Saturday, March 24, 2018 *
3:00 p.m.
All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester

Sponsored by Security Engineered Machinery of Westboro


Suggested donation: $20 / $5 seniors and students

With faculty members Betsy Bronstein, Fiddle and Sam Politz, Accordian

Sam, a native of Louisiana, and partner Betsy will perform traditional South Louisiana Cajun music. They’ll share some interesting tidbits about the music’s origin, its history, and how Cajun music has been influenced by its cultural surroundings. As an added treat, audience members can learn how to do Cajun two-steps and waltzes.

*Snow Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018 3:00 pm

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.



Photo courtesy Worcester Magazine

Pakachoag Music School is pleased to announce that it will expand its program offerings for the new year to include Classical Indian Sitar lessons.

Sitarist Usha Verma will teach lessons on Saturday mornings at the School’s central location in Auburn, just over the hill from Holy Cross College.  Ms. Verma is a graduate of Punjab University in Chandigarh, India where she earned a Masters of Liberal Arts specializing in Music.

Read more about Usha in Worcester Magazine here.

Usha first started playing Sitar at the age of 15 in high school, in Northern India.

Why did Usha choose to play Sitar? “I think the soft and relaxing sound of the Sitar inspired me the most to choose this instrument,” comments Usha.

Please call Pakachoag Music School at 508-791-8159 or email info@pakmusic.org for more information.

Let the Music Change Your Life!

…as we make Music for Life!

You can hear Henry play his winning jingle here (lyrics below):

Congratulations to Henry Wang, winner of our Music for Life! Jingle Contest.  Henry is 10 years old and from Auburn.  He is a Suzuki violin student, takes piano lessons, participates in theory classes, last year was in the theater program, and also plays with the Worcester Youth Orchestras.  He plays regularly in performance classes and recitals.  As you can see, Henry is very dedicated to music.  Thank you, Henry, for taking the challenge and writing such a nice jingle.

Lyrics (also by Henry Wang):

Lovely music everywhere.  Music for Life!
Everybody loves music.
Do, Re, Mi; Do, Re, Mi; Mi, Re, Do; Mi, Re, Do.

Come and join our music school.
Let the music change your life.
Everybody loves music.
Do, Re, Mi; Do, Re, Mi; Mi, Re, Do; Mi, Re, Do.

What is Music for Life?

The Music for Life! Campaign is re-shaping Pakachoag for students, today and tomorrow by:

  • Enhancing program delivery with geographic options, community outreach and local partnerships;
  • Increasing the percent of students receiving financial aid; and
  • Aligning our improved resources and capabilities to better deliver on our core promise, while positioning ourselves for sustainability

–all to benefit our students of the future and create greater community impact.  Read More.

heather-m-no-4Welcome Heather MacFarlane, Pakachoag Music School’s new Development Associate.

Heather has built a career in Development in the greater Worcester area over the last 15 years.  We’re excited that Heather has chosen to share her skills in support of Pakachoag.  Heather comes to us from Clark University where she has spent the last 8 years working in the Office of Alumni and Friends Engagement and Stewardship, spending her time at Clark focused on event planning, volunteer management, and alumni communication.

Prior to her work at Clark, Heather worked at Assumption College in the Annual Giving office, working to achieve yearly fundraising goals and encouraging alumni parents and friends of the college to make a financial commitment to the school.

Heather’s passion for promoting education has also led her to join the Tantasqua Education Foundation volunteer organization in school union 61 where she is the chair of the sponsorship committee.  Heather is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA and has a MBA from Assumption College. Currently, she lives in Sturbridge with her husband and two young sons.

Heather will be working part-time, usually on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays; morning and early afternoon.

Hello Parents and Students (adults too!),Big Ear graphic

You’re Invited to Take the Challenge

For our third year, we invite all of our students – new and returning – to take part in our Private Lesson Big Ear Challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to listen to music every day. Surrounding our children (and adult students too) with beautiful music will inspire them (or you) and gives everyone a goal to work toward.

How to Participate:

  1. Let your teacher know at your first or second lesson* that you are planning to participate.
  2. Visit the Current Students > Private Lessons Information page here on the web site at the beginning of each week during September.

AND     Look for:  “Big Ear Challenge”

-A new music clip will be posted at the beginning of each week of the challenge, starting the week of September 12th. The challenge will run from September 15-October 15.


  1. Listen to the weekly clip at home each day (or download to your handheld device? Is that possible???)
  2. Mark on your calendar every day that you listen. See how many days you can check off for the month. The goal is to listen every day.
  3. Bring your calendar to your lesson each week, and your teacher will check in with you and leave their initials that you listened for the week.
  4. At the end of September*, turn your calendar in to Leah Zelnick, Student Performance Coordinator.

*The challenge will run from Sept 15-Oct 15, but we encourage you to begin listening now, and keep listening after!


  • If you manage to complete 30 consecutive days of listening, you will be presented with a certificate of completion at our October 19 performance class.  (We’ll also list your name in our fall Newsletter.)
  • You can attend the class to listen and get your certificate (if you are not also scheduled to perform).
  • If you prefer not to attend the class, let us know and the certificate can be presented by your teacher at your private lesson.

Download Sept calendar here: sept-2016-calendar

Download Oct calendar here: oct-2016-calendar


Ideas:  Listen to music every day!

There are many ways to listen. Include them all in your routine.

Passive Listening:  Play the recording of the pieces that your child is working on every day. Put it on in the car, during a meal or during playtime. You will be amazed at how much will be absorbed.

Active Listening:  Listen and note specific details about the music.

For example:

  • Learn the names of the pieces
  • Play a track or a small part of one, stop the recording and then sing it
  • Tap or march the beat as you listen
  • Count and name the phrases.If they are the same, give them the same name
  • Students who are reading will benefit from following along in the printed music

Inspirational Listening:  Listen to music of different styles played by the world’s great musicians to inspire yourself and your child.

Just for Fun:  Stories about music and composers are enjoyable and provide valuable information.

  • Classical Kids Collection – each recording presents a story about a composer along with lots of the composer’s music. A good one to start with is Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery
  • The Musical Life of Gustav Mole – a cute story about loving music and wanting to learn how to play an instrument
  • Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – narrated by Leonard Bernstein, it introduces the orchestral instruments.

Happy listening!

You can pre-register for private lessons and musical theater starting in July and continuing through August and September, as spaces remain available.
For Music Together classes, we begin open registration for new families on August 1st.
We’re preparing for a new on-ling registration system. Please visit our registration page for more information.