Set amid Seattle’s Upper Fremont neighborhood, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a non-profit organization that sponsors instruction and performance opportunities focusing on local music, contemporary dance, interactive visual art, spoken word and even the occasional culinary activity. Located in the Fremont Abbey, a beautiful, century-old building that was once St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the center is run by volunteers and strives to be accessible to people of all ages and income levels. The annual events calendar at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is filled with various events, including creative classes and concerts, and the space itself has become a rental destination for weddings, receptions and all manner of large-scale celebrations.
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
The sounds of squealing electric guitars mingle with the delicate plucking of ukuleles and booming basses inside The Guitar Store, a music-lover’s haven nestled in Greenwood. Wall-mounted guitar holders display an exclusive selection of handcrafted G&L guitars and basses alongside a rotating inventory of vintage instruments. In addition to selling and repairing instruments, The Guitar Store’s staff includes a team of skilled instructors, from bands such as PRS, Harvey Danger and Queensryche, who teach burgeoning musicians the art of rock during flexibly scheduled music lessons and vision quests.
The experienced dance instructors at Century Ballroom teach novice and veteran hoofers alike on its 2,000-square-foot dance floor, schooling on the basics of a variety of toe-tapping numbers. Aspiring rug-cutters select a dance style for the five-week course ($60), with options including the East Coast swing, energetic Lindy hop, and sultry tango. In 60-minute classes, learn the basic foot patterns and seductive steps of salsa—a blend of Afro-Cuban and Latin moves set on the crunchy surface of a tortilla chip—or glide across the floor in a sophisticated waltz set to the music of Strauss. Century Ballroom shares a building with The Tin Table restaurant, allowing dancers to replenish calories expended during energetic sashays and face-melting jazz hands.
Meter's expert mentors gently coax students of all levels of experience to new heights of harmonious triumph. Strut into a musical wonderland as spectacular as Def Leppard's hair-salon invoice with individual instruction in guitar, piano, drums, and a menagerie of other instruments. Students of all ages may test the waters of rhythm with introductory lessons or work toward virtuosity with guided practice drills. Weekly courses allow armchair cellists to gradually augment their skills while working through their favorite pop song or a conductor's favorite train lullaby. The school's euphonious staff excels in a varied range of musical genera, and a full list of the instruments for which Meter offers lessons can be found here.
A teaching team of professional performers guides kids, teens, and adults toward rhythmic bliss at The Music Factory. All skill levels of rockers-to-be are welcome to begin their journey on a host of instruments including guitar, piano, their own voice box, most wind instruments, and string instruments such as the ukulele or the shoehorn. Along the way, students pick up popular songs, discuss music theory, and practice improvisation should a crazed fan attack the stage in the middle of a gnarly flute solo. A laid-back atmosphere encourages budding bassists to stick with their studies, and lessons are typically held once or twice a week.