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November 2017

Thanksgiving Break

November 20 - November 24
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Happy Holidays!  The school will be closed from 9/20/2017 - 9/24/2017.

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West African Drum Circle

November 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Come join us for our weekly West African Drum Circle! Bring your own drum or use one of ours! All ages and abilities welcome. $5 suggested donation. We validate for 2 hours free parking at Water Street Parking Garage

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Harmony with Jesse Harper

November 27 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 4, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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This 10 week course will cover beginner 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: Gillian Welch and David…

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Songwriting for Kids and Teens with Devon Sproule

November 27 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Monday, repeating until December 4, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Get ready for fun songwriting activities, friendly to 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…

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Intermediate Folk Guitar with Chris Leva

November 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Monday, repeating until December 4, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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.  The differences and similarities of different styles from American and World traditions, as well as common chord progressions will be covered, as well as techniques for both solo playing, accompaniment and ensemble playing. Because this is an intermediate class, the material will applicable for players who use picks…

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Old Time Jam

November 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 4, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for our weekly old time jam, hosted by Pete Vigour!  All ages and ability levels welcome.  $5 donation suggested.  We validate for 2hrs of free parking in the Water St. Garage.

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Bluegrass Jam!

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for a Bluegrass jam! All ages and abilities welcome! $5 donation suggested. We validate for 2hrs of free parking in the Water Street garage.

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Songwriting for Teens and Adults with Jesse Harper

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 4, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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…

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Spanish Moves! with Ali Sullivan

November 28 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 5, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Bienvenidos to Spanish with Ali Sullivan, a native of Colombia. Ali uses songs, arts & crafts, creative movement and games to immerse children into Spanish. With Ali, learning a second language is fun! Tuesdays, 9/26/2017 - 12/05/2017 Ages 3 - Rising K 1:30pm - 2:15pm $180 Register *No classes the week of Thanksgiving

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I with John Spangler

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 5, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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…

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Jazz Ensemble for Kids with Gina Sobel

November 28 @ 5:10 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:10pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 5, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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 participants should be very comfortable with their instruments 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…

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Blues Jam!

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for a blues jam, hosted by Bill Adams. All ages and abilities welcome. $5 donation suggested. We validate for 2hrs of free parking in the Water street garage.

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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo with John Spangler

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 5, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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…

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Musikgarten with Molly Murphy

November 29 @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Wednesday, repeating until December 7, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Children are naturally drawn to music.  By engaging children in music classes, they not only get a leg-up on their musical development but on all other educational pursuits. Musikgarten involves the whole family, and there are positive social implications as well. We spend our 30 minute class singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments-- all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement for coordination, body awareness and control. With their grown-up, kids as young as…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids Ages 4-6 with Debby Norton

November 29 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 13, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Has your child expressed an interest in music, or learning an instrument, but you're not exactly sure where to start? Maybe they've taken Musikgarten, or early childhood music 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…

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Teens/Adults with Marty Collin

November 29 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 6, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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. Folk Guitar - An Introduction is a course designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or guitar.  It is an…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids Ages 6-8 with Debby Norton

November 29 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 13, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Has your child expressed an interest in music, or learning an instrument, but you're not exactly sure where to start?  Maybe they've taken Musikgarten, or early childhood music 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…

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West African Drumming for Kids with Darrell Rose

November 29 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 6, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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 Registration Closed *No classes the week of Thanksgiving

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle with Malia Furtado

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 6, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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…

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Ukulele 101 for Kids with Craig Green

November 30 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 7, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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! Thursdays, 9/28/2017 - 12/07/2017 Kids…

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Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids with Malia Furtado

November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 7, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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,…

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Folk Choir for Adults with Molly Murphy

November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 7, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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 -…

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

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 7, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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…

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December 2017

John Doyle in Concert

December 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Our partners at Blue Ridge Irish Music School present John Doyle in concert at The Front Porch. Early Bird $20, Door $25. Tickets can be purchased here. John Doyle, a founding member of Irish super group Solas, is a master guitarist, singer and songwriter. After Solas, John became greatly in demand for musical partnerships including performers such as Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tim O'Brien. John also formed The Alt with Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary and, of course,…

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Family Uke with Craig Green

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until December 3, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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A musical adventure for families of all sorts, ages 6 to adult.  Join us in generating a mighty current of strumming and singing. We'll learn energizing and easily learned from around the world while building basic ukulele skills. If you have a uke, bring it. It's also fine to come without a uke. Well also do some body percussion.  No experience required for this course.  Rental ukes will be available, for $25 for the full 5 week course, email us…

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Ballet for Teens and Adults

December 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30pm on Sunday, repeating until December 3, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Dance and have fun while improving your balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. This beginning class for teens and adults is perfect for those new to ballet or those returning to the technique after time away.  Students should wear comfortable clothes that they can move in. Examples: leotard and tights, leggings, yoga pants, work out clothes. Ballet shoes are suggested, but not required (they can be purchased at The Hip Joint). Long hair should be secured in some way: ponytail, bun,…

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Holiday Potluck and Open Mic!

