Columbia College Chicago

Classes for Adults

Whether you're picking up an instrument for the first time, looking for an opportunity to get your groove on, or want to perform with a group, Sherwood offers a number of fun music classes that allow you to do just that. There's something for a variety of interests and skill levels!

* All classes run for 8 weeks unless otherwise indicated.

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

Piano Classes

Since 1895, Sherwood has been the destination for learning piano in Chicago, and our eight-week Group Piano classes are a great place to begin your musical journey. In these classes, you’ll get the opportunity to try out the keyboard and interact with people like you. All group piano classes take place in our digital keyboard lab, and are open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Group Piano 1: Introducing the notes, fingering, and dynamics. (No experience necessary.)

Group Piano 2: Exploring intervals, chords and simple songs.  (Some background in basic finger technique and rhythms, dynamics, know how to read the staff, key names.)

Group Piano 3: Delving into technique, expanding 5 finger patterns, octaves, new key signatures, songs of the waltz and march style. (Must have skills from Level 2 and an understanding of treble and bass clef, rests.)

Group Piano 4: Diatonic chords, dotted rhythms and applying scales to songs. (Must have completed Group Piano 3.)

Group Piano 5: Putting it all together. Applying technique, new key signatures, and introducing blues/rock walking bass lines to increased repertoire. (Must have completed Group Piano 4.)

Group Piano 1 (Summer Session 1): Tuesdays for 8 weeks, 8-9:15 pm l $176*
Group Piano 1 (Summer Session 2): Saturdays for 8 weeks, 11 am-12:15 pm l $176*
Group Piano 2 (Summer Session 1): Saturdays for 8 weeks, 12 -1:45 pm l $176
Group Piano 3 (Summer Session 1): Tuesdays for 8 weeks 6:30-7:45 pm l $176

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Adult Piano Class


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 class is 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. 

This 16-week class is not offered during Summer Term.

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Singing With Style

Broadway Performance Ensemble

This class rehearses extended scenes, songs and group numbers from the contemporary Broadway musical theater repertoire. Taught by experienced Columbia College Theater Department faculty, this sixteen-week class helps develop acting skills, vocal techniques and confidence. The experience culminates in a final performance in our recital hall, which is free and open to family and friends. There is absolutely no experience necessary to enjoy this class, and everyone is welcome!

This 16-week class is not offered during Summer Term.

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