14Apr 2017

Andrew Lefferts, of Oxford, will join Inna Muranik in a piano four-hands Brahms arrangement on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Andrew is seventeen years old and is the seventh of eight children, all of whom have studied piano with Inna.   The families enrollment at Pakachoag has spanned more than 20 years making the Lefferts the School’s longest enrolled family.  Andrew has taken lessons with Inna since he was six years old.

Andrew writes:  “I have not only benefited from Inna’s technical instruction and constructive critiques, but especially love to learn by listening to her play. Most importantly, Inna has taught me that mistakes can be perceived as something to learn from, and nothing can be done without diligent daily work”.

Andrew is a member of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and has participated for several years in theory classes at Pakachoag.  He writes his own music which has included a few submissions for video game competitions and computer performed orchestral pieces, as well as music for solo piano.

Last summer Andrew participated in the Lyra Music Festival at Smith College.  His end of festival performance of Schubert’s fourth Impromptu earned him a review noting “the most satisfying performance of the afternoon, with proper attention to the many dynamic changes in this beautiful piece.” (The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Mark Morford).

Andrew plans to take a gap year in 2017-2018 while preparing to pursue music as a major in college.



05Apr 2017

Leah Cammuso of Worcester, will join her teacher, Inna Muravnik, faculty, to play Grieg for piano four-hands on April 29th, starting at 4:00 pm in the Great Hall at Pakachoag Church.

Leah has studied piano with Inna for thee years.  What is the biggest lesson Leah has learned while studying with Inna?

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Inna is that… when you dedicate yourself to something that is important to you, success is attainable! Inna is a sure example of this.”  Leah also notes, “What I like the most about being a student of Inna are the little chats about life before my lesson. She cares about me as a person. It isn’t all about the music. “
Leah is a high school senior and has been playing piano since she was 4 years old. She began studying with Inna three years ago after moving from Michigan to Massachusetts. She enjoys passing on her love for music to the two students she teaches; she has also served as pianist for a church children’s choir.  Leah is planning a gap year starting in September to study further with Inna and is looking forward to the possibility of becoming a music performance major.
Please join us on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 4:00 pm for this special piano concert.  Senior Andrew Lefferts will also play with Inna; and Inna will perform solo selections from Schumann’s Novelletten.
05Apr 2017
Hello Music Together families!
Welcome to the second week of the spring session. This week, we would like to offer a few things to keep in mind:
– Each family is allowed up to two makeup classes each session due to family absence. Please call the office or reply to this email to schedule necessary makeups. Makeups can be attended at any of our currently running classes in Auburn, Sterling, or Sturbridge.
– Bad weather or teacher absence makeups are scheduled at the end of each session and/or during vacation weeks.
– If your child has special learning needs, please consider sharing this with your teacher at the end of your first (or second) class.
– If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with your teacher, or contact the School at 508-791-8159 or by replying to this email.
This week’s take home flyer – Music Learning Supports All Learning.
Enjoy making music this week!
04Apr 2017

Hello Parents,

With the arrival of April we come to the final months of the school year. Below I will review dates and times for upcoming events and offer options for summer study.

Congratulations to all of our Suzuki groups and their teachers for another wonderful Group Class Concert!   A lot of effort on the part of teachers, students and parents went into preparing for this event. It was exciting to hear the ‘Debut’ of our new class of violinists. Thanks to our amazing faculty; Laurie Knorr, Madalyne Cross, Leah Zelnick and Sheila Reid and to our accompanist Debra Sedgwick. Thanks to Gary Phillips for recording the concert and making the videos available to us. If you don’t have the recording of your child’s performance, let me know.

Kudos to the following students for auditioning and being accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association Junior Central District Festival:

  • Emma Polhemus Orchestra
  • Mai Caslowitz Chorus
  • Seth Boudreau Chorus

Here is the schedule going forward:

Spring Performance Classes and Recitals

April Performance Classes: Monday 4/3, Tuesday 4/4 and Friday 4/28

April Recitals: Saturday, 4/8 1:00 and 2:30
Note to parents of our younger students: We invite you to bring your child to the recital this Saturday
so they can see what it’s like. Soon they may also be participating.

May Performance Classes: Monday 5/8,Wednesday 5/10, Monday 5/15, Tuesday 5/16,
Suzuki Group Performance Class – Friday, 5/19
This class is for groups performing on the May recitals
Exact timing will be posted at a later date it will happen in the early evening
May Recitals: Saturday, 5/20 Sunday 5/21

Ask your teacher is you have any questions about your child’s performance schedule.
Here is a web site link for scheduling information:

Book Graduation Celebration

In June, (date TBD) we will celebrate student progress with a ‘Book Graduation Party’. Students who have worked through a Suzuki level this year will gather to play pieces together with an accompanist and enjoy ice cream.
Teachers, please let me know which students have completed a Suzuki volume this year.

