Good news!  Starting in Fall 2017, families will have many more Little Roots classes to choose from at 317 Main Community Music Center. We are now offering a broad range of classes six days a week, Monday-Saturday for children ages birth-7.  And to make this programming expansion possible, we welcome two new Teaching Artists to the Little Roots team, Emilia Dahlin and Sorcha Cribben-Merrill.

Registration for Fall Session begins Monday, August 14th.  You’ll find a complete list of Little Roots offerings here.


Throughout a sixteen-year musical performing career that has taken her through the U.S., Canada,

Welcome Emilia Dahlin

Brazil and Europe, Emilia Dahlin has made Maine her home.  Known for strong storytelling sensibilities and memorable performances, Emilia garnered many national awards, from Telluride Troubador, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.


In 2012, she co-founded The Transcendence Project, using music to catalyze and create community locally and globally.  That year, The Transcendence Project partnered with Seeds of Peace to create and produce a public performance that brought together 35 artists from 9 countries in conflict.


Most recently, Emilia pulled back from touring to mother a toddler and work as a teaching artist.  She’s partnered with organizations like the Telling Room and the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM), where she currently teaches songwriting to 500 Portland Public Schools youth.  She also co-directs the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus for elementary and home-schooled students and hosts and produces The Kids Are Alright family music series in partnership with the Portland Public Library and Friends Of Deering Oaks Park, which caters to pre-school aged children.


As a teaching artist, Emilia garners great joy from collaborating and co-creating with young, budding music-makers and appreciators and believes that music and storytelling are some of the most powerful tools to foster connection between people.


Welcome Sorcha Cribben-Merrill

Sorcha started making music at age 3 in Downeast Maine. She loves to support young musicians in expressing their natural ‘voice’ through whichever instruments and styles they want to explore.

Sorcha has been songwriting and performing for over 20 years. She sings and plays guitar, banjo and ukulele on stages nationwide. She was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012. Very active in the Portland music community, she performs solo, duo and with her band.

She graduated from Skidmore College cum laude with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Music. Since returning to Maine in 2003, Sorcha has been connecting music with healing and creative education. She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and assists with the Center for Grieving Children’s Intercultural songwriting projects. She also supports young mothers in writing lullabies for their babies as part of the Lullaby Project (a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program) and regularly performs jazz concerts for assisted living audiences, with a focus on memory care.

When not singing or learning to salsa dance, she can be found on, in or near the ocean.