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 Prince

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

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

Let's go crazy on acoustic learning the songs and stylings of the Purple one.

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Advanced

Tuesday with Matt Brown

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

Learn to play some of your favorite contemporary songs on the banjo!

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs

Advanced

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

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

Basslines For An Endless Summer

Intermediate

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

A little bit of soul, a little bit of surf pack your bathing suit.

Horton Dance Technique

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Peter Gaona

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

Mellow Gold Ensemble

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 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

‘80s Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Celebrate a decade of multiplicity

‘90s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Whatever, dude. East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building.

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Acoustic Eagles Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

You can check in anytime you like

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Hey Ho and all points in between

Beach Boys Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Friday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Good day sunshine… Session 2 Meet The Beatles

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 4 A Hard Day's Night

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

There's always lots to discover when working with Dylan's music.
Session 5 Blood On The Tracks

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

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

Motown Stax and much more

Chris Cornell Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Session 4: Wire 'Chairs Missing'.
Session 5: TBA

Merge Records Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Session 5 The Blues Brother Movie Soundtrack

Classic Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Alton Smith or Steve Dawson

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

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

Steely Dan Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

David Bowie Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Oh you pretty things..where are we now?

Decemberists Ensemble

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 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

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

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Windy City Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Hendrix Ensemble

AdvancedNew!

Saturday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Timeless music from the God of Guitar Gods

Here and Now Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

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

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Jam Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Jon Wall

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Joni Mitchell Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Neko Case Ensemble

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 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Pearl Jam Ensembe

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Time to get your grunge on Jeremy…

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

gabba gabba hey Session 3: The ‘90s

R&B Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Tom Waits Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wilco Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Learn a Kenny Baker Fiddle Tune

WorkshopAdvancedNew!

Saturday with Matt Brown

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

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

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

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

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

Sinatra on Guitar

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

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

Spice up your repertoire with classics from the American Songbook. Come on baby!

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

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

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

AdvancedNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

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

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

James Taylor Guitar Styles

IntermediateNew!

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

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 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Intermediate

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.

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

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

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

3 Kings of the Blues

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

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

BB, Freddy and Albert

Paul Simon Fingerstyle Classics

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Michael Henson

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

Steve Goodman Songbook

Intermediate

Sunday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($92 members)

Learn the tunes of one of Chicago's favorites from one of his dearest friends.