CLASSES

CLASSES AND ENSEMBLES

Music Works offers classes for students of all ages and skill levels. You can register TODAY by clicking the link. If you have questions we encourage students and/or parents to contact us before registering. We look forward to making music with you!

Fall 2022

EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES

Baby & Me Music 

Welcome to the world of music! This class is designed for our youngest music lovers and their caregivers. Each class will include familiar songs and fingerplays, sensory experiences, songs and activities for caregiver-infant bonding, and movement songs for motor coordination and body awareness. In each class, we’ll learn some of the “why’s” behind what we do in class and learn simple ways to bring music into our homes – both for our child’s enjoyment and for ours!   

Instructor: Addison Breier, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 1:00-1:45pm 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 0-2 years 

Tuition: In order to increase accessibility for this class, we are offering a number of tuition options. Please choose the price that works best for your family!  

Option 1: $405.00 (Full Price) 

Option 2: $200.00 (Reduced Price: Families may choose a lower price point if the cost of the class creates a financial barrier) 

Option 3: $505.00 (Pay It Forward Price - Help sponsor another student with your $100 scholarship donation.) 

Please contact registration@musicworksnw.org if you would like to pay at a different level than the above options. 

I Love Music Mini-Series

Children this age are so ready to explore and learn about their world! In this class for older toddlers, we will use music to learn about our world, play different instruments together, and discover new music concepts such as rhythm, pitch and melody. Parents and caregivers will play an active role in the music-making process and will learn ways to encourage a love of music at home.  

Instructor: Keisha Edwards, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 10-10:45am 
Dates: October 22 – January 28 (no class November 5, 12, 26, December 10, 24, 31)

Ages: 3-4 

Tuition: In order to increase accessibility for this class, we are offering a number of tuition options. Please choose the price that works best for your family!  

Option 1: $243.00 (Full Price) 

Option 2: $100 (Reduced Price: Families may choose a lower price point if the cost of the class creates a financial barrier) 

Option 3: $343 (Pay It Forward Price: Help sponsor another student with your $100 scholarship donation) 

Please contact registration@musicworksnw.org if you would like to pay at a different level than the above options. 

I Love Music

Children this age are so ready to explore and learn about their world! In this class for older toddlers, we will use music to learn about our world, play different instruments together, and discover new music concepts such as rhythm, pitch and melody. Parents and caregivers will play an active role in the music-making process and will learn ways to encourage a love of music at home.  

Instructor: Addison Breier, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 10:00-10:45am 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 3-4 

Tuition: In order to increase accessibility for this class, we are offering a number of tuition options. Please choose the price that works best for your family!  

Option 1: $405.00 (Full Price) 

Option 2: $200.00 (Reduced Price: Families may choose a lower price point if the cost of the class creates a financial barrier) 

Option 3: $505.00 (Pay It Forward Price - Help sponsor another student with your $100 scholarship donation.) 

Please contact registration@musicworksnw.org if you would like to pay at a different level than the above options. 

Parent & Me Piano (Registration Full -Waitlist only)

Learn or rediscover the piano during group lesson with your child! This class is a how-to guide on how to parent and nurture your growing pianist. This class allows adults to learn or return to the piano while developing strategies with at-home practice while developing their own piano skills. All skill levels are welcome! Please note that families will need access to a piano or keyboard to participate in this class. Parent or caregiver is expected to participate in each class as a learner alongside their student.  

Instructor: Elizabeth VanSant, MT-BC 

Day: Thursdays 

Time: 5:00-5:50pm 
Dates: September 29 – January 26 (no class November 24, December 22, December 29)  

Ages: 5-8 

Tuition: $405 

 

Parent & Me Ukulele

Let’s learn the ukulele! This class is designed for parents and children to learn the ukulele together. We’ll learn how to hold and tune the instrument, work through basic chords and strumming patterns, and learn how to accompany ourselves and play together as a group. All skill levels are welcome! Families are expected to bring a ukulele for themselves and their child for class; the instructor can provide ukulele recommendations on the first day of class. A limited number of ukuleles are available to be loaned out to families upon request. A parent or caregiver is expected to participate in each class as a learner alongside their student.   

