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.

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Trad Jazz Ensemble with Tim McNamara

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Trad(itional) Jazz Ensemble will practice and perform Jazz in the original New Orleans style later know as Dixieland or Hot Jazz. The repertoire will include Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jack Teagarden and Jelly Roll Morton and the material closely associated with this style and the emerging influence of the Chicago school and it's proponents. We'll work on developing a cohesive polyphonic approach to collective improvisation. Open to musicians of intermediate to advanced ability. Willingness to solo and stretch out. We need a frontline of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and trombone and a backline of piano, tuba (or bass), banjo or guitar and drums.

Sub Pop Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$206 ($186 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Founded in the mid ‘80s the Sub Pop label gave rise to seminal grunge groups like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and more.

Afrobeat Ensemble with Gros Ngolle Pokossi

$206 ($186 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come learn the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, South Africa, and more in this invigorating ensemble class. We'll work together to learn the deceptively complex interlocking parts of this music, spanning the genres of Bikutsi, Makossa, Highlife, Afrobeat, Soukous, Jazz and others. The class is best suited for musicians who are comfortable with their instrument and all instruments are welcome, even vocal and horns. Over the course of the session we'll learn four tunes at least, and you'll leave with a broader understanding of the rhythms and song structures of this vibrant music.

Afrobeat Ensemble with Gros Ngolle Pokossi

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come learn the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, South Africa, and more in this invigorating ensemble class. We'll work together to learn the deceptively complex interlocking parts of this music, spanning the genres of Bikutsi, Makossa, Highlife, Afrobeat, Soukous, Jazz and others. The class is best suited for musicians who are comfortable with their instrument and all instruments are welcome, even vocal and horns. Over the course of the session we'll learn four tunes at least, and you'll leave with a broader understanding of the rhythms and song structures of this vibrant music.

‘90s Ensemble with Andrea Bunch

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In a decade that made “alternative,” a word of ambiguous meaning, there were all kinds of music being made all over the world. Explore the rock, pop, soul, and funk of the 1990s, from the Afghan Whigs to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave to Massive Attack and My Bloody Valentine.

‘90s Ensemble with Andrea Bunch

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In a decade that made “alternative,” a word of ambiguous meaning, there were all kinds of music being made all over the world. Explore the rock, pop, soul, and funk of the 1990s, from the Afghan Whigs to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave to Massive Attack and My Bloody Valentine.

Americana Ensemble with Skip Landt

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s (”Side by Side,” “Sunny Side of the Street,” etc.) but also includes songs from the folk revival (”This Land is Your Land”) and later (Mark Dvorak’s “Every Step of the Way”). We plan programs, rehearse, and when possible perform at gigs outside the School. The ensemble welcomes singers and all instruments. Recent students have played guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, harmonica, and jug band instruments.

New Americana Ensemble with Alton Smith

$206 ($186 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Join us as we explore the songs of the ever-burgeoning genre of "Americana," covering artists such as Jason Isbell, The Decemberists, Neko Case, Dawes, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, and more!

New Americana Ensemble with Alton Smith

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Join us as we explore the songs of the ever-burgeoning genre of "Americana," covering artists such as Jason Isbell, The Decemberists, Neko Case, Dawes, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, and more!

Movie Soundtrack Ensemble with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

So many movie soundtracks are full of terrific songs we’ve decided to offer an ensemble class to learn tunes from various soundtracks. We’re kicking this off with Fast Times at Ridgemont High from 1982. Learn songs from the Go-Go’s, Jackson Browne, Sammy Hagar, Stevie Nicks and MORE.

MTV Ensemble with John Mead

$206 ($186 members)

01/15/2020 – 02/26/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Relive the early days of rock video and 80s dance music! Learn and perform a dizzying array of songs from the bitter end of the Cold War, from resurgent rockers to synthpoppers to surly punkers! Gender-bending, heart-rending, mix-extending hits and misses from the Gorbachev era: Prince! Madonna! The Clash! Siouxsie and the Banshees! The Pretenders! The Specials! Bowie! KAJAGOOGOO!

Athens GA Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$180 ($163 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

From REM and The B-52s to the Elephant 6 Collective to Vic Chesnutt and Of Montreal, Athens, Georgia has been a hotbed of quirky, inventive indie rock, pop and Americana music for decades. Take a one-way ticket to the 40 Watt Club and play songs by your favorite Athens artists (and discover some new ones, too!). Open to all acoustic and electric instruments and vocalists. Guitar pre-requisite: 2 Rep or equivalent experience.

Athens GA Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

From REM and The B-52s to the Elephant 6 Collective to Vic Chesnutt and Of Montreal, Athens, Georgia has been a hotbed of quirky, inventive indie rock, pop and Americana music for decades. Take a one-way ticket to the 40 Watt Club and play songs by your favorite Athens artists (and discover some new ones, too!). Open to all acoustic and electric instruments and vocalists. Guitar pre-requisite: 2 Rep or equivalent experience.

