(AGES 55+)

  Winter Session is now underway. If you’d like to join a group that’s up and running, call our Front Desk at 846-9559 to see if space allows. 



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+. Deep Roots are, of course, welcome in any adult class, but classes with the Deep Roots designation cater specifically to older musicians and are likely to include more 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.

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


Ukulele Ensemble (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.

Contradance Repertoire Jam (Adult)
7:30-8:55pm/$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


NEW Beginning Uke Group
9:15-10:10am/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!

NEW DRukes (Minimum 6)
10:30-11:25am/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.”

Bluegrass Jam
7:30-8:55pm/Led by Lincoln Meyers & guests

Calling all bluegrassers! Open to players at all levels – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, bass, singers – join Lincoln 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


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 (closed)

Everyone is welcome in the English Country Dance Circle

English Country Dancing
6:00-7:55pm/Caller Robb Spivey/Music with 317 Main ECD Ensemble
Starts January 9th

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 Folk Ensemble
10:00-10:55am/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.
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
(See above description)

NEW Cajun Ensemble
6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Mitch Reed
If you enjoy playing folk and country music, take the next step and learn what it’s like to be in a Cajun band. In this class we’ll explore traditional instruments, basic chords, and simple changes in a fun and relaxed environment. Cajun music is traditionally “front porch music”, played with family and friends once everyone is done with work and ready to relax. It’s perfect for folks looking to learn by ear, and even better for those who are ready to explore a new genre. Guitarists, fiddlers, bassists, vocalists, percussionists, accordion players, and folks looking to learn these instruments, are all welcome to join. Open to players of all abilities and ages, from novice to advanced.
The Wabacs(Adult Rock Ensemble)
6:30-7:25pm/Led by  John McCain(closed)

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.



Private Lessons
Available in 14 instruments including voice 6 days a week


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


Enjoy baked goods, coffee and tea from Spün Bakery in the 317 Cafe.


“317 Main is my happy place!”

Barbara Atherton (middle)
Folk Revival Ensemble Member & Mandolin Student

Curious Little Roots and grandmother seeing what Chris Moore’s mandolin can do.


The Wayback Machine harmonizing during a cafe performance for friends and family.


The members of Unspent Youth all smiles after a performance at Make Music Portland.

“What I love about this place is that I’m 70 years old. I come here and I’m learning new stuff all the time!”

-Jim Atherton
Folk Revival Ensemble Member & Banjo Student


The Folk Revival Group harmonizing.


The Folk Revival Group sharing a laugh.


Wayback Machine performing for friends and family in the cafe


Fun with kids of all kinds at the Yarmouth Farmers Market (located at 317 Main)


Our Cafe has coffee, tea, iced drinks, baked goods and selected lunch items.


Summer Jam