Banjo Classes

Explore a World of Banjo Bliss!

Our banjo classes are divided into three main styles: Clawhammer,
Bluegrass, and Two-Finger.

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

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Matt Brown

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

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!

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.

Greatest Hits for Clawhammer Banjo

IntermediateNew!

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

Music of Ireland & Puerto Rico

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

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

UnAmerican Banjo, Clawhammer Style

Intermediate

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

Old Time Clawhammer Banjo

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Allison de Groot

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Tuesday with Laird Patten

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

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

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

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

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

Put all the pieces together - the right hand rolls and changing them inside of one measure, back up and fill in licks, and vamping positions with chops and rolls.

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs

Advanced

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

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

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Matt Brown

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

We will start off in G tuning (gDGBD) with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Intermediate

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

Two-Finger Banjo 3

Advanced

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

Two-Finger Banjo 4

Advanced

Monday with Matt Brown

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

In this culminating class, students collaborate to create their own two-finger banjo arrangements of fiddle tunes and songs.

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: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

Monday 11/19/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 03/04/2019 – 04/28/2019

Monday 01/28/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/11/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/13/19: Open registration


Teachers

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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

Ed Holstein »
Guitar, Banjo

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

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

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin