YOUTH PROGRAM
(Ages 7-18) 

  Winter Session Begins 
December 10th

Group Class Registration Begins
November 5th

 

Learning music in a group setting can be motivating and fun for kids and teens. 317 Main’s  Youth Program includes DISCOVERY classes (ages 6-9) for beginning students who want to develop music skills on a particular instrument and BandRoots  (ages 11-16) for students who have a working knowledge of their instrument and want to collaborate on a shared repertoire of their choosing with peers.  We also offer mixed age classes,  vocal groups, custom groups, private lessons and semi private lessons.

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

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 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.


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)
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.


Beginning Guitar Il (Ages 9-teen)

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. (by permission of the instructor)

 

Girl Power Vocal Group (Ages 9-12)
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.

 

 

TUESDAY

Discovery Voice (Ages 6-9)
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)
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 I (9-teen)
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!
Teen A Cappella Group (13+)
6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Mesa Schubeck

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. Mesa Schubeck 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]

 

 

WEDNESDAY

Discovery Fiddle/Violin I (Ages 6-9)
4:00-5:00pm/Taught by Bethany Niedbala


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.


Discovery Fiddle/Violin II (Ages 6-9)
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. (by permission of the instructor).

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

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 multi-instrumentalist John McCain.

 

FLIGHT 317 (Teen auditioned group)
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)
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.

NEW Teen Musical Theater Workshop (13+)
5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Evan Cuddy
Led by experienced music director, accompanist and MT coach Evan Cuddy, students will have an opportunity to expand their skills and deepen their knowledge of their favorite repertoire from the genre. Evan will coach students on performance technique, character interpretation, storytelling, as well as listening to and giving constructive feedback to classmates. Students will work on ensemble repertoire and will select one or more solos for the session. The class culminates in an open performance for friends and family to watch their work.

317 LOCAL VOCALS (High school and adult)
6:30-7:55pm/Directed by Jeff Christmas
(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 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

 

 

 

DIDN’T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?

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

Is there an instrument or a genre you’re interested in but isn’t listed?  Maybe you’d like to use our Contact Form to connect with Chris Moore, Director of Music Education with your questions and suggestions.

 

“At 317 Main we welcome and strive to meet every student right where they are in the their musical journey. Regardless of age or experience, our approach to music education reflects our mission-based values: to provide students with a fun and productive learning experience in a friendly and authentic community setting.”

-Chris Moore, Director of Music Education

Carter Leading a Porch Jam during the Yarmouth Farmers Market
Youth Vocals
Group Lessons
Beginning Guitar