Ensemble Classes

There is no “I” in band.

The best way to become a better player is to play with others. The ensemble class gives you opportunities to play with other people on a regular basis in a comfortable setting where folks can listen to and learn from each other.

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.

Andean Folk Ensemble - 3 Week Workshop

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Wednesday with Jose Luis Contreras

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 3 weeks  ·  $90 ($80 members)

Mellow Gold Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Cathy Norden or Steve Dawson

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

Have you ever been mellow? Here's your chance.

‘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.

‘80s Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Celebrate a decade of multiplicity

‘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.

Jazz Jam Session

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Monday or Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

Monday section: The Standards- Gershwin, Kern, Porter et. al

Acoustic Blues Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Celebrate this American music form playing with others.

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

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

Out Rock Ensemble

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Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

LGBTQ artists in rock music

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)

Good day sunshine… Session 2 Meet The Beatles

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 4 A Hard Day's Night

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

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Thursday with Colby Maddox

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)

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday with 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

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

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

There's alway lots to discover when working with Bob Dylan's music. Session 3 John Wesley Harding

Brass Class: Square Roots!

Intermediate

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

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

Toot your horn this summer and play at our Square Roots Festival.

Brazilian Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio or Heitor Garcia

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)

Motown Stax and much more

Chris Cornell Ensemble

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Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Get out your plaid shirts and ripped jeans and join the band.

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Session 3: Brian Eno: Another Green World
Session 4: Wire 'Chairs Missing'.

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

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 4 Woodstock Part 2

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.

Steely Dan Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Cathy Norden

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

So won't you smile for the camera… we know you're gonna love it

David Bowie Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Oh you pretty things..where are we now?

Decemberists Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

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

We'll be covering classic hits and the new album!

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.

First Friday

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Friday with Staff

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

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.

Windy City Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

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.

Hendrix Ensemble

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Saturday with Bob Goins

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

Timeless music from the God of Guitar Gods

Irish Session Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

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

Bring your individual learning to the group session experience!

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 Improv

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!

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.

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.

Memphis/New Orleans 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  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday Night Special

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Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

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

Near Eastern Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Ronnie Malley

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

Neko Case Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Dive into the rich catalog of this alt-country/indie-rock icon.

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 3: The ‘90s

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 2: The Isley Brothers

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

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.

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.

Songwriter's Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

A hands-on exploration of arranging and collaboration.

Tom Waits Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

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

We spending 2 sessions on Waits' remarkable songbook

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Gail Tyler or 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…