Ensemble Classes

There is no “I” in band.

To get the most out of the class, you'll need to be able to play your instrument at an intermediate level. For folks who have taken our core guitar programs - you'll fit right in most ensembles once you've taken Guitar 3. After that, the sky is the limit.

Drummers are encouraged to bring their own cymbals and snare. Vocalists are encouraged to bring their own microphone and microphone stand. Electric guitar players are to bring a small, 10 Watt practice amp. Banjo players are encouraged to bring tuners.

Many ensemble classes conclude with a public performance either in the confines of the School or at a local venue. Please be advised if an ensemble choses to perform it will generally happen the last weekend of the class or the following week.

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

You call the tune; we'll learn the tune.

‘70s Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Start growing your hair now and looking for the right shoes…

‘90s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Whatever, dude. East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building.

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Afrobeat Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Emmanuel Ngolle Pokossi

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Join with others to celebrate the music of a continent.

Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s but includes songs from the folk revival and beyond.

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Hey Ho and all points in between

Band Coaching Adult

Intermediate

Saturday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul, et al.

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Friday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Session 1: Help
Session 2: Rubber Soul

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 1: Help don't miss the sacrafice


Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

The music of the Fab Four simplified for those who have only played a short while.

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

This is the class to build your chops in.

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come join the band

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jack Cassidy

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $232 ($222 members)

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

dig into one of the great American music genres.

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Harlan Terson or Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $232 ($222 members)

Form a blues band, rehearse, and perform in an authentic blues club.

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Intermediate

We're putting the ensemble on hiatus for awhile However we are now offering a monthly Dylan Songbag as part of our Friday night Social events. Come play thematically groups Bob Dylan songs with Jimmy Tomasello.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Brass Class: Mardi Gras Music

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($144 members)

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Brazilian Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Session 1: Number 1 records thru the years

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Session 1: The Cars "Candy-O"

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Session 6 The Rutles Songbook
Session 1 TBA

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Ronnie James Dio Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Turn up the night and throw your horns into this one.

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Intermediate

Thursday with Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Grunge Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

yeah yeah whatever…where are my Doc Martins?

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Hendrix Ensemble

Advanced

Saturday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Timeless music from the God of Guitar Gods

Here and Now Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Honky Tonk Angels

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls let's sing and play some country classics.

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

Irish Session Ensemble

Intermediate

Irish Session Ensemble is offered during Sessions 2, 4, and 6. Keep playing in the off-session with Fiddle 4 Irish Forever or one of our other Celtic classes.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Jam Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Jon Wall

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Let's kick out the jams and get better while we're at it.

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Jack Cassidy

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Build your tune vocabulary.

Jazz Improv 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

Let's dig deep into this true American music form.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Advanced

Sunday with Manny Bances

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz performance will inform your jazz study.

Joni Mitchell Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Take on the music of one of the greatest of songwriters.

Jug Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jonas Friddle

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Klezmer Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Marianne Bossert

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Celebrate the expressive melodies of this Eastern European music of Jewish descent.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Manny Bances

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Add some spicy flavorings to whatever style you play: Jamming with Latin Roots music and contemporary funky fusions.

Matador Records Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

The bullpen is overflowing with talented artists…let's explore them together.

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Let it Shine on you

Old Time Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler or Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 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 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

gabba gabba hey Session 1 The 80s

Queen Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

a crazy little thing…

R&B Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session One: The Supremes

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Reggae Ensemble is taking a few sessions off. 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  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Simon & Garfunkel Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

So many great songs going back to the days of Tom & Jerry all the way to the reunions.

Songs of Protest, Struggle and Hope Ensemble

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Michael O'Toole

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Come gather round people wherever you roam…

Songs of the Great Songwriters

Intermediate

Monday with Ed Holstein

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

Learn and be inspired by a study of masterful songwriting

Traveling in Others' Shoes: Performing “Someone Else's” Music

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Sule Greg Wilson

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

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Let's play the good old good ones

Wilco Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Bob Goins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

If you feel like singing a song and you want other people to sing along…