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MIC Roots & Rock Program - faculty Dave Onderdonk and Megon McDonough

Rock - Folk - Blues - Country - Bluegrass - Klezmer

Michael Scott, Roots & Rock Program Director

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Roots & Rock classes explore America’s great contributions across a broad musical landscape. Discover the common roots shared across these traditions, build a solid musical foundation, and make your own musical voice heard!

Roots & Rock classes are an easy way to make music and friends while building or expanding your musical skills in a friendly and comfortable setting. Enjoy:

  • Beginning and intermediate level group classes led by some of the area’s most seasoned performers and teachers
  • Dig into the rich history and culture behind the music
  • Progress at the pace most comfortable for you  through eight-week sessions
Interested in Roots & Rock private lessons in guitar, ukulele, mandolin, songwriting and more?

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Register now for Roots & Rock Classes

Roots & Rock Session Ii (8 weeks) - Beginning: MONday, april 1, 2024

Questions? Please contact Michael Scott.

Instrumental Classes

Guitar I: Beginning (ages 8 - adults)
Guitar II: Intermediate (ages 9 - adults)
Ukulele I: Beginning (ages 8 - adults)
Ukulele II: Intermediate (ages 9 - adult)
Mandolin for the Absolute Beginner (ages 9 – adult)
Electric Bass Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (ages 9 – adult)

Special Topics

Music of the Beatles (ages 12 – adult)
The American Acoustic (ages 12 – adult)
Protest Songs: How Music Relates to Social Change (ages 16 – adult)
Music Theory Rocks! (ages 12 - adult)


Bluegrass Ensemble (ages 12 - adult)
Rock Ensemble (ages 12 -18)
Music Institute Klezmer Ensemble (MIKE) (ages 9 - adult)

Music Production

Music Notation Software (ages 12-17)
Music Production with Ableton Live (ages 12+ & adults)

Clem Leek

Music Production Faculty
Campus Director, Winnetka

Jeremiah Benham

Guitar Faculty

Daniel Golden

Violin & Viola Faculty

Al Loss

Music Production Faculty

Megon McDonough

Voice and Songwriting Faculty

David Onderdonk

Guitar and Ukulele Faculty

Michael Scott

Mandolin, Guitar, Electric Bass Faculty; Director of MIC's Roots and Rock Program 

AJ Seitz

Musikgarten, Rock Ensemble, Roots & Rock Faculty

Aaron Shapiro

Guitar Faculty

Upcoming Events

Evanston All-Campus Recital

Graduating Seniors Concert

Re-registration begins for Fall Semester 2024