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 ($186 members)

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

‘90s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

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

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

Cream Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Out Rock Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Sub Pop Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

Come as you are and leave better than ever.

Yes and More Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Cathy Norden

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

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

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Afrobeat Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Gros Ngolle Pokossi

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

Hey Ho and all points in between

Athens GA Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Take a one-way ticket to the 40 Watt Club and play songs by your favorite Athens artists

Fleetwood Mac Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Honky Tonk Angels

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

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

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Gregg Ostrom

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

Come get you some ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica.

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

The Two Johnnies Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

We're talking John Prine and Johnny Cash.

Thin Lizzy Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

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

B-52s Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

The Band Ensemble: Last Waltz

Intermediate

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 ($186 members)

Band Coaching Adult

Intermediate

Saturday with Wendi Freeman

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

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

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

Good daytime -sunshine

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 5 Sgt. Pepper
Session 6 Magical Mystery Tour

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

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

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

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

Come join the band

Bloodshot Records Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Home to a number of notable country, punk, Americana and singer/songwriter artists from around the country,

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 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 ($212 members)

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

Bodhran Ensemble

Open to AllNew!

Tuesday with Mike Austin

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Brazilian Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Great Setlists from JamBandLand

Intermediate

Monday with Jon Wall

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

Session 5 Phish 10/31/98 the band covered the classic LP “Loaded” by The Velvet Underground

The Kinks Klass

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Klassics, Kronicles and Kontinuos Kinkdom

Merge Records Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

gabba gabba hey Session 5 ‘90s Artists

R&B Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

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

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.
Session 3: ‘More 60s soul divas! R&B chart-toppers, crossover hits, and near misses by great like Etta James, Gloria Jones, and others.

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Session 6 Remain in Light by Talking Heads

Classic Country Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

The Wrecking Crew Ensemble: Hal Blaine Edition

Intermediate

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

David Byrne Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

You may find yourself having a wonderful musical time…

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

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

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

Eagles Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Turn up the Eagles the neighbors are listening…

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

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

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Intermediate

Thursday with Peggy Browning

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

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Getting Started in the Music Business: Build a Band, Promote Shows, Get Involved

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($10 members)

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Here and Now Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Introduction to Irish Session Ensemble

Beginner

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $166 ($146 members)

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

Irish Session Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Bring your individual learning to the group session experience!

Irish Session Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $166 ($146 members)

Build your traditional Irish repertoire.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tim McNamara

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $232 ($212 members)

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Michael O'Toole

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

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Advanced

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

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

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

Intermediate

Monday with Tim McNamara

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

Build your tune vocabulary.

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($132 members)

This is the class to build your chops in.

Jazz Improv 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

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

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

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

Joni Mitchell Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

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

Kiss Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Rock and roll all night and party everyday.

Klezmer Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Marianne Bossert

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

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

Lunar Ensemble:

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 5 Harvest by Neil Young

Mellow Gold Ensemble

Intermediate

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  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

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

Let it Shine on you

Muppets Mania

Intermediate

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

Old Time Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler or Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 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 Jess McIntosh

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

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

Pop Divas Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

A room full of stars. Join the constellation.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

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

Rocky Horror Picture Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

How much fun can one ensemble have?

Rolling Stones Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Songs of Protest, Struggle and Hope Ensemble

Open to All

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

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

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

Let's play the good old good ones

The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan Series

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Aislinn Gagliardi

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