Winter Session Begins
(After December 11? Call Front Desk 846-9559 to see if slots are still available.)
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.
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WINTER 2017/2018 SCHEDULE
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
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
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
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.