Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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

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.

‘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!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

St. Vincent, The Pixies, The National and MORE

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

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)

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

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

LGBTQ artists in rock music

Simon & Garfunkel Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

Old Friends, Bookends hone your duo chops Session 3 Solo Paul

The Band Ensemble: Last Waltz

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Take a load off and celebrate music from the band that couldn't come up with a name.

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 daytime -sunshine

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 3 Yesterday…And Today

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

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

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

This is the class to build your chops in.

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

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

Come join the band

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 Jack Cassidy

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

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

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

dig into one of the great American music genres.

Blues Band - Live!

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Harlan Terson or Steve Hutchins

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

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

Bodhran Ensemble

Open to AllNew!

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

Brass Class: Square Roots!

Intermediate

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

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

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

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

Reggae Ensemble is taking a few sessions off. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

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 3 Grateful Dead Swing Auditorium 2/26/77

Chicago Folk Scene: Songs and Stories

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Ed Holstein

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

Join the Folk Icon and find out how things were back in the day.

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 2: Blondie “Parallel Lines”

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

Thursday with Cathy Norden

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

From the Chairman to the Monkees and loads in betrween

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…

Dylan Songbag: The Travelling Wilburys

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($15 members)

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Deanna Devore

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!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Monday with Mike Austin or Teresa Shine

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

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

Irish Session Ensemble

Intermediate

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!

Irish Session Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

This class alternates every other session with the Intro to Irish Session class.

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

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

Intermediate

Monday with Jack Cassidy

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

Build your tune vocabulary.

Jazz Improv 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

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

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

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Advanced

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

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

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.

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

Tuesday with Charles Kim

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 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!

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.

Songs of Protest, Struggle and Hope Ensemble

Open to All

Thursday with Michael O'Toole

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

Come gather round people wherever you roam…

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