Here you can find descriptions of some of our upcoming classes offered through the Bellingham Folk School. To find out if a class will be occurring on a specific date, please refer to our calendar. Scroll down or jump to a specific type of class: Singing, Fiddle, Rhythm, All Instruments, Jams, etc.


All Instruments



Specific Thursdays 6-8pm | $5 suggested donation

January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26

Looking for a jam session that isn't too fast?  Come join other emerging adult musicians in a session designed for slow playing!  Our goal is to welcome adults at any level to play Old-Time American, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, and other folk genres together.  We will try to spend as much time as possible playing tunes rather than learning new tunes as a group.  If you wish to introduce a new tune, please keep it simple and bring at least five copies of sheetmusic (ideally with chords included) and ideally an internet link of the tune being played slowly so we can practice at home!

Link to tunes commonly played at the Slug Jam:


Basic Harmony: Creative Communion (for voice and instruments)

Wednesdays in November 6-7pm Investment in your creative life: $50 | Paul Russell

Free Introduction: 11/1 at 7pm
Course dates: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29 (6-7pm)
Investment in your creative life: $50
Come with a friend and each receive a $10 discount.

Basic Harmony: Creative Communion is for anyone and everyone wanting to enjoy getting deeper into the creative communion of singing and playing in harmony. Come to a FREE introduction on November 1st!

“Paul guided me to listen more to my inner being, to trust myself, to improvise, and to play from the heart.” -Pauline D’Halluin

“I’d played the music notes thousands of times before, but never really felt them until working with Paul.” -Linard Van den Bossche

To reserve your space, contact Paul at 970.585.4867


Calling all strings!

Sunday, January 14th Suggested donation $2-$5 | hosted by Deidre Kane

Celtic tunes for all! Violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, ukulele. Purchase "Celtic Tunes"by Craig Duncan, a Mel Bay book from Amazon for your instrument then come play with us.





5-week series, Wednesdays 7:15-8pm (January 24, 31 & February 14, 21, 28) $75 for all five weeks | Cayley Schmid

Always wanted to try a violin but didn't know where to begin? This workshop is the perfect starting point for potential fiddlers, for ages 8 to 108. We'll start from the very beginning, so no musical experience is necessary! We'll learn how to find the notes on the fingerboard, how to use your bow, and you'll be playing a couple of simple tunes by the end of our time. Bring your own instrument. Rentals are available at Allegro Strings Violins and Quist Violins in Bellingham. Please RSVP to Cayley Schmid at



Most Mondays 5:00-5:30pm (check calendar for exact dates) $10 | Cayley Schmid

Fiddle Club at the Bellingham Folk School is a fun way for kids to learn fiddle music in a group setting and develop group playing skills. All classes are taught by ear (no written music). We cover tunes, chords, accompaniments, arrangements, and how to enjoy making music with others. These are drop-in classes, so pre-registration is not required. Fiddle Club Level 1 is geared towards fiddlers who have some experience with violin, and can play one or two tunes at a slow tempo. If you are unsure which level is the best fit, please contact Cayley Schmid at


ADULT fiddle club - Level 1

Most Mondays, 6-6:45pm (check the online calendar for exact dates) $10 | Cayley Schmid

Come learn fiddle tunes by ear at a slow pace. This is a good class for adult fiddlers who have little to no experience learning by ear. Mostly Irish and Scottish tunes. A recording device is encouraged. If you are unsure if this level is a good fit for you, please contact Cayley Schmid at


ADULT fiddle club - Level 3

Most Mondays, 7-8pm (check the online calendar for exact dates) $10 | Cayley Schmid

Come learn fiddle tunes by ear at a moderate pace. This is a good class for adult fiddlers who have learned by ear before, want to build their repertoire, and explore embellishment ideas. Mostly Irish and Scottish tunes. A recording device is encouraged. If you are unsure if this level is a good fit for you, please contact Cayley Schmid at




Open Your Voice with Meghan Yates

Alternating Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm and Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm

$10-$20 sliding scale/drop-in | Meghan Yates

During the first part of class, we'll explore chanting, harmonics, the more mystical elements of the voice. Then we'll move into more technique, combining body and vocal awareness and techniques to expanded breath, tone, range, and other foundational elements of vocal training. Also, as needed and welcomed, we will explore blockages to using our full voice through collaborative sound healing techniques. All are welcome! Email Meghan at with questions.


Song Circle with Tanya Hladik

Thursday, December 21st 6-8pm  

$5 suggested donation | Tanya Hladik

Come one, come all, let’s sing together!  Open to all (any age, skill level, talent, be you bold or shy).  Feel free to bring songs to share.  Tanya will have a handout of songs too.  If you have a copy of Rise up Singing, bring it!  Instruments are welcome, but this we’ll do more singing than jamming.  


