Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Jonas Friddle

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

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Thursday with Steve Rosen

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

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Advanced

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Dan Mulvihill

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

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Clawhammer Banjo: Pete and Woody

AdvancedNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Beginner

Thursday with Dona Benkert

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

For beginning mountain dulcimer players and those who want to study the basics that will help make you a better player.

Mountain Dulcimer 2

Intermediate

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

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

Mountain Dulcimer: Advanced Techniques

Advanced

Thursday with Dona Benkert

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

Experience the beauty of the dulcimer as you learn challenging tunes and expand the techniques and chords studied in Mountain Dulcimer 2.

Dulcimer Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Dona Benkert

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

For all dulcimer enthusiasts - hammered and mountain - have a great time expanding your musical knowledge and experiencing the joy of making music. Guitarists and fiddlers are welcome, too!

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.

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 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.

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.

Dylan Songbag: Bob's Birthday Celebration

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

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

happy birthday dear Bobby…happy birthday to you

Dylan Songbag: The Travelling Wilburys

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($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.

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…

Fiddle 3 French Canadian

Advanced

Fiddle 3 French Canadian is offered once a year during session 5 (Sep - Oct).

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

Fiddle 3 Old Time

Advanced

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

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

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

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

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

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

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Fingerstyle Jukebox

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Let your fingers do the singing

Acoustic Blues Clinic: Piedmont, Delta and Chicago

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Mark Dvorak, Donna Herula or Jon Shain

360 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $120 ($100 members)

Enhance your blues guitar playing with this vital clinic.

Folk & Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Harmonica Forever

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Folk & Blues Harmonica 2: Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Students will play songs in the first three "positions" and will learn/develop note-bending skills.

Ukulele 3: Ukulele Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Michael Hammerman

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

A Cappella Singing

Open to All

Wednesday or Sunday with Paula McKernan or Renee Nanzer

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $212 ($202 members)