American Traditional & Country Ensembles



All play together.

In Traditional Music of all kinds, playing together is how the music is made. No matter what instrument you play, there is a place for you in one of these ensembles.

List of All Country & Traditional Ensembles (19 found)

Acoustic Blues Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Celebrate this American music form playing with others.

Americana Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Skip Landt

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s but includes songs from the folk revival and beyond.

New Americana 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

Bluegrass Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Colby Maddox or John Huber

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

There's alway lots to discover when working with Bob Dylan's music. Session 2. Selections from “The Gospel Years”

Celebrating Tradition

Group ClassOpen to All

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

Monday with Maura Lally or Peggy Browning

Make music together, creating your own arrangements in the tradition of Frank Hamilton & Win Stracke, our School's founders.

Country & Bluegrass Harmony: Strings and Vocals

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

Modern Country 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.

Women's Acoustic 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 Songs: Carrying History Forward

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Peggy Browning

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Jug Band Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Jonas Friddle

With roots in the blues, jazz and ragtime, jug band music includes some of the happiest songs you'll ever play.

Latvian Folk Songs and Dances

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Thursday with Imanta Dimanta

Memphis/New Orleans Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Beale Street all flavors in between.

Old Time Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Paul Tyler or Steve Rosen

Play in an Old Time string band with fellow students. You'll learn new tunes, and brush up some traditional favorites.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle or Anna Jacobson

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands. Come play the songs!

Rockabilly 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.

Vintage Country Ensemble

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Gail Tyler or Paul Tyler

Let's play the good old good ones

Wilco 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…

Songs and Stories from a Chicago Folk Icon

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

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