Songs & Stories
With Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
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.
Meet the DRukes (Deep Roots Ukes)
This is your opportunity to have fun, learn, and make a difference in the world. Come on over and check out the DRukes! If you know your basic uke chords, this is the place for you. This will be an introduction to 317’s newest ensemble whose goal is to reach the community of local nursing homes, rehab centers, and memory care facilities. We’ll work on learning repertoire, providing ukulele music and song to residents who look forward to moments of joy that only music can bring.
Pentatonic Scales and Beyond for the Curious Guitarist
The first scale most guitarists learn is the Pentatonic Scale. This simple pattern can be used to create a universe of great melodies and solos while at the same time deftly avoid playing “wrong notes”. But add just two more notes, and the possibilities become truly endless. In this workshop we will cover the pentatonic scale and it’s use. We’ll learn to make it work over both major and minor chords and then expand it to create “complete” major and minor scales. No music reading or prior theory knowledge is necessary.
Music Theory for the Pianist
Regardless of what genre you like to play or how advanced you are there is always something to learn with music theory. We will explore chords, inversions, scales, how to read a lead sheet, and basic analyzing. We’ll have the opportunity for some hands on experience with the piano to help support the concepts learned and there will be some resources to take home for practice!
The Music of Spinal Tap
In this this workshop we will explore the music of the one and only Spjnal Tap. We’ll explore the composition of such classics as “Big Bottom” and “Stonehenge”, studying the various parts of these metal masterpieces. We’ll also talk about the musical and cultural references and jokes that they based many of their songs on. Adults only (Adult content)
Introduction to Fiddle for Adults
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!
Building a Song…Songwriting for Kids (Ages 7-12)
Let your imagination run wild in this songwriting workshop. We will write a group song together like building the house of your dreams. You will learn how a song is made and leave with ideas and tools to create your own. One story at a time.
Is your house big or small? Short or tall?
Is there one big room or are there many little rooms? What colors are the walls?
How does it feel – and sound – to live in it?
How do others feel when they visit?
Calling all part-singers! Join vocal teaching artist Jeff Christmas in this voices only workshop and ‘deep dive’ into harmony singing. Jeff will lead the group through some multi-part compositions and will help participants strengthen and expand their skills in how to hear parts other than melody, blend voices, and
Songs of Hope!
Join vocal teaching artist Amanda Gale for an inspirational hour of singing songs of hope by Birdy, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen. All ages and abilities.
Deep Roots Discovery String Ensemble
This group class is designed to provide adult beginners with an excellent introduction to bowed string instruments in a supportive and fun environment. Students will be playing simple tunes in no time as a string ensemble, and learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for playing a string instrument. This group is designed for players with little or no experience, as we will all start learning our instruments together! Options for string instruments include violin, viola, cello, and bass!
Join us for some whacky fun! Come and experience holiday songs like never before. Boomwhackers are color-coded, pitched, percussion instruments. We will learn how to use them and about the music we are playing along the way. No experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Explore the world of sounds beyond major and minor chords. Teaching Artist Kelly Muse will explain the nature, language and usage of different chords. Learn how and where different chords might be used and how to notate/play them. Open to pianists, guitarists, and anyone who wants to grow their knowledge of harmony!
Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Sing-A-Long!
Come and sing these artists’ great songs from the 70’s and 80’s. Bring your guitars and instruments to jam if you like… The focus will be on singing and we will go with the musical flow!
An Introduction to Lead Sheets
Lead-sheet notation is a common way of notating songs, especially in the worlds of popular music and jazz. For musicians with some experience on their instruments, lead- sheets can make playing your own versions of many songs quite accessible. They also are helpful in group-playing and songwriting. In this workshop we will learn about, and as a group interpret some lead-sheets together. Topics will include lead-sheets basics, an introduction to reading chord symbols and even some rhythmic notation. Some experience on an instrument preferred, especially chordal instruments, but all instruments welcome.
Introduction to Opera!
Join vocal Teaching Artist and classically-trained soprano, Mary Letellier for an entertaining introduction to the wonderful world of opera. The group will listen to and watch excerpts from the most beloved operas, learn a little about the most influential opera composers, and try their hand at a few famous pieces in the genre. No experience necessary!
Fun New Tunes for the All-Comers Band Repertoire!