Inspirational Chant Gathering

Sunday, November 19th from 11 am - 12 pm - please arrive 5 mins before if possible. Well begin with some moments of silence. 

$5 - $10 sliding scale | Meg Yates

Let's gather together and sing! There will be some Meg Yates original chants, some John Phillip Newell, some Taize, and more. All selected chants will be interspiritual/inclusive in content. There will be space for some silence. Meg may occasionally offer a poem from the silence preceding a chant or invite spontaneous community response/prayer/sound. The intention is for both spaciousness and held/grounded space to explore All That Is through song, voice, silence, breath, prayer. All Are Welcome. This will be somewhat experimental, as the content for the songs provided will sometimes come from varied interfaith and ecumenical sources. All songs will be offered and stewarded with care. All are invited to honor your inner voice - and your body. If a song isn't calling to you, or if you need pause in any way, please honor that. If wanted, we can gather every third Sunday. 

What to bring: self, voice, water, maybe a pillow to sit on. 

Excited to sing with you!






Wednesdays 7:15-8pm, 6-week session starting January 3rd

Cost: $90-125 (sliding scale - you pay what you can). Cash or check, due at first class

Join us for this 6-week class facilitated by local singer+songwriter Amber Darland. Both classically trained and self-taught, Amber has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching a variety of instruments and she is thrilled to be teaming up with the Bellingham Folk School to offer a beginning Ukulele Class. Ukulele is a perfect instrument for beginners and students of all ages. The small body makes it effortless to hold and its narrow neck allows for playing that is easy and comfortable. In a fun and friendly learning environment, you will discover the basics of the Ukulele, including proper playing position, how to read notes, basic chords and strumming patterns. We will start out playing simple songs then build our repertoire as we learn new chords. 

No prior musical experience required. Class is limited to 10 students. 

Want to give the gift of music? Gift certificates are available. 

Contact to reserve your spot! 


Toddler Music



Toddler Classes (For ages 1-3) Tuesdays at 9:30am, Wednesdays at 10:15, Thursdays at 9:30 or 10:15am | Amber Darland

Preschool Classes (For ages 3-5) Tuesdays at 10:15am, Wednesdays at 9:30am | Amber Darland

Participants reserve their spot for a weekly, 30 minute class. Classes are billed 6 weeks at a time. $40 per 6-week session

Join local singer-songwriter + performer + kid enthusiast Amber Darland as she leads a music class for you and your kiddo(s) age 1-3 or 3-5 years old. We will sing classic children's songs as well as introduce you to songs that you've never heard before. There will be instrument playing, singing, movement and plenty of fun! Instruments will be provided. $40 per 6 week session. Accompanying sibling? Ask about the sibling discount. Class is limited to 10 children (with accompanying adult). These classes fill up! Please reserve your spot for a 6 week session by emailing:

Note***the difference between Toddler and Preschool classes are minimal. There will be more movement and complex rhythm and rhyming for 3-5 year olds. Slightly younger or older kiddos are welcome in either class - just know that there may occasionally be a song or activity that doesn't fit your child's interest/abilities. Email: with any questions.

*babes in arms welcome at no additional cost


Music Together By the Bay

Thursdays 4:30pm-5:15pm or Saturdays 9:30am-10:15am | register for 10-week block

Music Together by the Bay provides a weekly, highly experiential 45 minutes of fun-filled, singing and movement, fingerplays, instruments and American Sign Language signs! Music Together By the Bay, a licensed Music Together® Center that serves the greater Bellingham area. We subscribe to the philosophies and practices presented by Music Together Program.

The Music Together by the Bay program:

  • Introduces children to the joys of making music with their parent(s)/caregiver(s) instead of passively receiving it from CD's or television
  • Creates a space where your whole family will have fun singing, chanting, dancing and signing in our mixed age (newborn-5 years) classes
  • Shares the gift of family music with the greater Bellingham community
  • Believes that ALL children are musical
  • Is fun for the whole family!

Register at:



Other Events


Art Walk

Friday, November 3rd 6-10pm

Multiple artists will show their work on the walls of the Folk School, and will also have pop-up booths during both November and December First Friday Art Walks! Come get your holiday shopping on with us! 

The Artists: 
Meisha Horner
Kimberly Wulfestieg
Karen Blanquart
Norah McLaughlin
Jessica Mucha
Melissa Rinck
Lucas Walker
Meghan Yates


Garage Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, November 4th 12-4pm

It's a garage sale! 
It's at the Bellingham Folk School! 
It's a fundraiser for the Bellingham Folk Festival! 
It's on Saturday, November 4th! 
It starts at noon and ends at 4pm!

Musical doodads and paraphernalia, craft supplies, miniature furniture, toys, clothes, accessories, books, all to benefit the Bellingham Folk Festival in January. Most items are $1 or less!

If you have something to donate to the sale, please contact Cayley at:

What's the Bellingham Folk Festival?