Shulamit Kleinerman / 206 550 2565 /
Check out my upcoming historical arts classes
View past classes from Spring 2005 to Summer 2011


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Tuition per camp is $180 (unless otherwise noted),
of which $60 is a nonrefundable deposit.
Financial aid is available for most classes -- please ask.
To receive a registration form, please email me.

Summer 2012 classes are here!

July 9-13:
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids: Baroque Arts Week

Ages 6-11

10am-1pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center

Join us for this active and varied week to explore the arts, music, and manners of the Baroque age. Past favorite guest teachers Cecil Longino and Jamia Hansen-Murray return to share the closely-related arts of period fencing and dancing for young gentlemen and ladies, and on the last day we'll perform what we learned. We'll do hands-on projects from calligraphy to costume wigs, and everyone gets a chance to try the violin and viola da gamba.

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jamia Hansen-Murray and Cecil Longino. Limit 12 kids.

July 23-27:
Shulamit Kleinerman music week: Starter Strings Camp

Ages 6-12

10am-1pm
Shula's studio in the Lake City/Sand Point neighborhood, plus one field trip day to a different venue

This little camp has been a big hit in the past. Starter Strings Camp is a more casual, less intense, smaller-scale experience than many of the summer music workshops out there, with a focus on exploring different kinds of music in a relaxed, inspiring, and friendly group. The camp is ideal for young students on cello, viola, and violin OR traditional fiddle, whether as a first-time chamber music adventure for a new player or as an eclectic bit of summer enrichment for a more experienced student. As we sample fiddle music of different genres, classical chamber music, and the pre-classical music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, we'll also discover a taste of improvisation and a fun introduction to music theory. On the last day, we perform a short concert for the parents.

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with a special surprise field trip host. Minimum 4 kids, maximum 7.
*You must learn the music in advance of camp, with the help of your teacher; sheet music will be sent out in May. Please check with your teacher to see if you meet these criteria: You do not need to be able to read music. Please be able to play comfortably in the keys of G, A and D major, including both the notes C and C# on the A string. Appropriate for Suzuki mid-Book 1 through Book 3 or equivalent. (These levels are provided as benchmarks whether or not you use the Suzuki repertoire.)

August 20-24:
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids: Medieval Arts Week

Ages 6-11

10am-1pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center

This camp returns with fresh projects and old-favorite activities to explore the colorful world of the Middle Ages. We'll make our own card games to learn about heraldry, and everyone creates an illuminated manuscript and a medieval hood to take home. Add Jacob Breedlove's beloved medieval stories, plus songs, dances, and a chance to try the vielle and hurdy-gurdy, and our journey to the past is complete!

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove. Limit 12 kids.

Past classes -- Summer 2011

June 22-24:
Colonial Dance & Costume -- Special 3-day class, $115 (of which $35 is deposit)

Ages 6-12

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Before contra dancing and square dancing, there was Colonial social dancing -- fun dances with walking steps where everyone maps out elegant patterns on the floor. Learn how to bow to your partner in eighteenth-century style with specialist Jamia Hansen-Murray of Seattle Early Dance. Boys and girls will do a simple tailor or seamstress project in class -- a period costume accessory to wear on our final day! Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jamia Hansen-Murray. Limit 12 kids.

June 27-July 1:
Shakespeare's World

Ages 8-12

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Skits change yearly, so you can take this class more than once! The kids in our Renaissance Arts classes always enjoy putting on short Shakespeare skits for a parent performance. In this perennial favorite class, offered for the third summer running, Shakespeare becomes our focus, and we'll choose scenes from the plays to work on as a group. We'll also explore other elements of Shakespeare's world, from the humorous street cries of the vegetable sellers at the market to the elegant (and energetic) dances that all the men and women knew in Queen Elizabeth's court. As usual, we'll do our own historical music-making, with instruments and dances for everyone to try. On Friday, we'll perform for the parents.
Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove. Limit 14 kids.

