GROUP LESSONS

Our 10 week Fall 2017 session will begin September 25th!  Registration is open, please take a moment to check out our classes below!

Remember, you can always schedule your own group lessons with one of our instructors. You just need a group of three or more participants, an idea of what you want to learn, and a time slot that suits. Contact us at info@frontporchcville.org or call (434)806-7062 to schedule a custom group class with a few time slots that work for your group ready for our staff to schedule you.

Musikgarten – Molly Murphy

Children are naturally drawn to music.  By engaging children in music classes, they develop not only musically, but also socially and cognitively.

Musikgarten involves the whole family. We spend our 30 minute class singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments, activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement for coordination, body awareness and control. With their grown-up, kids as young as birth learn music principles in a safe environment for the exploration of space. They experiment with instruments such as rhythm sticks, tone bars, jingles and drums.  And most importantly, parents enjoy important bonding time and with their child.

 

Wednesdays, 9/27/2017 – 12/06/2017
Babies
10am – 10:30am
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving
Toddlers
10:45am – 11:15am
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving
Preschool
11:30am – 12:00pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Instrument Exploration – Debby Norton

Has your child expressed an interest in music, but you’re not exactly sure where to start?  Maybe they’ve taken Musikgarten classes and are ready for the next step?  Instrument Exploration is a fun interactive class that will help your child decide which musical path to take.  Children will experience the ukulele, fiddle, and percussion instruments though seeing, hearing, touching, and playing.  Parents are encouraged to join in, but not required.  Come prepared with comfortable attire for movement and games and a notebook for drawing.  Recording devices welcome (phones are fine).  Instruments and supplemental learning materials provided.  This class is intended for beginner level students.

 

Wednesdays 9/27/2017 – 12/06/2017 *9 week course
Ages 4-6
4:15pm – 5pm
$180
*No classes November 11th or the week of Thanksgiving
Ages 6-8
5:15pm – 6pm
$180
*No classes November 11th or the week of Thanksgiving

Spanish Moves! – Ali Sullivan

Bienvenidos to Spanish with Ali Sullivan, a native of Colombia. Ali uses songs, arts & crafts, creative movement and games to immerse children in Spanish language and culture. An experienced early childhood educator, Ali Sullivan charms children with her warm personality, engages them with delightful activities, and inspires them to learn Spanish while having fun!

 

Tuesdays, 9/26/2017 – 12/05/2017
Ages 3 – Rising K
1:30pm – 2:15pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Making Music Together for Girls – Molly Murphy

Kids in this age group are especially interested in using their imagination to manifest scenarios as a learning tool. By holding an all-girls class, we are able to deeply focus on each individual’s development in a safe space. Molly’s guidance as a professional musician and nurturing presence offers a chance for girls to deploy their creative energy toward musical and social confidence. Starting with whole-body and vocal warm-ups, students learn healthy vocal technique. Ear training and aural music exercises to expand their listening skills, improve attention and focus, and foster music appreciation in a safe, encouraging environment. We explore several musical genres including Americana, Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, and World music, and the girls get to help choose their repertoire. We’ll have access to piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion instruments, so the students can experiment with introductory instrument lessons as well.  Please bring a pencil and notebook to each class.

 

Wednesdays 9/27/2017 – 12/06/2017
Ages 8-11
3pm – 3:45pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Songwriting for Kids and Teens – Devon Sproule

Get ready for fun songwriting activities, friendly for kids and teens alike.  We’ll practice writing with different genres and styles as a creative jumping point.  We’ll dabble in blues, old time, folk, experimental, and rock – we may even write a jingle or two!  We’ll learn about writing tools, chords structure, and melody. We’ll do some basic recording.  And we will use songwriting to process life events, joys, and frustrations.  Please bring a notebook, headphones or earbuds, and whatever instrument you play, or are learning.  Some beginning experience and working knowledge of an instrument, singing, or creative writing required.

