Little Roots Programs (Spring 2015)


Little Roots Jr. 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. Styles include lyrical, blues, folk, Americana and traditional music in a variety of tonalities, meters and instrumentation.

WEDNESDAYS (10 Weeks, 4/8-6/17, 2015) Fee: $170.00 (plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Jr.  9:00-9:45 AM Taught by TBD

THURSDAYS (10 Weeks, 4/9-6/18, 2015) Fee: $170.00 (plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Jr.  9:00-9:45 AM Taught by Robin Jellis

SATURDAYS (10 Weeks, 4/11-6/20, 2015) Fee: $170.00 (plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Jr.  9:00-9:45AM Taught by Robin Jellis


The Little Roots Discovery session is a wonderful and innovative way to introduce your child to some of our most popular acoustic instruments: penny whistle/recorder, violin and cello. This session is for children who are 6-8 years of age with little or no musical experience and is an excellent way to springboard into learning an instrument for private lessons in the future. Parents of children who are not quite 6 years of age are to receive permission from the instructor prior to registering. We will spend 3 weeks on each instrument before discovering the next. Each class will also consist of a range of exciting instrumental tunes* and fun musical games which will include rhythms, singing, and movement.
Week 1 ­ Little roots “Discovery Intro”
Weeks 2, 3, 4 ­ Little Roots “Violin”
Weeks 5, 6, 7 ­ Little Roots “Cello”
Weeks 8, 9, 10 ­ Little Roots “Penny Whistle”
*The majority of tunes covered during the Little Roots Discovery sessions will consist of (but not limited to) songs covered in previous Little Roots Jr.sessions.

SATURDAYS (10 weeks, 4/11-6/20, 2015) *Fee: $170.00 (Plus $25.00 instrument rental fee) (Plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Discovery 10:00 AM – 11:00 Taught by Megan Martelle, Robin Jellis, Kate Campbell Straus

(Ages 6-9)

The LITTLE ROOTS FIDDLE, LITTLE ROOTS CELLO, and LITTLE ROOTS VOICE group classes are a wonderful way for students (ages 6-9) to get started with instrumental and vocal instruction. Incorporating and building on many of the same tunes and songs taught in our other Little Roots programs, these group classes are designed for beginners who are ready to focus on a specific musical discipline. As melody instruments, the voice, fiddle, and cello are a natural place to start and the instruments are available in sizes to fit smaller hands comfortably. Our Little Roots 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.

WEDNESDAYS (11 weeks, 4/1-6/17, 2015) *Fee: $220.00 (plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Voice (ages 6-9) Wednesday 4:00-5:00 Taught by Brad Longfellow
Little Roots Fiddle (ages 6-9) Wednesday 4:45-5:40 Taught by Megan Martelle

FRIDAYS (11 weeks, 4/3-6/19, 2015) Fee: $220.00 (plus annual reg fee)
Little Roots Cello (Ages 6-9) Friday 4:00-4:55 Taught by Robin Jellis
Little Roots Fiddle (ages 6-9) Friday 4:00-4:55 Taught by Megan Martelle (Prerequisites: permission of instructor)


Our Little Roots classes are taught by 317 instructors Robin Jellis, Kate Campbell Strauss,  Megan Martelle, and Brad Longfellow. Their collective experience and passion for music and child development provides a top notch musical experience for young children and their families at 317 Main.

Robin Jellis received a 4-year Music Talent Scholarship to attend the University of Southern Maine where she graduated cum lade with a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance. She has completed studies in chamber music, jazz improvisation, and Medieval and Renaissance music. Robin received her teacher training at the Suzuki Institutes of Ithaca College and Hartt School of Music. Robin has served as coordinator for both the strings camp and the music and arts camp at the Portland Conservatory of Music.

Kate Campbell Strauss  earned a Bachelor of Arts at Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a major in American Studies and a minor in Music in 2011. As a scholar in an interdisciplinary field, Kate explored music not just as a performer, but also as a historian and anthropologist.For the past eight years, Kate has led numerous working ensembles, from a saxophone and bass duo to a six-piece jazz band. Since moving to Portland in February 2012, Kate has launched her teaching practice and immersed herself in blues, soul, funk, and R&B.

Megan Martelle is a folk violinist from Portland, Maine. Her roots are in classical music, which have given her a strong foundation to explore playing new styles of music. Megan studied with Dino Liva throughout high school, and in college at the University of Southern Maine where she graduated with a degree in music performance.  She continued her studies at The Berklee College of Music where she studied with Mimi Rabson, Matt Glaser and Darol Anger.  While in Boston, she taught at a non-profit that brought music into the Haitian community of Hyde Park. This past summer, she had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with a luggage bag full of violins and teach beginner violin in a rural village in northern Haiti.

Bradford A. Longfellow is a graduate of the Music Education program at the University of Southern Maine, specializing in vocal and choral music. He recently worked in the Middle East as a full-time instrumental and vocal music teacher at the British School of Bahrain, and has since returned to the U.S. to continue teaching and pursue further study as both a performer and director. Brad is a native of the beautiful state of Maine, and practices a variety of music including folk, pop, gospel, sacred, and classical. He will be teaching choirs and private voice and piano lessons at 317 Main.