(AGES 18+)

Workshops are included in tuition for current students!

Winter Session Begins 


Have you dreamed of playing in a bluegrass band or learning the pop tune that keeps playing in your head?  Maybe it’s more about mastering that Grateful Dead 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, and bluegrass, songwriting and dance – there’s something for everyone.  Learning together is fun, effective, and social. 

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.


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




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.  13 weeks/$260.00


Beginning Fiddle (Adults)
Monday, 6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Tamora Goltz


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.


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.



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.

13 weeks/$260.00


Acoustic Grateful Dead Ensemble (Adults)
Tuesday, 6:30-7:25pm/Teacher TBA


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.  13 weeks/$260.00



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.  13 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–$10/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.  13 weeks/$130.00

Songwriting (Adults)
Thursday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Chris Moore


Anybody can be a great songwriter, but dedicating focused time to work on your craft is the missing piece for many people. In this seriously fun class, experienced songwriter and musician Chris Moore will help you to explore your expressive voice as a writer, providing you with a wide variety of skills, techniques, ideas, and tools you can begin using right away. The group will participate in exercises and assignments that focus on the craft of songwriting – what to look for and how to find your own melodies, lyrics, and musical settings. The group will explore musical genres, instrumentation, arrangements, rhythm, imagery, rhyming, and more! The class will include a supportive and fun opportunity to share your work with others at the end of the session. Open to all adult singers and/or instrumentalists who have written (or started) at least one song. 13 weeks/$260.00




Deep Roots Beginning Fiddle(Ages 55+, but we’ll take you if you’re younger. It’s not your fault.)
Friday, 2:00-2:55pm/Taught by Maggie Robinson


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.


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.