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Register online for our New Music Together Online program by no later than March 31st, AND we’ll deduct $25 off the usual $196 tuition.

Register one or more siblings, and we’ll waive the sibling fee up front.  We’ll just ask you to pay a $15 sibling per class fee (guaranteed to save you dollars), if/when we resume to in-person

A savings of up to $146 !!

Registering after March 31st?  You can still save (just not quite as much).

For Registrations after March 31st, 2020:  With classes moving to interactive online for the foreseeable future (we’ll resume some classes in-person if/when public schools resume), we have reduced the sibling tuition rate to $20 !  (Yes, that is $20 for the session, not just one week.)  Please include all children (birth through age 5) who will participate on your registration form, with name and date of birth.

For those classes that might resume in-person, we will pro-rate for any siblings based on the number of weeks remaining in the session as of our in-person resume date.  No additional fees apply to first child.  The pro-rate per class sibling fee is $15 (same as before), but we’ll cap that rate at $60 maximum.   Because of in-person class maximums, we may not be able to accommodate additional siblings at a later date, unless they appear on the registration form when registering.

Register Today!

March 14, 2020

  • Our Spring Session Music Together start date is delayed by two weeks.  We anticipate a start date of Saturday, April 4th.
  • Private music lessons will be on hold for the week of March 16th through March 21st.  Please prepare to Zoom starting March 23rd.  Watch for more information coming from Kristjon or Sarah.
  • Group classes:  Please watch for emails or check in with us at admin@pakmusic.org.
Dear Donors, Families and Friends.
I just wanted to be in touch to let you know that we have cancelled our March 21st Faculty concert. We hope to re-schedule at a later date.
We have been in communication with all enrolled students yesterday.
  • We are pausing all activities this coming week.
  • We have delayed the onset of our Spring Music Together Session by two weeks, with an anticipated start date of April 4th.
  • The office will be on an irregular schedule. We encourage emails. If you need to visit, please call ahead.
  • We continue to disinfect key surface areas at the school and piano keyboards between each lesson.
  • We have updated our Health Policy for Music Together classes where we also disinfect surfaces and all instruments being used after each class.
  • We’ll re-assess at the end of this week our plans for next week with regard to private lessons
  • We’re also asking private lesson parents to become familiar with Zoom (similar to Skype) as a back-up plan should remote teaching be needed. Our teachers will also be practicing zooming this week.
I admit that this morning I feel some anxiety about all that is swirling around us. Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Mass. Cultural Council said it best on Thursday:
…while we know that social isolation is prescribed as the best protective factor now, it is also true that the arts and culture are a powerful source of healing in these times of high stress and anxiety. We want to explore together alternative ways of delivering our essential services in the absence of the human touch and community that is so much a part of our work. …. In unprecedented times, creativity, and innovation lead. This is our superpower.”
This will be a disruptive time for all of us. Let’s keep making and listening to music – because we know Music is for Life! not just today and tomorrow.
As always, we thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Sarah
Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director Kallin Johnson, President of the Board

Music Together MaracasAsk your child to draw what they are singing about on the”Stick Tune” printable posted below.

Then, share a snap with Music Together worldwide on Instagram (@musictogetherworldwide) or Facebook (@musictogether) and use the hashtag #MTStickTune.

Share with Pakachoag too @pakmusic.ma (instagram).  You’ll need to post on the MT links above to qualify for the gift certificate.

Make sure your post/profile is public so MT Worldwide can find it! Have fun making up your own verses to this Music Together classic.

One lucky family from among the MT worldwide community posting will win a $50 gift certificate to use toward their MT class tuition.

Post by no later than 3/31/2020

Sticks Drawing Page Register Online
Emma Gregory will play clarinet

Emma Gregory, Clarinet

Drop-In Concert

Friday, March 6th
5:00 to about 5:45 pm
Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor at All Saints, 10 Irving Street

On Friday, March 6th, four Pakachoag faculty will present a mini-concert to bring some live music to Afternoon Tunes and Pakachoag students and friends.

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Drop In Reservation

To help us plan for seating for the drop-in concert, please reserve your ticket in advance using the button below.

We’ll be playing celtic harp, piano, clarinet and flute.

