Our mission statement reads, “Through a dynamic folk music education program that includes lessons, jams, dances, and performances, The Front Porch fosters creativity, cultural exchange, and community-wide learning.” The Front Porch (TFP) is a roots music school that educates and promotes traditional cultural art forms, principally music and its varied techniques and styles. Our talented instructors offer private and group lessons in a variety of genres, including acoustic blues, folk, old time, bluegrass, and traditional world music. We host a diverse array of performances, workshops, dance opportunities, and weekly jams. Although The Front Porch is a relatively new organization, the school has realized significant social impact in its two years of operation. Beginning in the founder’s living room in 2015 and now located on the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall, the Front Porch currently serves more than 100 students each week in its on site music education programs, and more than 2,500 people per year through performances and workshops. This number is rapidly growing as we plant our roots in downtown Charlottesville. As a non-profit organization, The Front Porch strives to be inclusive, affordable, and accessible to all. To that end, TFP offers scholarships to those who demonstrate need, and our classes are priced at a level that is below the national average without compromising the pay scale of our teachers. TFP provides appropriate materials for the all classes, including instruments. TFP hosts numerous free community jams each week, as well as a variety of free and donation-only musical events throughout the calendar year.