July 25-29:
Starter String Camp

Ages 6-11, meeting specified level criteria*

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

This little camp was a big hit last summer. Enjoy an inspiring week together in a relaxed environment, exploring tunes and harmonies from classical to medieval to folk fiddle. The camp is ideal for young students on violin/fiddle, viola, and cello who would like a taste of different musical repertoires are not ready for a more in-depth chamber music camp. In this class, kids enjoy the wonderful peer group of other young string students, plus we get one or two field trips or special guests -- one to see how string instruments are made, and possibly one to the recording studio. On the last day, we perform a short concert for the parents.
Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman. Limit 7 kids.

*You must learn the music in advance of camp, with the help of your teacher; sheet music will be sent out in May. Please check with your teacher to see if you meet these criteria: You do not need to be able to read music. Please be able to play comfortably in the keys of G, A and D major, including both the notes C and C# on the A string. Appropriate for Suzuki mid-Book 1 through Book 3 or equivalent. (These levels are provided as benchmarks whether or not you use the Suzuki repertoire.)

August 15-19:
Medieval & Renaissance Spain

Ages 6-12 (interested 5-year-olds may be able to attend; please ask)

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Medieval Spain was a fascinating mix of cultures, with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents contributing their music, art, and architecture. The Christian king of Castile, Alfonso X, was called "El Sabio" -- The Wise -- because his court allowed all three populations to live in harmony. Make a mosaic and learn folktales, art projects, and recipes from a land of three cultures. This era is beloved of early musicians because we get to explore many musical traditions at once, and in this class, kids come along for the journey. We'll supplement some of the catchy, often humorous Cantigas de Santa Maria -- miracle songs about Saint Mary -- and beloved villancicos such as Rodrigo Martinez and Pase el Agoa, favorites on our recent Merry It Is CD and performances -- with Sephardic and Arabic music and explorations of instruments including the viola da gamba and the oud, the Arabic ancestor of the lute.
Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove. Limit 12 kids.

Summer 2010

July 12-16:
Starter String Camp
For students of violin, viola, and cello

Ages 7-10

Shula's home studio near the Phinney Neighborhood Center

Be between about halfway through Suzuki Book 1 and end of Book 2, or equivalent. Please sign up ASAP to ensure placement and receive music!
This is a fun first chamber music experience for students who may not be ready to choose a full-scale chamber music camp or just want something mellower. Perfect for the shy first-time ensemble participant or the eager one curious to try some new types of music in a group! We'll have a few full-ensemble selections and a few in smaller groupings, exciting tunes in a variety of styles -- classical, traditional, and medieval and renaissance music -- in pieces accessible to all. Mid-morning, we'll take a break for some exercise and fun medieval, renaissance, and baroque dances at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. I'll send you sheet music. Make sure your teacher is available to choose which parts or ensemble pieces are best for you, and to help you read your parts or teach them to you by ear. Music reading skill is helpful but not required. Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with special musician guest visitors. Min 6/max 8 kids.

July 26-30:
A Week in Medieval France

Ages 6*-11

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

*Interested five-year-olds may also be able to attend; please ask.

Come take a kid-friendly look at the special delights of French culture in the Middle Ages -- and make your own gargoyles! Many of the arts we've had the most fun with during our "medieval arts week" classes have come from France, such as the elegant dance called the estampie and the colorful art and language of heraldry. Teachers Shula and Jacob play medieval vielles -- the old French word for fiddles -- and Jacob's favorite instrument, the hurdy-gurdy, survives in French folk music today. Join us for some of our perennial favorites, including a much-requested story retold from the poet Marie de France -- and plenty of new explorations, songs, dances, and projects. Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove. Limit 12 kids.

August 16-20:
Shakespeare's World

Ages 6*-12

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

*Interested five-year-olds may also be able to attend; please ask.

Two camps in one: a theater workshop for the older kids, working more closely with Jacob, and a more exploratory arts and theater workshop for the younger ones, working more closely with Shula. The kids in our Renaissance Arts classes always enjoy putting on short Shakespeare skits for a parent performance. In this class, offered again after it was a hit last summer, Shakespeare becomes our focus, and we'll choose scenes from the plays to work on as a group. NEW THIS YEAR: a field trip to Empty Sea Studios recording studio a few blocks away, where we'll record monologues and short scenes for a class keepsake CD! We'll also explore other elements of Shakespeare's world, from the humorous street cries of the vegetable sellers at the market to the elegant (and energetic) dances that all the men and women knew in Queen Elizabeth's court. As usual, we'll do our own historical music-making, with instruments and dances for everyone to try. On Friday, we'll perform for the parents. For the 8 and up kids, basic enjoyment of grade-level reading (or above) is important to be able to enjoy this class. Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove. Limit 14 kids.

