothers.

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

8 chord shapes will enable you to start playing in this style

Heavy Metal Hits and Misses

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

How to Play Guitar in a Band

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Guitar Study Hall

Guitar  |  Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

Get your blues playing down with one of the mainstays of the Chicago Blues scene.

Playing Reggae Bass

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Many of our Bass classes rotate through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Learn Classic Rock Bass Lines

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Harlan Terson

Learn the standards of Classic Rock and make requests as well.

Piano Lab: Dueling Pianos

Piano  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Ukulele 3: ‘Ukulele Ensemble

Ukulele  |  Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Michael Hammerman

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