Fall Session Begins
Fall Group Class Registration Begins
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.
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.
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.
Do you and 2 or more friends love a particular genre or artist/band? Talk to our Music Education Director Chris Moore (email@example.com) 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!
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)
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.
Discovery Voice (Ages 6-9)
4:00-4:55pm/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]
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.
BandRootswith John (Ages 11-16)
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 multi-instrumentalist John McCain.
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.
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.
DIDN’T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?
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.