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Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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February 2018

Songwriting for Kids – Devon Sproule

February 19 @ 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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$154

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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Songwriting with Thomas Gunn

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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In this class we will discuss the various elements that go in to writing an original song. Students will participate in weekly discussions about rhythm, melody, lyrics and structure, as well as take part in writing exercises designed to inspire creativity and self-exploration through songwriting. The purpose of this class is to provide students with the tools necessary to develop their unique voices as individuals and songwriters. All students will be encouraged to present works in progress for feedback. This…

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Old Time Jam

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until March 26, 2018

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 Street Garage.

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Bluegrass Jam!

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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Grateful Dead Ensemble – Chris Leva

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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

February 20 @ 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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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 for Kids 6-8yrs with Ali Sullivan

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 27, 2018

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, stories, creative movement, science and games to immerse children in the Spanish language, and culture. Children become eggs, caterpillars and butterflies! Making learning the language fun and engaging. Tuesdays, 1/09/18 - 2/27/18 Ages 6 - 8 12:30pm - 1:15pm Registration Closed

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Spanish Moves Ages 3 – Rising K with Ali Sullivan

February 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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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 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 Registration Closed

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids – Malia Furtado

February 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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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, they should…

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I – John Spangler

February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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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, 1/09/18…

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo II – John Spangler

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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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Blues Jam!

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 – John Spangler

February 20 @ 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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$175

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

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 6, 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

February 20 @ 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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$175

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 Toddlers 10:45am – Molly Murphy

February 21 @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$126

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 Babies 1:30pm – Molly Murphy

February 21 @ 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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$126

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

February 21 @ 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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$126

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

February 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$126

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

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$154

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

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 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

February 21 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$154

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

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

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. 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

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$175

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.

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Folk Fingerstyle Guitar – Marty Collin

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$175

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  

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults – Malia Furtado

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$175

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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SwingCville Lesson + Social Dance

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Swing Dance takes place every Wednesday from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at The Front Porch with SwingCville 8:00 PM Swing 101 Drop In Lesson (no partner or experience required), 8:45 PM social dance Find out more »

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Ukulele 101 for Kids – Craig Green

February 22 @ 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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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

February 22 @ 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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$154

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

February 22 @ 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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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 Registration Closed

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle II for Teens/Adults

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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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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Afro-Fusion: Appalachia and Malawi

February 23 @ 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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West African Drum Circle

February 24 @ 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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Family Ukulele – Craig Green

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until March 11, 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. Sundays, 1/21/2018 - 3/11/2018 Ages 6 - Adult 2pm - 2:55pm  *First Family Member Ticket Price…

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Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Join us for an incredible night of talent, as Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards return to The Front Porch! Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston's roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING,…

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March 2018

Blues Ukulele with Spencer Gay

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 1, 2018

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

We will delve into the structure of blues music, its rhythms and chord progressions. We will learn several blues songs. Have more fun playing the ukulele - learn to play the blues and chase those mean old winter blues away. For ukulele players (advanced beginner to intermediate) and guitar players who want to try ukulele (no ukulele needed - loaners available). Thursdays, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 3/1 *4 week series Teens/Adults 6pm - 6:55pm

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Singing as Deep Self-Care and Embodied Expression

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$40

Diane Cluck will lead a workshop focusing on singing as deep self-care and embodied expression. This inclusive workshop is created with both new/never-before singers and experienced vocalists in mind. Diane guides participants through a series of bija mantras--seed sounds for warming up and connecting with the voice as it inhabits and influences the body. There will be an exploration of personal mythology as a means of discovering and developing one's own 'vocal signature'--an opportunity to delve into and revel in…

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Punky Reggae Dance Party with Positive Collective

March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$5

Positive Collective returns to The Front Porch for another reggae dance party!! Come shake your groove thang with these amazing folks and musicians: Greg Ward, Chris Leva: guitars and vocals Mark Maynard: trombone Bobby Read: tenor saxophone Rob Hubbard: drums Gabe Gavin: bass Shallel Inglima: keyboards Darrell Rose: percussion

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Open Mic and Potluck

March 11 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Please join us for our monthly open mic and potluck! Potluck at 5:30 pm, open mic begins at 6 pm. Feel free to bring a dish, snacks, or beverages. Wine and Three Notch’d Brewing beer will be available Our monthly open mic is free, open to all, and includes Front Porch friends and Central Virginia songwriters. 2 songs per performer. Originals or clever covers are welcome. Front Porch students – this is the perfect opportunity to perform some of the…

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Family Ukulele with Craig Green

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until May 27, 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. Sundays, 3/18/18 - 5/27/18 Ages 6 - Adult First Family Member $100 Additional Family…

