Columbia College Chicago

Music for Adults

Sherwood provides the opportunity for adults to advance their skills in a particular genre. There are also many recreational music offerings for the beginner through intermediate level student.

 

* All classes run for 8 weeks for the summer term.

* For current tuition rates and schedule, visit our Online Registration Center.


Folk & Rock Guitar Classes

Ages 18+

Are you interested in playing for family and friends or becoming the next rock star? Group guitar class is a great way to get introduced to the guitar. Sherwood offers two different types of guitar classes, folk & rock guitar classes, and fingerstyle guitar classes. There are two levels of each group guitar class meant to be taken sequentially: Introductory Guitar and Continuing Guitar.

Folk & Rock Guitar Class
Learn to play and sing your favorite pop, rock, and folk songs in a casual learning environment! Introductory classes will focus on learning basic chords and strumming patterns to classic songs as well as building basic musical skills. Continuing students will further build on their chord knowledge, learn basic finger picking patterns and increase their repertoire. Students are also highly encouraged to attend our new monthly Friday night "Strummer's Night Out" jam sessions!

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guitar

Fingerstyle Guitar Classes

Ages 18+

Are you interested in playing for family and friends or becoming the next rock star? Group guitar class is a great way to get introduced to the guitar. Sherwood offers two different types of guitar classes, folk & rock guitar classes, and fingerstyle guitar classes. There are two levels of each group guitar class meant to be taken sequentially: Introductory Guitar and Continuing Guitar.

Fingerstyle Guitar Class
This is the perfect class for beginners looking to start a more traditional study of the guitar. Introductory students will learn the essentials of the guitar including single note melodies, basic chords, and music reading skills. Continuing participants will develop classical style finger picking techniques and further develop fretboard knowledge and reading skills.

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Classical Guitar

Group Piano Classes

Ages 18+

Group piano is an ideal way to try out the piano and build the foundation for continued individual study in piano or other instruments. All group piano classes are taught in Sherwood's state-of-the-art keyboard lab. There are two levels of group piano meant to be taken sequentially: Introductory Piano and Continuing Piano.

Introductory students will acquire a familiarity with the keyboard, learn beginning music reading skills, and play simple melodies and chords. Continuing participants will expand their repertoire to include songs in new keys and extend their range on the instrument.

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Adult Piano Class

Sing Out!

Ages 18+

Learn proper singing technique from a professional singer! This is a great class for adults who love to sing and want to train their voice in a fun and supportive environment. We'll cover sound production, breathing, diction, interpretation and musicianship skills to help strengthen and enhance vocal productivity. The song selection for the class is from both pop and musical theatre genres. 

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Sing Out

Singing With Style

Ages 18+

From Cole Porter to Kurt Weill, Burt Bacharach to Stephen Sondheim - If these are some of your favorite American songwriters, then this is the class for you! This will be an introduction to cabaret singing that will include performance and listening to classic cabaret recordings. Students will learn how to personalize their performances by telling a story, how to work with an accompanist, and how to engage an audience through the spoken word that is the hallmark of this unique genre of vocal performance. The class will culminate with a final performance at a local music venue.

Please note that this class is only offered in the spring term.

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Singing With Style

Meet The Harp

Ages 18+

Have you always wanted to play the harp? Sherwood is the only community music school in Chicago offering instruction on the harp. This class will teach you the basic technique, maintenance, tuning, and repertoire of the pedal and lever harp in a group setting. Harps are provided during class, and rental lever harps will also be available for practice at home. The class concludes with a tour of the Venus harp factory.

This class is not offered in the summer term.

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Musicianship For Adults

Ages 18+

Musicianship for Adults is designed to create a fully integrated musician, and covers ear training/sight-singing, music theory, analysis, music history, and experience with various musical genres. Basic musical competency is required for this class such as the ability to read music in treble clef and understand time and key signatures.

This class is not offered in the summer term.

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Columbia Community Chorus

Ages 18+

Discover the exciting world of choral music by singing in the Columbia Community Chorus! The Chorus provides a fun and relaxed opportunity to experience the joy of singing with others. Members learn a variety of choral literature, with emphasis on healthy tone production, blend, musicianship, and the importance of ensemble. No prior experience is required.

This class is not offered in the summer term.

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Adult Chamber Ensemble

Ages 18+

This is an excellent introduction to chamber music repertoire and rehearsal/performance techniques for students at intermediate through advanced levels.  Students with at least two years of private study will learn to play with numerous instrumental combinations including trios, quartets and quintets. Students are placed in groups based on level and instrumentation through a placement audition.

This class is not offered in the summer term.

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Adult Chamber Ensemble