ADULTS
(AGES 18+)

  Fall Session Begins 
September 4th

Registration For Group Classes Begins
August 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 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.

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.

MONDAY

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

 

TUESDAY

NEW Uke Can Do It In The Morning
9:30-10:25am/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 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!

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. 

Beginning Fiddle I (Adults)
6:00-6:55pm/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 fiddler or those with limited experience.

Acoustic Grateful Dead Ensemble (Adults)
7:30-8:25pm/Led by Jason Phelps
Calling all Deadheads! This ensemble will focus on playing music by the Grateful Dead in an acoustic string band setting. This group is open to musicians who play the guitar, dobro, mandolin, bass and fiddle, as well as vocalists. Prerequisites: Under the direction of Steve Roy, this group is open to musicians who have had some experience on their respective instrument. Music will be provided.
Bluegrass Jam 
7:30-9:00pm/$5 Drop-in /Tyler Lienhardt, Lincoln Meyers 
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. Drop-in fee/$5

 

WEDNESDAY

NEW Singing Outside of the Shower!
10:00-10:55am/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!  

Unspent Youth
10:00-11:25am/Led by Jake Hoffman
Folk Revival Ensemble (full)

English Country Dancing
6:00-8:00pm/Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
11 Weeks starts 4/4
(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.

 

THURSDAY

NEW Deep Roots Chamber Ensemble
10:00-10:55am/Taught by Bethany Niedbala
Strings teaching artist Bethany Niedbala will lead this group of 4-8 adult student musicians to work on selections from the classical chamber music repertoire, geared to the collective playing ability 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! Open to all bowed strings.

NEW 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 Ensemble
12:30-1:25pm/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. More recent artists folk repertoire also find itself in the mix, based on the interests of participants.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.

The Wabacs(Adult Rock Ensemble)
6:30-7:25pm/Led by  John McCain (full)

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

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.