Hands-on skills for your off-screen time!

August intro-class enrollment is open now

These short-but-sweet classes are free of charge. Presented on the videoconference platform Zoom and accessible from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, each session lasts 50-60 minutes.

Register in advance at the bottom of the page. Space is limited to ten participants in each class.

For information all of about SHAK's online learning and performing programs, visit our Enroll page and join our mailing list.

Introduction to: Historical Percussion, the Pulse of the Past

Monday, Aug 24, 4pm Pacific

This class is for: Students age 8-12—no special background required

In this lively exploration of how percussion has kept the beat through the ages, you’ll meet amazing instruments and learn rhythms to participate from home with body percussion or improvised instruments. Versatile Northwest percussionist and award-winning educator Tony Gómez leads this journey across both land and time. Together we’ll trace the roots of early European percussion to North Africa and Western Asia, learning beats that are centuries old but still used today in everything from folk music to hip-hop.

Class size: 3-10 participants

Cost: Free! Pre-registration is required, below.

Introduction to: Developing Your Solo Singing

Tuesday, August 25, 2pm Pacific

This class is for: Age 10-18  everyone works at their own level. It's helpful to have some singing experience, whether in a choir, school ensemble, or private lessons.

While we can't sing in groups right now, we can take this time to develop our individual skills in a new ways! Opera singer and beloved Seattle teacher José Luis Muñoz introduces technique to support the voice for kids before, during, and after the middle school years. With examples from the Baroque era, when opera created star singers for the first time, José Luis shows how to ornament a melody to put a creative personal stamp on it — just as singers do in the world of popular music do today.

This class is a little different from our other introductory classes — you'll want to spend some time practicing first. When you register, you'll receive sheet music and recordings to help you prepare one of the arias below for the class. If you aren't used to reading music, you can learn from recordings and practice with online accompaniment for your range.

Class size: 3-10 participants.

Cost: Free! Pre-registration is required, below.