Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Matt Brown

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

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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

Thursday with Steve Rosen

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.

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner

Monday with Matt Brown

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

We will start off in G tuning (gDGBD) with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Intermediate

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.

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

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

There's always lots to discover when working with Dylan's music.
Session 5 Blood On The Tracks

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.

Joni Mitchell Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

Take on the music of one of the greatest of songwriters.

Songs of Protest, Struggle and Hope Ensemble

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Michael O'Toole

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

Fiddle 3 French Canadian

Advanced

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

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

Fiddle 3 Old Time

Advanced

Fiddle 3 Old Time is offered every other session during the year, in session 2 (Mar - Apr), session 4 (Jun - Aug), and session 6 (Oct - Dec).

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

Folk & Classical Chamber Music

Advanced

This class is offered on alternating sessions with Rock & Pop Chamber Music.

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

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 1

Beginner

Saturday with Paul Kaye

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

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every other session with level 1. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

Greenwich Village Voices

Intermediate

Monday with Ed Holstein

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

Study an iconic era of folk music with our own folk icon.

Johnny Cash Songbook

IntermediateNew!

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

Steve Goodman Songbook

Intermediate

Sunday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($92 members)

Learn the tunes of one of Chicago's favorites from one of his dearest friends.

Folk & Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Wednesday 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

Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills.

Harmonica 2: Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 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.

Mandolin Ensemble

Advanced

Wednesday with Bau Graves

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

Play uncomplicated Mandolin parts in sections and practice from sheet music to enhance your harmonic sense.

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)