GROUP LESSONS

Sign up today for our 8 week Spring 2017 session! We will be offering a variety of group lessons and workshops beginning March 6th, late registration available for some classes. 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.

African Drumming – 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, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Kids Ages 8-12 years
5pm – 5:50pm
$160
*No classes the week of April 3rd
Teens/Adults
6pm – 6:50pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

 

Bluegrass Ensemble – Jack Dunlap

Come one come all! Any instrument is welcome to join, the more the merrier! We will learn how to take basic tunes and songs and play them as a group, and how to pick up on a song even if we don’t know it. If you want to break into the jamming world but are not sure where to start, this will be a great way for you to come out of your shell.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Older Kids – Adults
7pm – 7:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Blues Exploration – Gina Sobel and Matt Draper

This class will be a fun exploration of the blues! We’ll get under the hood of the genre through the understanding standard blues progressions, improvisation techniques and accompaniment. We’ll also get into a bit of history, lyrics and composition. This class is intended for teens and adults – people who are already comfortable on their instrument, or are on the way there.

Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/04/17
Teens and Adults
4pm – 4:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Creative Movement for Young People – Heather Hutton

Welcome to the Dance Floor! Let’s dance with abandon and discover the joy of a moving body. With the help of our imaginations we will create dances on the spot, using music, props and words.
No experience necessary. Wear soft clothes in which you can move and roll comfortably, have bare feet and a water bottle.
Sundays, 3/5 – 3/26 & 4/16 – 4/30
Ages 8-10
1pm – 2pm
$120
*No classes 4/2 and 4/9
Ages 11-13
2pm – 3pm
$120
*No classes 4/2 and 4/9

Cross Harp – Blues Harmonica – Matt Draper

In the early twentieth century, some American musicians began playing the harmonica in a different way. Predominantly African-American, these musicians developed a new style based around bent notes, allowing the harmonica to be used in the traditional American music known as the blues. We’ll explore how to bend, how to understand chord progressions, and how to plan an effective blues solo.
10-hole harmonica in the key of G required—example: https://www.amazon.com/Hohner-Blues-Harp-Harmonica-Key/dp/B0002D00TG
Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/04/17
6pm – 6:45pm
Ages 12+
$140
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Harmony – Jesse Harper

This 8 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, 3/06/17 – 5/01/17
Teens and Adults
5pm – 6pm
$80
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Improv for Violinists – Patrick Keese

Improv for Violinists is a collaboratively-focused class designed for intermediate to advanced-level violinists looking to increase their improvisational chops and boost confidence onstage. Classes will be comprised of theory and technique elements combined with ensemble and performance skills, will cover a variety of musical styles, and will be held in an open, supportive, and welcoming group environment.
Materials: A college-ruled notebook, and any kind of portable recording device (phones and laptops included)
Fridays, 3/10/17 – 5/05/17
Teens/Adults
4pm – 4:45pm
$140
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intermediate Guitar – Jack Dunlap

Expand your knowledge of music theory, learn different rhythms, different ways to improvise, and improve your playing in a group setting.  Students should be comfortable with their instrument and successfully have a few tunes under their belt.  Please bring a pencil, paper, tuner, recorder (phone is fine!) and guitar to each class.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Teens/Adults
2pm – 2:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

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 or players with a little experience.  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, 3/07/17 – 5/02/17
Teens and Adults
5pm- 5:45pm
$140
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Banjo II – John Spangler

This banjo class takes up where the from-scratch beginner’s class left off last fall. Perfect for anyone who has already been playing 3-finger style for a few months, in addition to those who are continuing from the first class. We’ll cover how to construct melodies within the rolls and chords we’ve been learning, adding more left-hand techniques. We’ll also start going further up the neck, delve into Scruggs style, and start learning some classic bluegrass standards. Appropriate for adults and teens.

