(AGES 55+)

  Summer Session Begins 
July 5th



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.

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


2018 Deep Roots Offerings



Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble
Thursday, 12:00pm-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 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.11 weeks, $110.00 (plus $25 annual registration)



Everyone is welcome in the English Country Dance Circle

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

(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.


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





317 Main Teaching Artist Ellen Gawler on fiddle, her daughter Elsie on Cello and a student performing at 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.


“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