Pop & Rock Classes

Study the styles, play the tunes - join the band.

Songs of Good Tidings and More

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

A Queer Black Woman Invented Rock N Roll: A Workshop on The Beginnings of Pop and Rock Through A Feminist Lens

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

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

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Basslines From The Wrecking Crew

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

A little bit of soul, a little bit of surf pack your bathing suit.

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

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)

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

The ‘80s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

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

Celebrate the decade that brought us big-hair, breakdancing and space invaders.

‘80s Glam Metal

Intermediate

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Break out your spandex and hairspray.

Alt-Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Calling all cowboys & cowgirls we're twanging our way thru some great material.

Lunar Ensemble: The Basement Tapes

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 2: The Basement Tapes

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

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

Hey Ho and all points in between

Beatles Acoustic

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

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

Session 5: John Lennon

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

The music of the Fab Four simplified for those who have only played a short while.

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Friday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 1; Starting with the British releases Please Please Me


Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tom Ryan

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

Session 1; Starting with the British releases Please Please Me


British Rock Songbag w/ Tommi Zender

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Chuck Berry Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

The Classic Songs Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Classic Album Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

You call the tune; we'll learn the tune.

Contemporary Acoustic Songbook

Intermediate

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

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Decemberists Songbook

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  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Dylan Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Jimmy Tomasello

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

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

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements a great mix of artists and songs

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees Songbook

IntermediateNew!

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

Mountain Goats Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Here and Now Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris or Andrea Bunch

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

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Hootie and Harper Songbook

IntermediateNew!

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

Mellow Gold Songbook

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  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Neil Young Acoustic Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Tommi Zender

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

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

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Rock & Soul Revue! Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

R&B Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Join this rootsy band comprised of a combination of R&B mixed with country influences.

Steve Earle Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

The Eagles Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Willie Nelson Acoustic Songbook

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Women's Acoustic Songbook

Intermediate

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

Beatles for Upper Strings

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

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

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

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)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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)

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Intermediate

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

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday or Saturday with Chris Corsale

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

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Take your slide playing to the next level!

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

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

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.

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

Brothers Vaughan Guitar Styles

Advanced

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)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Monday with John Mead

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

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Acoustic Stones Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Johnny Cash Songbook

Intermediate

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

Great American Songbook for Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Guitar Tricks Workshop

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Improving Your Sound and Visual Presence ONLINE

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Introduction to Fingerstyle Instrumentals

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Randy Morris

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

Let your fingers do the singing.

Jon Herington: A Journeyman's Journey-How I Got Here

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Thursday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

This will be a valuable experience to anyone who strives to enhance their own musical journey.

Led Zeppelin Guitar Styles

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with John Mead

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $155 ($135 members)

One Song One Night

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with John Mead

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Acoustic Phish Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Playing Reggae Bass

Advanced

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Sgt. Pepper's Fingerstyle Guitar

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Guaranteed to raise a smile.

Sunday Singing and Strumming

Intermediate

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

Tell a Story with Your Guitar: How to Structure a Solo

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan or Louis Bardales

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

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Learn Classic Rock Bass Lines

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)

Extended Play: Harmonica

Intermediate

Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Join along to improve your playing more and more.

Beatles for Mandolin

Intermediate

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

Songwriting Games

IntermediateNew!

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

Songwriting is Magic: The Rhett Miller Lyrics Workshop

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

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

Songwriting: The Great Songs

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

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

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Charles Kim

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

Ukulele 3: Ukulele Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Michael Hammerman or Vanda Kay

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

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/24/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Patrik Ahlberg »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar

Louis Bardales »
Guitar

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

Chris Corsale »
Guitar

Kathy Cowan »
Voice

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Lisa Joy DeRosia »
Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Tony Do Rosario »
Jazz Guitar

Geoff Dolce »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Steve Doyle »
Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel

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

John Erickson »
Piano

Dan Fulkerson »
Guitar

Marshall Greenhouse »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Mandolin

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

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Elaine Moore »
Guitar, Voice

Renee Nanzer »
Double Play for Preschoolers, Piano, Voice

Catherine Norden »
Piano, Guitar, Theatre, Music Theory

Mary Peterson »
Theater, Guitar,
Wiggleworms Program, School Partnerships

David Sims »
Drum Kit, Big Drummers, Percussion

Alton Smith »
Piano

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Harlan Terson »
Bass Guitar, Guitar

Rebecca Toon »
Voice, Guitar

Jon Wall »
Guitar, Ensembles, Bass

Andrew Wilkins »
Piano

Chris Winters »
Guitar, Ukulele

Azita Youssefi »
Piano, Voice