317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine, wants to make music with you. Our Deep Roots programming caters to music lovers ages 55+. We offer private instruction on 14 instruments including voice as well as group lessons, ensembles, custom groups, lecture series, English Country Dancing and Noon Tunes, a free monthly concert series. Deep Roots are, of course, welcome in any adult class, but classes with the Deep Roots designation cater specifically to this age group.
NEW Deep Roots Recorder Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Monday, 1:00-1:55pm/Taught by Jill Palmer
13 weeks/$130.00 (plus $25 annual registration)
Come be part of the fun as we learn to play familiar songs arranged for the recorder. Students will develop new musical skills on the instrument each week with a focus on learning to play in an ensemble. Some prior playing experience required. Open to adults and others with permission of the instructor. [This class is not being offered during the fall session.]
Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble
Thursday, 12:00pm-12:55pm/Taught by Jeff Christmas
13 weeks, $130.00 (plus $25 annual registration)
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 include Josh White, Burl Ives, Woodie Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzey, Jena Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought folk music into the popular mainstream with artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, Odetta, Harry Belafonte and others. This ensemble is open to all singers and instrumentalists (55+) who would like to explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts.
Deep Roots Vocal Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Friday, 10:00-10:55am/Directed by Brad Longfellow
13 weeks Cost: $130 (plus $25 annual registration)
Do you love to sing? 317 Main Community Music Center’s Deep Roots Vocal Ensemble is open to all older adults who are enthusiastic about singing at all experience levels. Led in a supportive and friendly environment by experienced choral director Brad Longfellow, the ensemble will explore a fun and engaging repertoire that draws from American folk and gospel music, traditional music from around the world, jazz/theatre standards, pop, and more. Singers will learn about 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies, individual and group singing techniques, ear training, and more. The ensemble will meet weekly from April through mid-June in 317 Main’s welcoming and historic home in Yarmouth Village. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate creative expression in an activity that promotes healthy living, personal growth, social interaction, and fun. [This class is not being offered during the fall session.]