Classes and Ensembles

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.

Have you dreamed of playing in a bluegrass band? Want to learn the pop tune that keeps playing in your head?  Maybe it’s more about mastering that Grateful Dead 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, and bluegrass, songwriting and dance – there’s something for everyone.  Learning together is fun, effective, and social.

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.

Please inquire about Financial Assistance.

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.

FALL 2017 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

Little Roots Family (45 minute classes for all ages)
Monday,  9:00-9:45am/Taught by Emilia Dahlin

Little Roots Family is a group class for those who would like to experience a music and movement class as a family. The emphasis is on expanding the group’s comfort with traditional folk songs and Amanda Panda original lyrics with themes of nature, health, kindness and silliness. In a fun and supportive environment, families can also learn how to use music as a tool at home to strengthen the family bond. This class is offered every session and families are encouraged to continue as long as they’d like.  13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Drum (45 minute classes for 3 & 4-yr olds)
Monday,  10:00-10:45am/Taught by Emilia Dahlin

Stomp and Drum will introduce your child to the joy of making music with other young friends through song, dance, play, and a hands on introduction to the djembe. Music concepts such as rhythm, pitch, and ear training are introduced through games and repetition. The class is designed to make children feel comfortable in exploring the elements of music in a group through a range of musical styles in a friendly and playful atmosphere. Little Roots Family is recommended but not mandatory. This class is offered every session and children are encouraged to continue for as long as they are having fun!  13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum (45 minute classes for 4 & 5-yr olds)
Monday,  11:00-11:45am/Taught by Emilia Dahlin

Stomp and Strum will introduce your child to the joy of making music with other young friends through song, dance, play and a hands on introduction to the ukulele. Music concepts such as rhythm, pitch and ear training are introduced through games and repetition. The class is designed to make children feel comfortable in exploring the elements of music in a group through a range of musical styles in a friendly and playful atmosphere. Little Roots Family or Little Roots Stomp and Drum is recommended but not mandatory. This class is offered every session and children are encouraged to continue for as long as they are having fun!

NEW Deep Roots Recorder Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Monday, 1:00-1:55pm/Taught by Jill Palmer

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.   13 weeks/$130.00

DISCOVERY Fiddle (Ages 6-9)
Monday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Maggie Robinson

This group class is designed to provide younger beginners with an excellent introduction to the fiddle/violin in a supportive and fun environment. Students will be playing simple tunes in no time, learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for the beginning fiddler.  13 weeks/$260.00

ABOUT OUR DISCOVERY CLASSES

Discovery Fiddle, Cello, Ukulele 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. Prerequisites: Little Roots Sing & Strum or Little Roots Whistle & Fiddle are helpful but not mandatory.

Monday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Eli Gilbert 

So you want to get started on the guitar?  This is a beginning class for students who have never played before or have explored a little bit on their own and are ready for some real instruction.  Class members will study tuning, guitar setup, correct posture, basic strums, simple chords, and more-all applied to some easy and fun tunes.  13 weeks/$260.00

 

BandRoots With Tyler (Ages 11-16)
Monday, 5:30-6:25pm/Taught by Tyler Stanley 

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

Girls Vocal Power Group (Ages 9-12)
Monday, 6:30-7:25pm/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.  13 weeks/$260.00

Beginning Fiddle (Adults)
Monday, 6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Tamora Goltz

This group class is designed to provide beginners with an excellent introduction to the fiddle/violin in a supportive and fun environment.  Students will be playing simple tunes in no time, learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for the beginning fiddler or those with limited experience.

317 Main Contra Dance Repertoire Jam
Monday, 7:30-9:00pm/$5 drop-in fee/Led by Maggie Robinson

The 317 Main Contra Dance Repertoire Jam provides a great opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play and enjoy the contra dance repertoire together. The group will play a mixture of standard contra tunes – mainly reels, jigs and waltzes. Players of all instruments welcome. We generally start a tune by learning it slowly, with music and chord charts available. We then put the tunes together in a set and work them up to dance speed.

TUESDAY

Little Roots Family (All ages)
Tuesday, 9:oo-9:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Drum (3 & 4-yr olds)
Tuesday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum (4 & 5-yr olds)
Tuesday  11:00-11:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Ukulele Group (Adult)
Tuesday, 2:00-2:55pm/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.  13 weeks/$260.00

Beginning Fiddle (Adult)
Tuesday, 2:00-2:55pm/Taught by Tyler Lienhardt

This group class is designed to provide teen and adult beginners with an excellent introduction to the fiddle/violin in a supportive and fun environment. Students will be playing simple tunes in no time, learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for the beginning fiddler. 13 weeks/$260.00

Little Roots Strum and Sing (45-minute classes for 5, 6 & 7 yr olds)
Tuesday, TBA/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill

The perfect introduction to singing and strumming for your budding musician/ songwriter!  Strum and Sing will take your child through 6 weeks on the Ukulele and 6 weeks on Voice lessons. Children learn simple string tunes and songs and play fun musical games that emphasize rhythms, singing, and movement. Ukuleles are provided for in-class practice at no additional cost. Little Roots Family, Little Roots Stomp and Drum, or Little Roots Stomp and Strum are recommended but not mandatory. This class is offered every session and children are encouraged to continue for as long as they are having fun. When they are ready they can move on to Fiddle and Whistle, Discovery Ukulele or Discovery Voice.13 weeks/$225.00


Little Roots Fiddle and Whistle
(45-minute classes for 5, 6 & 7 year olds)
Tuesday, 4:00-4:45pm/Taught by Maggie Robinson

If your child is showing an interest in the fiddle,  this is the perfect class.  We spend 6 weeks playing Fiddle and 6 weeks playing the Penny Whistle. Children learn to play simple string and whistle tunes and as well as musical games that include rhythms, singing, and movement. Instruments are provided for in class practice and children get to take whistles home at the end of the session at no additional cost.  Little Roots Family, Stomp and Drum, or Stomp and Strum are recommended but not mandatory. This class is offered every session and children are encouraged to continue as long as they are having fun. When they are ready they can move on to Strum and Sing, Discovery Fiddle or Discovery Cello.
13 weeks/$225

*Age exceptions in group classes are sometimes made with recommendation from instructor and must be approved by Little Roots director.

BandRoots With Emmett (Age 11-16)Tuesday, 5:30-6:25pm/Taught by Emmett Harrity

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00
Beginning Fiddle (Teen & Adult)
Tuesday, 6:00-6:55pm /Taught by Maggie Robinson

This group class is designed to provide teen and adult beginners with an excellent introduction to the fiddle/violin in a supportive and fun environment. Students will be playing simple tunes in no time, learning basic bowing and fingering techniques that will build a strong foundation for the beginning fiddler. 13 weeks/$260.00

Intermediate Bluegrass Ensemble (Adult)
Tuesday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Lincoln Meyers

If you are an intermediate or advanced beginner, can play a handful of bluegrass tunes and are not scared off by the high lonesome sound, then this bluegrass ensemble is for you. In this group class, students will work on classic material while learning the ins and outs of playing in a bluegrass band such as taking and accompanying solos, kicking off tunes, and harmony singing.
13 weeks/$260.00

Acoustic Grateful Dead Ensemble (Adults)
Tuesday, 6:30-7:25pm/Taught by Steve Roy

Calling all Deadheads! This ensemble will focus on playing music by the Grateful Dead in an acoustic string band setting. This group is open to musicians who play the guitar, dobro, mandolin, bass and fiddle, as well as vocalists. Prerequisites: Under the direction of Steve Roy, this group is open to musicians who have had some experience on their respective instrument. Music will be provided.  13 weeks/$260.00

317 LOCAL VOCALS  (High school and adult)
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00pm/Directed by Brad Longfellow
(At 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 Brad Longfellow, 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.  13 weeks/$80.00

Bluegrass Jam 
Tuesday, 7:30-9:00pm/$5 Drop-in /Led by Steve Roy

Calling all bluegrassers! Open to players at all levels – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, bass, singers – join Steve 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.

 

WEDNESDAY

Little Roots Family  (All ages)
Wednesday, 9:00-9:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Drum  (3 & 4-yr olds)
Wednesday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum  (4 & 5-yr olds)
Wednesday, 11:00-11:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Strum and Sing (5, 6 & 7-yr olds)
Wednesday, 1:00-1:45pm*/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00
*Perfect for homeschoolers/unschoolers

DISCOVERY Voice (Ages 6-9)
Wednesday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

In this fun and supportive class, Brad Longfellow introduces kids, ages 6 through 9, to singing fundamentals and breath control. They’ll work on ear training and pitch accuracy mostly using solfege repertoire drawn from folk and pop tunes. 13 weeks/$260.00

317 A Cappella Group (Teen)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

If you have some experience singing in school, at home, or in a group and would like to take your skills to the next level in a small group setting, the A Cappella Group is for you. Brad Longfellow leads the group, using mostly repertoire chosen by the students, to focus on techniques, vocal blend, volume control, ear-training, group dynamics, arranging and more. [by permission of the instructor]   13 weeks/$260.00

 

BandRoots with John (Age 11-16)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by John McCain

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00


English Country Dancing
Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm/Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
11 Weeks 9/20-12/6
(At Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street)
Course Cost: 11 week session/$100 or drop-in–$10/week

You say you’ve never heard of English Country Dancing? You’re in good company. But, if you’ve seen Pride and Prejudice, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility at the movies, you have indeed seen it! Fear not, English Country Dancing (ECD) is not some obscure relic! While this traditional form of group dance has been around for several hundred years, it’s still thriving today – there is ECD happening in communities all around the United States. If you can walk and know the difference between your left and your right, you already have much of the basic knowledge you need to get started with ECD. Most of the movements are simply based on a walking or skipping step. Dancers move in a number of specific “figures” sometimes holding hands, sometimes by themselves. Each dance will be taught and prompted by a “caller” and every movement is called in time with the music, so you don’t need to rely on your memory alone to know what to do. Beginners are welcome and encouraged! Partners are not necessary, since the tradition changes partners often. And then there’s the music – beautiful tunes that will make the heart swell – sometimes sweet, sometimes stately, and sometimes absolutely driven with a pulsating beat. All of this combines to make ECD energizing, mesmerizing, social, and just plain fun! Beginners welcome.

