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Harmonica Classes

It's a big musical experience that fits in your back pocket!

Our classes are divided into two main tracks based on the two most popular methods for playing the harmonica. Both are easy to pick up and are used by professional players, but beginner students usually focus on one method to start off.

Start with Chicago Blues Harp 1 if you want to learn harmonica through the music and traditions of the Chicago blues masters. Chicago Blues Harp classes prepare students for Blues Harmonica Performance and other ensemble playing.

Start with Harmonica 1 & Repertoire if you want to develop your skills in a variety of popular genres including blues, folk, pop, traditional, country, gospel, and more. This track is great for current guitarists who want to accompany themselves and for fans of our weekly open jams, as well as brand new students.

Harmonica Forever

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Folk/Country/Blues Harmonica 1

Beginner

Friday with Skip Landt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Online

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Thursday with Zoe Savage or David Kachalon

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Chicago Blues Harp 1 Online

BeginnerNew!

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

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 2

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Zoe Savage or David Kachalon

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Now that you have the fundamentals in order, build your repertoire of solos in level 2.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Chicago Blues Harp 2 Online

IntermediateNew!

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

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Beginning Harmonica: Simple Melodies, Styles & Techniques

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Chicago Blues Harp 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Now that you can play some 12-bar blues, explore the elusive techniques of the masters to expand your sound and fatten up your tone.

Location: Online

Continuing Harmonica

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Albert Martinez

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Blues Harmonica Performance

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Examine the rich legacy of recordings left by the great Blues Harp masters.

Location: Online

Cajun Harmonica

Advanced

Tuesday with Zoe Savage

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Learn authentic traditional Cajun music on your diatonic harmonica.

Location: Online

Harmonica Rhythm & Chording

Advanced

Monday with Joe Filisko

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Learn authentic harmonica train imitations, fox chases, and accompaniment for blues and folk music.

Location: Online

Harmonica by Ear Seminar

Open to All

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $124 ($114 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 01/08/2024 – 03/03/2024

Monday 11/13/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/27/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/29/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 03/04/2024 – 04/28/2024

Monday 01/29/24: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/12/24: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/14/24: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/29/2024 – 06/23/2024

Monday 03/25/24: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/08/24: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/10/24: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/24/2024 – 08/18/2024

Monday 05/20/24: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 06/03/24: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/05/24: Open registration

8-week lessons: 09/02/2024 – 10/27/2024

Monday 07/15/24: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/29/24: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/31/24: Open registration


Teachers

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Joe Filisko »
Harmonica

David Kachalon »
Harmonica

Shoji Naito »
Guitar, Harmonica (Blues & Jazz), Ukulele

Zoe Savage »
Harmonica, School Partnerships