B-52s Ensemble with Shelley Miller · Steve Dawson

$222 ($202 members)

11/03/2019 – 12/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Put on that bee-hive and leopard print, take a rocket to Planet Claire, head down to the Love Shack and get ready to party with the Rock Lobster! In their 40+ year career, the B-52s have produced a treasure trove of fun, quirky songs...and their intricate back-and-forth vocals and surf rock riffs will keep you on your toes! We'll put together a set of greatest hits plus a few deep cuts and then play a show at the end of the session.

Band Coaching Adult with Bob Goins

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This is a closed class of specific students who have chosen to work with a teacher in an ensemble setting. If you have group that is interested in an opportunity to work intensely with one of our professional teaching artists please contact Jimmy Tomasello at jtomasello@oldtownschool.org.

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Learn acoustic arrangements from the Fab Four’s catalog! Explore the songs, singing, and signature riffs, along with occasional post-Beatles solo tunes thrown in for good measure. Come join the class. We will work it out!

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Learn acoustic arrangements from the Fab Four’s catalog! Explore the songs, singing, and signature riffs, along with occasional post-Beatles solo tunes thrown in for good measure. Come join the class. We will work it out!

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Have you always wanted to play in a group, but didn't know where to start! This is the class for you! Learn the immortal songs of the Fab Four while learning the essential skills of playing in time with a rhythm section, singing together, and creating a set that rocks from beginning to end. Learning an instrument can be fun, but playing in an ensemble is fantastic, and the Beatles makes it easy!

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Have you always wanted to play in a group, but didn't know where to start! This is the class for you! Learn the immortal songs of the Fab Four while learning the essential skills of playing in time with a rhythm section, singing together, and creating a set that rocks from beginning to end. Learning an instrument can be fun, but playing in an ensemble is fantastic, and the Beatles makes it easy!

Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$180 ($163 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

A special daytime version of our most popular ensemble class. Like it’s night time older brother, we will take on the catalog one album at a time. Join us on Friday afternoons at noon. A perfect time to tap into your inner Paul, John, George or Ringo. Session 1 & 2 The White Album

Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/10/2020 – 02/28/2020 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

A special daytime version of our most popular ensemble class. Like it’s night time older brother, we will take on the catalog one album at a time. Join us on Friday afternoons at noon. A perfect time to tap into your inner Paul, John, George or Ringo. Session 1 & 2 The White Album

Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Beatles Ensemble begin another journey through the American releases - many of which differ significantly from their British counterparts. Performance oriented. We learn the entire album and perform it Session 1 & 2 The White Album

Beatles Ensemble with Tom Ryan

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Beatles Ensemble begin another journey through the American releases - many of which differ significantly from their British counterparts. Performance oriented. We learn the entire album and perform it Session 1 & 2 The White Album

Beginning String Band Ensemble with Dan Mulvihill

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

An introduction to string band music. This class covers a variety of styles and is paced for students who have finished with the introductory courses in their instrument. Simple arrangements that different instruments can play together will be the focus. Come all fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, and the like and experience the diverse worlds of the acoustic string band. Students can repeat this class multiple times in order to prepare for jamming with others around the campfire, living room, barroom or joining one of Old Town's specialty ensembles.

Beginning String Band Ensemble with Colby Maddox · Dan Mulvihill

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

An introduction to string band music. This class covers a variety of styles and is paced for students who have finished with the introductory courses in their instrument. Simple arrangements that different instruments can play together will be the focus. Come all fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, and the like and experience the diverse worlds of the acoustic string band. Students can repeat this class multiple times in order to prepare for jamming with others around the campfire, living room, barroom or joining one of Old Town's specialty ensembles.

Bloodshot Records Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$180 ($163 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago's very own, Bloodshot Records has been churning out a steady stream of insurgent country hits for over 25 years. Started to document Chicago's alt-country/Americana scene in the 90s, it's been home to a number of notable country, punk, Americana and singer/songwriter artists from around the country, including Old '97s, The Mekons, Andrew Bird, Lydia Loveless and Robbie Fulks. Bring your cowboy boots and a lot of sass--this ain't your grandparents' country label. Open to all acoustic and electric instruments and vocalists. Guitar pre-requisite: 2 Rep or equivalent experience.

Bloodshot Records Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago's very own, Bloodshot Records has been churning out a steady stream of insurgent country hits for over 25 years. Started to document Chicago's alt-country/Americana scene in the 90s, it's been home to a number of notable country, punk, Americana and singer/songwriter artists from around the country, including Old '97s, The Mekons, Andrew Bird, Lydia Loveless and Robbie Fulks. Bring your cowboy boots and a lot of sass--this ain't your grandparents' country label. Open to all acoustic and electric instruments and vocalists. Guitar pre-requisite: 2 Rep or equivalent experience.

Bluegrass Ensemble with Colby Maddox · John Huber

$222 ($202 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In Bluegrass Ensemble, learn the basics of playing and singing for bluegrass. You’ll learn about kick-offs and endings, and what to play behind verses, choruses, and solo breaks in bluegrass songs. You’ll also learn the basics of singing lead and harmony. Take a pass at a solo while the class backs you up. This class is a great experience in and of itself, but also equips you with the essesntials to go out into the larger bluegrass community to play at jams and other circles.

