Songwriting with 317 Main, by Kate Campbell Strauss

Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2015


Last year, Wayfinder began collaborating with 317 Main Community Music Center on providing musical enrichment for New Gloucester students. What is 317 Main? 317 Main is a nonprofit in Yarmouth that offers spectrum of music opportunities for all ages taught by a faculty of 24 working musicians. Through ensembles, private lessons, classes, workshops, and performances, 317 Main reaches people in over 40 towns across Maine. 317 Main’s partnership program enables the organization to reach even more people by working with schools and other organizations, such as Wayfinder, The Telling Room, Casco Bay High School, and the Boys & Girls Club to name a few. Last year, Wayfinder and 317 Main offered a rhythm class to New Gloucester students, using buckets as drums! Students learned the rhythmic backbone of a variety of musical genres, including country, hip hop, folk, and metal.

fiston lingala and french lyrics         This year, 317 Main instructors Manny Urgiles and Lincoln Meyers are teaching Songwriting. In the  fifteen-week course, which takes place on Sunday afternoons at 317 Main, students are exploring why music matters, how to communicate through music and in community, as well as the tools for engaging with the creative process. The students have just begun writing their own music and will end their year by recording their songs.

UPDATE: Join us for the students’ CD release party, May 31st at 317 Main!  Watch these pages for details.

Left: Fiston working on his song, March 2015

Above: Kalar drumming, 2014