SONGS & STORIES
With SORCHA CRIBBEN-MERRILL
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5/ 12:00-1:00 PM / ROOM 11
The best of both worlds! Story time never sounded so good. We will take a journey through a few fun books and turn the stories and characters into songs. Some you will know. Some we will make up together. Bring your voices and imaginations and leave inspired to turn your own favorite stories into songs. Perfect for children and families.
JUST TAYLOR SWIFT!
With DIANA HANSEN
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 / 6:00-7:00 PM / ROOM 11
Come and sing Taylor Swift songs! We will bring back many hits from the last 10 years such as: Shake It Off, We Are Never Getting Back Together, Wonderland, Blank Space, Mean and Bad Blood to name a few. It’ll be fun to add some sassy moves and bring the songs to life. If you love Taylor, you won’t want to miss this sing-a-along.
GOOD TECHNIQUE FOR MUSICIANS OF ALL AGES
With KELLY MUSE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5/ 7:00-8:00 PM / ROOM 11
Learn how to avoid injury and perform music with less tension, more ease and more joy. Teaching Artist Kelly Muse will introduce important elements of technique, focusing on the piano, but applicable to all instruments. Concepts are easily understood and useful to students of all ages.
MEET THE UKE!
With STEVE ROY
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5/7:30-8:30 PM / ROOM 10
Here at 317 Main we have a small fleet of ukuleles and you are invited to come and try one out (or bring your own to play)! We’ll get you strumming a few chords and singing a few songs in 1 hour. All ages welcome.
INTERNATIONAL CIRCLE DANCES
With EMILIA DAHLIN
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 10:00-11:00 AM / ROOM 11
Circle games of rhythm, movement, and song span the globe, as well as time. Participate in collaborative play as we learn games and songs from different places in the world. Come ready to sing and be silly. Ages 4 and up. Each child should have one adult partner.
With JILL PALMER
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 5:00-6:00 PM / ROOM 11
Come and experience holiday songs like never before. Boomwhackers are color-coded pitched percussion instruments. We will learn how to use them and will learn about the music we are playing along the way. No experience necessary. Come have some “whacky” fun. All ages.
With AMANDA GALE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 5:00-6:00 PM / ROOM 1
Love to sing and LOVE the sounds of the holidays? Amanda Gale will lead us through a bunch of holiday melodies (new and old favorites!) in two, three and four part vocal harmony. Open to all. No music experience necessary!
CHANGING KEYS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON
With TYLER STANLEY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6/ 5:00-6:00 PM / ROOM 10
Let’s say a group of carolers is headed down the street and they need some accompaniment. They’re singing Silent Night – great, you know that one – but you know it in A and they want it in C. What to do? Sign up for this workshop and learn how to easily transpose songs. This workshop is ideal for musicians who know most of their chords, but want to learn more about music theory and how to find a comfortable key for singing or accompanying. We’ll concentrate on holiday songs because they’re simple tunes that everyone knows.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAZZ PIANO
With EMMETT HARRITY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 6:00-7:00 PM / ROOM 11
This hour will be spent listening to and talking about the “who’s who” in the jazz piano world, from Jelly Roll Morton up to Jason Moran and other modern players. We will listen to different influential jazz pianists spanning the history of the style, and talk about the lineage and evolution of the jazz piano sound. Great for anyone who has an interest in playing jazz music or is just looking to check out some new musicians and add to their listening catalogue.
CELTIC/NEW ENGLAND FIDDLING
With ELLEN GAWLER
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 6:30-7:30 PM / ROOM 1
This workshop is for intermediate fiddlers. Come find out what makes an Irish tune sound authentic. We’ll learn by ear and will go home with music.
EXPLORING TONALITIES AND FEELING ON THE GUITAR
With JOHN McCAIN
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 7:00-8:00 PM / ROOM 10
This workshop will introduce guitarists to the fundamentals of Major and Minor scales and offer a chance to experience and become familiar with the moods and character of these sounds all while employing a simple approach on the instrument. Open to all levels.
THE BASICS OF HEALTHY BELTING
With KATHY SLACK
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 / 7:30-8:30 PM / ROOM 11
Using a few, simple, vocal exercises, one can learn the “secret” to healthy belting. Informed by Jeanette Lovetri’s Somatic Voicework (tm), Ms. Slack will share tips on how to sing comfortably without compromising vocal fold health. Bring a song that requires volume output in either your chest and/or head registers, or have a song in mind, which we can find online to present, with piano or Karaoke accompaniment. Open to high school and adult singers. No experience necessary.
ENCHANTMENTS FOR FAMILIES
With AMANDA “PANDA” PARKHURST
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7/ 10:00-11:00 AM / ROOM 11
For Enchantments for Families all ages are welcome to learn simple chants using gentle words and soft movements with themes of peace and plant medicines. In this workshop families will sing and learn about essential oils and how to use them at home. Make and Take home a bottle of “mother’s helper.”
INTRODUCTION TO EVERYTHING
A guided tour through the world of acoustic instruments!
With CARTER LOGAN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 5:00-6:00 PM / ROOM 2
Join 317 Main’s Carter Logan in this introduction to acoustic instruments including: guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass and dobro. This interactive, hands-on workshop is an excellent way to learn more about the many wonderful instruments taught at 317. Open to all ages and all levels. Perfect for youngsters who are thinking about beginning lessons!