Blues Band - Live! with Steve Hutchins

$232 ($212 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Work out the blues with your own Old Town School band. The first meeting will include a jam session, ensemble selection and band placement. Eight weeks of practice will land your band a gig! Final performances will be at Rosa’s Blues Lounge 3420 W. Armitage (usually the last Sunday of the session). Class time depends on student's ensemble designation. Even if you sign up for the Saturday section you will need to go to the Wednesday audition on the first night of class. Students must attend the first class or receive teacher permission. Instruments include electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, horns, woodwinds, and keyboards. Class time depends on student's ensemble designation. It could be 6:30 PM or 8:00 PM or Saturdays at 1:00 PM.

Blues Band - Live! with Steve Hutchins

$232 ($212 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Work out the blues with your own Old Town School band. The first meeting will include a jam session, ensemble selection and band placement. Eight weeks of practice will land your band a gig! Final performances will be at Rosa’s Blues Lounge 3420 W. Armitage (usually the last Sunday of the session). Class time depends on student's ensemble designation. Even if you sign up for the Saturday section you will need to go to the Wednesday audition on the first night of class. Students must attend the first class or receive teacher permission. Instruments include electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, horns, woodwinds, and keyboards. Class time depends on student's ensemble designation. It could be 6:30 PM or 8:00 PM or Saturdays at 1:00 PM.

Brass Class: Mardi Gras Music with Anna Jacobson · Evan Jacobson

$154 ($144 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This session, Brass Class will cover lots of good old New Orleans brass band-style tunes, in preparation for a Mardi Gras gig at the end of the session! If you've got a rusty old trumpet, horn, trombone, or tuba sitting around in your closet from those high school marching band days, this class might be for you! Too many brass players let their horns collect dust because they feel uncomfortable playing their instrument at the Old Town School and beyond. We want you to feel comfortable playing with other people so that we can hear the sweet sounds of brass floating through the halls! The focus of Brass Class will be to learn melodies by ear, build chords, work out harmonies, and maybe even improvise (don't be afraid!) on your brass instrument....so come prepared for a bit of brass-focused music theory! Students of all abilities are welcome -- just review your fingerings before you come so we can hit the ground running. Come with a brass instrument and a pencil, leave with the confidence to toot your horn in public!

Brazilian Ensemble with Luciano Antonio · Heitor Garcia

$222 ($202 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

For instrumentalists (drums, bass, piano, guitar, percussion) and singers. In this class the instructor will coach players and singers who are familiar with the genre on Brazilian rhythms, harmonies, vocal placements and proper Portuguese pronunciation.

California Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$180 ($163 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Each Session we will explore the musical offerings of one of the numerous artists/groups that hail from the great state of California. From LA. to the Frisco Bay, from San Jose to Monterey music of all genres have generated from the golden state of California. Kicking off this new class we’re taking on the Doobie Brothers formed in the early 70s’. We’ll get to the hits like “Long Train Runnin” and “Listen to the Music” and many more as we celebrate these brothers from different mothers.

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Inspired by the 33 & 1/3 book series that celebrates landmark records of pop, rock, country, and soul, the 33 & 1/3 picks one classic album each session, and learns every glorious song Session 1 The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan A seminal record where the post-punk sound aesthetic collided with the icy austerity of early electronica. 'Cars', 'Airline', 'Metal' and more. Synths, bass, drums and vocals welcome!

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Inspired by the 33 & 1/3 book series that celebrates landmark records of pop, rock, country, and soul, the 33 & 1/3 picks one classic album each session, and learns every glorious song Session 1 The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan A seminal record where the post-punk sound aesthetic collided with the icy austerity of early electronica. 'Cars', 'Airline', 'Metal' and more. Synths, bass, drums and vocals welcome!

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

You don’t have to be 60 to be in the ‘60s Classics Ensemble. All you need is an unoccupied afternoon, your instrument, and a little bit of curiosity about that far off far out two-decades-in-one musical time. There was just no way to dig it all the first time through. Different songs are covered every session. No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

You don’t have to be 60 to be in the ‘60s Classics Ensemble. All you need is an unoccupied afternoon, your instrument, and a little bit of curiosity about that far off far out two-decades-in-one musical time. There was just no way to dig it all the first time through. Different songs are covered every session. No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

You don’t have to be 60 to be in the ‘60s Classics Ensemble. All you need is an unoccupied afternoon, your instrument, and a little bit of curiosity about that far off far out two-decades-in-one musical time. There was just no way to dig it all the first time through. Different songs are covered every session. No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

You don’t have to be 60 to be in the ‘60s Classics Ensemble. All you need is an unoccupied afternoon, your instrument, and a little bit of curiosity about that far off far out two-decades-in-one musical time. There was just no way to dig it all the first time through. Different songs are covered every session. No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

The Two Johnnies Ensemble with Ed Holstein

$202 ($182 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

John Prine and Johnny Cash — different styles and different messages — but much in common, too: Their music involves simple melodies, minimal chords, and lyrics that come from the heart. Join Bob Goins (country guitar slinger, teacher and raconteur), and Eddie Holstein (Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, and all-around Chicago folk icon) as they lead you through the songs and stories of Prine and Cash. We’re gonna do a heap of singing from the works of these two legendary Johnnies.

