Introduction to Medieval & Renaissance Music

June 29-July 2 (optional July 3)

Discover music from the times of castles and courtiers, of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and Galileo! This music from before the "classical" era is new to many music students today, but is instantly engaging and fun. In a relaxed small-group experience (5-7 students), we'll play beautiful consorts and catchy dance tunes, and we'll experiment with improvisation in the styles of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Everyone gets to try the vielle and viola da gamba, two stringed instruments from these eras. Taught by SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman.

Who can participate

  • Students of bowed strings, plucked strings, and recorder

  • Age 8-12

  • This class is for well-established beginners through early intermediate players, usually with 1-5 years' instruction. Be able to read music with basic rhythms in keys of C, G, and D major. In this chamber-music setting, repertoire can be adapted to a wide range of student levels so that everyone can contribute at a comfortable level of personal challenge.


Four half-days and an optional Friday add-on*:

June 29-July 2, 9:30am-12:30pm

Extended-day drop-off and pick-up times may be available; please inquire.

*Friday add-on session by request (3 student minimum) with additional fee.

Location: Director's studio in the Sand Point/ Lake City neighborhood of Seattle; address given upon enrollment


The first $80 is a nonrefundable deposit. The balance of tuition is refundable only until May 1.

Early-bird registration by March 30: $162

Registration March 31-May 1: $190

Need-based financial aid is always available! First-time applicants inquire here; returning students simply contact us.

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