Harmonica Classes

It's a big musical experience that fits in your back pocket!

Our classes are divided into two main tracks based on the two most popular methods for playing the harmonica. Both are easy to pick up and are used by professional players, but beginner students usually focus on one method to start off.

Start with Chicago Blues Harp 1 if you want to learn harmonica through the music and traditions of the Chicago blues masters. Chicago Blues Harp classes prepare students for Blues Harmonica Performance and other ensemble playing.

Start with Harmonica 1 & Repertoire if you want to develop your skills in a variety of popular genres including blues, folk, pop, traditional, country, gospel, and more. This track is great for current guitarists who want to accompany themselves and for fans of our weekly open jams, as well as brand new students.

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

Monday with Mario Rabaza

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Now that you have the fundamentals in order, build your repertoire of solos in level 2.

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills.

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Now that you can play some 12-bar blues, explore the elusive techniques of the masters to expand your sound and fatten up your tone.

Blues Harmonica Performance

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko or Grant Kessler

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Examine the rich legacy of recordings left by the great Blues Harp masters.

Cajun Harmonica

Advanced

Saturday with Zoe Savage

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn authentic traditional Cajun music on your diatonic harmonica.

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn authentic harmonica train imitations, fox chases, and accompaniment for blues and folk music.

Summer Beginning Folk and Blues Harmonica

Beginner

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($91 members)

Have fun learning harmonica basics this summer!

Harmonica 2 and Repertoire

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Summer Harmonica 2

Intermediate

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($91 members)

This second level class builds on the skills developed in Harmonica 1,

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/30/2018 – 06/24/2018

Monday 03/26/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/09/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/11/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/25/2018 – 08/19/2018

Monday 05/21/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/04/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/06/18: Open registration


Teachers

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Joe Filisko »
Harmonica

Shoji Naito »
Guitar, Harmonica (Blues & Jazz)

Zoe Savage »
Harmonica