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Thursdays 

Time: 5:00-5:50pm 
Dates: September 29 – January 26 (no class November 24, December 22, December 29) 

Ages: 5-8 

Tuition: $405 

 

***New*** Parent & Me Singing

Raise your voice together with your child in song! Singing is elemental – children are natural, but as adults we often “un-learn” how to sing. In this class parents/caregivers and students will discover the joy of singing together. Along the way the class will introduce concepts of rhythm, note reading, solfege, and beginning vocal technique. All skill levels are welcome. A parent or caregiver is expected to participate in each class as a learner alongside their student. 

Instructor: Karen Nestvold 

Day: Tuesdays  

Time: 6:00-6:50pm 
Dates: October 11 – January 24 (no class November 22, December 20, December 27) 

Ages: 5-8 

Tuition: $405

Parent & Me Piano Mini-Series  

Learn or rediscover the piano during group lessons with your child! This class is a how-to guide on how to parent and nurture your growing pianist. This class allows adults to learn or return to the piano while developing strategies for at-home practice while developing their own piano skills. All skill levels are welcome! Parent or caregiver is expected to participate in each class as a learner alongside their student.   

Instructor: Rob Frain  

Day: Fridays 

Time: 6-6:50pm 

Dates: December 2 – January 27 (no class November 24, December 22, December 29) 

Age: 5-8

Tuition: $189 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION CLASSES 

 

Electronic Music Composition 

Take your music to the next level! Composer/guitarist/producer Clark Grogan will take students on a deep dive into the major elements of electronic music creation. Using Reason Software, we will explore several of its most popular soft synths to get into the details of programming Beats, Bass lines, and textures. Other topics of exploration will be compositional techniques, sound design, creative routing, and signal flow. We will also leave time at the end of every day to work together as a band and create some music as a team. Even if you are not a Reason user, the concepts covered in the class can be easily applied to other digital audio workstations. Please contact Clark Grogan for more details at fclarkgrogan@gmail.com. Must have permission of instructor to register. 

Instructor: Clark Grogan 

Day: Fridays 

Time: 3:40-4:30pm 

Dates: September 30 – January 27 (no class November 25, December 23, December 30) 

Ages: 12-16 

Tuition: $405 

MAKING MUSIC WITH SAMPLERS

This is a first for music works. A 3 day intensive class on sampling, the art of recording and processing existing sounds or music to make new sounds or music, which sees you going home with your very own Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator, the PO-33 K.O. It looks like a calculator, but don't be deceived by the looks, it's a very fun and powerful sampler. Upon arrival, students will be given their very own sampler, and we will use the weekend to explore all of its functions and potential applications for making awesome music. We will be making our own songs with the PO-33 and Computer Lab as well.

FRIDAY: Primarily focused on learning sampling fundamentals as well as learning the detailed operation of this particular sampler.

SATURDAY: Learn how to interface between the sample and the computer and DAWS as well as taking a minor "field trip" to the Mercer Slew to record some sounds together.

SUNDAY: Primarily a work day to help finish everyone's pieces they've been working on.

Here's a YouTube video about the PO-33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8iYinNrJNY

Instructor: Antoine Martel
Days: Friday (5:00-7:00), Saturday (2:00-4:00), Sunday (2:00-4:00)
Dates: December 16 (5:00-7:00), 17 (2:00-4:00), 18 (2:00-4:00)
Ages: 13+

Tuition: $320 (includes Engineering Pocket Operator, the PO-33)

Ensembles

Honors Jazz Monk Ensemble

The Honors Ensemble program strives to bring together some of the finest high school and middle school jazz musicians in Seattle to explore the art of Jazz. The small group dynamic emphasizes ensemble performance and improvisation while exploring the history of Jazz by playing compositions by many of its greatest artists. The ensembles have performed throughout the Seattle area, including at the Bellevue Jazz Festival, Tula's Jazz Club, Boxley’s, and Bake's Place. Students are encouraged to contribute arrangements and original compositions, and to have an active role in the rehearsal and performance process. Interested students should contact Mike West at mwest52471@aol.com to schedule an audition. 

