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Pick a Beatle class! People say they wrote the book and they didn't even know how to read! One of the best ways to hone your abilities on your instrument is to study the masters! We offer Beatles for Beginners for those just starting to get comfortable on their instruments. Beatles Acoustic addresses vocals and guitar parts. The Beatles Ensemble and Daytime Beatles take on a different album each session. Beatles Fingerstyle offers unique instrumental arrangements.

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Tom Petty Ensemble »

Calling all American Girls, Mary Janes, Refugees and Vampires in the valley. Don't back down or breakdown here's your chance to learn and celebrate one of the most iconic songbooks around. John Mead will teach the tunes and gear you for performance. The waiting is the hardest part…

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List of All Pop & Rock Classes (62 found)

Hendrix Decoded

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Bob Goins

Don't wait until tomorrow become stone free today

Bass Groove Lab

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday or Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello or Cathy Norden

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

‘80s Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with John Mead

Celebrate a decade of multiplicity

‘90s Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

Whatever, dude. East Village, East London, Eastern Europe, East Building.

Ensemble Basics

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

New Americana Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Alton Smith

Hey Ho and all points in between

Miles Davis Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Monday with Jack Cassidy

Band Coaching Adult

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Bob Goins

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul, et al.

Daytime Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Friday with TBA

Good day sunshine… Session 1 Introducing The Beatles

Beatles Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Tom Ryan

A splendid time is guaranteed Session 1 Introducing The Beatles


Beatles for Beginners

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

Black Keys/White Stripes Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Tom Petty Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with John Mead

Oh hell yes! Baby put on your party dress and join the band.

Classic Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Charles Kim

Session 6: “Raw Power” by The Stooges

Merge Records Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Shelley Miller

Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and more

Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello

Session 1 “Stranger Things” Soundtrack

Modern Country Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Women's Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Come together to celebrate popular music by women from all eras.

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jimmy Tomasello

Come join Uncle Steve's band

Here and Now Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Andrea Bunch

Just what it says, contemporary music.

Husker Du Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Shelley Miller

From “Everything Falls Apart” to “Warehouse:Songs and Stories”

Jam Band Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Jon Wall

Let's kick out the jams and get better while we're at it.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Punk Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Shelley Miller

gabba gabba hey Session 1 2018: The ‘80s

R&B Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with John Mead

Immerse yourself into the work of an artist or musical movement.

Reggae Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Gregg Ostrom

Come get you some ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, and dancehall from the great nation of Jamaica.

Rockabilly Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Soul Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

Session 3: The music of Muscle Shoals- Aretha, Wilson, Clarence and more

Sunshine Pop

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Cathy Norden

Windy City Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wilco Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Bob Goins

If you feel like singing a song and you want other people to sing along…

Rock & Pop Chamber Music

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday with Brandi Berry

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

Lead Guitar Basics

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Chris Corsale

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Randy Morris

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

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Extended Play

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Cathy Norden

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Introduction to Electric Slide Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Contemporary Slide Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Michael O'Toole

8 chord shapes will enable you to start playing in this style

Guitar Study Hall

Guitar  |  Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Jimmy Tomasello or Tommi Zender

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Playing Reggae Bass

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

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.

Learn Classic Rock Bass Lines

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Piano Lab: Dueling Pianos

Piano  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Ukulele 3: ‘Ukulele Ensemble

Ukulele  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Michael Hammerman

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