Spring Session Starts April 1st
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.
Ukulele Group (Adult)
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.
Beginning Fiddle ll (Adults)
6:00-6:55pm /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. You 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.
317 Main Contra Dance Repertoire Jam
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
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.”
Songwriting (Teens & adults)
6:00-6:55pm /Taught by Chris Moore
Are you a budding or experienced songwriter looking to dedicate more time to developing 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.
Intermediate Bluegrass Ensemble (Adult)
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.
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.
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!
10:00-11:25am /Led by Jake Hoffman
Folk Revival Ensemble (closed)
English Country Dancing
6:00-8:00pm /Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
(At Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street)
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.
6:30-7:25pm /Taught by Mitch Reed
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.
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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.