 

Mondays, 9/25/17 – 12/04/17
Ages 9 – 16
4pm – 4:45pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Creative Movement for Kids – Debby Norton

Creative Movement for Kids will focus on exploring the range of expression in human movement and dance. We will explore qualities and textures of movement and weave them together to create our own choreographies. We’ll use a variety of props and genres of music, and focus on our own self awareness through mindfulness exercises. Dancers will work together exploring fun movement games, forming friendships and building confidence in their expression.

 

Tuesdays, 9/26/2017 – 12/05/2017
Ages 7 – 10
4:15pm – 5:00pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

West African Drumming for Kids – Darrell Rose

Master drummer Darrell Rose comes once again to share his talents with the Front Porch! Students will experience the joy of African Drumming while learning the nuances of ensemble work. Darrell will share not only his musicianship, but his knowledge of the history of drumming and its rich oral tradition.

Wednesdays, 9/27/17 – 12/06/17
Ages 8-12 years
5:15pm – 6pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving
 

 

Intro to Folk Guitar – Marty Collin

Playing guitar is fun. Whether you are howling at the moon with a six-string in your hand, trading songs with friends on a sunny afternoon, or singing a lonely tune with your dog out in the backyard, learning to play guitar is a great joy. And if you practice, you can only get better. This course is designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or guitar.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor chord progressions for accompaniment and singing, picking technique, blues scales for lead and melody playing, tuning, listening skills, and tablature reading.

Supplies needed:
A tunable working 6-string guitar
Flatpicks
Capo
A notebook, folder, and a pencil
Tuner
Recorder /phone (optional)
Tab and online learning tools/sources provided

 

Wednesdays, 9/27/17 – 12/06/17
Kids 8-12 
4pm – 4:45pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving
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Teens/Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Folk Finger Pick Guitar – Marty Collin

With a basic understanding of major and minor chords and progressions, Folk Finger Picking continues the musical journey of Intro to Folk Guitar. This course teaches and reveals Barre chords, up the neck chord formations, finger picking technique and patterns, and arpeggios to create rich acoustic accompaniment and strong and colorful six-string voice.

Supplies needed:
A tunable working 6-string guitar
Flatpicks
Capo
A notebook, folder, and a pencil
Tuner
Recorder /phone (optional)
Tab and online learning tools/sources provided

 

Wednesdays, 9/27/17 – 12/06/17
Teens/Adults
6pm – 6:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intermediate Folk Guitar – Chris Leva

This class will explore the styles and components of traditional and folk guitar music for Intermediate level players (or students who have taken Intro to Folk Guitar or Folk Finger Pick Guitar).  We will learn common chord progressions, techniques for solo playing, accompaniment and ensemble playing, and we’ll also compare styles from American and World traditions.  Because this is an intermediate class, the material will applicable for players who use picks as well as fingerpickers.  We will also look at aspects of composition, rhythm and techniques for improvisation, culminating with tips and practice for an eventual performance.  Please bring a working guitar, tuner, pen or pencil, and notebook to each class.

 

Mondays, 9/25/2017 – 12/04/2017
Teens/Adults
5:30pm – 6:25pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I – John Spangler

Sign up for this from-scratch class to begin learning 3-finger style on the 5-string banjo. Perfect for absolute beginners.  We’ll cover basics like how to use picks and hold the banjo, right and left hand techniques, chords, backup, and how to play melodies. No prior knowledge of music or any musical instrument is needed. Just bring a banjo and picks if you have them (if not we’ll show you which kind you need and where to get them).

 

Tuesdays, 9/26/17 – 12/05/17
Teens and Adults
5pm- 5:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intro to Bluegrass Banjo II – John Spangler

This class takes up where the from-scratch beginner’s class left off. Perfect for anyone who has already been playing 3-finger style for a few months. We’ll cover how to construct melodies within rolls and chords, adding more left-hand techniques, and we’ll start going further up the neck. By the end of the class we will delve into Scruggs style to begin learning some classic bluegrass standards. Appropriate for adults and teens.