Modern Country Ensemble with Jacob Sweet · Bob Goins

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Martina McBride, and many more. Explore your inner twang, whether it be on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, drums, voice, piano, ukulele. Anything goes. Modern country is a virtual potpourri of influences, including rock, soul, folk and even blues. Ability to have fun and not take yourself too seriously required.

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Modern Country Ensemble with Jacob Sweet

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Martina McBride, and many more. Explore your inner twang, whether it be on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, drums, voice, piano, ukulele. Anything goes. Modern country is a virtual potpourri of influences, including rock, soul, folk and even blues. Ability to have fun and not take yourself too seriously required.

Vintage Country Ensemble with Paul Tyler

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Immerse yourself in the high lonesome sound, the honky-tonk heartache, and a smattering of Sunday sanctification. We’ll teach you how to find those plaintive harmonies and create a soulful backup in the music of bands like the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, and Girls of the Golden West. Join with other pickers and singers to make a band . This is an ensemble class. Some students will work on lead, harmony and backup vocals, while others focus on lead and backup fiddle, mandolin or guitar lines. Rhythm guitar and bass provide the foundation. Paul Tyler and Gail Tyler will teach all the parts and coach you in performance.

Cream Ensemble with Bob Goins

$206 ($186 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Regarded as rock’s first supergroup, Cream brought together guitar god Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums. Formed in 1966 the group only put out 4 official albums but their influence on pop music and instrumental virtuosity spans decades. We will learn the tunes, exploring the interplay of these 3 instruments and perform a spoonful of songs at the end of the 8 week session. Don’t forget your wah-wah.

Eagles Ensemble with John Mead

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Celebrate the melodies, the harmonies, and the decadence of the 1970s Los Angeles scene with some of the biggest and best hits of the era, and come raise a toast to the band's recently passed founding member Glenn Frey.The Eagles spearheaded country rock with a mix of pop smarts, rich harmonies, and great guitar work. We'll learn and perform some hits and some deeper cuts. For all voices and instruments.

Eclectic Electric Ensemble with Steve Doyle · Tommi Zender

$222 ($202 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

A variety of post-punk/new wave, psychedelic, goth, experimental-pop, etc., lovingly curated with emphasis on student requests. CBGB to 4AD; Talking Heads to Radiohead. Similar to the KROQ “Morning Becomes Eclectic” radio show. You don’t want to eat the same thing everyday, do you?!

Ensemble Basics with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ready to join the band? This class will get you going by learning the fundamental skills of playing in an ensemble. Create supportive band arrangements that enhance songs without cluttering them. Learn how to play different grooves with a rhythm section, how to use riffs and fills effectively, arrange parts between multiple guitars and keyboards, and sing simple background vocals. Highly recommended if you've never taken an ensemble class, or a refresher for students with some ensemble experience. Students will play from a repertoire of rock & pop classics to help hone their ensemble skills. Open to guitars bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, horns, and vocals.

Ensemble Basics with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ready to join the band? This class will get you going by learning the fundamental skills of playing in an ensemble. Create supportive band arrangements that enhance songs without cluttering them. Learn how to play different grooves with a rhythm section, how to use riffs and fills effectively, arrange parts between multiple guitars and keyboards, and sing simple background vocals. Highly recommended if you've never taken an ensemble class, or a refresher for students with some ensemble experience. Students will play from a repertoire of rock & pop classics to help hone their ensemble skills. Open to guitars bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, horns, and vocals.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

We'll study the songs and the people who have influenced and been influenced by old time music, country, folk, blues and bluegrass. While learning the histories of the songs and musicians, we'll work on creating our own arrangements in class. We'll work on learning by ear, not off the paper. In class we'll explore the music of Hazel Dickens, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Jean Ritchie and more. It's a way of learning, not just a song.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

We'll study the songs and the people who have influenced and been influenced by old time music, country, folk, blues and bluegrass. While learning the histories of the songs and musicians, we'll work on creating our own arrangements in class. We'll work on learning by ear, not off the paper. In class we'll explore the music of Hazel Dickens, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Jean Ritchie and more. It's a way of learning, not just a song.

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$206 ($186 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Let’s unplug! We'll explore folk rock from it's roots in the mid ‘60s to the plethora of contemporary acoustic acts. From the Byrds to Beck and from Cat Stevens to Sufjan Stevens, build your repertoire and improve your arrangement skills. In addition, the class will collectively create new interpretive arrangements of traditional tunes. If the power ever goes out, the show will go on!

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Let’s unplug! We'll explore folk rock from it's roots in the mid ‘60s to the plethora of contemporary acoustic acts. From the Byrds to Beck and from Cat Stevens to Sufjan Stevens, build your repertoire and improve your arrangement skills. In addition, the class will collectively create new interpretive arrangements of traditional tunes. If the power ever goes out, the show will go on!

