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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 I (8 weeks) - Beginning: MONday, JANUARY 29, 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 Teacher

David Onderdonk

Guitar and Ukulele Faculty

Michael Scott

Mandolin, Guitar, Electric Bass Faculty

AJ Seitz

Musikgarten, Rock Ensemble, Roots & Rock Faculty

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