All woodwind, brass, or voice students who are in-person must be fully vaccinated at this time. If this applies to you email a photo of the student's vaccination card to registration@musicworksnw.org. If you do not want to email a photo of your vaccination card you may show the card to the front desk prior to the first session but you must email registration@musicworksnw.org in advance to let us know that is your intention. Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe and healthy! 

Instructor: Mike West 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 5:00-5:50pm 

Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 12-17 

Tuition: $405 

Honors Jazz Miles Ensemble

The Honors Ensemble program strives to bring together some of the finest high school and middle school jazz musicians in Seattle to explore the art of Jazz. The small group dynamic emphasizes ensemble performance and improvisation while exploring the history of Jazz by playing compositions by many of its greatest artists. The ensembles have performed throughout the Seattle area, including at the Bellevue Jazz Festival, Tula's Jazz Club, Boxley’s, and Bake's Place. Students are encouraged to contribute arrangements and original compositions, and to have an active role in the rehearsal and performance process. Interested students should contact Mike West at mwest52471@aol.com to schedule an audition. 

All woodwind, brass, or voice students who are in-person must be fully vaccinated at this time. If this applies to you email a photo of the student's vaccination card to registration@musicworksnw.org. If you do not want to email a photo of your vaccination card you may show the card to the front desk prior to the first session but you must email registration@musicworksnw.org in advance to let us know that is your intention. Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe and healthy! 

Instructor: Mike West 

Day: Every other Saturday 

Time: 1:00-2:20pm 

Dates: October 8 – January 21 (no class December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 12-17 

Tuition: $324 (8 sessions) 

Monthly Cello Choir for Adults
Music Works Cello Choir is a performing ensemble organized and conducted by Dr. Shiang-Yin Lee. It is designed to give cellists an opportunity to experience the repertoire and rich sound of a cello orchestra. The choir is open to cellists who have at least one year of experience on cello.
Instructor: Dr. Shiang-Yin Lee 

Day: Second Tuesday of each month 

Dates: October 11, 2022 - June 13, 2022
Ages: 18+ (Students outside the age range may obtain instructor permission)
Times: 12:00-12:50pm
Tuition: $243
 

Afro-Cuban Jazz Combo 

Fred Hoadley has been and is currently a leading performer and authority on Afro-Cuban music in the northwest for 20 plus years. For decades, African-inspired Cuban music has influenced the world of Jazz with its infectious rhythms and beautiful melodies. Students will be able to work on improvisation through Afro-Cuban arrangements. New students to the Afro Cuban Combo must arrange to meet with the instructor to assess whether the ensemble is a good fit or not. 

All woodwind, brass, or voice students who are in-person must be fully vaccinated at this time. If this applies to you email a photo of the student's vaccination card to registration@musicworksnw.org. If you do not want to email a photo of your vaccination card you may show the card to the front desk prior to the first session but you must email registration@musicworksnw.org in advance to let us know that is your intention. Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe and healthy! 

Instructor: Fred Hoadley 

Day: Mondays 

Time: 7:30-8:50pm 

Dates: September 26 – January 23 (no class November 21, December 19, December 26) 

Ages: 16+ 

Tuition: $607.50 

MUSIC THERAPY CLASSES FOR NEURODIVERGENT AND DISABLED COMMUNITIES 

 

In-Person Music Adventures 

Join the world of music! Music is a world of movement, jamming with friends, playing and singing. Neurodivergent children and children with disabilities often want to join this musical world but require special consideration for their individual sensory and support needs, communication preferences, and learning styles. Led by a music therapist, children will be engaged in a fun-filled, musical adventure designed to be inclusive and accessible for all.   

