Workshop Week Offerings – Winter 2017


Workshop Week takes place at the end of Winter Session. Registered 317 Main students may sign up for any workshop they find interesting. 

Our teaching artists put together these workshops to encourage you to explore the scope of our offerings and broaden your musical horizons in a fun and easy setting.

All workshops are included at no additional cost to current 

317 Main students and open to the general public for $20 per workshop. (unless otherwise noted)

Sign up with Marie and Sarah at the front desk in person or give us a call at (207) 846-955


Instrument Families
Taught by Jill Palmer
4:00-5:00 PM

How well do you know the families of instruments? Can you sort instruments by family?  Can you name the 4 families of instruments? Join Jill in an hour of playing games, making ‘Cootie Catchers’ and learning more about each instrument family. Geared towards Grades 1-6.

Girl Power Vocal Singalong
Taught by Diana Hansen
6:00-7:00 PM

Join Diana for a fun hour of singing songs by your favorite pop artists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Sara Bareilles and more. Come sing pop songs by mostly women artists – songs like “Lost Boy”, “I Will Never Forget You,” “How Far I’ll Go,” “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and many more. Come sing with us!!!

Instrument Discovery For All Ages!
Taught by Robin Jellis
6:00-7:00 PM 

You are invited to check out some of the most popular instruments offered at 317.  During this fun hour, open to ALL AGES, Robin will lead the group with entertaining activities and conversation about how you can get started playing an instrument – at any age! There will be ideas for parents about ways to keep learning fun at home between lessons, and opportunities to sing & play along with some of 317’s most favorite songs. There will be fiddles, cellos, ukuleles and more on hand to try out – and you’re welcome to bring your own instrument if you have one!

Arranging Folk Songs And Tunes
Taught by Tyler Lienhardt
7:00-8:00 PM

Ever wonder what to do with similar sounding songs? Or how to give a song that extra edge that pulls an audience in? In this workshop we will explore a variety of different ideas and approaches, in either solo or band arrangements. Topics we will discuss include moving dynamics, compelling accompaniment, and creative re-interpretations of old standards.

Playing Melodies On The Ukulele
Taught by Steve Roy
7:30-8:30 PM

If you’ve learned a few basic chords, strums, and songs on the ukulele, join Steve for this workshop to take your playing to the next level! Steve will provide an introduction to reading printed tablature for the uke, with a focus on how to find and pluck out melodies for your favorite tunes. 

All ages welcome!


Pentatonix 101
Taught by Brad Longfellow
5:30-6:30 PM

If you have been living on Mars for the past few years, or don’t have access to the internet, it’s possible that you may not have heard of the a cappella sensation Pentatonix. More likely, especially if you’re a fan of vocal music, you know that, right now, this super-group is setting the standard! Come see what it feels like to sing in a pop a cappella group and head home with a few vocal tricks in your pocket! Guaranteed fun.

An Introduction To Basic Polyrhythms
Taught by Emmett Harrity
6:00-7:00 PM

Want to wow your friends or coworkers with your ability to tap out 2 beats and 3 beats at the same time? How about 3 and 4?  Join 317’s Emmett Harrity in an exploration of multi-layered rhythms, how they fit into music we know and love, and how a better understanding of polyrhythms can improve your sense of timing and relationship with the groove as a musician. We will explore a few basic polyrhythms in a playing setting, and check out some listening examples from West African music up to modern day pop.

The Art Of The Jam: An Intro To Ensembles
Taught by Tyler Stanley
6:00-7:00 PM

Students who participate in this workshop will learn how to play with others in a group setting. Led by experienced bandleader Tyler Stanley, you will learn a song (or two!) and will play them together with the group! Open to all instruments. This workshop is a great opportunity for students to see what an ensemble at 317 is all about.

Lincoln and Steve performing at Noon Tunes

Tony, Norman & Doc
Taught by Lincoln Meyers
7:00-8:00 PM

Join master flat picker Lincoln Meyers for a hands-on exploration into the playing styles of three of the most influential acoustic American flatpicking guitarists: Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Doc Watson. Lincoln will break down and illuminate some of the creative and technical characteristics that have come to define the distinctive playing styles of each of these traditional music masters. Open to guitarists of all levels.

Fun With Carter

Details Coming Soon…


Karaoke Disco Party!
Taught by Amanda Gale
6:00-7:00 PM

It’s time to bring your pop vocal star fantasy to life! Join vocal teaching artist Amanda Gale for this super-fun Karaoke session. She’ll provide the microphone, sound system, light show, and tons of encouragement.
Leave your inhibitions at the door – and just HAVE SOME FUN SINGING!
All ages!

