Artist-Specific Classes

We offer a variety of classes focussing on the repertoire of specific musical artists - look for options in an ensemble setting or on a specific instrument.

Acoustic CCR

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Angel From Montgomery for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs

Advanced

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Earl Scruggs was the father of Bluegrass Banjo and this class will study his style by learning tunes from the album “Foggy Mountain Banjo”.

Dear Old Illinois: Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Smith Koester

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Hey Good Looking for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Big Bill Broonzy's Hey Hey for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Paul McCartney Bass Style

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Dear Old Illinois: Mandolin Workshop with Gaye Harrison

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Hey Ho and all points in between

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul, et al.

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

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

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Friday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Session 4 Let It Be


Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Session 4 Let It Be

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Session 4 Classic Jukebox

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

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

Decemberists Songbook

Intermediate

Monday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

We'll be covering classic hits and deep cuts

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Session 4 Neil Young Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Pathways to Improvisation for All

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come join Uncle Steve's band

John Prine Songbook

Intermediate

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come recreate and celebrate countless gems like “Illegal Smile,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “In Spite of Ourselves” and many many more.

Live From Wrigley Field Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Ice Cold Beer and Peanuts not included.

Lunar Ensemble: Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Session 3: Sweetheart of the Rodeo arguably THE seminal record of Country Rock

Mellow Gold Songbook

Intermediate

Monday with Catherine Norden or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Have you ever been mellow? Here's your chance to do it online.

Muppets Songbag ONLINE

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Charles Kim

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Pop Divas Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

A room full of stars. Join the constellation.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

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

The ‘80s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Celebrate the decade that brought us big-hair, breakdancing and space invaders.

Songs By Women Acoustic Songbook

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come together to celebrate popular music by women from all eras.

Long Form Fiddle Tunes (4 week class)

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Dear Old Illinois: Fiddling Workshop with Genevieve Koester

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Rock and Pop Violin

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Learning Music from Recordings

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

‘90s Singer-Songwriter Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

T-Bone Blues

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

20 Songs You Can Play Now

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Shelley Miller

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($14 members)

We'll focus on 3 and 4 chord songs that are accessible--and fun--for players and listeners of all ages.

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Let's take this a little bit further on down the road

Clash Songbook

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Pop Songs Before Elvis

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Contemporary Acoustic Songbook

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Dylan Songbag; The Travel Edition-Places on the Planet

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($15 members)

A monthly online thematic celebration of the Bard's oeuvre.

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Fingerstyle Workshop Series

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

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

Four Week Fab Four Fingerstyle

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Join us online and learn some unique arrangement of Beatle faves.

Garcia's Folk Roots Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Honky Tonk Angels Songbook

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Levon Helm Songbook

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Master a Classic:

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($79 members)

Mississippi John Hurt: It's All In The Thumb and then some

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Approach fingerpicking online with music from a true master of the form.

MTV Unplugged Acoustic Styles

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

One Song One Night: Can't You Hear Me Knocking

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Learn a masterpiece from the “Sticky Fingers” album

Phish Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Pink Floyd Acoustic Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

From the days of Syd to The Wall and beyond

Punk Rock Crash Course (60 years in 7 weeks)

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Radiohead Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

This group's music will stand the test of time

Roots of Zeppelin- Plagiarism!

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Sherpa's Summer Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Monday with Steve Levitt

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($14 members)

In the summertime when the weather is fine.

Songs of Springsteen

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $87 ($67 members)

Stevie Wonder Songbag

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Summertime Beatles Songbag

WorkshopIntermediate

Friday with Tommi Zender

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

picture yourself in a boat on the river…

Tom Petty Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Acoustic classics from a songwriting genius and the youngest Wilbury.

Van Morrison Songbook

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Extended Play: Harmonica

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Join along to improve your playing more and more.

Stage Performance Techniques with Livingston Taylor

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Dar Williams ONLINE Songcraft Seminar

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Staff

450 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $150 ($130 members)

Enhance your songwriting approach with an online encounter with this seasoned master.

Songwriting: The Great Songs

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!