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Faculty & Friends Concert

Dreams of Harmony:  Music and Reflections for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Afternoon.  Time to be announced soon.

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester  01609
Free.

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event, with friends:  The Worcester Children’s Chorus and The All Saints’ Choirs.

Pakachoag Music School invites you to join us for musical and spoken reflections on the contributions and dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program features tenor and Pakachoag faculty member Christon Carney, with pianist Kristjon Imperio in art songs, spirituals, and “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime.

We’ll be joined by Pakachoag students, the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and members of the All Saints Choirs in this program of reflection and inspiration.

Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

The Night Dance: Folk Music of Ireland and Dance-Inspired Classical Selections.

  • With special guest The Worcester County Poetry Association

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Afternoon.  Time to be announced soon.

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester  01609

Free.

Featuring Susan Howland, Celtic Harp; Emma Gregory, Clarinet; and Kristjon Imperio, Piano.  Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist Susan Howland.   We’ll also treat you to an unusual transciption of a Bach Chaconne and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet.  Members of the Worcester County Poetry Association will share readings similarly inspired by dance, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.

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Honors Student Masterclass & Social

With select high school students

Friday, April 3rd – Evening Time TBA

Watch for more information in the new year.

Through the Music Together partnership with edWeb.net, classroom teachers can access high-quality professional development opportunities on a roughly every-other-month basis.

November’s EdWeb Offering

Going Beyond the ABC Song: Music that Naturally Supports Children’s Language Development
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Michelle Jamail, Early Childhood Music Specialist and Music Together Teacher, Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway

During this engaging edWebinar, Michelle will explore how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children’s language and literacy skill development. She’ll demonstrate how easy it is to use music to naturally support important areas of language learning, including: phonological awareness, vocabulary development, print awareness, active listening skills, and creative storytelling- regardless of your music background. Recent research findings linking music and language learning will also be reviewed.

Participants will be able to use the knowledge they gain in this edWebinar to more intentionally use music in their day-to-day work with toddlers and preschoolers, and even infants. In addition to simply playing music in the background, participants will better understand how actively singing and creating variations of a song can support young children’s language development. Participants will also understand that a range of songs can support this development, even songs without words. They will feel more comfortable in their abilities to use music in their work, and be able to better communicate to other caregivers and parents the significant role that music-making can play in a child’s language development in these important early years.

This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to PreK through elementary school teachers. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

Register Here

Finding Your Way in the Portal

Fall 2019 – For Private Lesson Families

Quick Screen Print of the entry page to portal.pakmusic.org

Pakachoag is now using an online registration system that ties directly to our internal database.

If you are using a payment plan, you will need to log in to check dollars coming due.  We’ve included some notes below to help explain the process.

Move to Registration-Account Portal

We no longer send out invoices prior to payment due dates, but will send a reminder to log in.

Here are the steps to retrieve your payment due information.    Please note that accounts are tied to the PRIMARY (usually the primary parent or adult student) e-mail in our system.

If you are unable to access a computer for log-in on a permanent basis, please let us know and we’ll assist.

Please log in no sooner than one month prior to due date (this ensures any prior payments have been processed).

  • Click the button above or below to move to the payment portal.
    • If you have previously logged in, enter your user name and password.
    • If this is your first time logging in, click “forgot” and the system will send you a pre-existing, auto-generated, user name and password to the primary email on file.
  • Under the tab for “Account Balance” you can view your current registration(s) and related payment information.
  • To view any dollars due and outstanding as of the date your are logging in, look in the “Balance [current date] ” box .
  • To view dollars due on a specific payment plan due date, for instance as of November 1, click “See Balance Due on Different Date” and enter 11/1/2019 (or enter an alternate upcoming payment plan dates as desired).
Please Note:
Credits applied to a registration, from payments made during summer pre-registration deposits or from pre-existing credits in our system, do not appear in the payment history found under the “Payments” tab. This means dollars “paid” to date vs. “balance” may total less than the “Total” noted for your registration.
Browser Note:
The portal will NOT work correctly if using Firefox as a browser.  We suggest using Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari.