Introduction To Fiddle For Teens and Adults
Taught by Tamora Goltz
6:00-7:00 PM

Have you been looking for an opportunity to try the fiddle, but have never had the chance? This workshop is for you! Designed for the true beginner adult (or high schooler), Maggie will get the group started right away on the basics of tuning, holding, and playing the fiddle. We will have several full-size instruments on hand for you to try, or bring one if you have one!

Improvisation For Adults
Taught by Kelly Muse
6:30-7:30 PM

Musical improvisation may seem like magic, but it’s something than anyone can learn to do with some guidance. Singers, pianists, guitarists: whatever your instrument, show up to learn the basics of how to improvise, where ideas come from, and how to develop those ideas. All ages/abilities welcome!

Singing Rounds Around The Campfire
Taught by  Kathy Slack
7:00-8:00 PM 

Have you ever been to summer camp?  If you have, you know how much fun it is to gather around the campfire and sing camp songs.  In this workshop, we’ll circle around, and sing Rounds: a lovely form that involves repeating melodic
lines in various sequences making for gorgeous harmonies! If you have or haven’t been to summer camp, come and enjoy the experience of singing Rounds in the round.  Open to students of all ages.

Improvisation For The Banjo
Taught by Eli Gilbert
7:00-8:00 PM

Any musician can improvise! In this workshop we’ll use basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony to improvise at any skill level. Appropriate licks, scales, chords, and other resources will be made available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced banjo players to improvise together on common song forms.


Motown: A Brief Interactive History
Taught by Jeff Christmas
5:00-6:00 PM

Join vocal and guitar teaching artist Jeff Christmas for a historical, musical, visual and participatory journey chronicling the history of one of America’s favorite and most influential record labels – the personalities, the era, and the amazing songs! Voices, instruments, dance moves and enthusiasm welcome!

An Introduction to ContraDancing (open to ALL free of charge!)
Taught by Maggie Robinson
5:00-6:00 PM

Join experienced dance caller, musician, and teaching artist Maggie Robinson for a fun introduction to one of New England’s favorite community dance traditions. Whether you’ve attended a dance or two before, or you are a true beginner, this session will get you started with the basic concepts, common dance figures, music, and more that make contradancing such an dlightful group activity.  Open to ALL AGES and families are encouraged to attend together!

Exploring Picking Mechanics and Fingerboard Geography
Taught by John McCain
5:30-6:30 PM 

In this workshop, designed for guitar students, master and teaching artist John McCain will focus on the fundamentals of developing a relaxed picking and strumming technique through simple exercises while presenting an effective system for learning the notes on the fingerboard.

Internalizing Swing: From Hands, To Voice, To Feet!
Taught by Jake Hoffman
6:00-7:00 PM 

We’ll explore what it means for music to “swing” by listening, playing instruments, singing and moving our bodies.  No prior musical experience is necessary and all ages are encouraged to attend! Bring an instrument (ukes provided if you’re without an instrument), your voice, and your dancing shoes.  Swing is a rhythmic feel that infiltrates almost all American music we listen to. We’ll analyze its power and grace by investigating lyrical, melodic, and physical movement.  Yes, I will teach you some swing dance basics, and if you’re not used to singing or playing an instrument, this will be an easy way to join in.

Ted & Chris jamming with Charlotte at the Farmers’ Market

Songwriters’ Roundtable
Taught by Chris Moore & Ted DeMille
6:00-7:00 PM 

Calling all songwriters and would-be songwriters. In this workshop we’ll feature some new song from 317’s Songwriting Intensive class, along with experienced songwriters Chris Moore and Ted Demille. If you’d like to bring a song you’ve written to share with the group too, you’re encouraged to do so. Listeners welcome too! We’ll have time to talk about inspiration, craftsmanship, performance, and more! If you’re curious about where original songs come from and how they get made, don’t miss it!

Master Class “Flamenco’s Journey From The Pueblo To The Concert Hall
Taught By Zach Zaitlin
March 31
7:00-8:00 PM

In this workshop, Zach will first give students a general multimedia introduction to the spellbinding and uniquely Spanish guitar-, voice-, and dance-based art form of Flamenco. He’ll then explain and demonstrate (with a live performance) how composer Isaac Albéniz combined the sounds of Flamenco with influences like Chopin and Debussy to create a new and enchanting Spanish piano idiom!