(AGES 18+)

Fall Session Starts September 3rd


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 a 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.

The class titles designated in purple are our Deep Roots offerings. These classes are geared toward students 55+.  Younger adults can join Deep Roots classes just as 55+ students are welcome in all our adult offerings, but Deep Roots classes are likely to have more older learners in them.

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.


Deep Roots Ukulele (Adult 55+)

1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. / 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. ($195)

Songwriting (Teens and Adults)
6 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.

Are you a budding or experienced songwriter looking to dedicate more time to develop your skills of the craft? In this group class, with other songwriters, 317 TA Chris Moore will share a variety of tools, tips, and techniques that you can apply to all steps of the creative songwriting process. From initial inspiration to finished product, melody to lyrics, genre to style, process, editing, arrangement – you will come away with lots of new ideas you can use throughout your songwriting career. Participants will work on weekly assignments and will have an opportunity to share their work regularly with the group. Open to new and experienced songwriters. ($260)

NEW Acoustic Beatles Ensemble
6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Taught by Steve Roy

What could be better than spending an hour every week playing, singing, and arranging your favorite Beatles songs? Taught by your resident Fab Four aficionado Steve Roy – this group will have fun exploring the unrivaled song catalog of the greatest rock band of our time. Whether you’re a mop-top or psychedelic-era enthusiast, an instrumentalist, vocalist, or all of the above – a splendid time is guaranteed for all! Prerequisites: Open to experienced beginners who are familiar with their instruments to advanced singers and instrumentalists. Any acoustic instrument is welcome! ($260)

Contradance Repertoire Jam 
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Led by Maggie Robinson ($5 drop-in fee)
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. ($5 drop-in fee)


The DRukes (Minimum 6 students)
9:15-10:10am /Taught by Nina Miller

Do you love playing your uke?  Do you want to make a difference in the world?  Then the DRukes (Deep Roots ukes) is the place for you!  We’ll work on learning repertoire with the goal of performing at local assisted living facilities, rehab and memory care centers, and nursing homes.  All need you is knowledge of basic ukulele chords and a desire to learn, play, and perform.

Uke Can Do It In The Morning (Adults)
10:30 a.m. -11:25 a.m. / Taught by Nina Miller
Are you a morning person? Would you like to play the ukulele, learn chords, sing songs, pluck melodies?  This class is for you!  All you need is a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele, a clip-on tuner, and a willingness to have a whole lot of fun. Join uke enthusiast and teaching artist Nina Miller (of Flukes fame) and get your Tuesdays started right! ($195)
Deep Roots Beginning Fiddle (+55)
1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.  Taught by Maggie Robinson 
This group class is designed to provide adult 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 violinist. Students bring their own instruments.($195)
Adult Bluegrass Ensemble (Adults)
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  /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. ($260)
Adult Fiddle 2 (Adults)
6 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. / Taught by Tamora Goltz
This group class is for fiddle students who have some previous fiddle instruction. Students can play one octave scales such as A and D. They know some songs and fiddle tunes at a slow to moderate tempo. You are concentrating primarily on playing in tune, getting good tone and controlling the bow. (Continuing class. New students by permission of instructor.) ($260)
Blues Ensemble  (Teens & Adults)

6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. /  Taught by Mitch Reed

The blues is at the core of all American roots music, and developing a working understanding of the form can be useful in many ways for the student musician. In this class/ensemble, multi-instrumentalist Mitch Reed will begin by teaching 3-chord progressions in a variety of keys, as well as how to apply this musical vocabulary in an ensemble setting. The group will explore genres that incorporate – and were influenced by – the blues, such as rock ’n’ roll, folk, country, and more. Developing skills in rhythm playing, soloing, and improvising will all be in the mix. All instruments and abilities are welcome.  ($260)

Bluegrass Jam (Older teens & Adults)

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m./ Taught by Lincoln Meyers

Open to bluegrass players at all levels – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, bass, singers – join Lincoln 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. ($5 drop-in)


Showerheads (55+)

10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. / Taught by Kathy Slack
Now’s your chance to exercise those vocal pipes outside of the shower!  With a primary emphasis on having fun in a  safe, positive, and supportive environment, the group will learn about singing basics starting with proper and healthy vocal technique.  The importance of adapting to various singing styles will be emphasized as well as understanding the many facets of vocal production.  We might also get to use a microphone! Singing as a group with the option of a solo will be included, so feel free to come to class with your favorite song(s) to share. Open to all levels, though beginners are especially welcome! ($195)