Summer Music Making Opportunities

Keep the music coming over the summer! Pakachoag will be offering the following:

Private lessons – summer can be a good time to make progress on your instrument.
Your teacher will give you her summer schedule. Take as many lessons as possible.

Fiddle – Learn some Scottish, Irish, Old Time and/or Swedish tunes!
Classes will be held on the following Thursday afternoons:
July 20th, 27th, August 3 & 10th
at two levels:
Novice – 4:30-5:15 p.m.
For students in Book Two or Three with little or no fiddling experience
Advanced – 5:15-6:00 p.m.
For experienced fiddlers (including current fiddle band members and adults)

Group Classes – Would you like to participate in some group classes over the summer?
Classes will be held on Monday afternoons with Madalyne Cross.
Here is how we will determine on what dates classes will meet:
Let me know which of the Mondays listed below you are available. Any class with four or more participants will meet.
I will send out a schedule and payment information after I have heard back from everyone.

Possible dates: 7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21
The classes will meet from 5:30-6:15

For a complete list of summer offerings see the Pakachoag website:

Summer Suzuki Institutes

Consider devoting a week to music study by attending a Suzuki Institute.
A Suzuki institute is a summer camp that parents and children attend together that focuses on learning and playing music the Suzuki way. Your experience will include daily lessons, group classes, performances and social gatherings.

From Henry and the Wang family about their week at Ogontz in New Hampshire:

Henry attended the Ogontz Suzuki Institute during the summer of 2015. The Ogontz summer program provided a week of intense immersion in music and a great opportunity for Henry to play violin with other Suzuki students from all over the U.S. and Canada. After the summer camp, he was greatly motivated and so were we!
Follow this link to read the rest: https://www.pakmusic.org/students/suzuki-information/

From Alaia and Lucy Phillips about their experience at the New England Institute:

Last summer, Alaia and I attended the New England Suzuki Institute (NESI) at St Joseph’s college in Maine. Prior to arriving, we didn’t know much about the Institute, but given it was within reasonable driving distance (2hrs) and located on Lake Sebago, it seemed worth a try. It turned out to be a wonderful week of community through music, laughing, singing and games.
To read more, follow this link: https://www.pakmusic.org/students/suzuki-information/

Check out the Suzuki Association’s website for information and program listings.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the upcoming recital season,
Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

29Mar 2017

Welcome Music Together families!

As we begin our Spring session of Music Together, we have a couple of notes:

  • There is a chance that we may have to cancel a class due to inclement weather. To determine if a class is cancelled, please visit our weather page.
  • If your child has special learning needs, please consider sharing this with your teacher after your first class.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to speak with your teacher or contact the school at 508-791-8159 or info@pakmusic.org. We are happy to help make this the best possible experience!

This week’s take home flyer features the “Hello Song.”

Have a great week!


16Mar 2017

Hello Music Together families!

This week marks the end of the Winter session of Music Together! We hope you have enjoyed this session and will join us again for the Spring session, beginning March 29!

As each class has experienced different cancellations throughout the session, please check with your teacher to determine your end date.

If you have not done so, please remember to register for the Spring session and complete the online evaluation.

The take home flyer of the week features the song, “Stick Tune.”

We have enjoyed making music together with you!


The MT Team


10Mar 2017

Hello Music Together families!

Welcome to the 8th week of class. As we near the end of the session, we have a few reminders:

*Spots in some classes still available for the Spring session. If you have not done so, register now to reserve your spot.

*Registration for our summer programs, including the music & movement samplers, is open now.

*Please help us improve by completing an online evaluation.


Your weekly take-home flyer features Tonal and Rhythm Patterns.

Enjoy your week!

The MT Team

03Mar 2017

Register starting March 1st for our Music Together spring session featuring the “Moracas” song collection.  Whether you are new to the program or re-enrolling, the benefits of music during the formative years are numerous and long-lasting.

You can read more about the Music Together program, schedules and locations in our MT program section.  If you’re not sure if this is for you, consider this great article about the benefits of music, for life.

Babies’ brains benefit from music lessons, even before they can walk and talk

Or, if you have a toddler or pre-schooler, this article is also a good one:

Music Education and the Brain:

The benefits of music education has been researched for decades. Most recently neuroscientists have been excited about the significant differences they have seen between the brain functions of musicians, when compared with non-musicians. It has become clear that music education before the age of 7 has the greatest benefits to brain development.