Jake at USM’s Music Education Symposium October 21st 2017

317 Main’s Jake Hoffman was recently invited to speak at USM’s annual Music Education Symposium where he reflected on the many hats he wears for our organization.  Like the majority of our teaching artists, Jake is both an educator and a working musician. He’s also a key member of the administrative team,  running our Partnership Programs and, for the first time this year, coordinating HenryFest, 317 Main’s annual outdoor community music festival.

“I really like the term ‘Teaching Artist’”, Jake told the audience made up of students and educators.   “It allows me to be flexible when thinking about how I want my career to develop.”  He says his work at 317 Main allows him to grow both as an educator and an artist and the administrative role gives him the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills. “I collaborate with different individuals and organizations all the time,” he says.

Joining Jake at symposium  were some of the members of “Unspent Youth,” – a Folk-Revival Ensemble led by Jake that is comprised of musicians over the age of 55.  Under his direction, the ensemble now performs regularly in the community with the musicians serving as ambassadors for 317 Main’s Deep Roots program, which is dedicated to older musicians.  The musicians played that role at the symposium,  sharing songs and reflections about their experiences as life long learners.
Here’s Unspent Youth rehearsing with Jake last spring.