Come and lets learn some very fun new tunes together to add to our already very fun repertoire. All ages and levels welcome. The workshop will be geared to the fiddle and mandolin, but all instruments are welcome. We will taylor your participation to your ability, i.e.; beginners will play simpler parts and more advanced will have something to challenge and grow. Lets build up what we know for our upcoming winter and spring community dances!
Circle Singing in Community
Come explore the world of vocal improvisation in which participants will experience the joys of jazz improvisation in circle songs (as demonstrated in much of Bobby McFerrin’s contemporary work), as well as the thrill of creating songs and musical theater pieces “in the moment.” In groups and pairs, students will work on improvising, and will practice lyric as well as melodic & harmonic structures. All ability levels are encouraged to attend
Moving Hands: Synchronization & Flow for Guitar
Playing melodies on the guitar can be a challenge if your hands aren’t prepared to work together. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of developing efficient picking hand and fretting hand technique using a single note approach. The basics of melodic improvisation will also be explored. Some previous guitar experience is recommended.
Little Roots Music Adventure
Amanda “Panda” Parkhurst
Amanda Panda will host a Little Roots Musical Adventure – 30 minutes of music and movement from our Little Roots curriculum. All Ages welcome with a grown up!
Jug Band Music
Listen to, learn about, and play this music from the 1920s that was rocking and rolling before Elvis was even born. It’s a mix of country, blues, jazz, and pop that was developed by African American artists in the urban South. Jake will lead the group in playing some of his favorite songs, some which you might already recognize. Bring your instrument, yourvoice, an empty jug, a kazoo, spoons, whatever, or just come hang out for some good time party music.
Survival Guide For Open Mic Performers
Whether you’re a newbie or experienced musical performer, we can all agree that there is often a significant difference between how we think our performance will go, and how it actually goes. Some of this is naturally beyond our control and can add to the fun of sharing music with others. There are, however, other (and often unanticipated) factors that can obstruct the fun, and even discourage us. Do not fear! Wherever you are on this spectrum, the truth is, we can all improve our performance skills. In this workshop, we will learn how to prepare for, execute, and freely engage with a positive performance experience. Open to all musicians who are interested in sharing their music with others.
Introduction to Jazz Theory and Improv
Learn the basic elements of jazz theory including II V I progressions and chords and chord scales and how to apply those to improvisation. Open to all instrumentalists with some playing experience
Cross Tuning Fiddle Workshop
Come join Tamora for an introduction to cross tuning on the violin! Cross tuning simply means “changing the relationships between the four strings, so that you no longer have G,D,A,E, but some other combination”. The workshop will brush on the history and use, demonstrate a couple of different tunings, and the group will all learn a simple tune or two together. This workshop is for those who are willing to learn strictly by ear, and are comfortable playing a small handful (or more)of fiddle tunes at a moderate pace. I guarantee we will have fun!!
A recording device is highly recommended.
Join ukulele ringleader Carter Logan as he guides a room full of ukulele enthusiasts through some of his classic teaching tunes and songs for uke. Rock classics, folk songs, and pop faves will all be on the list. The more the merrier! All ages with a little uke experience preferred, but newbies welcome, and singers too. Let’s see how many ukes we can fit in one room at the same time!
Musical Theater Workshop (Teens and Adults)
Join experienced music director, accompanist, and musical theater coach Evan Cuddy, in this fun session for students to expand their skills and deepen their knowledge of their favorite repertoire from musical theater. Evan will touch on topics like performance technique, character interpretation, storytelling, as well as listening to and giving constructive feedback to classmates. Bring one of your favorite musical theater songs to share!
Jazz Hits Singalong
Join us for an hour of classic jazz vocal hits. Abby will introduce each song by sharing a brief history and the group will sing it together around the piano. Expect crowd favorites such as George Gershwin’s Embraceable You and Cole Porter’s Night and Day. Sheet music and lyric sheets will be provided. Lead sheets are available if you would like to bring your guitar or bass.
Cross-Picking for Guitar Players
Cross-picking is an essential technique used by bluegrass guitarists. Pioneered by the Stanley Brothers’ guitarist, George Shuffler in the 1950s and carried forward by such players as Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Tony Rice. Cross-picking is basically a version of the fingerpicked banjo roll – flat picking across strings to create rolling patterns that simultaneously outline chords and melody. The technique is an elegant accompaniment alternative to strumming, and also works well for chord/melody hybrid solos. Open to all flat picking guitar players with some experience.