Musical Instruments: History, Evolution, and Usage | Newberry

Musical Instruments: History, Evolution, and Usage

Led by Stephen Kleiman. 6 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Tuesdays, May 29 - July 3

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This class will be a detailed look at musical instruments: where they came from, what they look like, how they are used, what family they are part of, what they sound like alone and when played with other instruments, what the instruments look like now, and how they have evolved. We will also discuss musical ensembles, their evolution, and what instruments define them. Six sessions.

Stephen Kleiman holds a BS from The Mannes College of Music and an MM Degree in music composition/conducting from the University of Michigan. He has conducted throughout Europe and the United States. His compositions are performed regularly, and he has been teaching at the Newberry since 2008.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.