INTRODUCTION TO THE UPRIGHT BASS
With JAKE HOFFMAN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 5:30-6:30 PM / ROOM 11
Don’t you just LOVE the bass? It’s so BIG, and it plays an important role in all kinds of music. Find out how to make some low, booming sounds that provide backbone and support to a jam or ensemble. Feel free to bring along another instrument too so that we can take turns providing bass lines for songs we’ll play/sing together. Ages 12 – up.
LEARN TO PLAY BY EAR
With ELI GILBERT
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7/5:30-6:30 PM / ROOM 10
In this workshop I will give students the necessary tools to begin learning any type of music by ear. By knowing a little more about our instruments and knowing how to listen critically, anyone can use their ears to learn more about their favorite music. The workshop will include ear-training practice techniques, listening examples, and the group will learn a simple song together using only our ears. This workshop is best-suited to student musicians who can play chords on their instrument.
With JEFF CHRISTMAS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7/ 6:30-7:30 PM / ROOM 11
Would you like to learn more about the art of performing? Students will work on the craft of performance for a friendly and encouraging peer audience. We will talk about stage presence, focus, presentation, speaking from the stage and more. All styles and instruments welcome.
INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ THEORY AND IMPROV
With TITUS ABBOTT
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7/ 6:30-7:30 PM/ ROOM 7
Join jazz expert, bandleader, and teacher Titus Abbott as he teaches the basic elements of jazz theory. In this workshop you will learn about II-V-I progressions, chords, chord scales and more. Titus will then move on to demonstrate how to use these concepts to explore the world of improvisation. Open to all instrumentalists with some experience.
TAKE YOUR RHYTHM GUITAR PLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
With LINCOLN MEYERS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 7:00-8:00 PM / ROOM 1
If you’re tired of doing the same thing every time you play rhythm, this guitar workshop is for you! Lincoln will cover a variety of rhythm patterns, when and where to utilize bass note walks from chord to chord, and how to use practice techniques to develop better right hand control.
MODERN MUSIC FOR STRINGS
With DEVON COLELLA
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 7:00-8:00 PM / ROOM 10
Participants will be guided through a survey of cutting edge string techniques for violin, viola, cello, and bass. This workshop will focus on rock, jazz, hip hop, funk, and other genres beyond classical music. Topics will include percussive chop techniques, finger-picking patterns, the use of electronic amplification and effects, and the variety of roles a string instrument can play within a group or ensemble. Survey will include coverage of notable string musicians who are innovating new ways to play their instruments. Focus will be given to violin, viola, cello, and bass, but other string instruments are welcome as well.
THE JOY AND MAGIC OF PLAYING WALTZES
With TAMORA GOLTZ
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 / 7:30-8:30 PM / ROOM 11
Join Tamora for an hour exploring the wonderful world of waltzes. You’ll learn tips and ideas for adding a bit of lift, life and heart to playing a waltz. The class will be taught on fiddle, with focus on a few bowing techniques, but is warmly open to all instruments. We will plan on learning a simple waltz by ear. Advised to come prepared with a recording device. Will take requests for written music after the workshop.
With LEAH RINGELSTEIN
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 10:00-11:00 AM / ROOM 11
We all know from listening to music that it is an emotional language, but when we try to play it, we often get caught up in the skills of trying to “sound good.” This workshop will provide an opportunity to develop comfort with and tools for emotional expression through music and the visual arts. You will be challenged to communicate an emotion or experience through sound and color and reflect on how it feels as it comes out and is witnessed by others. The workshop will be structured as a “conversation” so bringing a child or partner will make it fun, but there will be plenty of new friends to work with as well!”
A CAPPELLA CIRCLE-SINGING
With BRAD LONGFELLOW
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 5:00-6:00 PM / ROOM 11
Welcoming singers of all ages and abilities to participate in an hour of creative song-making! We will sing a few circle-songs and jams layer by layer, listen to few master examples for inspiration, and then branch out and create something of our own! Bring a friend and an eager voice.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MANDOLIN
With CHRIS MOORE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 5:00-6:00 PM/ ROOM 10
If the distinctive sound of this small 8-stringed instrument has caught your attention at a concert or on a recording – or you have some familiarity with its musical role, but always wanted to try one – please join Chris Moore for this beginning introduction to the mandolin. You’ll get a very brief overview of the mandolin’s history and a crash course in the broad range of mandolin family instruments and repertoire. We’ll have a few mandolins on hand for you to try and you’ll learn a few basic techniques to get you started.
PLAYING ACCOMPANIMENT FOR FOLK SONGS
With TYLER LIENHARDT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 6:00-7:00 PM/ ROOM 11
How do I know what notes to play? When should I play them? Backing up a singer or playing a solo can be intimidating, but we’ll break it down so that you can find your own voice to add to a jam. Open to string instrument students with some playing experience.
With CHRIS MOORE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 6:00-7:00 PM / ROOM 10
Calling all songwriters. Bring your guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, or just your voice (we’ll have a piano on hand too) and share a song you’ve written (old or new, finished or unfinished) with a supportive group of like-minded singer-songwriters. We’ll sit in a circle and take turns singing our tunes for the group. We’ll have time to talk about inspiration, craftsmanship, performance, and more! Just like the traditional “guitar pulls” in Nashville, it’s guaranteed to be a truly ‘original’ experience. C’mon!
INTRODUCTION TO FIDDLE FOR ADULTS
With MAGGIE ROBINSON
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8/ 6:00-7:00 PM / ROOM 1
Have you been looking for an opportunity to try the fiddle, but have never had the chance? This workshop is for you! Designed for the true beginner adult (or high schooler), Maggie will get the group started right away on the basics of tuning, holding, and playing the fiddle. We will have several full-size instruments on hand for you to try, or bring one if you have one!
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