Classes will be held online and in-person. Please note the location of your class(es).
Spring Begins April 5th, 2021
Total cost is tuition + annual $25 registration fee ($40 for families)
Have you thought about playing in a bluegrass band or nailing the pop tune that keeps playing in your head? Maybe it’s more about mastering a Bob Dylan song you’ve been working on at home? We have a wide variety of ensembles and classes for youth and adults. Pop, folk, acoustic rock, bluegrass, a capella – There’s something for everyone.
Joining an ensemble or class provides the ultimate musical experience as musicians work together on a shared repertoire often culminating in a performance. 317 Ensembles bring together students to explore a mutual musical interest.
Each week, the ensembles and classes work on arrangements of selected songs in a band setting under the guidance of a 317 instructor. 317 Ensembles emphasize preparing songs for a low-key performance for family and friends at the end of the session.
In addition to some instruction on individual instruments and vocal harmonies, members learn about group etiquette, poise/stage presence, and musicianship, all under the guidance and encouragement of one of our excellent teaching artists.
The class titles designated in purple are our Deep Roots offerings. These classes are geared toward students 55+. Younger adults can join Deep Roots classes just as 55+ students are welcome in all our adult offerings, but Deep Roots classes are likely to have more older learners in them.
There is a non-refundable annual registration fee of $25 per person or $40 per family, renewable each year and to be paid at the time of registration.
Monday / 1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. / Taught by Steve Roy
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, a knowledge of basic chords and come with a desire to learn.
Songwriting (Adults) ONLINE
Monday / 6 p.m. – 6:55 p.m / Taught by Chris Moore
Are you a budding or experienced songwriter looking to dedicate more time to develop your skills of the craft? In this group class, with other songwriters, 317 TA Chris Moore will share a variety of tools, tips, and techniques that you can apply to all steps of the creative songwriting process. From initial inspiration to finished product, melody to lyrics, genre to style, process, editing, arrangement – you will come away with lots of new ideas you can use throughout your songwriting career. Participants will work on weekly assignments and will have an opportunity to share their work regularly with the group. Open to new and experienced songwriters. ($220)
Cukes aka 317 Main Community Ukulele Group (in-person at First Parish Congregational Church) (Adults)
Tuesday/ 10:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m. / Taught by Nina Miller
Do you love playing your uke? Do you want to share the music with the community? Then the CUKES is for you. We’ll work on learning a simple repertoire with the goal of performing together outside at the end of the session. All you need is knowledge of basic ukulele chords and a desire to learn, play, and perform.
Showerheads (Women only) ONLINE
The American folk-music revival was a phenomenon in the United States that began during the 1940s and peaked in popularity in the mid-1960s. Some notable performers of the genre included Josh White, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought forward styles of American folk music into the popular mainstream with artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, and others. More recent artists folk repertoire also find itself in the mix, based on the interests of participants.This ensemble is open to all singers and instrumentalists (55+) who would like explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts.
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? Use our Contact Form to email Chris Moore, Director of Music Education with your questions and suggestions.