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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
Creative Movement for Young People – Heather Hutton
Cross Harp – Blues Harmonica – Matt Draper
Harmony – Jesse Harper
Improv for Violinists – Patrick Keese
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.
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).
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.
Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle I – Malia Furtado
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.
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.
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.
Intro to Guitar I (Teens and Adults) – Jack Dunlap
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.
Intro to Mandolin – Jack Dunlap
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Old Time Ensemble – Pete Vigour
Songwriting – Jesse Harper
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!
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 +
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!