Classes for Beginners

It is never too late to learn a new form of expression.

Introduction to Ukulele

Beginner

Tuesday or Wednesday with Michael Hammerman or Liz Chidester

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

Get started with the `ukulele by learning basic chords and strums at a pace designed for first-time players.

Ukulele 1

Beginner

Monday or Thursday with Michael Hammerman or Liz Chidester

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

Learn simple chords and play a song on the first night.

Beginning Music Theory

Beginner

Monday with Cathy Norden

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

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Accordion 1

Beginner

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

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

Introduction to Comics

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($238 members)

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!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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.

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

Thursday with Chris Walz

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.

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner

Monday 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.

Ballet

Beginner

Monday with Sandra Adrian

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Ballet Light and Easy

Beginner

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Ballroom for Barrooms

Beginner

Monday with Louie Stallone

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Learn partner dance basics to use in any situation, with all kinds of music

Bollywood, Bhangra & More!

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Alka Nayyar or Anjali Julka

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Traditional and modern Indian dance in one energetic class!

Brazilian Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Trish Carolan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more!

Breakdancing

Beginner

Tuesday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Challenge yourself and free your inner b-boy or b-girl.

Flamenco Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

No experience necessary but some dance experience is recommended. No se requiere tener experiencia.

Go-Go

Beginner

Thursday with Tina Stasny

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Routines and moves to lots of music - come one come all for a weekly blast

Hip-Hop & Urban Social Dance

Beginner

Monday with Boogie McClarin

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Irish Step Dance: Beginner

Beginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Irish Step Dance: Beginner Repertoire

Beginner

Wednesday with Cheryl Ziemba

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Latin Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday or Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Let's Mambo with a master!

Modern Dance 1

Beginner

Sunday with Jeannine Potter

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Learn the basics of Modern dance with combinations, improvisation and contemporary music.

Qi Gong

Beginner

Wednesday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Clear your mind, and change tense practice into flowing play.

Swing Dance 1

Beginner

Monday with Louie Stallone

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Turns, tucks and turns, closed position, cuddles, swing outs -learn more as you swing the night away!

Argentinean Tango 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Netza Roldan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

From the streets of Buenos Aires to the dance floor - learn the grace and technique of Tango.

Tap 1

Beginner

Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin or Lyn Cole

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

Tap: Slow & Steady

Beginner

Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Rhythm tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

West African Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

Samba School Bateria

Beginner

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

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

Cajón Ensemble

Beginner

Monday with Raul Fernandez

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

Conga 1

Beginner

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

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

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Beginner

Wednesday or Sunday with Michael Taylor

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

Discover the fun playing the djembe! No experience necessary.

Drum Kit 1

Beginner

Monday with Joel Styzens

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

Drum Kit 2

Beginner

Thursday with Joel Styzens

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

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Beginner

Thursday with Dona Benkert

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

For beginning mountain dulcimer players and those who want to study the basics that will help make you a better player.

Introduction to Irish Session Ensemble

BeginnerNew!

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $166 ($156 members)

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the Irish music tradition, this class is for you

Old Time Fiddle and Banjo Mini Camp

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

Saturday with Megan Lynch or Adam Hurt

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $60 ($58 members)

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Beginner

Wednesday or Thursday with Brandi Berry or Matt Brown

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

Get comfortable with the violin, even if you've never played a string instrument before!

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Paul Tyler or Jordan Wankoff

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

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Wednesday with Steve Rosen

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

This class is the next step between Fiddle 1 and 2. Students get to practice techniques such as rhythm, scale knowledge and other Fiddle 1 skills.

Violin 1

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday with Brandi Berry

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

Violin 2

BeginnerNew!

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

Introduction to Cello

Beginner

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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

An introduction to the rich sounds of cello.

Cello 1

Beginner

Sunday with Al Ehrich

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

Start with the basics of bow techniques, scales, keys, and note reading.

Guitar 1

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Linda Smith, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Jimmy Tomasello, Shelley Miller, Albert Martinez, Cathy Norden, John Abbey, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender, Louis Bardales, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

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

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Chris Winters, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Bob Goins, Jimmy Tomasello, Shelley Miller, Rebecca Toon, Louis Bardales, Matt Gallagher or Deanna Devore

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

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Guitar 2

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Chris Walz, Randy Morris, Shelley Miller, Jason McInnes, Paula McKernan, Steve Levitt, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

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

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Barbara Silverman, Bill Brickey, Charles Kim, Randy Morris, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, TBA, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

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

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Guitarra En Español 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

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

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

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

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Build a solid foundation

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

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

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

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

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. 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)

First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginner

Saturday with Donna Herula

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

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Bass Guitar 1

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

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

4 strings that hold everything together.

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Bass Guitar 2

Beginner

Sunday with Harlan Terson

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

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Folk & Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Summer Beginning Folk and Blues Harmonica

Beginner

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

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

Introduction to the Mandolin

Beginner

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

Mandolin 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

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

Learn Mandolin fundamentals like left hand fretting, using a pick, and basic chords and melodies.

Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

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

Take Mandolin 1 Repertoire if you have experience with a stringed instrument and you are comfortable learning melodies by ear and with tablature.

Oud 1

Beginner

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private oud lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

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

Introduction to the Oud

Beginner

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private oud lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

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

Piano 1: Introduction to Piano

Beginner

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Farah Farid, Julia Storke, Renee Nanzer or Andrew Doney

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

(previously named Introduction to Piano)

Piano 2

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with Renee Nanzer, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

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

(previously named Piano: Beginning 1)

Piano 3

Beginner

Monday, Thursday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

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

(previously named Piano: Beginning 2)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Tuesday or Saturday with Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

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

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Fighting Writers Block

BeginnerNew!

Monday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Vocal Techniques 1: Breath, Free Tone

Beginner

Monday, Thursday or Sunday with Carol Kagy or Rebecca Toon

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

Vocal Techniques 2: Register, Range

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with Carol Kagy or Rebecca Toon

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

Vocal Technique for Guitarists

Beginner

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

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

Singing and play all at once with an emphasis on the voice.

Irish Singing

Beginner

Tuesday with Kathy Cowan

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