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August series enrollment is open now

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


Species Counterpoint Workshop

Three Fridays and one Monday, 4pm-5:15pm Pacific: August 7, 14, 17, 21

This class is for: Students 11-18 who read music, recognize harmonic and melodic intervals at sight, and comfortably sing or play an instrument. Especially recommended for choral singers and piano students.

Learn to think like a Renaissance composer! Counterpoint is the skill of crafting melodies that fit together harmoniously — a fundamental skill for composition throughout the history of classical music. Harpsichordist and returning SHAK instructor Jonathan Oddie teaches the basics of two-part counterpoint the way young musicians of the Renaissance learned it, beginning with the simplest note values and intervals and gradually introducing faster notes and more varied melodic shapes. Studying species counterpoint is a great way for any musician to deepen your understanding of melody and harmony and sharpen your musical hearing, whether you're a young composer or just want to learn about the history and workings of music from within.

Class size: 3-10 students.

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

Medieval Instrumental Music-Making

Fridays Aug 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11am-12pm Pacific

This class is for: Students age 11-18 who play bowed strings, harp, classical guitar, or wind instruments, from late beginner to advanced. (You don't need a medieval instrument!) Participants should have at least 2-3 years of instruction and be able to play comfortably in keys with at least one flat or sharp.

The instrumental music that survives from the Middle Ages is based around playful patterns of repetition, suggesting that players in this time enjoyed improvising within these structures to make melodies of their own. Led by SHAK founder and director Shulamit Kleinerman, you’ll discover the enchanting modal scales — different from modern major and minor tonality — that give medieval music its mesmerizing sound. Each week's class introduces a real centuries-old melody that reveals how the modes worked in the by-ear culture of the Middle Ages. We’ll use these pieces as a springboard for your own improvisations and compositions. Whether you already enjoy improvising or are trying it for the first time, and even if you feel shy about it, this class is for you! Hear a sample of medieval-style composition in this video by SHAK student Sam Groom, accompanied by percussionist Peter Maund:

Set yourself up to take this class with your instrument in hand!

Class size: 3-10 students.

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

 

 

 

Continuing classes

Medieval Calligraphy

Thursdays 10am-11am Pacific with optional Q&A/help time till 11:15, August 20 and 27

(Online field trip August 13 10am: Participants have already registered, and no additional signup is needed.)

Suggested donation: $10-30 ($5-$15 per class), plus optional materials restock fee. No one turned away for lack of funds. Register either by making a credit card tuition payment below, or by mailing a check to the address below (please also confirm by email if sending a check).

Recorder Clubs

Music-reading class (formerly Friday class) now meets Mondays 1-2pm Pacific, August 10, 17, 24

Tuesday class now meets Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am Pacific, August 11, 18, 25

Suggested donation: $25-65 for the three-class series, no one turned away for lack of funds. Register either by making a credit card tuition payment below, or by mailing a check to the address below (please also confirm by email if sending a check).


Registration for series classes