Please allow a little extra time for parking as the back church lot is busy on Fridays.  Overflow parking is available as of 5 pm in the WPS Durkin Admin. Building lot; also on-street with meter on Irving and Oxford streets.  Entry is at the back of church, off Pleasant Street; toward the right of the parking lot.

The drop-in is informal and particularly appropriate for Music Together families, Pakachoag students who cannot attend the full concert on March 21st,  or families interested in learning more about Pakachoag or the Afternoon Tunes Program.

About Afternoon Tunes

Afternoon Tunes student takes piano lessonsAfternoon Tunes is a free music lesson program for neighborhood children sponsored by All Saints Church.  High School aged student teachers teach elementary aged students.  Music and instruments are provided on loan.

The program takes place on Fridays during the school year, with lessons scheduled in every room, nook and cranny possible within the All Saints building.  Student teachers are coordinated by the AT Student Leadership Team and mentored by a professional educator.  All Saints’ choir members provide volunteer support.

Learn more about Afternoon Tunes at https://www.allsaintsw.org/afternoon-tunes

 

Our Winter 2020 News is out.  Below you can view a color pdf copy.

Headline for This Edition

The Path Forward Widening:

Regional Foundations Aiding Expanded Engagement as Pakachoag Connects in the Heart of Worcester.

 

If you would like to receive future newsletters via US postal service, you can submit your contact information here.

Click below to view a pdf copy:

2020 Pakachoag Music Worcester Winter News Web

Included in this Newsletter

  • Introducing New Board and Advisory Board Members
  • Teacher Recognition:  10 Year Milestones
  • 2019 Verderese Volunteer of the Year
  • Almnus Highlight:  Joel Spinney, School Principal
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 4 Offered
  • Special Events
  • Summer Session Overview

 

Pre-Schooler enjoys Music TogetherDo you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler?  Come check out our Music Together program.  We’re offering a free demo class for families new to Pakachoag on

Open slots are limited to 12 children so please email info@pakmusic.org to reserve your space.

Our teacher for this class is Brittany Stockwell.

Birth to age five are the formative developmental years for brain development and so much more.  Music Together classes develop skills for

  • language and literacy
  • fine and gross motor development
  • memory
  • pitch and rhythm
  • socializing

and so much more.

And did you know:  Music making is the ONLY activity which engages and lights up the full brain.  That is in part why Music Together is used around the world and why so many parents and grandparents enroll their children every session and every year during the formative birth to age five window.

Don’t forget to reserve your space.  Email info@pakmusic.org.

Join us on Friday, April 3rd at 7:15 pm in the 2nd floor Vinton Hall for an Honors Masterclass. Three select students – violinist, pianist and vocalist – will be coached on their latest pieces with a focus on musicianship, expression and phrasing.
Following the roughly 40 minute coaching session, we’ll host a performance for coached students joined by additional faculty-nominated students.
Our focus is on acknowledging students who have been taking lessons over several years, who are building performance skills through regular participation in the performance program, and who are beginning to develop skills around the more complex issues of interpretation and phrasing.

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Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

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

“Strike the gay harp!  See the moon is on high…  oh could such heart stirring music be heard” from Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.Celtic Harp to be featured in March 2020 concert

Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist and Pakachoag faculty member Susan Page Howland.  We’ll also treat you to some classical selections inspired by dance including an unusual transcription of a Bach Chaconne with pianist Kristjon Imperio and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet performed by Emma Gregory.

The Worcester County Poetry Society joins us, reading dance-inspired poetry, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.
Our featured performer Susan Page Howland, an award-winning harpist in her youth, holds a degree in music from New England Conservatory.  As a music student, Susan studied with a number of prominent harpists including the renowned Marcel Grandjany, faculty member at the Julliard School until his death in 1975.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2:00 pm

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

Free.

Generously Sponsored by Paul and Patti Verderese

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Our Saturday, February 8th recital will feature primarily violinists.

Join us at 1:00 pm for about an hour as we share music, and acknowledge student growth and hard work.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Check back soon to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Saturday, Febuary 8, 2020
  • Time:  1:00 to about 2:00 pm
  • Location:  Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor
  • Entry:  Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens around 12:40 pm for guests.
  • Parking:  The rear of church parking lot may fill in advance of the recital.  Other options include on-street with meter (Irving or Oxford, front and back of church respectively); The WPSchools Durkin Admin Lot immediately adjacent to All Saints on Irving Street.