ABOUT DISCOVERY

Fiddle, 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 Explorer classes are helpful but not mandatory.


TEENS

Playing music together in an ensemble is an important – and super-fun – part of progressing as a student musician. Once we have developed a good foundation and range of skills on our instrument, there is a whole new world to be discovered as we learn how to relate to others in a musical way. In an ensemble, we learn about rhythm, soloing, improvisation, listening, arranging, singing, dynamics, repertoire, and much more.

The teen years are a great time to stretch out and explore group dynamics, both because teens have the instrumental ‘chops’, and because the ensemble experience can offer such rich social connections. Teen ensemble options this year at 317 Main, include: auditioned, teaching artist selected groups, such as Flight 317; Flight Training (the minor league team of Flight 317); coached Teen Ensemble groups on several days, and; genre-focused groups, such as the Blues Ensemble, Cajun Ensemble, and drop-in jams, open to teens & adults.

If you are or know a teen musician who is ready to be in a group, please contact director of music education Chris Moore (chris@317main.org), and he can connect you with a group opportunity that’s right for you.


CUSTOM GROUP

Do you and 2 or more friends love a particular genre or artist/band?  Talk to our Music Education Director Chris Moore (chris@317main.org) and we’ll see if can get a custom group up and running depending on the availability of our teaching artists. We love to hear your creative ideas!


MONDAY

Discovery Fiddle/Violin I (Ages 6-9)
Monday / 4:00-5:00pm/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 violinist. (Continuing group. Admission by permission of instructor.)

Beginning Guitar 3 (Ages 9-teen)

Monday / 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill

This group class is for guitar students who have some previous guitar instruction. Students should know how to tune and hold the instrument, are familiar with G,C,D,E,A, and F chords and know several basic strumming patterns. (Continuing group.  By permission of the instructor.)

Girl Power Vocal 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.

Acoustic Beatles Ensemble (Older teens & Adults)
Monday / 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.  Taught by Steve Roy

What could be better than spending an hour every week playing, singing, and arranging your favorite Beatles songs? Taught by your resident Fab Four aficionado Steve Roy – this group will have fun exploring the unrivaled song catalog of the greatest rock band of our time. Whether you’re a mop-top or psychedelic-era enthusiast, an instrumentalist, vocalist, or all of the above – a splendid time is guaranteed for all! Prerequisites: Open to experienced beginners who are familiar with their instruments to advanced singers and instrumentalists. Any acoustic instrument is welcome! ($260)

Flight Training (Tweens/Teens)

Monday / 7:15-p.m. – 8:15 p.m. / Led by Carter Logan
This is the minor league training team for the advanced teen bluegrass/acoustic ensemble. Flight Training members will work on ensemble, arrangement, solo, rhythm, and repertoire building. The group will have the opportunity to perform periodically for the community. Open to fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro, bass, mandolin players with experience. Admission by permission of the instructor, please contact the registrar at 846-9559 if you are interested in becoming a member. ($260)
Contradance Repertoire Jam 
Monday / 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Led by Maggie Robinson ($5 drop-in fee)
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. ($5 drop-in fee)

TUESDAY

Beginning Guitar I (Ages 9-Teen)
Tuesday / 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. / Taught by Mitch Reed 

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, and more – all as applied to some simple, fun tunes. Don’t wait any longer to get started! ($260)


Discovery Voice (Ages 6-9)
Tuesday / 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Mesa Schubeck

In this fun and supportive class, Mesa 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.

Discovery Ukulele (Ages 6-9)
Tuesday / 5:00-5:55pm/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.
Beginning Guitar 2 (9-teen)
Tuesday / 5:00-5:55pm/Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
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, and more – all as applied to some simple, fun tunes. Don’t wait any longer to get started!

Blues Ensemble  (Older Teens & Adults)
Tuesday / 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. /  Taught by Mitch Reed

The blues is at the core of all American roots music, and developing a working understanding of the form can be useful in many ways for the student musician. In this class/ensemble, multi-instrumentalist Mitch Reed will begin by teaching 3-chord progressions in a variety of keys, as well as how to apply this musical vocabulary in an ensemble setting. The group will explore genres that incorporate – and were influenced by – the blues, such as rock ’n’ roll, folk, country, and more. Developing skills in rhythm playing, soloing, and improvising will all be in the mix. All instruments and abilities are welcome.  ($260)

Bluegrass Jam (Older teens & Adults)
Tuesday / 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m./ Taught by Lincoln Meyers

Open to bluegrass 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. ($5 drop-in)

 

WEDNESDAY

Discovery Fiddle/Violin I (Ages 6-9)
Wednesday / 4:00-5:00pm/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 violinist. (Continuing group. Admission by permission of instructor.)

Youth Fiddle/Violin II (Ages 10-15)
Wednesday / 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Ellen Gawler

This group class is for fiddle students who have some previous fiddle instruction. Students can play one octave scales such as A and D. You know some songs and fiddle tunes at a slow to moderate tempo. You are concentrating primarily on playing in tune, getting good tone and controlling the bow. Students bring their own instruments. (Continuing group. Admission by permission of instructor.)

Teen Ensemble (13+)
Wednesday / 6:00-6:55pm / Led by John McCain
If you play an instrument (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, keyboard, brass, etc) and/or sing and you are looking to get more experience playing with other like-minded musicians, the 317 Teen Ensemble is for you! 317 Main teaching artist and group coach Mitch Reed will work with the band to find engaging material and will focus on group dynamics, arranging, solos, rhythm, repertoire building, and more! ($260)

FLIGHT 317 (Teen auditioned group)
Wednesday, 7:00-8:25pm/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.

 

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.

Teen Ensemble
Thursday / 5:30-6:25pm / Led by Mitch Reed
If you play an instrument (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, keyboard, brass, etc) and/or sing and you are looking to get more experience playing with other like-minded musicians, the 317 Teen Ensemble is for you! 317 Main teaching artist and group coach Mitch Reed will work with the band to find engaging material and will focus on group dynamics, arranging, solos, rhythm, repertoire building, and more! ($260)

Cajun Ensemble (Teens & Adults)

Thursday / 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. / Led 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. Teens and adults. ($260

 


317 LOCAL VOCALS (High school and adult)
Thursday / 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.

 

FRIDAY

 

Discovery Fiddle (Ages 6-9)
Monday / 4 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. 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 violinist. Continuing group. Admission by permission of instructor. ($260)