 

Tuesdays, 9/25/17 – 12/05/17
6pm – 6:55pm
Teens/Adults
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo – John Spangler

Join us as we continue with rolls, chords, melodies, and left-hand techniques we started learning in Intro to Bluegrass Banjo. We’ll add more Scruggs tunes to our repertoire, explore the fingerboard, and decide as a group which directions to go next – melodic or single string styles, scales, fiddle tunes, playing up the neck… Great for those students who have finished Banjo II, or anyone who knows the basics, has learned a few bluegrass standards, and wants to take it to the next level.  Please bring a recording device (phone is fine), pen or pencil, paper, tuner, and working banjo to each class.

 

Tuesdays, 9/26/2017 – 12/05/2017
Teens/Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids – Malia Furtado

This kid’s fiddle group class is for students ages 7-12 with a little playing experience to: learn fun new fiddle tunes and arrangements, practice a little basic music reading skills, explore different rhythms, and to gain more confidence and autonomy in their playing. There may even be a little singing involved! Students should be comfortable with basic technique such as holding their instruments/bow, playing on the A string and E string, and using the first three fingers.

For young violinists, they should be able to play the Twinkles, and fiddlers should be able to play Boil ’em Cabbage Down and Little Liza Jane/ Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, or another tune or two of a similar level.

Kids will be provided with sheet music/tab and audio or video clips of each tune. Each student should bring a pencil and folder and should have a functional violin and bow with a shoulder rest and resin.

 

Thursdays, 9/28/17 – 12/07/17
Kids Ages 7 – 12
5pm – 5:45pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle I for Teens and Adults – Malia Furtado

Welcome complete beginners! This class is for those who have absolutely no fiddle experience but would love to learn. In this class, students will learn how to hold their fiddle and bow, how to tune and care for their instrument, basic technique for bowing and finger placements, and how to play a few scales and basic melodies. Classes are taught by ear, but students will have access to a GoogleSite with tab, sheet music, and instructional clips.

Students should come to class with a functional instrument (fiddle with strings on and a bow), tuner, a shoulder rest, resin, and paper and a pencil. A recording device is also encouraged.

 

Thursdays, 9/28/17 – 12/07/17
Teens and Adults
6pm – 6:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle II for Teens and Adults– Malia Furtado

This class is for beginner students who have taken fiddle I or who already have a grasp of basic fiddle technique, such as holding the instrument, basic fingering, and can play a tunes. In this class, students will learn new tunes, a few basic chords and back-up basics, and will continue to build on fingering and bowing skills.  Classes are taught by ear, but students will have access to a GoogleSite with tab, sheet music, and instructional clips.

Students should come to class with a functional instrument (fiddle with strings on and a bow), tuner, a shoulder rest, resin, and paper and a pencil. A recording device is also encouraged.

 

Thursdays, 9/28/17 – 12/07/17
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle – Malia Furtado

This intermediate class will cover a few new and more challenging fiddle tunes such as Forked Deer, Bill Cheatham, Kentucky Waltz, Big Mon. Additionally, classes will cover standard vocal songs to develop band/jam playing skills such as chopping, playing fills, kick-offs and tags, and basic improvisation.

This class is ideal for students who have taken a Fiddle II class, or who are able to play a number of tunes to guitar accompaniment at a medium-peppy tempo.  Students are asked to bring a working fiddle and bow, tuner, pen or pencil, paper, and a recording device (a phone is fine) to each class.

 

Wednesdays, 10/04/17 – 12/06/17 *9 week course
Teens/Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$180
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Beginning Harmonica – John Ashley Murphy

Harmonica is an “instant music” instrument! That is, beginning harmonica is easier than beginning many other instruments. We’ll cover harmonica basics while learning a few standard tunes, plus 1 tune specifically for you! Fundamentals will include simple rhythms, playing clear notes, tone, and an introduction to note bending. (Bending is the characteristic sound that give the harmonica its soulful, vocal quality). For this class, the emphasis is on learning to quickly make some good, sweet, simple sounds.  Students should bring a recording device (phone is fine), pen or pencil, paper, and a Hohner Pro Harp or Hohner Special 20 in the key of C.