Tuesdays, 3/07/17 – 5/02/17
6pm – 6:45pm
Teens/Adults
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle I – Malia Furtado

In this introduction to fiddle course you will learn the proper care of your instrument, how to tune, finger placement, scales, bowing, and a few simple melodies.  Please bring a pencil, paper, tuner, and fiddle to each class.  Fiddles can be rented from the Front Porch, be sure to call in advance as stock is limited.
 
Tuesdays, 3/07/17 – 5/02/17
Kids Ages 7-12
5pm – 5:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd
Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/04/17
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:45pm
$140
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle II for Kids – Malia Furtado

This class is intended for students who have taken Intro to Fiddle I or for students who have some of the basics down.  Student will focus on adding a few more progressively advanced tunes to the repertoire that will include some new bowing techniques. We’ll also continue to develop basic sight reading skills.

Tuesdays, 3/07/17 – 5/02/17
Kids Ages 7-12yrs
4pm – 4:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

 

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

This class is intended for students who have taken Intro to Fiddle I or have some of the basics down.  Students will focus on covering more back-up and chords, add some new bowing technique (shuffles), and maybe even learn a little twin fiddling.

Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/04/17
Teens and Adults
6pm – 6:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Guitar (Ages 8-12) – Lorie Lichtenwalner

In this guitar class Lorie will introduce kids to 2 chord structures and melody playing, starting with the songs they want to play and building a repertoire together.  Students should bring suggestions of songs they’d like to learn on guitar.  Over the course of the semester students will help teach the class the songs they brought and discover how fun that is!  Songs should try to stay within a folk or traditional style.  Lorie will also provide some songs for the class.  Students will be using a flat pick and explore the magic of a capo.  Please bring a guitar, pick, capo, a few song suggestions, and a note book and pencil to each class.  This class is intended for absolute beginners.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Kids Ages 8-12
6pm – 6:45pm
$100
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Guitar I (Teens and Adults) – Jack Dunlap

In this course, you will first learn proper technique; how to hold the pick and correct right and left hand placement. Second, we will go over the basic setup of your instrument: how to change the strings, adjust action, etc. We will also cover basic scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythms, and melodies to a handful of standard fiddle tunes. We will learn primarily by ear, but tablature and notes will be available so you can study your lessons confidently at home.  Please bring a tuner, notebook, pen or pencil, and recorder (phones are fine!) to each class.
Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Teens and Adults
3pm – 3:45pm
$160
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Guitar II (teens/adults) – Jack Dunlap

This is a continuation class from Intro to Guitar I.  We will learn tunes, scales, chords, rhythms, theory, and further dial in our technique to become a well rounded musician.  Please bring a tuner, notebook, pen or pencil, and recorder (phone is fine) to each class.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:45pm
$160
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Mandolin – Jack Dunlap

In this course, you will first learn proper technique; how to hold the pick and correct right and left hand placement. Second, we will go over the basic setup of your instrument: how to change the strings, adjust action, etc. We will also cover basic scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythms, and melodies to a handful of standard fiddle tunes. We will learn primarily by ear, but tablature and notes will be available so you can study your lessons confidently at home.  Please bring a tuner, pen or pencil, notebook, and recorder (phones are fine) to each class.
Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/16
Teens/Adults
5pm – 5:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Uke 101 for Kids – Craig Green

In this class we’ll learn the basics of rocking the uke. We’ll master simple chord progressions while having fun playing and singing folk, rock, and gospel songs. We’ll also explore how to create a groove and build a group sound. Each student will also set basic goals for practicing between classes. Students should come prepared with their uke and a tuner. Tuning their own instrument will be a part of each class. See you there!  

Fridays, 3/10/17 – 5/05/17
Kids Ages 7-9
4pm – 4:45pm
$140
 *No classes the week of April 3rd

Uke 102 for Kids – Craig Green

This class is for students who are comfortable playing some basic chords and chord progressions or have taken Uke 101. We’ll explore strumming rhythms and basic fingerpicking. Each student will also set basic goals for practicing between classes. Students should come prepared with their Uke and a tuner, as tuning their own instrument will be a part of each class. See you there!