English Country Dancing
6:00-8:00pm /Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music

At Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street
Starts 9/18

Now entering its 5th year at 317 Main, English Country Dance class, taught by Dancing Master Robb Spivey with live music, is a great way to make new friends while learning a social dance form that has been delighting communities since at least 1651!
You say you’ve never heard of English Country Dancing? You’re in good company. 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. 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. Beginners are welcome and encouraged – and partners are not necessary. 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! Come join us! ($100 for 11-week session or $12/ drop-in )


Deep Roots Folk/Americana Ensemble
10:00-10:55am /Taught by Jeff Christmas
Are you ready to play the folk songs you love in a group setting? 317’s Deep Roots Folk/Americana Ensembles draw on the rich repertoire of the American Folk music revival of the 40s, 50s, & 60s, as well as the great singer-songwriters of the 1960s & 1970s to folk and folks rock of the present day. Songs are selected based on the group’s interests, instrumentation, and playing ability. Repertoire might include songs by Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Odetta, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Prine, The Band, Tom Rush, Gillian Welch, and many 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.
Deep Roots Traditional Jazz
11:00-11:55am /Taught by Jeff Christmas
Dust off that trumpet, trombone, bass, banjo, guitar, snare drum, etc. and join teaching artist Jeff Christmas as he leads this group in a hand-on exploration of the jazz playing style and repertoire that was developed in the early part of the 20th century in New Orleans. Popular pieces from the genre will be selected based on the instrumentation, collective playing ability and experience of the participants. This is a great way to become reconnected with your music practice, gain confidence as an ensemble player, improve your skills, learn new music, meet new friends and have a lot of fun!

Deep Roots Folk/American Ensemble
12:30-1:25pm /Taught by Jeff Christmas
Are you ready to play the folk songs you love in a group setting? 317’s Deep Roots Folk/Americana Ensembles draw on the rich repertoire of the American Folk music revival of the 40s, 50s, & 60s, as well as the great singer-songwriters of the 1960s & 1970s to folk and folks rock of the present day. Songs are selected based on the group’s interests, instrumentation, and playing ability. Repertoire might include songs by Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Odetta, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Prine, The Band, Tom Rush, Gillian Welch, and many 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.

Cajun Ensemble (Teens & Adults)
6:30-7:25pm /Taught by Mitch Reed
If you enjoy playing folk and country music, take the next step and learn what it’s like to be in a Cajun band. In this class we’ll explore traditional instruments, basic chords, and simple changes in a fun and relaxed environment. Cajun music is traditionally “front porch music”, played with family and friends once everyone is done with work and ready to relax. It’s perfect for folks looking to learn by ear, and even better for those who are ready to explore a new genre. Guitarists, fiddlers, bassists, vocalists, percussionists, accordion players, and folks looking to learn these instruments, are all welcome to join. Open to players of all abilities and ages, from novice to advanced.
The Wabacs(Adult Rock Ensemble)
6:30-7:25pm /Led by  John McCain(closed)

317 LOCAL VOCALS (High school and adult)
6:30-7:55pm /
Directed by Jeff Christmas

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 Jeff Christmas, 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.

NEW Music & Memory  (Memory care patients and caregivers)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. / Led by Patricia Mulholland
Starts October 11th 6 wks.
This class, led by trained Music Therapist Patricia Mulholland MA, MT-BC, presents a wonderful opportunity for memory care patients and their caregivers to come together in music.  Using a repertoire of familiar classics,  the group will sing, use percussion instruments and perform simple movements together.  Music is often a gateway to memory retrieval, improves cognitive function and sensory motor skills.  Most importantly, making music in a group is fun.  Join us!
This class is a collaboration between 317 Main and the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center.
NEW Music Enrichment Ensemble (Teens & Adults with Special Needs)
1:30 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
Starts October 11th, 6 wks.
Music is for EVERYONE!  Adults experiencing cognitive challenges are invited to join certified Music Therapist Patricia Mulholland in this fun ensemble. We’ll create music together using our voices, bodies and percussion instruments while strengthening listening, communication,  and motor and social skills.

Are you more interested in taking private or semi-private lessons?  Great. Click here.

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.