Jazz Classes

Been playing or singing a while now? Ready for some jazz? Well, we're ready for you.

Now that you've built up some skills (perhaps in a basic guitar or voice class), you're ready to move onto one of Old Town School's jazz classes!

Our talented staff has put together a terrific set of classes with opportunities for you to work on individual instrument or vocal skills, or to move to the next level and begin negotiating the dynamics of a group setting. So, turn off that turntable and check out our jazz program - it's comfortable, it's professional, it's your next step!

Scott Henderson Clinic Q&A

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($33 members)

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a master.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Musical Theater Jazz Dance

Intermediate

Wednesday with Aaron Umsted

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Learn basic jazz steps and bring characther to your favorite show tunes!

Trad Jazz Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Tim McNamara

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

We're playing the good old good ones

Afrobeat Ensemble 2

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Gros Ngolle Pokossi

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Let's bring this party to a whole other level

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($196 members)

Come join the band

Brass Class: Mardi Gras Music

Intermediate

Wednesday with Evan Jacobson or Anna Jacobson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Brazilian Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tim McNamara

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $240 ($220 members)

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with TBA or Rick Veras

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Advanced

Sunday with Manny Bances

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

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

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Beginning Jazz Lab

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

This is the class to build your chops in.

Jazz Improv 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Improv 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Michael Nearpass

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

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

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Manny Bances

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Add some spicy flavorings to whatever style you play: Jamming with Latin Roots music and contemporary funky fusions.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

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 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 2

Advanced

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. 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 ($186 members)

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Basics of Percussive/Tapping for Acoustic Guitarists

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Saturday with Andreas Kapsalis

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Learn to play guitar with all 10 fingers!

Frank Vignola Let's Play Workshop with Vinny Raniolo

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

180 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Lots of playing and not much talking

Freddie Green Swing Guitar Masterclass

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Michael Pettersen

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Richard Smith Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $50 ($45 members)

Join acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith to learn some classic Nashville style guitar work!

The Craft Of Solo Jazz Guitar

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Andy Brown

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Crash Bass 2 Expanding Your Toolkit

Intermediate

Many of our Bass classes rotate through the year. 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 ($186 members)

Harmony Singing: Swing, Pop & Rockabilly

Intermediate

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop your vocal skills using all the fun of swing jazz!

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

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 01/06/2020 – 03/01/2020

Monday 11/18/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/02/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/04/19: Open registration


Teachers

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Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin, Guitar, School Partnerships

Bill Brickey »
Guitar, Wiggleworms Program, Drummers, Voice for Guitarists

Tony do Rosario »
Jazz Guitar

Patrick Dugan »
Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

Al Ehrich »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

John Erickson »
Piano

Olivia Flanigan »
Piano, Voice

John Goldman »
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Wind Instruments

Marshall Greenhouse »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Jeffrey Hunter »
Piano

Oscar Jasso »
Piano, Keyboard, Synth

Lexie Levy »
Piano, Songwriting, Voice, Theory, Transcription

Randy Morris »
Guitar

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Charles Rumback »
Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion

Bill Simmons »
Guitar

Thomas Winthrop Stevens »
Piano

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano

Jon Wall »
Guitar, Ensembles, Bass

Andrew Wilkins »
Piano