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These classes are offered on a flexible pay-as-able model. Most ongoing classes are presented in a series of four one-hour sessions, presented on the videoconference platform Zoom and accessible from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

Register in advance at the bottom of the page. Space is limited to ten (or sometimes fewer) participants in each class.

For information about all of SHAK's inspiration-first summer workshops, visit our Enroll page. For news as we announce upcoming online learning and performing offerings, please join our mailing list.


Figured Bass for Piano Students

Fridays July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 11:30am-12:30pm Pacific time

This class is for: Piano students in middle and high school grades, from minimum 2-3 years experience to advanced, who recognize intervals by name and have played scales and three-note chords in several major keys.

Basso continuo is the art of improvising a complete harmony part from a single bass line. Also called “figured bass,” it was the normal way of accompanying music for voices or instruments during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Learning to play from figured bass opens up the world of Baroque ensemble music and is a great way to improve your general musicianship by practicing keys, intervals, and chords in a creative, hands-on way. It gives you an active, creative voice in putting your knowledge of harmony to work on the spot. Harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie leads students into the fun of playing continuo, with live demonstrations and practical exercises for students to delve into the art form. Set yourself up to take this class right at your piano keyboard.

Class size: 3-5 students.

Suggested donation: $30-$90; no one turned away for lack of funds. Register below.

Recorder Club

Tuesdays July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 12:30-1:30pm Pacific

This section is now full, but please sign up for the waiting list! We may be able to add another section.

This class is for: Newcomers to the recorder, age 8 to 11. (Kids age 6-7 may be able to participate with the assistance of a parent; please contact us before registering.)

The recorder was a popular instrument in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, played by kings and common folk as a fun social activity. Join with other curious young people and to play it yourself, using actual music from these eras. Though centuries old, these tunes are still captivating today!

You’ll need a soprano recorder for this class! If you don’t have one already, please purchase one of the following instruments:

Available by mail or pick-up from Seattle retailer Mad Robin Music: YRS 302B or YRS 402B (these are recommended) or YRS 24B (cheaper)

Recommended for beginners, shipping from Peripole: Peripole Baroque Soprano Halo

Class size: 3-5 students.

Suggested donation: $30-$90; no one turned away for lack of funds. Register below.

Medieval Calligraphy

Please register by July 9 so that you have time to receive course materials!

Thursdays July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 10-11am Pacific

This class is for: Age 10-18. Students age 8-9 may be able to participate; please contact us.

Nothing evokes the world of the late Middle Ages like the elegant blackletter calligraphy preserved in manuscripts. Together we’ll admire centuries-old illuminated pages and learn how to make these enchanting letter forms. SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman leads students through the techniques up close, first with calligraphy markers and then with real nibs and ink. The course fee includes calligraphy tools which will be mailed to you. If registering from outside the US, please contact us for a list of materials to acquire locally.

Class size: 3-10 students.

Suggested donation: $35-$95 includes course materials; no one turned away for lack of funds. Register below.

Frame Drum in Medieval & Renaissance Music

Mondays July 20, 27, August 2, 10, 11am-12pm Pacific

This class is for: Age 12-18 with some prior experience in music. Percussion experience is not required.

Drums and other percussion instruments were a popular part of music-making in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, played by men and women to accompany dance music, songs and in other forms of entertainment. Master performer Peter Maund teaches playing techniques and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to accompany real Medieval and Renaissance music with exciting percussion parts yourself. Hear Peter accompanying SHAK student Sam in this video:

You’ll need a frame drum for this class! If you don’t have one already, please purchase one of the following instruments:

Available by mail or pick-up from Seattle retailer Mad Robin Music: Remo 12" or 14" hand drum

Class size: 3-5 students.

Suggested donation: $30-$90; no one turned away for lack of funds. Register below.