Introducing Our Newest Faculty

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Carl Yung
Founder of Analytical Psychology
Artist, craftsman, builder
1875-1961

We’re happy to introduce….

Pakachoag Music School is happy to introduce five new faculty joining us this fall of 2019.

Our new faculty and returning faculty total 30 members strong, and we’re all looking forward to welcoming students both new and returning during the month of September.

If you are not yet enrolled but have been thinking about becoming musically involved, please feel free to email or call. While schedules are filling, we still have opportunities available.

Also, we’re offering a free Music Together DEMO Class in September.

All details below.

With the onset of the new school year, we look forward to the opportunity to touch each of our students with the warmth of music – a warmth that lasts a life-time.

Sincerely,

Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

 


New Faculty


Financial Aid Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors and grantors, each year Pakachoag is able to provide tuition financial support for families of low income.  Please email Sarah@pakmusic.org for details.

While available funding is limited, we strongly encourage you to apply for assistance if your annual income qualifies.   If we cannot provide immediate assistance, we’ll wait-list you until additional funding becomes available.


Music Together Demo Class

Free Sample Class

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30 am at Emmanuel Lutheran

Limited slots available.
Advance booking required to:  Sarah@pakmusic.org

MORE INFORMATION

NEW for K – Grade 1

We’re excited to announce an all NEW addition to our program offerings.

Like most group classes, enrollment is limited so we suggest registering sooner than later.

Music Safari: A Beginning Keyboard and Music Literacy Class.

MORE INFORMATION

OTHER Programs

Private Lessons?

email our Program Director Kristjon@pakmusic.org

Rhythm Kids

Learn More Here

Music Together

A staple of our programming for over 30 years
for Birth to age five in six locations:  Worcester, Auburn, Sterling, Sturbridge, West Boylston.
Learn More Here

Not sure?  Browse all of our programs here.

If you are new to Music Together OR to Pakachoag and are considering a fall session Music Together class but have not yet registered, this drop in may be for you!

Please reserve your space in advance by emailing Sarah@pakmusic.org

A Music Together classroomMusic Together Sample Class

Date, Time, Location

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30 to 10:15 / 10:30
At Emanuel Lutheran Church in Worcester.
200 Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA  01607

Whether you have a Baby, toddler, or pre-schooler, these classes are filled with developmentally appropriate activities that provide the foundation for musical success.

Grandparents welcome.  We have a growing roster of grandparents serving as caregivers who find these classes a great addition to their daily or weekly activities with grandchild/ren.

Join us for this drop in Saturday class and experience Music Together first-hand.

 

Hello Suzuki Violin and Cello Families,

September is the Big Ear Challenge month. This is fun!  We hope you’ll give it a try.

Anyone who completes the BEC will receive a certificate.

Use this Big Ear Challenge Calendar September 2019 to track your progress!

Email Amy@pakmusic.org if you need more information.

The challenge:  Listen to your Suzuki CD every day

Bonus Listening options below.

Happy listening!

Week one:  Pictures at an Exhibition

Week Two:  Romanian Folk Dances

Week Three:  Advanced Suzuki Repertoire

Week Four:  Vivaldi’s Autumn Concerto from The Seasons.

 


Joins us this fall for guitar lessons.  We teach students of all ages, from 7 years to 70 plus.  Our teachers are flexible and versed in all styles – acoustic, electric, folk, classical.

This week, we’re registering for lessons with Michael Stubblefield on Thursdays at our central home in Worcester.

For more information about schedule options, please email our Program Director, Kristjon Imperio, at kristjon@pakmusic.org.

We offer a few different payment plan options, including a monthly option of $145 after initial deposit.  You can find information regarding tuition and pay plans here.

Please call or email today for more information if interested.

Make music part of your school year.  Music teaches so many skills which transfer to other areas of learning.  But beyond the learning, by enrolling with Pakachoag you also become part of a musical family where together we enjoy music, celebrate growth, and bring dreams to succeed and excel to life.  We are very much about music, but we’re also so much more.

