Country & Traditional

Acoustic CCR

IntermediateNew!

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

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

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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

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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

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Saturday with Jonas Friddle

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

Cajun Homecoming

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Chris Walz, Zoe Savage, Michael O'Toole or Brandi Berry Benson

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

Dear Old Illinois: Mandolin Workshop with Gaye Harrison

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Dulcimer Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Dona Benkert

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

For all dulcimer enthusiasts - hammered and mountain - have a great time expanding your musical knowledge and experiencing the joy of making music. Guitarists and fiddlers are welcome, too!

Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

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 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Hey Ho and all points in between

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Come join the band

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 members)

dig into one of the great American music genres.

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Let's play the good old good ones

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Intermediate

Thursday with Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come join Uncle Steve's band

John Prine Songbook

Intermediate

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come recreate and celebrate countless gems like “Illegal Smile,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “In Spite of Ourselves” and many many more.

Jug Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jonas Friddle

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

With roots in the blues, jazz and ragtime, jug band music includes some of the happiest songs you'll ever play.

Lunar Ensemble: Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 3: Sweetheart of the Rodeo arguably THE seminal record of Country Rock

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Let it Shine on you

Old Time Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 members)

Play in an Old Time string band with fellow students. You'll learn new tunes, and brush up some traditional favorites.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle or Anna Jacobson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 members)

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands. Come play the songs!

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Join this rootsy band comprised of a combination of R&B mixed with country influences.

Songs By Women Acoustic Songbook

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Come together to celebrate popular music by women from all eras.

Long Form Fiddle Tunes (4 week class)

IntermediateNew!

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

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Beginner

Sunday with Jordan Wankoff

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

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

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Monday with Devin Shepherd

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

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

Fiddle 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox

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

In Fiddle 2, you'll really start feeling the rhythm that defines the fiddle.

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Rosen

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

Fiddle 2 Repertoire is the next step to Fiddle 3. Practice correct bowing, scale knowledge, and other Fiddle 2 skills.

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

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

Fiddle 3 is a good place to start for intermediate fiddlers or advanced classical violinists.

Cajun and Creole Fiddle Tunes

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Jordan Wankoff

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

Dear Old Illinois: Fiddling Workshop with Genevieve Koester

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Making the Fiddle Speak

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Ornamentation

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Regional Styles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Repertoire

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

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

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

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

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

Thursday with Alvin McGovern

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

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Randy Morris

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

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

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

Let's get melodic

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

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

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

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

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

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

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Paul Kaye

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

Let's take this a little bit further on down the road

Dylan Songbag; The Travel Edition-Places on the Planet

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($15 members)

A monthly online thematic celebration of the Bard's oeuvre.

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Honky Tonk Angels Songbook

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Levon Helm Songbook

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Extended Play: Harmonica

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Join along to improve your playing more and more.

Introduction to the Mandolin

Beginner

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

Mandolin 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Mandolin 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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Mandolin 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

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

Take Mandolin 2 to learn more challenging tunes and songs from a variety of traditions by ear and with tablature.

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

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

Take Mandolin 2 Repertoire to polish your skills, learn more songs from a variety of traditions and begin learning how to arrange and improvise.

Mandolin 3

Intermediate

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

Mandolin Tune Camp

IntermediateNew!

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

Twin Fiddling For All Strings

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Colby Maddox or Brandi Berry Benson

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

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!