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 11:00-11:50am 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31)  

Ages: 4-6 

Tuition: $525 

In-Person Music Meetup for Kids Mini-Series (Registration Full -Waitlist only)

Make connections and friendships with peers through music! Music therapy addresses multiple therapeutic goals simultaneously by utilizing playful and interactive experiences such as instrument-playing, group improvisation, songwriting, and singing songs. Music therapists utilize therapeutic music experiences to facilitate perspective-taking, self-advocacy, and opportunities for building healthy relationships with peers. Come join the fun!  

Instructor: Keisha Edwards, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 11-11:50am 
Dates: October 22 – January 28 (no class November 5, 12, 26, December 10, 24, 31)

Ages: 7-12 

Tuition: $315

In-Person Music Meetup for Kids (Full Registration- Waitlist Only)

Make connections and friendships with peers through music! Music therapy addresses multiple therapeutic goals simultaneously by utilizing playful and interactive experiences such as instrument-playing, group improvisation, songwriting, and singing songs. Music therapists utilize therapeutic music experiences to facilitate perspective-taking, self-advocacy, and opportunities for building healthy relationships with peers. Come join the fun!  

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 1:00-1:50pm 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 7-12 

Tuition: $525 

 

***New*** Virtual Musical Theatre for Kids 

Bring on the show-tunes! In this virtual class, kids ages 7-12 will work together to create, rehearse and perform a short musical theatre performance. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a song that they would like to perform for the final week, and we’ll work together to create a script and dances. The class will be adapted to participants’ interests and strengths to ensure that everyone is included at their own comfort level. This class is appropriate for neurodivergent or disabled students who communicate verbally or using an AAC device. 

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 5:00-5:50pm 
Dates: September 28 – January 25 (no class November 23, December 21, December 28)  

Ages: 7-12 

Tuition: $525 

 

In-Person Sing It Out! Choir 

Sing It Out! Choir is a music therapy group open to neurodivergent teens and teens with disabilities who love to sing. Focusing on musical skill building, participants will learn to express themselves musically by singing with others and exploring a variety of musical styles. Making music together nurtures confidence, self-expression, teamwork, leadership, and self-advocacy. The last class of the term will be a student showcase for family and friends.  

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 3:00-3:50pm 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 13-18 

Tuition: $525 

 

Virtual Musical Theatre 

Bring on the show-tunes! In this virtual class, teens and young adults will work together to create, rehearse and perform a short musical theatre performance. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a song that they would like to perform for the final week, and we’ll work together to create a script and dances. The class will be adapted to participants’ interests and strengths to ensure that everyone is included at their own comfort level. This class is most appropriate for teens and young adults with disabilities or neurodivergence who communicate verbally or using an AAC device.  

Instructor: Elizabeth VanSant, MT-BC 

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 5:00-5:50pm 
Dates: September 28 – January 25 (no class November 23, December 21, December 28) 

Ages: 13+ 

Tuition: $525 

 

***New*** In-Person Young Adults’ Music Meetup 

Make connections and friendships with peers through music! Music therapy addresses multiple therapeutic goals simultaneously by utilizing playful and interactive experiences such as instrument-playing, group improvisation, songwriting, and singing songs. Music therapists utilize therapeutic music experiences to facilitate perspective-taking, self-advocacy, and opportunities for building healthy relationships with peers. Come join the fun!  

Instructor: Natalie Shannon, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 4:00-4:50pm 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 18+ 

Tuition: $525 

 

In-Person Voices of Sunshine 

Join Voices of Sunshine! We are an inclusive community choir for adults, focused on using our most natural instrument - our voices! All levels of vocal talent are welcome. Harmony, rhythm and tone will be explored. Our musical material is influenced by what our choir members enjoy listening to, making each term all the more fun and unique! We request that participants needing one-on-one care or personal assistance be accompanied by caregiver while taking part in the choir. 

Instructor: Addison Breier, MT-BC 

Day: Saturdays 

Time: 2:00-2:50pm 
Dates: October 1 – January 28 (no class November 26, December 24, December 31) 

Ages: 18+ 

Tuition: $525