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 teachers.

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SPRING 2017 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

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.

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

Ukulele Group (Adult)
Tuesday, 2:00-2:55pm/Taught by Steve Roy

Join the craze that is sweeping the nation from kindergarten classrooms to major artists like Bruce Springsteen – 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 be jealous! Students must have access to a ukulele and come with a desire to learn.

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

Join the craze that is sweeping the nation from kindergarten classrooms to major artists like Bruce Springsteen – 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 be jealous. Students must have access to a ukulele and come with a desire to learn.


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 many of the same tunes and songs taught in our programs for younger kids. 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. Prerequisite: Little Roots and Little Roots Discovery are helpful, but not mandatory.

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.

Songwriting Intensive (Adults)
Tuesday, 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 at least one song.

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.

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.

Bluegrass Jam (Drop-in $5)
Tuesday, 7:30-9:00pm/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

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 8, 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.

DISCOVERY Fiddle 1 (age 6-9)
(Continuing class. New students admitted with instructor’s permission.)
Wednesday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Ellen Gawler

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. This class incorporates elements of the Suzuki Method. (Continuing group. New students admitted with permission from instructor)

DISCOVERY Fiddle 2 (age 6-9)
(Continuing class. New students admitted with instructor permission.)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Ellen Gawler

Building on the introductory skills, techniques, and concepts covered in the Fall Session, this group class will provide the advancing beginner with new skills, techniques, and tunes. This class incorporates elements of the Suzuki Method. (Continuing group. New students admitted with permission from instructor)

Teen Vocal Group
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 Teen Vocal 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. (Continuing group. New students admitted with permission from instructor.)

Guitar for Beginners (Ages 10-teen)
Wednesday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by John McCain

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, and more – all as applied to some simple, fun tunes. Don’t wait any longer to get started! (Continuing group. New students should check with instructor.)

Carter’s UkeNation (Ages 10-teen)
Wednesday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Carter Logan

Carter Logan will lead the group as they learn a wide variety of tunes and songs from folk to pop, singer/songwriter to classic rock. This group is open to middle schoolers who can play at least one song all the way through and are ready to embark on one of the life’s most rewarding pastimes – making music with friends.

English Country Dancing
Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm/Taught by Robb Spivey with Live Music
10 Weeks 4/5 -6/15
(At Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street, Course Cost: $125 or $100 for 317 Students and YHC Members. )

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.

THURSDAY

Little Roots (ages 3-5)
Thursday, 9-9:45am/Taught by Robin Jellis
10 weeks 4/6-6/15

Little Roots engages 3-5 year-olds who are ready and able to explore a new level of musical learning. Each class consists of singing, creative movement, games, stories, rhythm, and other fun musical activities. The program has been carefully designed in a way that children will feel comfortable in exploring the elements of music as a group through a range of musical styles in a friendly and playful atmosphere.

NEW! LITTLE ROOTS FAMILY (Birth -4’s & Caregivers)
Thursday, 10:00-10:45am/Taught by Amanda “Panda” Parkhurst
8 Weeks 4/6-6/1

Little Roots Family is a group class for those who would like to experience a music and movement class as a family. The focus is to expand the group’s comfort with traditional folk songs and Amanda Panda originals 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 and strengthen the family bond.

 

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 major artists like Bruce Springsteen – 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 be jealous. Students must have access to a ukulele and come with a desire to learn.

Irish Fiddle Ensemble (Teens & adults)
Thursday, 6:00-6:55pm/Taught by Tamora Goltz

This ensemble will focus on learning Irish jigs, marches, reels, along with ornaments and bowing techniques, creating a repertoire of medleys together. This class is well-suited to intermediate and advanced fiddle students and other melody instruments appropriate to the this style of music. Not sure if it’s right for you? Come anyway and give it a try! Primarily all taught by ear. Recording devices encouraged, although not essential- tunes will be distributed to the class.