December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for our holiday potluck to celebrate the holidays, as well as end of the fall semester and all the great work everyone has done! Feel free to bring a dish. Wine and Three Notch’d Brewing beer will be available Community potluck and open jam from 5:30 - 7 PM, followed by our monthly open mic featuring many of our Front Porch friends and songwriters! Brittney Wagner will be the featured artist. Sign up for the open mic via emilyjulia@frontporchcville.org

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Lunch Hour Songwriting and Song Sharing

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 29, 2017

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$5

Join us for The Front Porch lunch hour songwriting and song sharing, led by Front Porch staff member, Emily Kresky. This will be a recurring event every Friday afternoon from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  We will explore various songwriting and writing exercises, broadening our writing strategies. We will also play and share songs you have been working on or learning. All ages and abilities are welcome. You can bring your own instruments, but guitars will be available. $5 suggested donation. See you…

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An Evening with Dar Williams: a book reading and concert – SOLD OUT

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$20 - $50

Dar Williams has made her career, not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and lost herself in their book stores. She has seen these communities struggle, but has also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises. In her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams…

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An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$22 - $25

Robin and Linda Williams return to The Front Porch for a double header concert on Friday and Saturday, December 15th & 16th! For more than three decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism." Today some might call it "Americana," but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this…

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An Evening with Robin and Linda Williams

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$22 - $25

Robin and Linda Williams return to The Front Porch for a double header concert on Friday and Saturday, December 15th & 16th! “…Among contemporary country performers,, Robin and Linda Williams shine like a diamond amid rhinestones. " David W. Johnson, The Boston Globe " ... Vocally and instrumentally, the Williamses combine impeccable musical discipline with a         bare simplicity and an utter lack of pretension." Stephen Holden, The New York Times “…The Williamses are able to sum up a…

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January 2018

Lunch Hour Songwriting and Song Sharing

January 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Friday, repeating until April 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Join us for The Front Porch lunch hour songwriting and song sharing, led by Front Porch staff member, Emily Kresky. This will be a recurring event every Friday afternoon from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  We will explore various songwriting and writing exercises, broadening our writing strategies. We will also play and share songs you have been working on or learning. All ages and abilities are welcome. You can bring your own instruments, but guitars will be available. $5 suggested donation. See you…

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Movement and Mindfulness – Kayde Deardorff

January 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 9:55 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until February 24, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Learn simple dance choreography and somatic practices based on dance, NIA technique, and mindfulness. Improve coordination, body awareness, play with rhythm, and quiet the mind while having fun! Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and bring water.  This class is great for beginners or seasoned dancers and is open to adults 18+ Saturdays, 1/06/2018 - 2/24/2018 Ages 18+ 9am - 9:55am

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Family Ukulele – Craig Green

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until February 25, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$25 - $100

A musical adventure for families of all sorts, ages 6 to adult.  Join us in generating a mighty current of strumming and singing. We'll learn energizing and easily learned songs from around the world while building basic ukulele skills. If you have a uke, bring it. It's also fine to come without a uke. Well also do some body percussion.  No experience required for this course.  Rental ukes will be available, for $25 for the term, email us at info@frontporchcville.org for more information. Sundays,…

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Ballet for Teens and Adults – Dinah Gray

January 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Sunday, repeating until February 11, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$150

Dance and have fun while improving your balance, strength, flexibility, and posture. This beginning class for teens and adults is perfect for those new to ballet or those returning to the technique after time away.  Students should wear comfortable clothes that they can move in. Examples: leotard and tights, leggings, yoga pants, work out clothes. Ballet shoes are suggested, but not required (they can be purchased at The Hip Joint). Long hair should be secured in some way: ponytail, bun,…

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Songwriting for Kids – Devon Sproule

January 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 25, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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…

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Grateful Dead Ensemble – Chris Leva

January 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 26, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Experience the beauty and sense of adventure that is the music of The Grateful Dead.  Intermediate and up - all string instruments, hand percussion, and accordions welcome.  Healthy chord vocabulary helpful due to the rich harmonic content of the Dead's songs.  We will work on the songs, harmonies, improvisation and counterpoint that make this some of America's most iconic and loved music.  Please bring a recording device (a phone is fine), paper, pencil, and a tuner to each class. Mondays,…