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Pumpkin Bread: The Band

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Pumpkin Bread is a 5-piece band based in Boston, MA that plays original folk music flavored with Celtic fiddling, spirited improvisations, and relentless groove. Brought together by their love for spontaneous music and baked goods, Pumpkin Bread began honing their sound in kitchen jams, pub sessions, and soup nights in the Boston area folk scene. With songs that range from pensive and heartfelt to driving and playful, every performance is dynamic and always gives you a sense of the band’s…

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids 7-12 with Malia Furtado

March 19 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30pm on Monday, repeating until May 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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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Songwriting for Kids with Devon Sproule

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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 with Chris Leva

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 28, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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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Spanish Moves Ages 6-8yrs with Ali Sullivan

March 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

For children ages 6 - 8yrs: Ali uses songs, stories, creative movement, science and games to immerse children in the Spanish language, and culture. Children become eggs, caterpillars and butterflies! Making learning the language fun and engaging. Tuesdays, 3/20/18 - 5/29/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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Spanish Moves Ages 3 – Rising K with Ali Sullivan

March 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

Bienvenidos to Spanish with Ali Sullivan, a native of Colombia. Ali uses songs, 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, 3/20/18 - 5/29/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I with John Spangler

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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, 3/20/18…

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Intro to Mandolin for Teens/Adults with Marty Collin

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

A lilting, woodsy Celtic melody, that bluegrass chop, singing-ringing chords, and that high and lonesome sound, this is the recipe for Introduction to Mandolin, a course designed for the complete beginner with no prior knowledge or experience of music or mandolin.  It is an introduction to basic major and minor chord progressions for accompaniment and singing, picking technique, melody playing, listening skills, and tablature reading. Supplies needed: A tunable working 8 string mandolin Flatpicks A notebook, folder, and a pencil…

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Harmony Basics for Ladies with Kayde Deardorff

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 16, 2018

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

Sing with other women in a supportive atmosphere. Learn the basics of Harmony in Western music and also explore intuitive harmony in class. We will sing songs like those below, and more. Lots of singing in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf5UfOuvQHQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k35haKwqY14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Z2x8AM6qs&index=11&list=RDEMrGkTSf8EnsmWalF3REALcw Tuesdays, 3/20/18 - 5/16/18 *8 week class  Adults 5:30pm - 6:25pm

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Folk Fingerstyle Guitar with Marty Collin

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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 Tuesdays, 3/20/18 -…

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Intro to Bluegrass Banjo II with John Spangler

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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, 3/20/18 - 5/29/18 Teens/Adults

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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo with John Spangler

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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 II for Teens/Adults with Malia Furtado

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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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Clogging with Becca White and Krisan Marotta

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

Appalachian Clogging taught from scratch: During this 10-week course, students will learn the fundamental building blocks of clog dancing including the steps, look and feel, lingo, and annotation. By the end of the course, students will be able to dance free style and precision styles of clog dancing and will have a foundation on which to learn more. The primary music genre will be bluegrass, but several other genres will be used to teach this American style of dance. Clogging…

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Bluegrass Jam 101 with Andy Thacker

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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 Toddlers with Molly Murphy

March 21 @ 10:45 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:45am on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$180

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…

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Musikgarten for Babies with Molly Murphy

March 21 @ 11:15 am - 11:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:15am on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$180

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…

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Children’s Folk Choir with Molly Murphy

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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 Kids Ages 8-12 with Marty Collin

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids Ages 4-6yrs with Debby Norton

March 21 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 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 Choir for Adults with Molly Murphy

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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, 3/21/18 -…

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Intro to Folk Guitar II for Kids with Marty Collin

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

More chords, more songs, and more practice so those beginning, beautiful, ringing guitar chords, and those challenging chord changes, become part of your guitar vocabulary as you create your new library of old favorite sing-a-long tunes. Intro to Folk Guitar II is designed to reinforce the strumming and chord skills at the place where the beginner’s class left off, and to introduce new colors and voices to make your old six string guitar come to life. It is also perfect…

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Instrument Exploration for Kids 6-8yrs with Debby Norton

March 21 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 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 with Marty Collin

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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…

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults with Malia Furtado

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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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Celebrating Folk Masters: Music & Photography

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Barry Bergey and Tom Pich (Folk Masters) discuss their tribute to folk artists who have been named National Heritage Fellows, the highest honor the U.S. government awards to traditional artists, with Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman. National Heritage Fellows Phil Wiggins and Sherman Holmes will perform with Almeta Ingram-Miller, Cora Harvey Armstrong, and Jared Pool. Bergey is the former director of folk and traditional arts at the National Endowment for the Arts. He and photographer Tom Pich spent years and…

