Pop & Rock Classes

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

Acoustic Stones

Intermediate

Monday with John Mead

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

From London thru the known Universe get your rocks off.

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.

Blues Bass Techniques & Forms

Intermediate

Saturday with Harlan Terson

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

Get your blues playing down with one of the mainstays of the Chicago Blues scene.

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”

Soul Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Alton Smith or Bill Brickey

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

Join one of the longest running ensembles celebrating this American music form.

Sub Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

Come as you are and leave better than ever.

‘90s Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Andrea Bunch

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

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

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

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

Hey Ho and all points in between

MTV Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

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

Remember when it stood for music television? You want your MTV? Well we got ii -

Athens GA Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Take a one-way ticket to the 40 Watt Club and play songs by your favorite Athens artists

Fleetwood Mac Ensemble

Intermediate

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

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

Honky Tonk Angels

Intermediate

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

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

B-52s Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

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

Band Coaching Adult

Intermediate

Saturday with Bob Goins

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

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Tommi Zender

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

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

Beatles for Beginners

Intermediate

Thursday with Charles Kim

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

Good daytime -sunshine

Beatles Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tom Ryan

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

Session 1 & 2 The White Album

Bloodshot Records Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Shelley Miller

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

Home to a number of notable country, punk, Americana and singer/songwriter artists from around the country,

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!

Merge Records Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Classic Album Ensemble

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

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

Session 2 Stevie Wonder 'Innervisions'

‘60s Classics Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt

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

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

The Two Johnnies Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Ed Holstein

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

We're talking John Prine and Johnny Cash.

Modern Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

Come explore your 21st century inner twang.

Eagles Ensemble

Intermediate

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

Eclectic Electric Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Doyle or Tommi Zender

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

We can take this bus anywhere you want.

Ensemble Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

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

Get your act together before joining an ensemble or group.

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

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

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Grateful Dead Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Levitt

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

Jazz Ensemble: Learning Standards

Intermediate

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

Kiss Ensemble

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)

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.

Lunar Ensemble: Buffalo Springfield

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Levitt

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

Session 2: ”Deja Vu” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Nick Cave Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

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

Come learn and perform this dark genius' scary, funny, beautiful, desperate tunes

Pink Floyd Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with John Mead

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

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

We're paying attention to both lyrics and groove.

Pop Divas Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

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

A room full of stars. Join the constellation.

Punk Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Shelley Miller

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

gabba gabba hey Session 1: 21st Century Artists

Rock & Soul Revue! Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with John Mead

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

Immerse yourself into the groove-driven music of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.

Reggae Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Gregg Ostrom

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

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

Rockabilly Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

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

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

UFO & Scorpions Ensemble

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

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

We can't live without you in the band!

Songs By Women Acoustic Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

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

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

Acoustic Zeppelin

Intermediate

The plan is to offer this class in Session 4 2019.

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

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore 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

Guitarchaeology

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted the next time Professor Levitt makes an expedition, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

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

Monday with Steve Hutchins

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

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

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

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

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

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.

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Saturday with Chris Corsale

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

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Saturday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Chris Corsale

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.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

IntermediateNew!

Sunday with Donna Herula

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

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

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

Let your fingers become the Fab Four

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.

Arranging Pop Music for Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

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

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

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

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

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Hard Rock Acoustic

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)

B.B. King Guitar Styles

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)

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)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Monday or Tuesday 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 Pete Townshend

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

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

Basics of Percussive/Tapping for Acoustic Guitarists

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Andreas Kapsalis

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

Learn to play guitar with all 10 fingers!

Fingerpicking Basics

BeginnerNew!

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

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

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

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

Guitar Technique of Gordon Lightfoot

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Michael Henson

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

Learn a couple of Gordy's gems

How to Play Soul Guitar

IntermediateNew!

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

Intro to Desert Blues: Guitar Music of Mali

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

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

Discover the deep roots of blues guitar

Willie Dixon Songbook for Blues Guitar

IntermediateNew!

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

Wintertime Beatles Songbag w/Tommi Zender

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Tommi Zender

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($14 members)

yeah yeah yeah come and keep your comrades warm

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Beginner

Monday 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.

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)

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 with Michael Hammerman or Vanda Kay

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

A Cappella Singing

Open to All

Sunday with Paula McKernan or Renee Nanzer

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

$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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John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin, Guitar, School Partnerships

Louis Bardales »
Guitar

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

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

Patrick Dugan »
Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

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

John Erickson »
Piano

Olivia Flanigan »
Piano, Voice

Wendi Freeman »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Dan Fulkerson »
Guitar

Marshall Greenhouse »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Anna Jacobson »
Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

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

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

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Elaine Moore »
Guitar, Voice

Renee Nanzer »
Double Play for Preschoolers, Piano, Voice

Cathy Norden »
Piano, Guitar

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

Charles Rumback »
Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion

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

Lindsay Weinberg »
Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Andrew Wilkins »
Piano

Chris Winters »
Guitar, Ukulele

Azita Youssefi »
Piano, Voice