Free Music Improv for All with TBA

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join us for this new exciting class. We will get deep into the music making process by making music through total improvisation. We will explore new ways of listening and new strategies for finding your own way in any musical situation you can imagine. ALL INSTRUMENTS and levels welcome.

Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

A long, strange trip indeed. From the deeply traditional to the cutting edge of the forms beyond chaos, the Dead did their best to love it all, and so do we. Performance oriented. It's all about the show.

Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

A long, strange trip indeed. From the deeply traditional to the cutting edge of the forms beyond chaos, the Dead did their best to love it all, and so do we. Performance oriented. It's all about the show.

Here and Now Ensemble with Andrea Bunch · Randy Morris

$222 ($202 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come jam on what’s happening right now! We play rock, pop, and Americana tunes by bands like Walk the Moon, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, Feist, Alabama Shakes, Norah Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums, and more. Any tune less than 10 years old is game. What do YOU want to play? All vocalists and instrumentalists welcome. Andrea Bunch is an experienced teacher, vocalist and instrumentalist. Come have some laughs and learn a thing or two!

Here and Now Ensemble with Andrea Bunch · Randy Morris

$222 ($202 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come jam on what’s happening right now! We play rock, pop, and Americana tunes by bands like Walk the Moon, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, Feist, Alabama Shakes, Norah Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums, and more. Any tune less than 10 years old is game. What do YOU want to play? All vocalists and instrumentalists welcome. Andrea Bunch is an experienced teacher, vocalist and instrumentalist. Come have some laughs and learn a thing or two!

Introduction to Irish Session Ensemble with Teresa Shine · Mike Austin

$166 ($146 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Interested in someday playing along in Irish sessions around town—or in Ireland—this welcoming, friendly class is your first step. We will learn the basic, classic tunes of Irish sessions, and break them down, part-by-part. Beyond expanding your specific tune repertoire, we will explore and discuss all aspects of Irish music and culture, including session etiquette, in a supportive and joyful environment. This class will put you on a path to one day participate confidently in an authentic Irish pub session yourself. You can expect stories, jokes, and lots of great music. Come join us!

Irish Session Repertoire with Teresa Shine · Mike Austin

$166 ($146 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

If you have completed Introduction to Irish Session Ensemble at least once and feel ready to take the next step, or if you have been out playing Irish music on your own for a while, this class is for you! We will delve into more-complex styles of Irish traditional tunes, and expand your base of tune sets to help you feel comfortable sitting down and contributing to just about any session. We may even take a field trip to play in a pub one night during class time. Come join us and keep adding to your bag of tunes!

Big Band Jazz Ensemble with Tim McNamara

$232 ($212 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come learn, play and perform the music Ellington, Basie, Miller, Goodman, Rich and others in this swingin' jazz class for large ensemble. If you used to play in high school or college, you'll fit right in. There's plenty of opportunity to improve your improvisation chops and play with like-minded participants. We’ll celebrate and honor the traditions of the Swing era and beyond.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble with Tim McNamara

$232 ($212 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come learn, play and perform the music Ellington, Basie, Miller, Goodman, Rich and others in this swingin' jazz class for large ensemble. If you used to play in high school or college, you'll fit right in. There's plenty of opportunity to improve your improvisation chops and play with like-minded participants. We’ll celebrate and honor the traditions of the Swing era and beyond.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble with Michael O’Toole

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come learn and re-create the swinging songs and sounds of Gypsy Jazz. Traditionally this genre is played with lead and rhythm guitars, bass and violins but other melody instruments are welcome like accordion, clarinet, and even a tenor banjo! Play the repertoire of the famous Hot Club of France and more!

Latin Jazz Ensemble with Manny Bances

$206 ($186 members)

11/03/2019 – 12/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Even if you’re taking your first jazz steps, layer exciting polyrhythms and improvise over them. Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz performance will inform your jazz study. All instrumentalists will become adept at beating out the basic patterns. Apply your scale knowledge to crafting harmonies and solos. Also delve into montunos, guajeos and monas. Aunque usted apenas esté apenas tomando sus primeros pasos en aprender el estilo del jazz, añada emocionantes poliritmos sobre los cuales podrá después improvisar. Los ritmos afrocubanos y el contexto del jazz le brindarán elementos para fundamentar sus estudios de jazz. Sea cual sea el instrumento que toque, se volverá hábil en crear patrones rítmicos fundamentales. Aplique su conocimiento de las escalas en la creación de armonías y solos. Y profundice su conocimiento de montunos, guajeos y monas.

