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.

As we continue to conduct classes online please be advised that due to latency issues, we are not playing together as such. Class time is spent predominantly learning songs and parts. In addition, many teachers are providing supplemental materials and practice tracks. Individual students have the opportunity to lead a song during class if they so desire.

We continue to investigate recent developments in technology which allow smaller groups the ability to play together and will update the community when we have news. Of course, nothing takes the place of live musical interaction and we look forward to assembling the band together in the same room in the not too distant future.

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The ‘80s Ensemble with Andrea Bunch

$210 ($190 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Oh what a feeling! Come dance in the dark and walk on sunshine all night long as we jam 80's Pop, R&B, and rock! All instruments and singers welcome.

New Americana Ensemble with Alton Smith

$184 ($166 members)

08/31/2020 – 10/19/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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

$210 ($190 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

So many movie soundtracks are full of terrific songs we’ve decided to offer an ensemble class to learn tunes from various soundtracks. Session 5: TBA

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$210 ($190 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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! Session 5: John Lennon

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

$210 ($190 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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

$210 ($190 members)

09/04/2020 – 10/23/2020 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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 5 TBA

Beatles Ensemble: Abbey Road with Steve Levitt

$210 ($190 members)

09/02/2020 – 10/21/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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 4 Let It Be

Beginning String Band Ensemble with Colby Maddox · Dan Mulvihill

$216 ($196 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online Classes Available

This class is an introduction to early string band music featuring straightforward arrangements for clawhammer banjo, early American fiddle, and mandolin styles. Paced for students who have finished with the introductory courses for their instruments, this class gives fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and more a chance to work together to get songs "performance ready” by building the confidence and consistency it takes to make music with others. All students are invited to play and lead songs for the class and even share their own recordings with their teachers and fellow students. Play-along tracks, videos, tablature, and charts are provided, and we will spend time on technique for each instrument. Beginning String Band Ensemble is a fun and challenging way to dive into creating music with others in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere.

Bloodshot Records Songbook with Shelley Miller

$181 ($161 members)

09/05/2020 – 10/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · Online Classes Available

From the Waco Brothers and Old '97s to Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, there's no end to the great tunes and iconic artists we can explore.

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

$184 ($166 members)

09/05/2020 – 10/24/2020 (7 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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 5 The Classic Album Ensemble plays from a weekly rotation of their favorite album tracksin a Zoom-friendly, back-to-basics summer class! We're loading up the jukebox with Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes", The Kinks 'Lola', Iggy Pop's The Passenger' and more! Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass and keyboards welcome.

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$210 ($190 members)

09/02/2020 – 10/21/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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

$210 ($190 members)

09/05/2020 – 10/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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.

Modern Country Ensemble with Jacob Sweet

$216 ($196 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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.

Decemberists Songbook with Andrea Bunch · Randy Morris

$194 ($174 members)

08/31/2020 – 10/19/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Come play the whimsical, melodic, modern Americana of the Decemberists. Colin Meloy's indie folk songs are a joy to play and sing. All instruments/ singers and newbies are welcome. Class may include reenactments of sea battles.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning

$210 ($190 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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

$210 ($190 members)

09/02/2020 – 10/21/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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! Session 5: Laurel Canyon

Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$184 ($166 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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.

Jazz Improv 1 with Michael Nearpass

$210 ($190 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Please note as we are limited to online classes, our in class work is focused on listening, analysis and discussion. 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

$210 ($190 members)

09/03/2020 – 10/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Please note as we are limited to online classes, our in class work is focused on listening, analysis and discussion. 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.

Klezmer Music ONLINE with Marianne Bossert

$206 ($186 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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. In our online setting we will concentrate on improvisation and the music theory employed.

Live From Wrigley Field Ensemble with Dan Fulkerson

$210 ($190 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

For Sessions 3 & 4 this baseball season, Dan Fulkerson will offer rock ensemble classes based on bands that will perform at Wrigley Field in 2020. For Session 3 we’re looking at Weezer, Fallout Boy and Green Day. Later in the Summer, hair bands: Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett.

Lunar Ensemble: Jackson Browne “For Everyman” with Steve Levitt

$184 ($166 members)

08/31/2020 – 10/19/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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 share them.

Monday Night Special with Peggy Browning · Mark Mitchell

$189 ($172 members)

08/31/2020 – 10/19/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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!

Neil Young Songbag w/Tommi Zender with Tommi Zender

$20 ($18 members)

09/25/2020 (1 meetings)

Friday · 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · Online Classes Available

Span the decades of tunes by this one of a kind songwriter and music icon. We’ll provide charts and Canadian accouterments. Hey Hey My My.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

$222 ($202 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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.

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

$210 ($190 members)

09/02/2020 – 10/21/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

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.

Rockabilly Ensemble with Jacob Sweet

$210 ($190 members)

09/01/2020 – 10/20/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

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.