Autumn 2009

Sept 12-Dec 19, 2009
Early Music for Youth returns!


Ensemble classes for music students aged 8-12.
Held at Shula's Phinney Ridge studio.


This new program welcomes students of a wide variety of skill levels to learn and perform music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. I have a special fondness for bringing these eras to life for and with young people!

Some of the most exciting and satisfying music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance is technically accessible and straightforward enough for students in the early stages with their instruments. For more advanced players, there is infinite room to explore more deeply, with improvisational and compositional techniques, stylistic articulation, and the chance to try historical instruments from percussion to viola da gamba. The captivating historical eras behind the music are a special draw. We'll learn enough background to appreciate how the music was enjoyed in its own time.

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman.

Summer 2009

July 20-24, 2009
Shakespeare's World

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 8-12

The kids in our last two Renaissance Arts classes have enjoyed putting on short Shakespeare skits for a parent performance. In this class, Shakespeare becomes our focus, and we'll choose scenes from the plays to work on as a group. We'll also explore other elements of Shakespeare's world, from the humorous street cries of the vegetable sellers at the market to the elegant (and energetic) dances that all the men and women knew in Queen Elizabeth's court. Our guest fencing teacher will make an appearance, and as usual, we'll do our own historical music-making, with instruments and dances for everyone to try. On Friday, we'll perform for the parents.

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove.

Aug 3-7, 2009
Music and Dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 7-12

Medieval and Renaissance music and dance repertoires are a natural fit for kids of all playing levels. A lot of the most wonderful, exciting, and satisfying material from these eras is technically accessible and straightforward even for students without a lot of experience. There is also infinite room for more advanced students to explore more deeply. The captivating historical eras behind the music are a special draw for many of us, kids and adults alike! All the kids will leave the class with songs to sing, tunes to play, and dances to dance. We'll divide the class when there's a chance to teach specialized techniques to the more advanced music students on their own instruments. We'll all learn some tunes by ear at a very relaxed pace, and we'll work up our own arrangements as a group, in which everyone can contribute at their level and collaborate with me and Jacob. (Non-instrumentalists will be able to sing or play percussion.) Everyone will have a chance to play historical percussion instruments with the group, and to try our instruments from hurdy-gurdy to viola da gamba to vielle to harp to recorder to harpsichord. We'll perform a selection of our class favorites for the parents on Friday.

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove.

Aug 17-21, 2009
Arts of Colonial Days

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 5-11

This is our usual, time-tested, wide-age-range, one-room-schoolhouse format, but with a brand new topic! We'll explore Arts of Colonial Days, from crafts to dance to music to storytelling to cooking, to costume for young men and women. There will be historical instruments for everyone to try, and a special guest performer will visit. We'll weave and spin. Maybe we'll even churn our own butter....?

Taught by Shulamit Kleinerman with Jacob Breedlove.

Summer 2008

Medieval* Arts Week: July 28-August 1
Renaissance Arts Week: August 4-8

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 7-11

These programs with co-teacher Jacob Breedlove are some of my best loved. With stories, songs, dances, and crafts, we'll enter the world of centuries past. Knights, queens, and clever fools share their lives in portraits and perhaps a play. This hands-on workshop includes early social dance and a menagerie of string, wind, and percussion instruments for everyone to try. (No musical background is necessary.) Everyone will be able to try their hand at arts from calligraphy to cooking with period recipes!

The workshops can be taken together or separately. We'll be back with new projects this summer so that returning kids can repeat the classes.

Class size is limited to a total of 12 kids with two teachers. The small size is the secret to our successful age-mixing -- no one is underengaged or overextended. Jacob Breedlove returns as my popular teaching and performing partner. He's a multi-instrumentalist and craftsman whose music, stories, puppet shows, and theater sets have been enjoyed at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation, WA for 19 summers.