Latin Jazz Ensemble with Manny Bances

$206 ($186 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Even if you’re taking your first jazz steps, layer exciting polyrhythms and improvise over them. Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz performance will inform your jazz study. All instrumentalists will become adept at beating out the basic patterns. Apply your scale knowledge to crafting harmonies and solos. Also delve into montunos, guajeos and monas. Aunque usted apenas esté apenas tomando sus primeros pasos en aprender el estilo del jazz, añada emocionantes poliritmos sobre los cuales podrá después improvisar. Los ritmos afrocubanos y el contexto del jazz le brindarán elementos para fundamentar sus estudios de jazz. Sea cual sea el instrumento que toque, se volverá hábil en crear patrones rítmicos fundamentales. Aplique su conocimiento de las escalas en la creación de armonías y solos. Y profundice su conocimiento de montunos, guajeos y monas.

Beginning Jazz Lab with Michael Nearpass

$152 ($132 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Develop the basic building blocks to improvise in the jazz idiom. Work collectively on Major, Dorian, Blues, and Dominant Bebop scales, arpeggios and basic jazz vocabulary. Among the tunes presented for study: “Impressions,” “Little Sunflower,” “Watermelon Man,” “Summertime,” and more.

Jazz Improv 1 with Michael Nearpass

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Practice Jazz Improvisation over Blues and Jazz Standards. Increase vocabulary of Major, Dorian, Blues and Dominant Scale Choices in all 12 keys. The II-V-! Chord Progression will be discussed at length. Play with and analyze Jazz Transcriptions from the masters Build your improv skills and then show off your chops in a final night performance. You should be familiar with basic jazz theory and able to read music.

Jazz Improv 1 with Michael Nearpass

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Practice Jazz Improvisation over Blues and Jazz Standards. Increase vocabulary of Major, Dorian, Blues and Dominant Scale Choices in all 12 keys. The II-V-! Chord Progression will be discussed at length. Play with and analyze Jazz Transcriptions from the masters Build your improv skills and then show off your chops in a final night performance. You should be familiar with basic jazz theory and able to read music.

Jazz Improv 2 with Michael Nearpass

$177 ($157 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class will prepare you to hit the bandstand and play with others. Material will alternate each 8 week session. American Standards, Bebop, Cool Jazz, etc. Learn the tunes and blow over them in a fun relaxed setting.

Jazz Improv 2 with Michael Nearpass

$202 ($182 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

This class will prepare you to hit the bandstand and play with others. Material will alternate each 8 week session. American Standards, Bebop, Cool Jazz, etc. Learn the tunes and blow over them in a fun relaxed setting.

Jug Band Ensemble with Jonas Friddle

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

With roots in the blues, jazz, and ragtime, jug band music includes some of the happiest songs you’ll ever hear. We’ll explore the repertoire, learn musicianship skills, and prepare for a variety of performance opportunities, all in a fun and supportive environment.

The Kinks Klass with Tommi Zender · Steve Doyle

$222 ($202 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Let’s focus on Britain’s favorite sons. From the Top of The Pops on a Sunny Afternoon to the bottom of Muswell Hill in your Shangri La. The song catalog of Ray Davies and his brother Dave touches on a myriad of styles from Rockpalast to Music Hall to Opera and beyond. Join us for Something Better Beginning Session 3. Come Dancing Till the End of the Day.

Kiss Ensemble with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come celebrate the songbook of Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter. Pyrotechnics and platform boots optional. We’ll learn the songs, slap on some make-up, and put on a show!

Klezmer Ensemble with Marianne Bossert

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Delve into the rhythm and soul of this rich tradition. Syncopated like Latin jazz, melodic like Middle Eastern prayer, and transformed by its migration to this country, klezmer is Jewish funk. Join other capable musicians and leave Hava Nagilah in the dust.

Klezmer Ensemble with Marianne Bossert

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Delve into the rhythm and soul of this rich tradition. Syncopated like Latin jazz, melodic like Middle Eastern prayer, and transformed by its migration to this country, klezmer is Jewish funk. Join other capable musicians and leave Hava Nagilah in the dust.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble with Manny Bances

$206 ($186 members)

11/03/2019 – 12/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come explore Latin Grooves from Santana and War all the way to Los Amigos Invisibles and Manu Chao. We’ll examine music from Buena Vista Social Club and the Fania All Stars. Become familiar with the roots styles that make up Salsa: Son Montuno, Cha-Cha, Cumbia, Merengue, Boogaloo, and more. Jam out with roots music and the funky fusions we hear today. We’ll explore some Latin jazz grooves as well.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble with Manny Bances

$206 ($186 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Come explore Latin Grooves from Santana and War all the way to Los Amigos Invisibles and Manu Chao. We’ll examine music from Buena Vista Social Club and the Fania All Stars. Become familiar with the roots styles that make up Salsa: Son Montuno, Cha-Cha, Cumbia, Merengue, Boogaloo, and more. Jam out with roots music and the funky fusions we hear today. We’ll explore some Latin jazz grooves as well.

Lunar Ensemble: Neil Young and More with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

It’s a Monday thing. It’s a lunar thing. It’s all about country and country rock and roots/Americana/pop music originally released on vinyl. Learn the tunes and perform them. We will concentrate on a particular genre, artist, or album each session.