NEW! Traditional Shaker Music: Singing and Songwriting Ensemble
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm/Taught by Chris Moore
11 Weeks plus performance 6/23 7pm
FREE to current 317 Main students (high school & adult) or by permission of instructor

Over the course of 11 weeks, this ensemble will learn by ear and sing a variety of traditional Shaker tunes and songs from the late 18th and 19th centuries (including some that were written by Maine Shakers). The group will primarily be singing a cappella and in unison. From week to week, we will work on practicing the songs we have learned and we will use the traditional tunes as a jumping-off point to try our own hands and voices at writing songs using the traditional Shaker “inspirational” approach. The class will culminate in a showcase performance as part of the Maine Festival of American Music concert on Friday, June 23 in the 1794 meetinghouse at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. Prerequisites: A willingness to try something new; an interest in singing and creative writing/expression, along with the willingness to explore. Previous experience as a songwriter is welcome, but definitely not necessary. Group size is limited, and participants must commit to the entire 11 weeks, plus the concert performance.

FRIDAY

Little Roots Family Class (Birth-4 & Caregivers)
Friday, 9-9:45am/Taught by Amanda “Panda” Parkhurst
8 weeks 4/7 – 6/2 Course Cost: $136 per family.  Try it once? $20.

Little Roots Family is a group class for those who would like to experience a music and movement class as a family. The focus is to expand the group’s comfort with traditional folk songs and Amanda Panda originals 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 and strengthen the family bond.

Deep Roots Choral Ensemble (Ages 55+)
Friday, 10:00-11:00am/Directed by Brad Longfellow
10 weeks 1/6- 3/17 Course Cost: $125 or $100 for current 317 Students 

Raise your voice in song and community this winter! 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 from January through mid-March 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!

Little Roots Family Class (Birth-4 & Caregivers)
Friday, 11:00-11:45am/Taught by Amanda “Panda” Parkhurst
8 weeks 4/7 – 6/2 Course Cost: $136 per family.  Try it once? $20.

NEW! Deep Roots American Folk Revival Ensemble
Friday, 12:00-1pm/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.

DISCOVERY Cello (Ages 6-9)
(Formerly Little Roots Cello)
Friday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Robin Jellis
This is a continuing group.

DISCOVERY Fiddle (Ages 6-9)
(Formerly Little Roots Fiddle)
Friday, 4:00-4:55pm/Taught by Maggie Robinson
This class is for beginners.

DISCOVERY Fiddle (Ages 6-9)
(Formerly Little Roots Fiddle)
Friday, 5:00-5:55pm/Taught by Robin Jellis
This is a continuing group.

Let’s Jam! with Carter Logan (All instruments/Ages 8-teen)
Friday, 4:00-5:00pm/Taught by Carter Logan
FREE for all registered students. This is a group playing opportunity – FREE for all registered 317 students ages 8 through teen. 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.

SATURDAY

Little Roots (Ages 3-5)
(Formerly called Little Roots Jr.)
Saturday, 9:00-9:45am/Taught by Robin Jellis
10 weeks 4/8-6/17

Little Roots engages 3-5 year-olds who are ready and able to explore a new level of musical learning. Each class consists of singing, creative movement, games, stories, rhythm, instrument introduction and other fun musical activities. The program has been designed in a way that children will feel comfortable exploring the elements of music as a group through a range of musical styles in a friendly and playful atmosphere. Styles include lyrical, blues, folk, Americana and traditional music.

Little Roots DISCOVERY(Ages 6-8)
Saturday, 10:00-11:00am/Taught by Robin Jellis
10 weeks 4/8-6/17

Little Roots Discovery is a wonderful and innovative way to introduce your child to some of our most popular acoustic instruments: violin, ukulele, and pennywhistle. This class is for children, ages 6-8, who have little or no musical experience. It’s an excellent way to springboard them into learning an instrument for private lessons in the future. Parents of children who are not quite 6 years of age will need to receive permission from the instructor prior to registering. We will spend 3 weeks discovering each instrument. Each class will also consist of a range of exciting instrumental tunes and fun musical games that will include rhythms, singing, and movement.

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Little Roots Classes

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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.