Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Jonas Friddle

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

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

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Advanced

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

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Thursday with Steve Rosen

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

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

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

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 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 2

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 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Laird Patten

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

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 his style by learning tunes from the album “Foggy Mountain Banjo”.

Clawhammer Banjo Blues

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

This class 4 week class will look at technique, rhythms, tunings, chords and repertoire.For intermediate players.

Clawhammer Banjo: Pete and Woody

AdvancedNew!

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

$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: 04/29/2019 – 06/23/2019

Monday 03/25/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/08/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/10/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/24/2019 – 08/18/2019

Monday 05/20/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/03/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/05/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 09/02/2019 – 10/27/2019

Monday 07/15/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/29/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/31/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/28/2019 – 12/22/2019

Monday 09/23/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/07/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/09/19: Open registration


Teachers

Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Dave Bragman »
Banjo, Guitar

Matt Brown »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar

Greg Cahill »
Banjo

Ryan Fisher »
Banjo, Guitar

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

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

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

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin