Multi Instrument Classes

Living Room Ensemble

Wes Weddell
Four Mondays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

You’ve heard it time and again: nothing builds chops like playing with other people. But where can you find that comfortable, forgiving jam for beginners to first get your feet wet? Right here! Learn the dynamics and etiquette of group-playing and the song-circle format along with tips for integrating your instrument into an ensemble setting. You'll want to have familiarity with the chords A, C, D, G, and F in this weekly class where all instruments are welcome! For more information about Wes Weddell, visit

Songs of Freedom and Protest (Noon)

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

You've heard of Dylan, Seeger, Baez, and Guthrie, but there are many more! Learn traditional American protest songs from the 1950's to the present day. Ukuleles and other strummed instruments welcome. You should be able to play chords in the keys of C, G, and D.

Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band

Sarah Comer
Classes held 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/8
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

If you want to play old time music for dancers but don't know where to start, this class is for you! Join the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band where and learn the nuts and bolts of dance playing; how to choose tunes for a medley and match them to the dances; communicate with the caller; and keep solid rhythm at dance tempo. Best suited for intermediate players, you'll want to be able to learn tunes on your own from provided recordings and sheet music. Although fiddle often takes the lead in old time dance bands, acoustic melody and backup instruments that you'd find in contra dance band are all welcome! All your hard work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family at the spring dance (date TBA)! NOTE: This class meets every other week on 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/8. Drop-ins welcome!

Seattle Collaborative Contra Band

Sarah Comer
Classes held 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, and 6/15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

This new class is a place for contra dance musicians to gather and work out harmonies, varied chord lines, and fun arrangements for a BIG dance band! Best suited for those who have taken the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band class, or have played in other dance bands long enough to know a jig-to-reel change from a crooked square set. All your hard work will lead to some great dancing at the end-of-season dance in May (date TBA). NOTE: This class meets every other week on 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, and 6/15. Drop-ins welcome!

Improvising in Life and Music

Monica Schley
Saturday, June 10
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you stuck in your learning process? Do you feel like your music needs a creative boost? This imaginative class is for you if you are wanting to take your musical journey to the next step. Learn how to become a better listener, develop comfort with improvising, co-create songs, and trust in your own ability to make new music on the spot. This class is meant to be a confidence builder, helping musicians of all levels to believe in their own skills and inherent good ideas. Oh yes, and have fun! For musicians of all levels who play any instrument and/or sing.