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.

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 3: ‘More 60s soul divas! R&B chart-toppers, crossover hits, and near misses by great like Etta James, Gloria Jones, and others.

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 ($212 members)

‘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.

‘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.

4AD Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

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

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.

Cream Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Bob Goins

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

White Room, Crossroads I'm So Glad and all the hits

Afrobeat Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Gros 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

Out Rock Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Simon & Garfunkel Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Sub Pop Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

Come as you are and leave better than ever.

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 ($196 members)

Band Coaching Adult

Intermediate

Saturday with Wendi Freeman

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)

Good daytime -sunshine

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 4 Revolver

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 Michael Nearpass

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

Fleetwood Mac Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Learn, study and perform the music of everyone's favorite band of divorcees.

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.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tim McNamara

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.

Bodhran Ensemble

Open to AllNew!

Tuesday with Mike Austin

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

Brass Class: Square Roots!

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 3 weeks  ·  $84 ($74 members)

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.

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with TBA

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 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 ($212 members)

Session 2: Number 1 records thru the years

The Two Johnnies Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

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

We're talking John Prine and Johnny Cash.

Thin Lizzy Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

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

Great Setlists from JamBandLand

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Jon Wall

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

Session 4 Jerry Garcia acoustic Oregon State Penitentiary 5/5/1982

Chicago Folk Scene: Songs and Stories

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $151.5 ($142 members)

The Kinks Klass

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

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

Klassics, Kronicles and Kontinuos Kinkdom

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Session 5: Buzzcocks 'Singles Going Steady!"

Merge Records Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Classic Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Alton Smith or Steve Dawson

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

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls we're heading down Nashville way for the good old songs.

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.

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

gabba gabba hey Session 3: The 80s

The Wrecking Crew Ensemble: Hal Blaine Edition

Intermediate

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

David Byrne Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

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

You may find yourself having a wonderful musical time…

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

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

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.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

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.

Fountains of Wayne

IntermediateNew!

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

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

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.

Introduction to Irish Session Ensemble

Beginner

We alternate this introduction class every session with the repertoire class.

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

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)

Irish Session Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

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

Build your traditional Irish repertoire.

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

Intermediate

Monday with Tim McNamara

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

Build your tune vocabulary.

Jazz Improv 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

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 Michael Nearpass

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

Intermediate

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.

Kiss Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Lunar Ensemble: TBA

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

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

Muppets Mania

Intermediate

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

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 Jess McIntosh

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!

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.

Rocky Horror Picture Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

How much fun can one ensemble have?

Songs of Protest, Struggle and Hope Ensemble

Open to All

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

Sunshine Pop

Intermediate

Thursday with Cathy Norden

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