November 2, 2016

Hello Parents,

It doesn’t feel like November today – but it is, and that means we are entering ‘Performance Season’ at Pakachoag.

Lessons and practicing are more focused as we prepare for recitals, auditions and other performances.

Hopefully your child will feel well prepared for this after the October Practice Challenge.

Congratulations to those who completed the challenge and compliments to everyone who made the effort to practice more in October! Please let me know if your child practiced every day so that we can acknowledge this accomplishment.

Congratulations to our new Debut parents for completing the Parent Training course!

Upcoming Events:

Debut Group begins:  November 3, Thursday
5:00 at the First Congregational Church in West Boylston

Performance Classes

November 7th, Monday
6:30 p.m.

If you have a rehearsal scheduled with Mrs. Baker please check the lobby board for your time

November 8th, Tuesday – Time confirmed one week prior.


Andante Group violinists perform at Dodge Park Retirement Home
Thursday, November 10th.  Arrive at 4:30, perform at 4:45

Student Recital: Saturday, November 12th, 1:30 pm

Performance classes in December

December 2 Friday

December 5 Monday

December 6 Tuesday

December 9th Friday Suzuki Groups rehearse with Mrs. Baker; beginning at 6:00- the schedule will be announced later

Student Recitals – School Wide

Dec. 10 Saturday
Dec. 11 Sunday

Practice Idea:

Suzuki said, “Knowledge plus 10,000 times equals ability.”  Repeating a skill many times correctly is the key to making it effortless and automatic.  When your child has ‘gotten’ something, challenge them to do it in every room of the house.

Please let me know if you have any comments, questions, or concerns,

-Amy Matherly, Suzuki Program Coordinator

Hello Music Together families,

Need a makeup class? There are only 3 weeks left in the session. Please contact the office soon to schedule any needed makeups.

There is one week left in priority registration 1 for the Winter Session. If you would like to register for the same class you currently attend, now is the time to save your spot! Please see your weekly email for more information. If you would like to register for a different class than you currently attend, priority registration 2 begins November 16.

This week’s take home flyer features the song, “The Three Ravens.”

The Three Ravens

Have a great week!

The MT Team

Pre-registration opens today for the Winter session!
If you would like to register for the Winter session (during the same class day/time you are currently attending), register today! Not only will you secure a spot in class, you will also save $15. Follow this link to register –
This week’s take home flyer features the song, “The Crow Song.”
We’ll see you in class!
The MT Team

Making Music for Life with Bach and Saint-Saens


Marti and Sarah following a beautiful concert. A true thrill to know that Martin will be playing his violin for years to come (for Life!)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Abbreviated opening comments (minus some thank you’s) from Sarah.

Today we host Martin, in an alumni recital, a special happening in the life of a school.

While it is a thrill when a former student and young person embraces something that we as teachers have also embraced, in terms of a vocational choice, launching students into the world as a professional musician is not Pakachoag Music School’s primary focus .

Rather, at Pakachoag, our mission is

  • To nurture,
  • To cultivate the imagination,
  • To inspire creativity
  • To develop artistry

…all wrapped within a love for music.

And, all are skills that Pakachoag students can take with them – through life/for life.

So [thus], while making music for life has multiple connotations, it is appropriately a simple message.  Music is valuable in every way – and the investment of our donors and grantors through the Music for Life! campaign and the annual harmony fund is helping to assure that high quality music experiences remain accessible for students of today and tomorrow.

Thank you for the opportunity to host Martin this weekend.  Your support has made this possible. Martin’s music is our music; together we are making Music for Life!

Hello Parents,

As we begin the month of October I send out congratulations to all the students who completed the Big Ear Challenge.  Hopefully everybody has established a good routine of listening, which will make learning to play the violin a lot easier. Let me know if your child has completed the challenge so that we can recognize them at the Halloween Party.

This month we step it up and build on our success by challenging students to practice every day.
Click october-practice-challenge-2016 calendar for a printable calendar so that you can keep a record of your progress.

Suzuki’s advice:

  • “Practice only on the days that you eat.”
  • “Knowledge plus 10,000 times = ability”

Upcoming Events:

Violin Concert

Saturday, October 15

4:00 pm

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

Pakachoag Alumnus Martin Palacios, current faculty member Kamilla Isanbaeva and former faculty member Dr. Maxim Korn team up to perform:

  • Partita No. 2 in D minor J. S. Bach
  • Concerto in B minor Camille Saint-Saens
  • Five Pieces for Two Violins Dimitri Schostakovich

Martin returns from Memphis, Tennessee where he plays as a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and is completing an MM degree (in Suzuki Pedagogy) at the University of Memphis.

To increase your enjoyment of this event, listen to the pieces in advance many times so that you are familiar with them.

Here is a link to get you started – enjoy the Bach Partita performed by Itzak Perlmann:

Performance Class in Auburn
Monday, October 17th

6:30 (times sometimes change – check the website before you come); perhaps a 2nd session starting at 7:00, 7:15 or 7:30.

Suzuki Program Halloween Party
Monday October 24th

6:30 in the Fellowship Hall
We will play, sing, dance, and enjoy refreshments together.
Bring your instrument and wear a costume.

Please let me know if you will be attending as soon as possible.

The sooner I know, the more time I have to plan.
I need a volunteer to coordinate the refreshments and several volunteers to set up and clean up. (Thanks in advance)

Joshua Bell in Concert at Mechanic’s Hall
Saturday, October 29th
7:30 pm

How lucky are we, to have two marvelous violin recitals to attend this month!

If you ordered tickets from me, I have them and will be distributing them soon.

Again, to get the most enjoyment from this concert, become familiar with the music ahead of time by listening to it and learning about it. Here is what’s on the program:

Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano No. 2 – Beethoven
Scherzo in C Minor for Violin & Piano – Brahms
Sonata No. 3 for Violin & Piano in D Minor – Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Ysaÿe
Sonata in G Minor for Violin & Piano – Debussy
Carmen Fantasy for Violin & Piano – Sarasate

Here is a link to a recording of the Carmen Fantasy by Gil Shaham:

Suggestions for the pre-concert listening: Choose one piece and listen to it exclusively for several days – a full week would be ideal. If you are attending both concerts you will be busy and will probably not be able to get to everything!

October will be an active and inspiring month! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School