Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age for students?

Enrollment in private, semi-private, and group lessons is offered to musicians of all abilities, ages 8 years old and above. Our Little Roots program is for children ages 3-8. We occasionally offer private lessons to musicians younger than 8 years old on a trial basis. Prospective students may schedule a trial lesson with one of 317 Main’s teachers. There is no maximum age for students at 317 Main. We happily serve a large roster of adult students.

What instruments do you teach?

Our gifted instructors teach a wide range of music genres on a variety of instruments, including  guitar (electric and acoustic), banjo, cello, dobro, fiddle/violin, flute, recorder, harp, mandolin, bass (electric and acoustic), piano, ukulele, saxophone, and voice.

How do I get started?

A trial lesson is the first lesson a student takes at 317 Main. The purpose of a trial lesson is for the teacher to assess the musician’s level of interest and commitment, and to determine if the lesson will be a good fit for both student and teacher. Payment for this lesson is due at the time of the lesson. After the initial lesson, the student may choose to continue for the remainder of the current session. Payment for continued lessons is due at the time of scheduling. 317 Main reserves the right to honor teachers’ considerations in any teaching situation.

Do you rent instruments?

We do not currently rent instruments for student use. Students should bring their own instruments to lessons. For rentals, please call:

• Buck Dancer’s Choice 774-2219 (guitar, mandolin)

• Music & Arts 797-3494 (cello, violin & wind)

• Frost Gully: 865-0818 (cello, violin)

Are there instruments you don’t teach?

Currently we do not have instructors to teach drums and harmonica but we can refer you to excellent teachers in our community that do. Please contact the Front Desk for more information.

When does the next session start? When does this one end?

We have divided our academic calendar into 3 sessions: Fall (13 weeks), Winter (13 weeks) and Spring (11 weeks), followed by summer (July and August) when more flexible scheduling is accommodated. We encourage you to print out our calendar and keep it handy so that you will know all the session dates and the registration deadline periods.

Download and print the 2016-17 calendar

What if I can’t get a lesson time that works for me?

We have a Wait List which we actively manage. We will work with you to fit your needs into our schedule, and although we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate your request, we will certainly try. Please feel free to call Sarah or Marie at the Front Desk at 207-846-9559 to check the status of the Wait List.

My child missed a lesson—can I schedule a makeup?

Each lesson is important and student attendance is expected every week. No makeups will be given for student absences. Although this may seem rigid, our policies are similar to what you would expect when signing up for a session of yoga classes or a college course. Our instructors are highly sought after professionals who reserve your time slot specifically for you. Any teacher absences will be rescheduled directly by the teacher at the student’s convenience.

How do I pay for lessons?

Payment for a trial lesson is due at the time of the lesson. Payment for continued lessons is due in full at the time of registration/scheduling. Payment can be made in cash, by check, or by credit card at the Front Desk.

What if I have an emergency and have to stop lessons mid-session?

Payment is required at the beginning of each session and is non-refundable. In cases of extreme medical or family emergency, students should consult with Sarah or Marie at the Front Desk at 207-846-9559.

Who do I talk to about my bill?

Marie and Sarah at the Front Desk are in charge of collecting all tuition and answering your billing questions and concerns. Financial aid inquiries can be directed to Anne Coleman. Email Marie, Sarah, or Anne using our contact form.

How do I register?

To better meet the needs and honor the many requests for individual lessons, we are introducing a new enrollment procedure designed to accommodate as many students as possible. This procedure gives top priority to currently enrolled students, then allows prospective students inquiring for the first time, as well as those on the Wait List, a chance to register for any lesson spots that remain available.

What is Hold Your Spot Registration Week?

During Winter registration (in November) and Spring registration (in March), we set aside one week for students who were enrolled in the previous session to re-register in their same lesson day and time. Early Bird Rates apply and payment for the  Session is due in full. At the end of Hold Your Spot week, any unclaimed lesson spots will become available to those on our Wait List, or to new inquires, on a first-come, first-served basis. Early Bird Rates apply as long as we receive registration materials and payment in full by the end of the Early Bird Registration period.

If you wait until after the Early Registration Deadline to pay and register, regardless of previous enrollment, we will attempt to fit you into the schedule based on availability. Requests will be managed in the order in which payments are received. Regular tuition rates apply.

When is the Early Registration Deadline?

Please consult the 2016-17 calendar

What if I have more questions?

If you have any other questions please contact Sarah or Marie at the Front Desk by phone at 207-846-9559 or contact us by email.