Explore our program web pages to find what works for you, your child or other special person.

If you are not sure if music is for you, please take a moment to consider all of the possibilities an investment in music can bring to life.  Through classes and lessons, students learn to become comfortable in making music, develop fluency around musical reading and language, and develop skills for listening and creating.  At the same time we are learning to become musicians, we’re also strengthening things like memory, large and fine motor coordination, pattern recognition, and spatial intelligence.  Our Music Together little ones discover outlets for appropriate self-expression; our private lesson students, school-age and adults, develop skills for self-discipline; and if you become part of the performance program, we’ll help you learn to feel comfortable and successful on stage, and what to do when not everything goes as planned.

We offer programs for all ages – literally birth into retirement.  If you don’t find what you are looking for when browsing the program pages of our website, please feel free to email or call if you have questions.

We invite you to become part of our musical family as we begin our 38th year – now with our offices and much of our programming in Worcester.

Sincerely, Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

Chris Wychorski joins Pakachoag Music School this week of July 15 in the position of Registrar/Office Manager.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from UMass Amherst that she achieved after an earlier career in office administration in the private and governmental sectors.

After graduating, Chris went on to work exclusively with not-for-profit organizations including Community Involved with Sustaining Agriculture, Federation of Mass Farmer’s Markets, Heifer International’s Overlook Farm and Habitat for Humanity.  Over the last 20 years she has held the roles of donor relations manager, scheduling coordinator, program manager, farmer’s market operations manager and program assistant. She has scheduled and managed everything from day camps and multiple overnight youth trips to donation truck routes – always enjoying the ride.

Chris also works with the Worcester Children’s Chorus, where her daughter has thrived for the last 7 years.  She hopes to help the two organizations strengthen their Partners in Music bond.  She resides in Paxton with her husband and daughter.

By September (probably sometime mid/late August also), Chris will be on hand from 1 to 6pm Monday to Friday.  Chris joins the School as part of an office adjustment around schedules in connection with our new home in Worcester.

You’re invited for Open Office/Open School.

With Lemonade in the Courtyard!  AND, if you are new to Pakachoag, register during Open Office/Open School hours and you qualify for a discount.

Open School/Open Office offers an opportunity for visitors to ask questions, view our space and learn more about Pakachoag Music School.

  • Have you been thinking about music lessons for yourself or a child but just not sure if you want to make the commitment?
  • Wondering what would be the best musical path for your pre-schooler who loves to sing?
  • Wondering what payment and schedule options are available?
  • Will your high schooler be challenged enough?

Drop in on

  • Thursday, June 20th or Friday, June 21st
  • Anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Directions & Parking

  • We’re located inside All Saints Church, Corner of Irving & Pleasant Streets.
  • If using a GPS, set to: 139 Pleasant Street, 01609 *
  • Parking available in the church lot, back of building
  • Enter back of building, off parking lot.

We’ll be available to answer your questions about summer and fall programs, and can show you around the School.

*If you set your GPS to 10 Irving, it will land you at the Durkin Admin Building on Irving Street.  You’ll want to park and enter via Pleasant.  Use 139 Pleasant for GPS.

We’ll be greeting guests on the first floor, back door.  Our Offices and studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  If you have a disability that precludes using stairs, please call ahead and we can arrange a first floor only visit.

Discounts for Families New to Pakachoag

Visit during Open School /Open Office Hours and receive a 10% discount off the summer program, class, camp or lessons of your choice, as openings permit.  OR, sign up for fall music lessons, and we’ll waive the $40 annual registration fee.

More Information

Feel free to email info@pakmusic.org to schedule a specific time to visit, or just drop in as your schedule permits.

At Pakachoag, we believe music is for everyone, for life.  No pressure  to sign up.  We’ll just answer questions and give you the information you need to decide if Pakachoag is right for you.

Who will you meet when you come?

Kristjon Imperio, Program Director

Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director