School Programs

"Alcina" school performance, photo by Lee Talner

Handel’s Alcina school performance, photo by Lee Talner

Teaching artists from the Early Music Guild have shared their skills with thousands of students in dozens of elementary and middle schools in Seattle and the region, inspiring kids and teens with an insiders’ glimpse of world history.

Early music brings classroom studies to life in many ways, linking with your existing curriculum in social studies, music, history, language arts, and even science and math. We usually tailor a program on any of our eras—medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque/Colonial—for the age and context of your classroom. Single visits and residencies of various lengths are possible.

“The students learned so much…I could hear ooos and aahs, and gasps all over the audience…it was a lot of fun.”

-Jamall White, music teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. School (2014)

Recorder Duo musicians Vicki Boeckman and David Ohannesian, photo by Bill Stickney
Samples of our most popular programs include:

Colonial Fiddle and Dance: an introduction to the favorite pastimes of the 18th century, including participatory dance;

Recorder Duo: a performance to inspire elementary recorder students with a glimpse of the instrument’s true range, featuring eight centuries of music on fifteen instruments;

Medieval and Renaissance Music: demonstrations of little-known instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy, viola da gamba, and medieval fiddle and harp, with participatory singing in Middle English and other medieval languages.

Our teaching team’s emphasis is on short- and medium-term residencies that empower your students to develop hands-on skills. Please inquire for details about in-depth recorder and percussion instruction for your second through fifth graders.

Recorder Duo musicians Vicki Boeckman and David Ohannesian, photo by Bill Stickney


“Thank you very much…The performers were highly entertaining and theatrical and really held the audiences interest and enthusiasm. I am grateful to the Early Music Guild for generously funding our performance!

-Teacher at Whittier School following a student performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2013)

To learn about program and artist availability, as well as funding support for qualifying schools, please contact Early Music Guild’s Youth Outreach Program Coordinator, Shulamit Kleinerman.

Shulamit Kleinerman, photo by Lee TalnerYouth Outreach Program Coordinator:
Shulamit Kleinerman has been introducing young people to 12th-18th century music, dance, theater and culture since 2005. She is the founder and director of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, which received the national Outreach Award from Early Music America in 2010 following the release of Merry It Is!, the group’s innovative children’s CD. A former preschool teacher, Shula also directs the youth summer theater project at the San Francisco Early Music Society, teaches violin in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle, and performs nationwide on the medieval vielle and Renaissance violin.

Shulamit Kleinerman and SHAK performers, photo by Lee Talner

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