Welcome to
The Front Porch

A Nonprofit Dedicated to Connecting All of Us Through Music

Where music meets community.


At The Front Porch, we’re more than just a music school. We connect people through music. Our focus on music education extends outside of the walls of our Charlottesville location and into the heart of the city through our Roots & Wings outreach program. Our intimate listening room venue hosts concert experiences that will change your life. And our open jam program draws players from throughout Central Virginia.

Tangled Up in Blue Gala

Join us on Thursday, November 9th for Tangled Up In Blue: A Gala to Support The Front Porch. Tickets will include dinner, unlimited beer, wine, and cider, live music, and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit The Front Porch and music education in our community!

Rivanna Roots 2023
Riverfront Concert Series

Roots & Wings

Our outreach program, Roots & Wings, brings music to underserved communities, enriching the lives of hundreds of children and strengthening the cultural fabric that unites our city.

This has been a vital addition to our program and I hope it continues to grow as a way for our students to have different outlets of expression and working with others to build positive friendships through music.

-Tanner Boyle, Principal, Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention

Front Porch Music Classes

Private Lessons

For folks itchin’ to move toward mastery, private classes are the way to go. Whatever your skill level, we’ve got a caring, experienced teacher ready to guide you!

Group Classes

A little bit cheaper, a little bit louder, our group lessons bring energy and fun to learning music. We’ll have you playing together by the end of the first class!


Ain’t no party like a Front Porch party. Bring your friends and dig in with renowned artists, or join a community jam where all musicians are welcome.

see what folks have to say:

The Front Porch is such an incredible resource for our community and classes are available online! There is little that does more to calm the nervous system and engage your full brain than playing a musical instrument.

–Bree Luck

The Front Porch has filled an essential gap in C-ville for intimate and cozy music venues. It is hands down the best place to experience folk, bluegrass, jazz, and lots of other types of music.

–Cindy S

My daughter loves your class!  After the first class she said “Mom, I’ve met my people!  I feel happier than I’ve felt in a really long time!” She practiced all week, thanked me every day for finding the class and wrote her song.  The positive power of music!

— Brandon D.

Upcoming Concerts

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Two Locations:

Venue and Downtown Class Studios:

221 Water St E
Charlottesville, VA 22902





Dale Ave Location:

508 Dale Avenue,
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Right behind Bodos Bagels on Preston!

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