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 with Chris Kimmons

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1

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  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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  ·  $206 ($186 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 John Huber with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Laird Patten

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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

Wednesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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”.

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Two-Finger Banjo 3

Advanced

Thursday with Chris Walz

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

We will learn sophisticated arrangements in a variety of tunings from Roscoe Holcomb, Benton Flippen, and Paul Brown.

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles

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Monday with Michael Miles

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

Michael presents his compelling arrangements with the kind of detail that demystifies complexity and establishes pathways for students to arrange their own works.

Doc Watson for Clawhammer Banjo

Intermediate

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

Irish Clawhammer Banjo

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Old Time Blues for Old Time Banjo

Intermediate

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

Tony Trischka Banjo Workshop: The Wide World Of Earl Scruggs

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Saturday with Staff

180 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $75 ($70 members)

Join world-renowned banjo player Tony Trischka for an in-depth study of Earl Scruggs's banjo playing.

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: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/24/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: 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