GROUP LESSONS

Our Spring 2018 10 week semester begins the third week of March and will run through the last week of May.  Check out our offerings below and register today!

Remember, you can always schedule your own group lessons with one of our instructors. You just need a group of three or more participants, an idea of what you want to learn, and a time slot that suits. Contact us at info@frontporchcville.org or call (434)806-7062 to schedule a custom group class with a few time slots that work for your group ready for our staff to schedule you.

Musikgarten – Molly Murphy

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 such as rhythm sticks, tone bars, jingles and drums.  And most importantly, parents enjoy important bonding time and with their child.

*Additional $40 family package of materials required for this class. The packages include a scarf, a set of rhythm sticks or other percussion instrument, and a choice of a digital download or a CD of music with a book from that session’s curriculum.  Material fee can be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of classes.

 

Wednesdays, 3/28/18 – 6/6/18
Toddlers
10:45am – 11:15am
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session
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Wednesdays, 3/21/18 – 5/30/18
Babies
11:15am – 11:45am
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session
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Wednesdays, 3/21/18 – 5/30/18
Toddlers
3pm – 3:30pm
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session
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Wednesdays, 3/21/18 – 5/30/18
Babies
3:30pm – 4pm
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Instrument Exploration – Debby Norton

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 a notebook for drawing.  Recording devices welcome (phones are fine).  Instruments and supplemental learning materials provided.  This class is intended for beginner level students. *All Instrument Exploration classes are held at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St.

Wednesdays 3/28/18 – 6/6/18 Ages 4-6
4:15pm – 5pm
$176
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes April 25th or May 2nd
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Wednesdays, 3/28/18 – 6/6/18
Ages 6-8
5:15pm – 6pm
$176
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes April 25th or May 2nd

Spanish Moves! – Ali Sullivan

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
Ages 3 – Rising K
1:30pm – 2:15pm
$220
Registration Closed

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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
Ages 6 – 8
12:30pm – 1:15pm
$220
Registration Closed

Making Music with Friends – Molly Murphy

This after-school program offers beginner lessons on several instruments and a chance for children to develop their singing voices. Starting with whole body warm-ups and ear training exercises at each lesson, students will learn healthy vocal technique and expand their listening skills and music appreciation in a safe, encouraging environment.

We explore several musical genres including Americana, Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, and World music, and explore writing our own songs. Students gain skills in music through fun singing and rhythm games, learning songs, and they get to help choose their repertoire. With access to piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion instruments, students experiment in music with their peers during this 10-week session.

Wednesdays, 3/28/18 – 6/6/18
Ages 7 – 12
4pm – 4:45pm
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Songwriting for Kids and Teens – Devon Sproule

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 you play, or are learning.  Some beginning experience and working knowledge of an instrument, singing, or creative writing required.

 

Mondays, 3/19/18 – 5/28/18
Ages 9 – 16
5pm – 5:45pm
$198
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

West African Drumming for Kids – Darrell Rose

Master drummer Darrell Rose comes once again to share his talents with the Front Porch! Students will experience the joy of African Drumming while learning the nuances of ensemble work. Darrell will share not only his musicianship, but his knowledge of the history of drumming and its rich oral tradition.

Thursdays, 3/22/18 – 5/31/18
Ages 8-12 years
5:15pm – 6pm
$220
Registration Full
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

 

Ukulele 101 for Kids – Debby Norton

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!

Mondays, 3/19/18 – 5/28/18  *8 week course
Kids Ages 6-9
4:15pm – 5pm
$154
No classes 4/2, 4/23, 4/30

Ukulele 102 for Kids – Craig Green

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

 

Thursdays, 1/11/18 – 3/01/18
Kids Ages 7-9
5pm – 5:45pm
Call to Register
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Thursdays, 3/22/18 – 5/31/18
Kids Ages 7-9
5pm – 5:45pm
Register

Family Ukulele – Craig Green

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.

TBD
Ages 6 – Adult
2pm – 2:55pm
First Family Member $100
Additional Family Members $25
Registration Closed, Class Canceled
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

 

Alexander Technique – Logan Blanco

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 [un]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 learn how to use our knowledge and presence of mind to be available for change, and we will apply these skills to our performance repertoire; whether playing an instrument, texting, shoveling snow, or brushing our teeth.  No previous experience required, wear comfortable clothes, yoga mat or blanket optional.

F.M. Alexander wrote, “The most valuable knowledge one can possess is that of the use and functioning of the self.”

Don’t know about Alexander Technique? Check out this excellent website and video about Alexander Technique and the performing arts: www.performingself.org.uk

TBD

 

Intro to Folk Guitar – Marty Collin

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 chord progressions for accompaniment and singing, picking technique, blues scales for lead and melody playing, tuning, listening skills, and tablature reading.

