Make Music with us! Here’s a list of activities that will give you the opportunity to join in the music-making.

5:15-6:00PMSOUSAPALOOZABeer Garden area on the East side of the Prtitzker PavilionYESSince 2011, Make Music Chicago has pioneered the “Sousapalooza” – an invitation for hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players to come together and sightread the music of The March King, John Philip Sousa. Sousapaloozas returns in 2024 in cities around the U.S. Download the music, bring your horn, and join the band!
4:00-5:30PMHarmonicas In Bessemer Park Bessemer ParkYESLearn how to play the harmonica with The South Side Jazz Coalition. Free harmonicas will be provided by Hohner!
3:30-4:30 PMFree Mini Violin Lessons w/ Susie Smith (Lincoln Square Suzuki!)Winnemac ParknoJoin Susie at Winnemac Park (near the Youth Garden) for a mini violin lesson! Don't have a violin? No problem! I have a child and adult-size violin you can use. Open ages 3+
3:30-4:00PMKazoo Workshop with Skip LandtOld Town School of Folk MusicnoJoin a Kazoo workshop with Skip Landt of the Old Town School of Folk Music . No experience necessary, free kazoos!
3:00-4:00PMLanialoha Uke Jam Q Ideas Plant ShopnoJoin Lanialoha & Aloha Lives! for a participatory jam session of live, vocal and acoustic music that features traditional, contemporary and easy listening island music as well as popular Disney songs for younger audiences.
3:00-4:00PMFlowerpot Music with Josh JonesGoudy ParknoJoin us as we learn Flowerpot Music, a composition for this unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument. Bring your own flowerpot, or another resonant bowl-like object of your choice. This event is for musicians and non-musicians alike.
2:00-5:00pmBeginner guitar lessons with Ric Larsen Goudy ParknoStop by for a free lesson with guitarist, Richard Larsen. Bring your own guitar or one will be available for the lesson, if you don't have one.
2:00-5:00pmBeginner guitar lessons with Zhivko NikolovGoudy ParknoStop by for a free guitar lesson with Zhivko Nikolov, founder of 6VibeZ Music Inc.! Bring your own guitar or if don't have one, one will be provided for the lesson.
2:00-3:30PMHarmonica Workshop with Skip LandtOld Town School of Folk MusicnoCome learn harmonica with veteran Old Town School of Folk Music teacher Skip Landt! Free harmonicas from Hohner will be available for the workshop.
1:00-2:00PMBucket Drumming with Don SkoogBack of the Yards LibrarynoCelebrate Make Music Day by playing drums, even if you have never played before! Drumsticks for this event are generously donated by Vic Firth.

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