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Alexander Technique – Logan Blanco

January 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:55 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Intro to the Alexander Technique: for Performing Artists...and the rest of us! Freedom to Change ~ Ease of Movement ~ Mindfulness in motion First time at the Front Porch! An informative, practical and experiential introduction to the Alexander Technique offering opportunities to playfully engage with some of the principles and learning tools that have enabled others to begin their journey of self-discovery. We will practice awareness of how we interfere with our inherent ease of balance and movement, we will…

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Spanish Moves – Ali Sullivan

January 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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, 1/09/2018 - 2/27/2018 Ages 3 - Rising K 1:30pm - 2:15pm

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids – Malia Furtado

January 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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…

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I – John Spangler

January 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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, 1/09/18…

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo II – John Spangler

January 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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. Please bring a tuner, pencil, paper, recording device optional.  Appropriate for adults and teens.…

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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo – John Spangler

January 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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…

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults – Malia Furtado

January 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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…

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Bluegrass Jam 101

January 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

Bluegrass Jam 101 will focus on how to work in a group setting.  Including working up a common repertoire, group dynamics, strengthening rhythm ideas, soloist/lead placement and ideas, development of arrangements, intros and endings, and a general sense of working with a small set of tunes/songs with the goal of honing in all of these aspects of the group while making it more exciting and encouraging to be part of a group musical experience.  Please bring a recording device (a phone…

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Musikgarten For Babies 10:30am – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Musikgarten for Toddlers 11am – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Musikgarten for Preschoolers 11:30am – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Ladies Strum & Sing – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

We will celebrate each other, our voices, and other women in music during this ladies lunch hour sing and strum class. Through singing rounds and learning songs together, we will explore harmony singing and some basic ear training. Students are encouraged to bring instruments and songs they are interested in sharing with the group, as well as a friend! Drop-ins are welcome ($25/class). Wednesdays, 1/10/2018 - 2/28/2018 Teens/Adults 12pm - 12:55pm

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Musikgarten for Babies 1:30pm – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Musikgarten for Toddlers 2pm – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Musikgarten for Preschoolers 2:30pm – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$144

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…

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Children’s Folk Choir – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Monday, repeating until April 11, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

Children are naturally drawn to music. This fun, colloquial choir will join kids in song and build confidence, exploring Americana, folk, blues, pop, and world music. With an emphasis on learning by ear and building aural music skills, students learn songs and how to sing together in a group, as well as musical concepts including pitch, rhythm, and harmony. We will focus on healthy technique and singing exercises as warm-ups in celebration of our voices. We will build songs together…

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Kids – Marty Collin

January 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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…

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Instrument Exploration For Kids Ages 4-6 – Debby Norton

January 10, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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…

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Intro to Folk Guitar for Teens/Adults – Marty Collin

January 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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…

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Folk Choir for Adults – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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. Wednesdays, 1/10/2018 -…

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Instrument Exploration Kids Ages 6-8 – Debby Norton

January 10, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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…

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Folk Fingerstyle Guitar – Marty Collin

January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

With a basic understanding of major and minor chords and progressions, Folk Fingerstyle 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, 1/10/18…

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Music Theory and Ear Training – Molly Murphy

January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

This class will focus on building aural music skills for a greater understanding and appreciation of music. Topics will include recognizing, identifying, producing and analyzing pitch and intervals, harmonies, chords, and chord quality--all through fun singing exercises and piano, with a small component of sight singing. We will relate multiple instruments in demonstrating theory principals so the brain gains a more global understanding musical concepts and how they are used in different applications, such as singing and playing at the…

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Ukulele 101 for Kids – Craig Green

January 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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! Thursdays, 1/11/2018 - 3/01/2018 Kids…

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Ukulele 102 for Kids

January 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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! Thursdays, 1/11/2017 - 3/01/2018 Kids Ages 7-9 5pm - 5:45pm

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African Drumming for Kids – Darrell Rose

January 11, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$176

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. Thursdays, 1/11/2018 - 3/01/2018 Ages 8-12 years 5:15pm - 6p

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle II for Teens/Adults

January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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…

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults – Malia Furtado

January 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$200

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…

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February 2018

Afro-Fusion: Appalachia and Malawi

February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$15 - $18

Please join us for a special performance featuring a musical collaboration between two artists Andrew Finn (Asheville, NC) and Peter Mawanga (Malawi) who tour blending the traditional sounds of their native continents in exciting original music. Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the tenuous line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. He plays traditional Irish and American fiddle, old-time and bluegrass, as well as Brazilian genres such as choro music, Forró, samba, and bossa nova. Peter…

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