Workshops are included in tuition for current students and free for family members
Winter Session Begins
Are you ready to reconnect with a once-loved instrument, dig into your favorite genre with fellow music lovers, or try something you’ve never done before?
317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine, looks forward to making music with you. Our Deep Roots programming caters to music lovers ages 55+. We offer private instruction on 14 instruments including voice as well as group lessons, ensembles, custom groups, lecture series, English Country Dancing and Noon Tunes, a free monthly concert series. Deep Roots are, of course, welcome in any adult class, but classes with the Deep Roots designation cater specifically to older musicians.
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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2017/2018 Winter Course Offerings
Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble Thursday, 12:00pm-12:55pm/Taught by Jeff Christmas
13 weeks, $130.00 (plus $25 annual registration)
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 include Josh White, Burl Ives, Woodie Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzey, Jena Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought 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 to explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts.
Deep Roots Beginning Fiddle (Ages 55+)
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.13 weeks/$260.00
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English Country Dancing
Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm/Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
11 Weeks 1/3-3/21 Course Cost: $100 or drop-in $12/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.
Would you prefer to take a private or semi-private lesson? Click here for details.
Want to get a custom group going? Please contact our Music Education Director Chris Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN US FOR NOON TUNES
NoonTunes is a FREE monthly concert series featuring 317 Main teaching artists held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from October through June.
Enliven your lunch hour and join us in the 317 cafe from 12-1pm. All are welcome. Fully accessible.
Enjoy baked goods, coffee and tea from Spün Bakery in the 317 Cafe.