We’re excited to play music with you, both in-person and online! Please make sure to note the location of the class(es) you’re interested in.
Fall Session Begins September 1st, 2020
Financial Aid is available. Call our Front Desk 846-9559 to learn more.
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. We also offer mixed-age classes, vocal groups, custom groups, private lessons and semi-private lessons.
Fiddle, Ukulele, Piano, 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. Our Little Roots Explorer series is a great way to prepare for the Discovery classes.
Playing music together in an ensemble is an important – and super-fun – part of progressing as a student musician. Once we have developed a good foundation and range of skills on our instrument, there is a whole new world to be discovered as we learn how to relate to others in a musical way. In an ensemble, we learn about rhythm, soloing, improvisation, listening, arranging, singing, dynamics, repertoire, and much more.
The teen years are a great time to stretch out and explore group dynamics, both because teens have the instrumental ‘chops’, and because the ensemble experience can offer such rich social connections. Teen ensemble options this year at 317 Main, include: auditioned, teaching artist selected groups, such as Flight 317; Flight Training (the minor league team of Flight 317); coached Teen Ensemble groups on several days, and; genre-focused groups, such as the Blues Ensemble, Cajun Ensemble, and drop-in jams, open to teens & adults.
If you are or know a teen musician who is ready to be in a group, please contact director of music education Chris Moore ([email protected]), and he can connect you with a group opportunity that’s right for you.
Do you and 2 or more friends love a particular genre or artist/band? Talk to our Music Education Director Chris Moore ([email protected]) 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!
Guitar III (Ages 9-12) AT 317 Main
Monday/ 5 p.m. -5:55 p.m. with 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. (Continuing class. New students by permission of instructor.)
($260 for 13 weeks)
Flight Training (Tweens/Teens) at 317 Main
Tuesday / 9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. / Taught by Nina Miller
Discovery Voice (Ages 6-9) ONLINE
Tuesday / 4 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. / Taught by Mesa Schubeck
Discovery Ukulele (Ages 6-9) at 317 Main
Blues Ensemble (Older Teens & Adults) ONLINE
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)
Girl Power Vocal Group (Ages 9-12) at First Parish Congregational Church
Tuesday/ 6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. / 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. ($260/ 13-weeks)
Intermediate Youth Fiddle
Wednesday/ 4:00-4:55pm with Ellen Gawler
(By permission of the instructor)
Discovery Piano at 317 Main
Friday/ 5 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. with Abby Curtis
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.