Now enrolling for September 2023!

...And stay tuned for our one-day November workshop.

English Country Dance Music

           In collaboration with Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

                 Saturday afternoons starting Sept 16

A multi-instrument workshop where classical & fiddle styles meet

Some of the catchiest music ever comes from the time of Shakespeare  — dance tunes that are by turns joyful, haunting, and exhilarating, and are adaptable to almost any ensemble sizes and playing levels. Join SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman for a six-week adventure exploring this rich and satisfying repertoire together! At the end of the series, we'll perform with world-class lutenist John Lenti.

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids students age 11-14 play English country dance tunes and music of the Italian Renaissance at the Seattle Public Library, 2016

Who can participate?

This program is open to students age 10-14 who play bowed strings, plucked strings, and winds, typically from minimum two years' experience through high intermediate level, with ability to read music.

Players will receive repertoire in small groups suited to their levels, and will also have access to example recordings that will help them learn the music.

Intermediate to advanced musicians may wish to participate as new viola da gamba players — please inquire!



    Saturday afternoons Sept 16, 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28. Students will be assigned a 75- to 90-min slot between 2-6pm. Held at director's studio in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle; address given upon enrollment. 


    Sunday October 29. Location and time will be posted soon.


    Sign up via the Early Music Youth Academy at Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

    Cost: Programs at both Fiddlesticks and SHAK are offered on a free-will, income-based sliding fee system. We know that everyone benefits when our programs are accessible, diverse, and welcoming! Here's what we suggest:

    • Above-median income: $240-300 (This usually covers 75-90% of the program's actual per-student cost)
    • Near-median income: $120-200 (This usually covers about half of the program's actual per-student cost.)
    • Below-median income households: Please pay whatever you can; no one turned away for lack of funds.
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