Lunar Ensemble: Neil Young and More with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

It’s a Monday thing. It’s a lunar thing. It’s all about country and country rock and roots/Americana/pop music originally released on vinyl. Learn the tunes and perform them. We will concentrate on a particular genre, artist, or album each session.

Monday Night Special with Peggy Browning · Mark Mitchell

$206 ($186 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In the spirit of our founder Frank Hamilton, we'll learn by ear, making music with others creating our own arrangements of some core tunes and songs. We'll draw from gospel to blues, old time numbers to lyrical ballads. Let the Monday Night Special shine it's light on you!

Monday Night Special with Peggy Browning · Mark Mitchell

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

In the spirit of our founder Frank Hamilton, we'll learn by ear, making music with others creating our own arrangements of some core tunes and songs. We'll draw from gospel to blues, old time numbers to lyrical ballads. Let the Monday Night Special shine it's light on you!

Old Time Ensemble with Steve Rosen · Paul Tyler

$222 ($202 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Play in a string band with fellow students. You’ll learn a half dozen new fiddle tunes, a humorous song or two, and brush up some old favorites. This is a great class for you if you’ve been studying privately and want to start playing with other people. At the end of the session, put on a concert for fellow students and friends.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Jess McIntosh

$222 ($202 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands like Uncle Earl, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas, Abigail Washburn, Old Crow Medicine Show, the South Memphis String Band, and more. Come learn the songs of these artists in an ensemble setting. All acoustic instruments and vocalists welcome.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

$222 ($202 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands like Uncle Earl, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas, Abigail Washburn, Old Crow Medicine Show, the South Memphis String Band, and more. Come learn the songs of these artists in an ensemble setting. All acoustic instruments and vocalists welcome.

Pink Floyd Ensemble with John Mead

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

You’ve heard the songs unless you’ve been off the planet. You could be seventy. You could be eighteen. Come play a handful of vintage Floyd tunes with a band. Electric and acoustic guitars, drum and bass, men and women, keyboards—we’ll need you! "I can't think of anything to say except . . . I think it's marvelous!"

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

$180 ($163 members)

11/06/2019 – 12/18/2019 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Look what happened while rock and blues were sleeping! Explore the music of some of todays most lyrical and eloquent pop artists in an ensemble setting with singer songwriter Bill Brickey. Pop music is a genre once unique to the American music scene. In this class guitarists, bassists, drummers, and singers "band" together to discover how blues, folk, and rock classics have been combined to create the thing we call pop music.

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Look what happened while rock and blues were sleeping! Explore the music of some of todays most lyrical and eloquent pop artists in an ensemble setting with singer songwriter Bill Brickey. Pop music is a genre once unique to the American music scene. In this class guitarists, bassists, drummers, and singers "band" together to discover how blues, folk, and rock classics have been combined to create the thing we call pop music.

Pop Divas Ensemble with Andrea Bunch

$206 ($186 members)

11/03/2019 – 12/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

A class for instruments and SINGERS. Rhythm and harmony. Learn and live 50 years of groove and drama: Amy Winehouse, Amy Ray, Sade, Aretha, En Vogue, Lucinda Williams, Beyonce, Ruth Brown, KT Tunstall, and more. A lot more. And who knows? Maybe Michael and Prince.

Pop Divas Ensemble with Andrea Bunch

$206 ($186 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

A class for instruments and SINGERS. Rhythm and harmony. Learn and live 50 years of groove and drama: Amy Winehouse, Amy Ray, Sade, Aretha, En Vogue, Lucinda Williams, Beyonce, Ruth Brown, KT Tunstall, and more. A lot more. And who knows? Maybe Michael and Prince.

Punk Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$206 ($186 members)

11/03/2019 – 12/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

From the pop-punk and emo of the early aughts, to folk-punk, garage-punk, queercore and DIY punk scenes around the world, punk in the new millennium has continued to grow and evolve to express the spirit of the day. We'll take a deep dive into the last 20 years of punk, from well-known artists like Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy to lesser known or emerging artists like Downtown Boys and Le Butcherettes. We'll also take a look at a few punk songs from around the world. Our set list is built primarily from student requests. Class concludes with a performance at the end of the session. Session 6: 21st Century Artists

Punk Ensemble with Shelley Miller

$206 ($186 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

From the pop-punk and emo of the early aughts, to folk-punk, garage-punk, queercore and DIY punk scenes around the world, punk in the new millennium has continued to grow and evolve to express the spirit of the day. We'll take a deep dive into the last 20 years of punk, from well-known artists like Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy to lesser known or emerging artists like Downtown Boys and Le Butcherettes. We'll also take a look at a few punk songs from around the world. Our set list is built primarily from student requests. Class concludes with a performance at the end of the session. Session 6: 21st Century Artists

R&B Ensemble with John Mead

$206 ($186 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Each session we take the work of a classic soul singer or writer or label and prepare their songs for performance with a full band including singers, guitarists, horn and keyboard players, bassists, drummers and anyone else who wants to sign up! Session 3: ‘More 60s soul divas! R&B chart-toppers, crossover hits, and near misses by great like Etta James, Gloria Jones, and others.

