Banjo Classes

Explore a World of Banjo Bliss!

Our banjo classes are focused on the two styles of Clawhammer and
Bluegrass.

If you are not sure which style to play, try Introduction to the Banjo and get a taste of both in one eight-week class.

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Rosen

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

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Advanced

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Dan Mulvihill

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

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

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 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Laird Patten

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

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Chris Walz

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

Pick up some advanced rolls and tunes, as well as rhythm and back-up playing.

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Laird Patten

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

Master advanced songs and build up the skills you have learned since Bluegrass Banjo 1.

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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”.

Bluegrass for Clawhammer Banjo

AdvancedNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner


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

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)

Techniques for the Solo Clawhammer Banjo Player in “A” Tuning with Jonas Friddle

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Jonas Friddle

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

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

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/29/2020 – 08/16/2020

Tuesday 05/26/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 06/09/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/10/20: Open registration


Teachers

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Greg Cahill »
Banjo

Ryan Fisher »
Banjo, Guitar

Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching, School Partnerships

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin