DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK, ALL CLASSES WILL MEET ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 27th. AFTER THAT WE HOPE TO RESUME MAKING MUSIC WITH YOU IN PERSON.
Spring Sesson Begins April 6th
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. ($165)
Monday / 6 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.
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)
Acoustic Beatles Ensemble ONLINE
Monday / 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. / Taught by Steve Roy
What could be better than spending an hour every week playing, singing, and arranging your favorite Beatles songs? Taught by your resident Fab Four aficionado Steve Roy – this group will have fun exploring the unrivaled song catalog of the greatest rock band of our time. Whether you’re a mop-top or psychedelic-era enthusiast, an instrumentalist, vocalist, or all of the above – a splendid time is guaranteed for all! Prerequisites: Open to experienced beginners who are familiar with their instruments to advanced singers and instrumentalists. Any acoustic instrument is welcome! ($220)
The DRukes ON HAITUS
Tuesday / 9:15-10:10am /Taught by Nina Miller
Do you love playing your uke? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Then the DRukes (Deep Roots ukes) is the place for you! We’ll work on learning repertoire with the goal of performing at local assisted living facilities, rehab and memory care centers, and nursing homes. All need you is knowledge of basic ukulele chords and a desire to learn, play, and perform. ($165)
Tuesday / 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. / Taught by Mitch Reed
The blues is at the core of all American roots music, and developing a working understanding of the form can be useful in many ways for the student musician. In this class/ensemble, multi-instrumentalist Mitch Reed will begin by teaching 3-chord progressions in a variety of keys, as well as how to apply this musical vocabulary in an ensemble setting. The group will explore genres that incorporate – and were influenced by – the blues, such as rock ’n’ roll, folk, country, and more. Developing skills in rhythm playing, soloing, and improvising will all be in the mix. All instruments and abilities are welcome. ($220)
Bluegrass Jam (Older teens & Adults) ONLINE
Tuesday / 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m./ Taught by Lincoln Meyers
Open to bluegrass players at all levels – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, bass, singers – join Lincoln as he calls the tunes, posts the charts, and leads the group (at a manageable speed) through the great repertoire of tunes and songs from the bluegrass tradition. ($5 drop-in)
Showerheads (Women only ) ONLINE
Wednesday / 10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. / Taught by Kathy Slack
English Country Dancing ON HAITUS
Wednesday / 6:00-8:00pm /Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
At First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main Street
Looking for the perfect musical bonding activity? In Uke Can Do It Together, you can have fun with your child while modeling the process of learning a musical instrument. We will practice some of the musical concepts of our other Little Roots classes while getting to know the Ukulele, learning to play simple songs, and strumming beginner chords.
Thursday / 6:30-7:25pm /Taught by Mitch Reed
317 LOCAL VOCALS (High school and adult) ON HAITUS
Thursday / 6:30-7:55pm /Directed by Jeff Christmas
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. ($80)
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.