GROUP LESSONS
(Ages 6 and up)

DECEMBER 5-8
WORKSHOP WEEK
Workshops are included in tuition for current students!

DECEMBER 11
Winter Session Begins 

Playing together with others is a fundamental part of being a musician.   At 317 Main, we work to ensure that group classes are both supportive and fun.

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YOUTH GROUP LESSONS

 

ABOUT DISCOVERY

Fiddle, Cello, Ukulele and Voice are a great way for young students to get started with instrumental and vocal instruction. In our Discovery classes, we incorporate and build on our Little Roots classes. These group classes are designed for beginners who are ready to focus on a specific musical discipline. Our teachers promote a positive balance between keeping things fun in the group and the importance of making a manageable commitment to regular practice every week between meetings. Prerequisites: Little Roots Sing & Strum or Little Roots Whistle & Fiddle are helpful but not mandatory.

 

ABOUT BANDROOTS

 

BandRoots is an ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros.

 

MONDAY

 

DISCOVERY Fiddle (Ages 6-9)
Monday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Maggie Robinson

This group class is designed to provide younger 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.  This is a continuing class. New students admitted by permission of teaching artist.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

Guitar for Beginners (Ages 10-teen)
Monday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Eli Gilbert 

 

So you want to get started on the guitar?  This is a beginning class for students who have never played before or have explored a little bit on their own and are ready for some real instruction.  Class members will study tuning, guitar setup, correct posture, basic strums, simple chords, and more-all applied to some easy and fun tunes.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

Girls Vocal Power Group (Ages 9-12)
Monday, 6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Diana Hansen

This ensemble looks at successful women vocalists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga,  and their powerful songs. Come and sing! We will explore our voices, create fun moves, harmonize, and perform in a lively group setting.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

TUESDAY

 

Beginning Fiddle (Teen & Adult)
Tuesday, 6:00-6:55pm /Taught by Maggie Robinson

This group class is designed to provide teen and adult 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. 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

 

WEDNESDAY

 

DISCOVERY Fiddle 1 (Ages 6-9)
Wednesday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Ellen Gawler

This class is continuing from fall session. New students admitted by permission of teaching artist.

 

DISCOVERY Fiddle 2 (Ages 6-9)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Ellen Gawler

This class is continuing from fall session. New students admitted by permission of teaching artist.

 

DISCOVERY Voice (Ages 6-9)
Wednesday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

 

In this fun and supportive class, Brad Longfellow introduces kids, ages 6 through 9, to singing fundamentals and breath control. They’ll work on ear training and pitch accuracy mostly using solfege repertoire drawn from folk and pop tunes. 13 weeks/$260.00

 

317 A Cappella Group (Teen)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

If you have some experience singing in school, at home, or in a group and would like to take your skills to the next level in a small group setting, the A Cappella Group is for you. Brad Longfellow leads the group, using mostly repertoire chosen by the students, to focus on techniques, vocal blend, volume control, ear-training, group dynamics, arranging and more. [by permission of the instructor]   13 weeks/$260.00

 

BandRoots with John (Age 11-16)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by John McCain

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

FLIGHT 317 (Teen auditioned group)
Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm/Taught by Carter Logan

Flight 317 is 317 Main’s advanced teen bluegrass/acoustic ensemble. The group maintains a rigorous rehearsal schedule and represents 317 Main with performances in the community throughout the year. If you are interested in being a member of Flight 317, please contact the registrar at 846-9559 for more information.   13 weeks/$390.00

 

THURSDAY 

 

DISCOVERY Ukulele (Ages 6-9)
Thursday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Carter Logan

 

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 and come with a desire to learn. 13 weeks/$260.00

 

BandRoots with Brad (Age 11-16)
Thursday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

Let’s Jam! with Carter Logan (All instruments and ages)
Thursday, 5:00-5:55pm/
Taught by Carter Logan

FREE for all registered students. This is a group-playing opportunity – FREE for all registered 317 students. With a focus on FUN, Carter Logan will lead the group as they learn a wide variety of easy-to-play folk, pop, bluegrass and classic rock tunes. The group will work together towards a low-key but awesome performance at the end of the session.

 

FRIDAY

 

DISCOVERY Ukulele (age 6-9) Friday, 4-4:55pm/Taught by Tyler Lienhardt

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 and come with a desire to learn. 13 weeks/$260.00

 

BandRoots with Carter (Age 11-16)
Friday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Carter Logan

 

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

ADULT GROUP LESSONS

 

MONDAY

Ukulele Group (Adult)
Tuesday, 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.

 

TUESDAY


Beginning Fiddle (Adult)

Tuesday, 2:00-2:55pm/Taught by Tyler Lienhardt

 

This group class is designed to provide teen and adult 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. 13 weeks/$260.0
Beginning Fiddle (Teen & Adult)
Tuesday, 6:00-6:55pm /Taught by Maggie Robinson

 

This group class is designed to provide teen and adult 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. 13 weeks/$260.00

 

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.

 

WEDNESDAY

 

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.

 

THURSDAY

 

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

 

FRIDAY


Deep Roots Beginning Fiddle (Ages 55+, but if you’re younger we’ll take you too!)
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

How we define Groups, Ensembles, Jams

 

GROUPS: Typically, in a group lesson all musicians are playing the same instrument,  and working together on a shared repertoire.

 

Beginning Guitar Group

 

ENSEMBLES are made up of students playing a range of different instruments,  each playing a different part in the repertoire.  Ensembles emphasize preparing songs for a low-key performance for family and friends at the end of the session.

Ensembles give musicians the confidence to take the next step and join or start a band.  We have a wide variety of ensembles 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.

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.

 

Ensembles

Flight 317-a Teen Instrumental Ensemble

 

THE JAM  is a time-honored tradition in which musicians gather as a community to make music together.
At 317 Main we offer faculty-led acoustic jams that are open to all instruments and all levels of play. No egos allowed — you will be comfortable, supported and engaged by the 317 Main jam community.
These well-run sessions are offered on a drop-in basis — just show up with your instrument and your $5.00 fee, and get ready to experience the joy of improvised play.
Jams do not meet during the months of July and August, but you can often find a good jam going during our Farmers Market on Thursdays June-Oct.

 

Jams

Informal Jam at an art opening in the 317 Gallery