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, 6/5/18 – 6/26/18
Kids 8-12 
4:15pm – 5pm
$100
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Wednesdays, 6/6/18 – 6/27/18
Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$100

Intro to Folk Guitar II for Kids – Marty Collin

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 for anyone who long ago learned a few basic chords, left that guitar in the closet or under your bed to gather dust, and wants to get back in to making warm, wooden acoustic music again.

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, 3/21/18 – 5/30/18
Kids Ages 10 – 12
5pm – 5:45pm
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in

Folk Fingerstyle Guitar – Marty Collin

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 – 5/29/18
Teens/Adults
6pm – 6:55pm
$250
Registration Closed
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Intro to Bluegrass Banjo I – John Spangler

Sign up for this from-scratch class to begin learning 3-finger style on the 5-string banjo. Perfect for absolute beginners.  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 – 5/29/18
Teens and Adults
5pm- 5:55pm
$250
Registration Closed
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Intro to Bluegrass Banjo II – John Spangler

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
6pm – 6:55pm
Teens/Adults
$250
Registration Closed
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo – John Spangler

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 to the next level.  Please bring a recording device (phone is fine), pen or pencil, paper, tuner, and working banjo to each class.

 

Tuesdays, 3/20/18 – 5/29/18
Teens/Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$250

Intro to Bluegrass Fiddle for Kids – Malia Furtado

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 be able to play the Twinkles, and fiddlers should be able to play Boil ’em Cabbage Down and Little Liza Jane/ Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, or another tune or two of a similar level.

Kids will be provided with sheet music/tab and audio or video clips of each tune. Each student should bring a pencil and folder and should have a functional violin and bow with a shoulder rest and resin.

 

Tuesdays, 3/20/18 – 5/29/18
Kids Ages 7 – 12
4:30pm – 5:15pm
$220
Registration Closed
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

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

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 with a functional instrument (fiddle with strings on and a bow), tuner, a shoulder rest, resin, and paper and a pencil. A recording device is also encouraged.

 

Thursdays, 3/22/18 – 5/31/18
Teens and Adults
6:30pm – 7:25pm
$250

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

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 come to class with a functional instrument (fiddle with strings on and a bow), tuner, a shoulder rest, resin, and paper and a pencil. A recording device is also encouraged.

 

Tuesdays, 3/20/18 – 5/29/18
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
Call to Register
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle – Malia Furtado

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 bring a working fiddle and bow, tuner, pen or pencil, paper, and a recording device (a phone is fine) to each class.

 

Wednesdays, 4/11/18 – 5/30/18 
Teens/Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$175
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Intro to Mandolin – Marty Collin

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
Tuner
Recorder /phone (optional)
Tab and online learning tools/sources provided
Tuesdays, 6/05/18 – 6/26/18
Teens/Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$100

 

Folk Choir for Adults – Molly Murphy

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 – 5/30/18
Adults
5pm – 5:55pm
$250
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Bluegrass Jam 101 – Andy Thacker

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 is fine), pencil, paper, and a tuner to each class.

Tuesdays, 6/05/18 – 6/26/18
Older Kids – Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$100

Grateful Dead Ensemble – Chris Leva

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, 3/19/18 – 5/28/18
Teens and Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$250
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

 

Clogging – Becca White and Kirsan Marotta

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 is quite up-tempo so students should bring a water bottle and wear athletic clothing appropriate for bouncing and sweating.  Regarding shoes, lace-up athletic shoes or lace-up flats with a leather sole (no taps) are appropriate for the beginner class.

Tuesdays, 3/27/2018 – 6/5/18
Teens/Adults
6:30pm – 7:25pm
$250
*Spring Break April 2nd – 6th, no classes in session

Harmony Basics for Ladies – Kayde Deardorff

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.

Tuesdays, 6/05/18 – 6/26/18 
Adults
5:30pm – 6:25pm
$100

 

Intro to Harmonica – John Ashley Murphy

Harmonica is an “instant music” instrument! That is, beginning harmonica is easier than beginning many other instruments. We’ll cover harmonica basics while learning a few standard tunes, plus 1 tune specifically for you! Fundamentals will include simple rhythms, playing clear notes, tone, and an introduction to note bending. (Bending is the characteristic sound that give the harmonica its soulful, vocal quality). For this class, the emphasis is on learning to quickly make some good, sweet, simple sounds.  Please bring a harmonica in the Key of C (Honer Special 20, or a harmonica with a plastic comb recommended), pen/pencil, paper, recorder optional to each class.  Teens/Adults

Thursdays 4/12/18 – 5/31/18 *8 week course
Teens and Adults
6:30pm – 7:25pm
$200
Call to Register

Mike Anderson – Music Theory

Introduction to Music Theory is a four week course intended to provide students with an understanding of the basics of how western music works.  Through solfege (DO-RE-MI, etc…) students will explore the foundational patterns of melody and harmony and how these patterns affect the music we listen to and produce.  The ability to read music on the staff is not necessary!  Instrumentalists and singers welcome.

Mondays 6/4/2018 – 7/2/2018 *no class on 6/18
Teens/Adults
7pm – 7:55pm
$100