Both workshops will run M-F, 9am-noon, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle. Full tuition is $150, and kids aged 5-11 are welcome to attend. Until I learn how to post a downloadable registration form, please get in touch and I can send you one by email or paper post.

* Not sure about the middle ages for kids? Check out my blog posting about kid-friendly medieval arts.

Summer 2007

A Week in Medieval England

Portland OR, presented by the Portland Revels
June 25-29 2007
Ages 5-11

The Middle Ages come to life in this hands-on exploratory workshop for children. Try your hand at arts and crafts of the period, from weaving and calligraphy to dance and song -- and cooking from medieval recipes! Instructors and musicians Shulamit Kleinerman and Jacob Breedlove bring a menagerie of medieval percussion, wind, string, and keyboard instruments for everyone to try. (No background in music is necessary.)

Renaissance Arts for Kids

July 30 - Aug 3 2007
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 5-11

Discover Renaissance culture through stories, music, arts and crafts of the period. This hands-on workshop includes early social dance and a menagerie of early string, wind, keyboard, and percussion instruments for everyone to try. (No musical experience is necessary.) Everyone will be able to try their hand at arts from calligraphy to cooking with period recipes, and we'll take a look at how Renaissance science shaped the courtly arts of the time.

Multi-instrumentalist and craftsman Jacob Breedlove, who joins Shula for this class, has been entertaining at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation, WA as a musician, storyteller, and puppeteer for 18 summers.

Spring 2005 to Spring 2007

Early Music for Youth

Thursdays October 19-Dec 14 (except Thanksgiving), 6-7pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 8-14

This class is for music students who...

  • have a year's experience or more
  • can play comfortably in (at least) C, G, and D major.
  • have at least a beginning familiarity with note names
  • have a private teacher who will be interested to spend some lesson time on the material if necessary

Students at a variety of technical levels should be comfortable in the class, since we'll be learning tunes and working out arrangements that make comfortable use of individual skills and instruments. Class size will be capped at 8 kids to keep it relaxed and rewarding.

We'll focus on a few medieval tunes for the first half of the session, mostly by ear/rote, moving into some basic renaissance consort repertoire from the page in the second half. We'll also venture into improvisation and renaissance dance, and there will be opportunities to try as many instruments as possible (viola da gamba, percussion, medieval fiddle, and recorder at least). Early percussion specialist Peggy Monroe will visit to introduce instruments and techniques, so that everyone can take turns playing percussion throughout the class.

Students need not have experience with historical instruments. There may be space for one or two keyboard students, pending the availability of an instrument -- please ask.

Mozart’s Magic Flute

Yule Week

December 18-22, 2006
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 5-11

Festive projects and pastimes from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to celebrate the changing seasons – and we’ll explore the science behind the shortest day of the year. Special guests include costumed Renaissance dancers Katie Gibbons and Toivo Rovainen of Seattle Early Dance to demonstrate and teach courtly dances.

Behind the Scenes at the Puppet Opera: The Liberation of Ruggiero

Saturdays March 24 and 31, 9am-1pm
Northwest Puppet Center
Ages 7-11

This spring, the Carter Family Marionettes are performing Francesca Caccini’s early seventeenth century opera (the first opera written by a woman) about Ruggiero’s escape from the island of Alcina.  We’ll meet one of the singers, and go backstage with Dmitri Carter to see how the puppets are made and used.  Meanwhile, try your hand at the music, art, and manners of early Baroque Italy.

This class is scheduled so that participants and their families may attend the performance of Ruggiero later in the spring.

On Vacation with Handel

M-F April 9-13, 9am-noon
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Ages 7-11

What was London like in the 18th century, when Handel wrote music there?  We’ll explore tales of the place and time along with period arts and crafts.  Special guests include Seattle Baroque Orchestra artistic director Ingrid Matthews with her violin, dancer Ines Andrade of Seattle Early Dance – in costume – to introduce Baroque dance and manners for gentlemen and ladies, and historical fencer Cecil Longino of the Academia della Spada to offer an introduction to the art of fencing (with soft foam swords).

This class is scheduled so that students and their families can attend the Seattle Baroque Orchestra Handel concert a few weeks later, with dances performed by Seattle Early Dance.