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Ukulele 101 for Kids with Craig Green

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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, 3/22/18 - 5/31/18 *Spring…

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Ukulele 102 for Kids with Craig Green

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$220

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, 3/22/18 - 5/31/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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West African Drumming for Kids Ages 8-12 with Darrell Rose

March 22 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:15pm on Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

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

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, 3/22/18 - 5/32/18 *Spring Break April 2nd - 6th, no classes in session

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Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Teens/Adults with Malia Furtado

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until May 31, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$250

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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Michael Clem Trio

March 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Join us for an evening with Charlottesville's own Michael Clem Trio! Rusty Speidel – guitar Thomas Gunn – upright bass, guitar MC – guitar, mandola, harp, upright bass harmonies all around About Michael Clem: For twenty-five years, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio.  Over that time, EFO has amassed a sizeable grassroots following, released nine CDs (all independently) & collected numerous Washington Area Music Association Awards.  Since 2008, with the band…

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The Roots Down Revue

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$10 - $12

Please join us for The Roots Down Revue featuring: After Jack Sarah White Catherine The Great   After Jack: After Jack, formed in 2011, fuses bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. Through expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music, they create a modern sound with a distinctly old-time energy. After Jack consists of Mary Allison, Emily Blankenship-Tucker, and Rachel Blankenship-Tucker. The band takes its name from the hero of beloved mountain folk-tales, whose quick thinking and good fortune…

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April 2018

Spring Break, No Classes

April 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until April 7, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Singing as Deep Self-Care and Embodied Expression

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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Diane Cluck will lead a workshop focusing on singing as deep self-care and embodied expression. This inclusive workshop is created with both new/never-before singers and experienced vocalists in mind. Diane guides participants through a series of bija mantras–seed sounds for warming up and connecting with the voice as it inhabits and influences the body. There will be an exploration of personal mythology as a means of discovering and developing one’s own ‘vocal signature’–an opportunity to delve into and revel in…

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Songwriting Workshop with Doug and Telisha Williams of Wild Ponies

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$20

Are you ready to write your first song?  Or maybe you want to take your songwriting from good to great.  Doug and Telisha Williams, from Wild Ponies have been helping creative folks do just that.  In this 1.5 hour workshop, you’ll explore five useful tips and strategies to connect with your creative self, putting pen to paper and words into songs.  In addition to touring internationally, performing their own original songs, Doug and Telisha regularly teach songwriting at camps, colleges,…

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Wild Ponies in Concert

April 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took…

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Adam Hurt, David McLaughlin, Beth Williams Hartness, Marshall Wilborn

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$18 - $20

Featuring: Adam Hurt, banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Beth Williams Hartness, guitar and vocals; David McLaughlin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and vocals; and Marshall Wilborn, bass and vocals. Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and…

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The ’77s

April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

The '77s are a Grateful Dead cover band from Charlottesville, VA. Featuring members of Love Cannon (Darrell Muller, Jay Starling), The Positive Collective (Chris Leva), Indecision (Craig Dougald), and King Wilkie (Jake Hopping).

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An Evening with Susie Burke and David Surette

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$12 - $15

Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Burke's vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette's fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they…

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June 2018

Mindful Musicians, Mindful Artists Camp

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until June 29, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$650

Kids are naturally creative explorers. At Mindful Musicians, Mindful Artists we will make space for them to express themselves just as they are, enjoying each moment as it comes. Our camp activities combine art, music, and yoga into a day that feels inspiring, grounding, and fun. Kids will spend their mornings in art and music classes. Music will be a fun way for kids to play, sing and move to popular songs from the Rock, Jazz and Folk genres. Campers…

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July 2018

3rd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 20, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$325

Lovers of old-time string band music, fiddle tunes, songs, square dances, and jam sessions are invited to gather for Front Porch String Band Camp, July 16 - 20th, 2018. The camp is open to musicians of all ages who would like to gain experience playing in a string band. Students should be already familiar with their instrument and able to play some simple tunes or chords. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and string bass will be featured, and players of…

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Songwriting, Rock, and Recording Camp

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until July 27, 2018

The Front Porch, 221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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$325

Come experience the fun of writing and recording songs in a group setting! Students will brainstorm, edit, and record songs together. We will learn a variety of creative tools and skills in a fun, cooperative, and focused environment. This class covers the concepts of story-telling, poetic imagery, rhyme, meter, basic chord/music theory, jingle writing, and simple recording skills. Last year we had music makers from a wide range of genres including bluegrass, rock, and pop — all working together! Students…

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