R&B Ensemble with John Mead

$180 ($163 members)

01/15/2020 – 02/26/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Each session we take the work of a classic soul singer or writer or label and prepare their songs for performance with a full band including singers, guitarists, horn and keyboard players, bassists, drummers and anyone else who wants to sign up! Session 3: ‘More 60s soul divas! R&B chart-toppers, crossover hits, and near misses by great like Etta James, Gloria Jones, and others.

Reggae Ensemble with Gregg Ostrom

$206 ($186 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

It a be irie. Improve your rhythm, soloing, and fretboard knowledge as we play a selection of the finest ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica. This ensemble is open to singers and all instruments. Horn players encouraged.

Reggae Ensemble with Gregg Ostrom

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

It a be irie. Improve your rhythm, soloing, and fretboard knowledge as we play a selection of the finest ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica. This ensemble is open to singers and all instruments. Horn players encouraged.

Rockabilly Ensemble with Jacob Sweet

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Explore one of the earliest and most vibrant styles of rock and roll the way it is meant be played, in an ensemble setting! A combination of R&B mixed with country influences, songs by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and the Everly Brothers as well as current artists like Brian Setzer, Big Sandy, and Dwight Yoakam will be covered. All instruments and singers welcome. Waxed sideburns and raunchy tattoos are optional.

Rockabilly Ensemble with Jacob Sweet

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Explore one of the earliest and most vibrant styles of rock and roll the way it is meant be played, in an ensemble setting! A combination of R&B mixed with country influences, songs by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and the Everly Brothers as well as current artists like Brian Setzer, Big Sandy, and Dwight Yoakam will be covered. All instruments and singers welcome. Waxed sideburns and raunchy tattoos are optional.

Rolling Stones Ensemble with John Mead

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Spend time exploring the numerous sides of the Stones' songbook. We may reconstruct a set from the recent tour. We only offer this class for two sessions in the fall so sign up and join the rock & roll circus before we pack up the tents and move on down Route 66. Are you a Mick? A Keith? A Brian? A Charlie? A Bill? A Woody? You can’t always get what you want, but...

Soul Ensemble with Bill Brickey · Alton Smith

$222 ($202 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Get your groove on with music from Motown, Memphis, Atlanta, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philly and New York. A great class to work on your vocal chops and your ensemble chops!

Traveling in Others’ Shoes: Performing “Someone Else’s” Music with Sule Greg Wilson

$5 ($5 members)

11/24/2019 (1 meetings)

Sunday · 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join early Carolina Chocolate Drop Sule Greg Wilson for this rich discussion. $5 suggested donation. You know: there’s “sharing”; and there’s the “borrowing” of music and techniques we hear so much about. There’s also “homage” and “imitation” and “appropriation”. There’s “learning”; there’s “loving”; and there is “stealing”; yes? In this partially-guided discussion, we’ll examine our own and historical relationship to African American music repertoire, review some legal and moral precedents, and talk about the yearnings of our souls. American griot Sule Greg Wilson digs for deep, strong roots. Steeped in both African and Post-African cultures, Sule built his base as a researcher and performer for the International Afrikan-American Ballet (1977-1982) and the African-American Index Project (1991-1994); as an archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (1986-1989) and at the National African-American Museum Project (1994-1995). As a performer, he has carried this focus into collaborations with a diverse group of artists: Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Reginald R. Robinson, Sankofa Strings/Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tony Trishka, Ruthie Foster, Babatunde Olatunji, Peter Rowan, and Joe Thomson to name a few. Percussion, banjo, dance and storytelling are Sule’s chosen tools for cultural archeology and you are invited to dig with him.

UFO & Scorpions Ensemble with Dan Fulkerson

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

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Women's Acoustic Ensemble with Paula McKernan

$206 ($186 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Not just for women, this class covers a mix of songs by your favorite female artists, old and new. Examine new strumming patterns, replace common chords with fresh ones, and perfect two and three-part vocal harmonies.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble with Paula McKernan

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Not just for women, this class covers a mix of songs by your favorite female artists, old and new. Examine new strumming patterns, replace common chords with fresh ones, and perfect two and three-part vocal harmonies.

Yes and More Ensemble with Cathy Norden

$154 ($140 members)

11/07/2019 – 12/19/2019 (6 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Affirmative prog by Yes and other tunes to make you happy. Can you count to seven? We’re doing some tunes by Yes and other happy bands. This class is open to intermediate to advanced students of all instruments and vocalists who can hold down a harmony part.

Yes and More Ensemble with Cathy Norden

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Affirmative prog by Yes and other tunes to make you happy. Can you count to seven? We’re doing some tunes by Yes and other happy bands. This class is open to intermediate to advanced students of all instruments and vocalists who can hold down a harmony part.

Nick Cave Ensemble with John Mead

$206 ($196 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Spend your summer laughing into the abyss with your favorite cynical, hyperliterate Australian. We’ll learn and perform songs by the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, and we’ll look at songs by similarly jaundiced writers and performers such as Greg Dulli and PJ Harvey. Bring it on.