Roots and Wings
Taking Music Where It's Needed Most


Access to music education can change the course of a life, a neighborhood, and an entire community.  Roots & Wings is The Front Porch’s comprehensive music education program designed to build musicians from the inside out. We partner with organizations committed to serving children in challenging circumstances to offer group music classes and individualized musical mentorships in locations throughout the community. Roots & Wings focuses on the importance of creating trusting relationships in order to open the creative musical potential of children.

Outreach Teaching Artists

Lillie Williams, West African dancer

Theo Herrin headshot

Theo Herrin, singer/songwriter, guitarist

Erynn Mcleod

Erynn McLeod, singer/songwriter, guitarist

Emily Ellis Headshot

Emily Ellis, pianist

Head shot of Jack Tierney

Jack Tierney, singer/songwriter, guitarist

Mark Williams

Mark Williams, singer/songwriter, actor

see what other folks have to say:

“(Roots & Wings) has boosted her confidence. Lila’s love language is music and dance, but she claims to have stage fright in front of an audience. Hometown Choir exposed her to new genres of music, introduced her to new friends, and boosted her confidence. Roots and Wings gave her the opportunity to overcome that fear of performing.”
-Karol Lester Kozak

“I believe in the power of music, not only on the mind, but as an outlet for expression. The students look forward to learning different instruments, working with Matt on music composition, and creating their own collaborative jam sessions. This has been a vital addition to our program and I hope it continues to grow so students have different outlets of expression and the chance to build positive friendships through music.
-Tanner Boyle, Principal, Blue Ridge Detention Center

“We are so grateful. Hometown choir brought our family together with families that we don’t always have the chance to get to know. We are so grateful for the beautiful music our kids learned and performed, as well as for the friendships we built and relationships we forged with people from different backgrounds and cultures.”
– Kristin Clarens

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221 Water St E
Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Coming in 2021

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