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

 
 
 

SLUG JAM!

Thursdays April 12, April 26 6-8pm | $5 suggested donation

Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

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: http://www.ibiblio.org/kuphaldt/socratic/sinst/misc/index.html

 

Turtle Jam!

Thursdays, April 5th, April 19th 6-8pm $5-$10 suggested donation

ellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

Led by Colleen Freeman

Feeling more confident in your playing and ready to let it rip but still not quite up to speed for a regular jam session? Then the Turtle Jam is the place for you! Come armed with enthusiasm, your favorite folk tunes of any genre/origin and your instrument. We’ll start with tunes we have in common and add as we go. If you’d like to add a new tune, come prepared to demo the tune for the group to record or ask me to learn and demo the tune if you’re not yet comfortable with it. We’ll try to shy away from sheet music so it feels more like a real jam session! Contact Colleen Freeman at cmariefree@gmail.com with questions, concerns and tune suggestions.

 

Creative Group Singing Circle: Making Musical Mandalas

Wednesdays April 4th, 6-7pm, $5 Drop In | Paul Russell

Join in this fun and creative group singing circle where we'll weave threads of harmony, melody, and rhythm together into cyclical themes. These "Musical Mandalas" serve as the basis for enjoying creative communion in group groove and improvised play. All you need to participate is a willing heart, an adventurous spirit, and your own voice!

Testimonials

"Making Musical Mandalas is a moment by moment manifestation springing forth from the combined hearts and voices of all. What a treat. What a joy!" -Natalie Indigo (Musician & healer @ massageforbellingham.com)

"Dean Evenson and I have participated in Making Musical Mandalas with Paul Russell and we really enjoyed ourselves! It frees up the voice and lifts the spirit." -Dudley Evenson (Musician, author, and teacher @ soundings.com)

For inquiries, call Paul @ 970.585.4867
TheMusicalMandala.com

 

 

Calling all strings!

Sundays, April 15th 2-3pm Suggested donation $2-$5 | hosted by Deidre Kane

ellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

Have you wanted to play Irish or Scottish tunes but haven’t learned any by ear? This session is for you! We will use sheet music, Celtic Tunes by Craig Duncan available through Amazon. There is a book for each instrument, violin, viola and cello/bass. All the music has chords written in for any guitar or ukulele or banjo players who would like to play. Flutes, whistles and pipes welcome. Hope to see you there!

 

Fiddle

 
 

FIDDLE FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER 5-week series 

5-week series, Wednesdays 7:15-8pm (February 21, 28 (no class March 7th) March 14th, 21st, 28th) $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 cayleyschmid@gmail.com

 
 
 

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 cayleyschmid@gmail.com

 

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 cayleyschmid@gmail.com

 
 
 

Voice

 
 

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 whimsymim@gmail.com with questions.

 

Group Singing Circle: Making Musical Mandalas

Thursday, February 1st 6-7pm $5 drop-in | Paul Russell
Join in this fun and creative group singing circle where we'll weave threads of harmony, melody, and rhythm together into cyclical themes. These "Musical Mandalas" serve as the basis for enjoying creative communion in group groove and improvised play. All you need to participate is a willing heart, an adventurous spirit, and your own voice!

Here is an example of a Musical Mandala performed at our beloved Honey Moon: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=evJaqdJOLwY

Testimonials:

"Dean Evenson and I have participated in Making Musical Mandalas with Paul Russell and we really enjoyed ourselves! It frees up the voice and lifts the spirit."

-Dudley Evenson (Musician, author, and teacher @ soundings.com)

"Making Musical Mandalas is a moment by moment manifestation springing forth from the combined hearts and voices of all. What a treat. What a joy!" 

-Natalie Indigo (Musician & healer @ massageforbellingham.com)

If you have any questions, feel free to call Paul at 970.585.4867

Website: TheMusicalMandala.com

 

Inspirational Chant Gathering

3rd Sundays from 9:30am-10:30am - 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!

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Toddler Music

 
 

TODDLER + PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH AMBER DARLAND

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

Preschool Classes (For ages 3-5) Postponed until April. Contact musicwithamberdarland@gmail.com for more information | 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: musicwithamberdarland@gmail.com

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: musicwithamberdarland@gmail.com 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: www.musictogetherbythebay.com