(AGES 18+)

  Summer Session Begins 
July 5th


Have you thought about playing in a bluegrass band or nailing the pop tune that keeps playing in your head?  Maybe it’s more about mastering that Bob Dylan song you’ve been working on at home?  We have a wide variety of ensembles and classes for youth and adults. Pop, folk, acoustic rock, bluegrass, a capella  – There’s something for everyone.  

Joining an ensemble or class provides the ultimate musical experience as musicians work together on a shared repertoire often culminating in a performance. 317 Ensembles bring together students to explore a mutual musical interest.

Each week, the ensembles and classes work on arrangements of selected songs in a band setting under the guidance of a 317 instructor. 317 Ensembles emphasize preparing songs for a low-key performance for family and friends at the end of the session.

In addition to some instruction on individual instruments and vocal harmonies,  members learn about group etiquette, poise/stage presence, and musicianship, all under the guidance and encouragement of one of our excellent teaching artists.

There is a non-refundable annual registration fee of $25 per person or $40 per family, renewable each year and to be paid at the time of registration.


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SPRING 2018 Adult Group Offerings


Ukulele Group (Adult)
Monday, 1:00-1:55pm/Taught by Steve Roy 


Join the craze that is sweeping the nation from kindergarten classrooms to pop stars – the Uke! You will be playing basic chords and simple melodies in no time. This is one of the hippest and easiest instruments to learn – you will be the life of the party and your friends will want to join you! Students must have access to a ukulele, a knowledge of basic chords and come with a desire to learn.  11 weeks/$220.00


Beginning Fiddle (Adults)
Monday, 6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Tamora Goltz
Continuing Group. Need instructor permission to join.


This group class is designed to provide beginners with an excellent introduction to the fiddle/violin in a supportive and fun environment.  Students will be playing simple tunes in no time, learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for the beginning fiddler or those with limited experience. 11 weeks/$220


317 Main Contra Dance Repertoire Jam Monday,
7:30-9:00pm/$5 drop-in fee/Led by Maggie Robinson


The 317 Main Contra Dance Repertoire Jam provides a great opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play and enjoy the contra dance repertoire together. The group will play a mixture of standard contra tunes – mainly reels, jigs and waltzes. Players of all instruments welcome. We generally start a tune by learning it slowly, with music and chord charts available. We then put the tunes together in a set and work them up to dance speed. Drop-in Fee/$5



Intermediate Bluegrass Ensemble (Adult)
Tuesday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Lincoln Meyers
If you are an intermediate or advanced beginner, can play a handful of bluegrass tunes and are not scared off by the high lonesome sound, then this bluegrass ensemble is for you. In this group class, students will work on classic material while learning the ins and outs of playing in a bluegrass band such as taking and accompanying solos, kicking off tunes, and harmony singing. 11 weeks/$220.00


317 LOCAL VOCALS  (High school and adult)
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm/Directed by Brad Longfellow
(At First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main Street)


The 317 Local Vocals are open to enthusiastic singers of all experience levels. We will explore a broad repertoire including American folk and gospel music, traditional music from around the world, jazz/theatre standards, pop, and more. The group will work towards a performance at the end of each semester showcasing the unique talents of its members in both a cappella and accompanied vocal styles. Taught by the dynamic and experienced choral director Brad Longfellow, singers will learn about 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies, individual and group singing techniques, ear training, and more. Open to Grades 9-12 and Adults, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of singing together as one voice.  11 weeks/$80.00 


Bluegrass Jam
Tuesday, 7:30-9:00pm/$5 Drop-in /Teacher TBA


Calling all bluegrassers! Open to players at all levels – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, bass, singers – join Steve as he calls the tunes, posts the charts, and leads the group (at a manageable speed) through the great repertoire of tunes and songs from the bluegrass tradition.



English Country Dancing
Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm/Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
11 Weeks 1/3-3/21
(At Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street)
Course Cost: 11 week session/$100 or drop-in–$12/week


You say you’ve never heard of English Country Dancing? You’re in good company. But, if you’ve seen Pride and Prejudice, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility at the movies, you have indeed seen it! Fear not, English Country Dancing (ECD) is not some obscure relic! While this traditional form of group dance has been around for several hundred years, it’s still thriving today – there is ECD happening in communities all around the United States. If you can walk and know the difference between your left and your right, you already have much of the basic knowledge you need to get started with ECD. Most of the movements are simply based on a walking or skipping step. Dancers move in a number of specific “figures” sometimes holding hands, sometimes by themselves. Each dance will be taught and prompted by a “caller” and every movement is called in time with the music, so you don’t need to rely on your memory alone to know what to do. Beginners are welcome and encouraged! Partners are not necessary, since the tradition changes partners often. And then there’s the music – beautiful tunes that will make the heart swell – sometimes sweet, sometimes stately, and sometimes absolutely driven with a pulsating beat. All of this combines to make ECD energizing, mesmerizing, social, and just plain fun! Beginners welcome.



Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble (Ages 55+)

Thursday, 12:00-12:55pm/Taught by Jeff Christmas


The American folk-music revival was a phenomenon in the United States that began during the 1940s and peaked in popularity in the mid-1960s. Some notable performers of the genre included Josh White, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought forward styles of American folk music into the popular mainstream with artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, and others. This ensemble is open to all singers and instrumentalists (55+) who would like explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts.  11 weeks/$110.00
NEW! Mandolin For Beginners  (Teens & Adults)
Thursday, 6:00-6:55pm
Taught by Chris Moore


If the distinctive sound of this small 8-stringed instrument has caught your attention at a concert or on a recording – or you have some familiarity with its musical role, or always wanted to play – please join Chris Moore for this beginning group mandolin class. In this weekly session, you will learn basic chords for the left hand, picking techniques for the right hand, and some simple tunes and songs. Whether your goal is to play bluegrass, old-time, celtic, folk, pop, or accompany yourself singing – this group class will give you a solid introductory foundation. No experience necessary, but students need to have their own instrument. 11 weeks/$220

Is there an instrument or a genre you’re interested in but isn’t listed? Use our Contact Form to email Chris Moore, Director of Music Education with your questions and suggestions.


“Being a part of 317 is for me like extending your family. In so many ways, I’ve found it to be the highlight of my week. It’s is a place where I can come together with friends, share ideas, be creative and learn from some of the most wonderful instructors.  There really is no place like it.”

-Dennis Welsh, Student and Parent of Student



Wayback Machine performing for friends and family



Casual performances are all part of becoming a musician.




The “Proud Marys” performing at a Student Showcase




Deep Roots Folk Ensemble. Instrumentalists and Vocalists are both welcome.




Prefer to work one-on-one with a teaching artist. Great. Give us a call 846-9559.