FLIGHT 317 (Teen auditioned group)
Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm/Taught by Carter Logan

Flight 317 is 317 Main’s advanced teen bluegrass/acoustic ensemble. The group maintains a rigorous rehearsal schedule and represents 317 Main with performances in the community throughout the year. If you are interested in being a member of Flight 317, please contact the registrar at 846-9559 for more information.   13 weeks/$390.00

 

THURSDAY

Little Roots Family  (All ages)
Thursday, 9:00-9:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Drum  (3 & 4-yr olds)
Thursday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum  (4 & 5-yr olds)
Thursday, 11:00-11:45am/Taught by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Thursday, 12:00-12:55pm/Taught by Jeff Christmas

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 included Josh White, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought forward styles of American 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 explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts.  13 weeks/$130.00

DISCOVERY Ukulele (Ages 6-9)
Thursday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Carter Logan

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 and come with a desire to learn. 13 weeks/$260.00

Thursday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Brad Longfellow

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

Let’s Jam! with Carter Logan (All instruments and ages)
Thursday, 5:00-5:55pm/
Taught by Carter Logan

FREE for all registered students. This is a group-playing opportunity – FREE for all registered 317 students. With a focus on FUN, Carter Logan will lead the group as they learn a wide variety of easy-to-play folk, pop, bluegrass and classic rock tunes. The group will work together towards a low-key but awesome performance at the end of the session.

Songwriting (Adults)
Thursday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Chris Moore

Anybody can be a great songwriter, but dedicating focused time to work on your craft is the missing piece for many people. In this seriously fun class, experienced songwriter and musician Chris Moore will help you to explore your expressive voice as a writer, providing you with a wide variety of skills, techniques, ideas, and tools you can begin using right away. The group will participate in exercises and assignments that focus on the craft of songwriting – what to look for and how to find your own melodies, lyrics, and musical settings. The group will explore musical genres, instrumentation, arrangements, rhythm, imagery, rhyming, and more! The class will include a supportive and fun opportunity to share your work with others at the end of the session. Open to all adult singers and/or instrumentalists who have written (or started) at least one song.
13 weeks/$260.00

FRIDAY

Little Roots Family  (All ages)
Friday, 9:00-9:45am/Taught by Amanda Panda
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Drum  (3 & 4-yr olds)
Friday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Amanda Panda
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum  (4 & 5-yr olds)
Friday, 11:00-11:45am/Taught by Amanda Panda
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Deep Roots Vocal Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Friday, 10:00-10:55am/Taught by Brad Longfellow

Raise your voice in song and community this fall! 317 Main Community Music Center’s Deep Roots Vocal Ensemble is open to 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 at 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!  13 weeks/$130.00

DISCOVERY Ukulele (age 6-9)
Friday, 4-4:55pm/Taught by Tyler Lienhardt

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 and come with a desire to learn. 13 weeks/$260.00

Friday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Carter Logan

BandRoots is a new ensemble program geared toward 11 through 16-year-old musicians who are ready to take the leap and play in a band. Our BandRoots ensembles, modeled after our Acoustic Jam Camp, are open to student instrumentalists who want to learn more about arranging, songwriting, and performing in a group setting under the guidance of our experienced music pros. Our Director of Music Education, Chris Moore, looks forward to helping you find a group that’s a good fit. Please reach out to him with questions at chris@317main.org.  13 weeks/$260.00

SATURDAY

Little Roots Stomp and Drum (3 & 4-yr olds)
Saturday, 9:00-9:45am/Taught by Robin Jellis
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Stomp and Strum  (4 & 5-yr olds)
Saturday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Robin Jellis
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

Little Roots Strum and Sing (5, 6 & 7-yr olds)
Saturday,  11:00-11:45am/Taught by Robin Jellis
(See description above) 13 weeks/$225.00

NEW Jazz Ensemble (Middle and High School Students)
Saturday, 1:30-2:25pm/Taught by Titus Abbott

Improve your playing and performance skills in jazz ensemble under the direction of veteran band leader Titus Abbott. A great way to augment  your school band experience in a smaller group setting. Open to saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums (and others with permission of the instructor). 13 weeks/$260.00

NEW Jazz Ensemble (Adults)
Saturday, 2:30-3:25pm/Taught by Titus Abbott

Play the music you love with other jazz aficionados under the direction of veteran band leader Titus Abbott. This intermediate level ensemble will focus on learning jazz standards and developing improv skills.  A range of instruments is needed to make the group swing. 13 weeks/$260.00

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.