 

Wednesdays, 9/27/17 – 10/25/17 *5 week course
Teens/Adults
6:30pm – 7:25pm
$100

Intro to Mountain Dulcimer – Pete Vigour

In this class students will learn to tune the dulcimer, strum in rhythm, find notes to simple melodies, make distinct notes, basic care and maintenance.  Simple and familiar tunes will be taught for students to practice.  Students will learn to play tunes by ear and tablature.  Beginner level class, no prior music experience needed.  Please bring a tunable, working lap dulcimer to class, a flat pick, pencil, paper, and recording device (a phone is fine) to each class.

 

Fridays, 9/29/2017 – 12/08/2017
Teens/Adults
3pm – 3:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

 

Harmony – Jesse Harper

This 10 week course will cover harmony singing in a group setting. We will be looking at Bluegrass, Folk, and even some Beatles songs. We will learn how to construct vocal harmonies in duo and trio settings and a bit about the music theory behind harmony/choral singing.   There will be a lot of hands on (voices on) singing in the workshop.  Click below for a few examples of songs and styles we will cover:

 

Mondays, 9/25/17 – 12/04/17
Teens and Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Folk Choir for Adults – Molly Murphy

This class offers a chance for various levels of singers to join their voices in a secular singing group, explore different voice parts, find and sing in harmony and learn new music. Repertoire will include American folk songs, both a cappella and accompanied, and students are welcome to make song suggestions. We will learn healthy vocal technique and several vocal exercises while having fun making music with this instrument we all have inside of us: our voices.

 

Thursdays, 9/28/2017 – 12/07/2017
Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Songwriting for Teens and Adults – Jesse Harper

The purpose of this class is to deepen our understanding of the process of writing. What are the ingredients that make good song? Why are certain melodies more memorable than others? What makes a lyric effective? The class will focus on developing our writer toolbox – along with increasing our understanding of music theory/harmony and how we can get more out of our songs by analyzing chord progressions and experimenting with chord substitutions. Over the course of the workshop we will be writing our own songs based and hopefully getting to rehearse/perform them with other musicians. The workshop will be open to all levels but is intended for those who are focused on developing their songwriting and musicianship – some proficiency on a musical instrument is required – but those interested in lyrics only could take the workshop with co-enrollment in an instrumental lesson with Jesse.

 

Mondays, 9/25/17 – 12/04/17
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Bluegrass Ensemble – Larry White and Rick LaRue

The Bluegrass Ensemble Class is designed to further develop the skills of the individual intermediate-to-advanced student of the bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle or voice to learn to integrate their playing into a unified ensemble setting.  Instruction will focus upon the unique musical role of each instrument within this setting.  Class topics will include group rhythm, alternating solos, musical dynamics and backing-up a lead vocalist.  Both instrumental and vocal selections from traditional and contemporary sources will be used as studies for the class.  This class is especially suited to the student who desires to play with other musicians in a setting that is smaller and more individualized than the normal jam session.   Please bring a working instrument and tuner to each class.

 

Mondays, 9/25/2017 – 12/04/2017
Older Kids – Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$200
*No classes the week of Thanksgiving

Jazz Ensemble for Kids – Gina Sobel

This class focuses on playing together as a group in a jazz setting. We will work on specific tunes, improvisation theory, techniques for playing in a group and common and best practices.  All instruments are welcome.  All participants should be very comfortable with their instruments (meaning ability to play scales and comfort with where the notes are on the instrument, and the knowledge of how to create a sound easily) and have some note reading ability and have some note reading ability.  This will be a fun and challenging class.  A copy of The Real Book (5th or 6th edition) will be needed in paper or eBook format (I find paper is useful for making notes). Please bring a working instrument, a pencil, and a recording device (phones are fine) to each class.

 

Tuesdays, 9/26/2017 – 12/05/2017 *9 week course
Ages 11 – 13
5:15pm – 6pm
$180
*No classes October 17th or the week of Thanksgiving