Fridays, 3/10/17 – 5/05/17
Kids Ages 7-9
5pm – 5:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Ukulele I for Teens/Adults – Jack Dunlap

In this course, you will first learn proper technique; how to hold the pick and correct right and left hand placement. Second, we will go over the basic setup of your instrument: how to change the strings, adjust action, etc. We will also cover basic scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythms, and melodies to a handful of standard fiddle tunes. We will learn primarily by ear, but tablature and notes will be available so you can study your lessons confidently at home.  Please bring a tuner, something to write with, a notebook, and a recorder (phones are fine) to each class.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Teens and Adults
4pm – 4:45pm
$160
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Intro to Ukulele II for Teens/Adults – Jack Dunlap

This class is a continuation class from Intro to Ukulele I for teens and adults.  We will learn tunes, scales, chords, rhythms, theory, and further dial in our technique to become a well rounded musician.  Please bring a tuner, something to write with, a notebook, recorder (phones are fine) to each class.

Wednesdays, 3/08/17 – 5/03/17
Teens and Adults
6pm – 6:45pm
$160
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd

 

Jazz Ensemble – Gina Sobel

Work with an professional jazz musician and band leader on how to play jazz in a small group setting. We’ll study improvisation, jazz theory, communication as a group and gaining a better understanding of the canon and the vernacular. Proficiency on your instrument is useful for this, and all instruments are welcome. For young adults and adults.

Mondays 3/6/17 – 5/1/17
Teens and Adults
4pm – 4:45pm
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of 4/3

Old Time Ensemble – Pete Vigour

Learn to play in a string band! This class is great for intermediate clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, dulcimer, ukulele, and mandolin students who have been taking private lessons and would like to develop experience playing as a group. Together you will learn a repertoire of traditional Appalachian tunes, as well as, expand on tunes you may already have under your belt.
Mondays, 3/06/17 – 5/01/17
For Older Kids and Adults
6pm – 6:45pm
$80
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Songwriting – 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, 3/06/17 – 5/01/17
Teens and Adults
7pm – 8pm
$80
*No classes the week of April 3rd

Songwriting for Kids – Devon Sproule

Devon will share tips and tools for songwriters of all levels, and facilitate a pair and group process that includes co-writing and positive critique.  From storytelling songs to descriptive/poetic musings; song structure; self-expression; using music to process life.  The emphasis will be on enjoying the writing, rather than final product or holding songs to an arbitrary industry standard.  No subject is too small or musical expression too simple!

Mondays, 4/10/17 – 5/01/17 (4 week class)
Kids Ages 10-13
4:30pm – 5:15pm
$80

 

Straight Harp – Folk Harmonica – Matt Draper

Learn how to play America’s music on the diatonic harmonica! Since the nineteenth century the harmonica has played a prominent part in shaping American popular music. We’ll explore the folk and old-time traditions, concentrating on music from the early and mid-twentieth century. You’ll learn how to play single notes, simple rhythms, and a number of classic songs, as well as a taste of improvisation.  Skill Level: Beginner, Ages 12 +

10-hole harmonica in the key of C required—example: https://www.amazon.com/Hohner-Special-20-Harmonica-Major/dp/B007J49GPK
Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/04/17
5pm – 5:45pm
Ages 12+
$160
Registration Closed
*No classes the week of April 3rd

West African Dance – Lillie Williams

Learn the basics of West African dance, including how the dancer communicates with the drummer. Each week we’ll learn 5 or 6 moves, then take them up and down the floor in single lines. At the end of the class we have a bonte-bunt circle in which everyone can go for a solo practicing that day’s moves. Classes are accompanied by live drumming with Darrell Rose! 

Thursdays, 3/09/17 – 5/05/17
Kids 8 – 13
5:15pm – 6pm
$140
Late Registration Available
*No classes the week of April 3rd