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Join Pakachoag Music School via YouTube for 21 Ways to Harmony, a set of seven conversations accompanied by music, airing throughout 2021.  The School’s first conversation will explore

From Music Lessons to Life in the Sciences: Parallels Beyond the Studio

with music school alumna Julia Nguyen, Ph.D., Chemistry.

Enjoy special music presented by faculty and student musicians.  We will also challenge you, through conversation, to think more deeply than usual about the role of music in life.  Our focus is on creating and uncovering harmony and commonality in music and in life.

Each conversation will be hosted by Pakachoag Director of Programs and Outreach, Kristjon Imperio.

We’ll post a link on this page around February 26/27 so you can find  us on You Tube.

February Feature No. 1

From Music Lessons to Life in the Sciences:
Parallels Beyond the Studio

  • Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Platform:  Facebook/You Tube
  • Special guest:   Julia Nguyen, Pakachoag Alumna
    • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington; Bachelor’s Degree, Williams College.
  • With special music selections with Pakachoag faculty and students.

Details

Pakachoag Music School is entering 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kirstjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations amongst our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

“My favorite college course was ‘Arts & Ideas’.  I love how the arts draw from a huge ‘library’ of culture and ideas, spanning time, circumstance and geography,” adds Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director.  “One can find so many commonalities among the arts over the centuries.  Differences bump up against each other but commonality is also present everywhere, no matter the musical genre or style; or artistic medium.   Our goal for Community Conversations is to peel away layers of stereotypes, differences and structures, using the framework of music to inform our understanding of cultural commonality,” says Executive Director Sarah Smongeski.

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, accompanied by student and faculty music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities we might not have considered previously.  We want to encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We plan to dig deeper to uncover what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.

Upcoming 21 Ways to Harmony:  Feature 2

Chasing Dreams to American Shores

Feature 2, to air in March, will explore commonality of the immigrant experience, using Irish fiddle music and poetry as our launching pad.

  • Date: St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: Facebook/YouTube (Prerecorded)
  • Special guest: Worcester poet Curt G. Curtin
  • Featuring Irish Fiddle Music with Pakachoag faculty and students.

 

We’re Online Starting January 15, 2021

Rhythm and Drumming for KidsYou’re invited to sign up for a demo class offered on January 15 or January 22.

Submit the form below to request a space.

Here’s the details:

*We’ll accept a sibling between 4.9 and 5.5 when attending with older sibling(s).

You can LEARN MORE about Rhythm kids here.

Did you know that all children are musical?

Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?  Singing and rhythm games are the foundation for music success.  Birth through age 6 is THE critical window to develop and fine-tune these foundational skills.

      • Classes are interactive and active.
      • Come ready to bounce, jump, dance and sing.
      • Each child will need some kind of drum.  A box or plastic bin can work.
      • Our free drop in class is offered via Zoom.

To request a free drop-in class, please submit the form below at least 36 hours in advance.  We’ll confirm if space remains available once we receive your sign-up form.

After confirming, we’ll send you a zoom link.  Your teacher will admit you via the remote waiting room which helps us ensure we’re safe for those participating.

Hey, Diddle, DiddleHey Diddle Diddle song

Rhymes, more specifically nursery rhymes, have been with us for centuries.  The earliest known published collection of nursery rhymes was Tommy Thumb’s (Pretty) Song Book, 2 vol. (London, 1744).

The Music Together curriculum is rich with rhymes.  Songs with words that rhyme, like “Hey, Diddle, Diddle,” help children hear how individual sounds come together to make words.

To expand and reinforce your child’s speech and memory skills, try singing other words that rhyme in place of “diddle” and “moon.” When your child is ready, they can come up with their own words that rhyme. You can even use nonsense words and silly phrases! For example:

Hey, doodle, doodle, the cat and the noodle,
the cow jumped over the hoop.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
and the dish ran away with the soup!

Hey, Diddle, Diddle is one of several free songs available on the Music Together free Hello Everybody App.

Get the Music

The Music Together Free AppWith Music Together’s “Hello Everybody” app, it’s easy to play musically as a family at home and on the go. The app comes pre-loaded with eight Music Together songs, including Hey, Diddle, Diddle.  If you are an MT enrollee, you can sign in with your Music Together account to access your semester music, too. The app also includes a digital version of Music Together’s award-winning Singalong Storybook, Hello, Everybody.
Digital versions of our other 9 Singalong Storybooks can also be purchased.

Sign-Up is now closed, as of Tuesday, January 5th, 2:30 pm.

Thank you to all who signed up! We’re excited to see you tomorrow.  Watch for follow up email coming from the office.

If you are interested in signing up for a future demo, please email info@pakmusic.org.  Thank you!

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am with Linnea Lyerly
  • For children birth through age 4.  Siblings welcome.
  • Submit the Drop-In form below to hold your space.  Space limited.  First come/first served.

Did you know that all children are musical?

Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?

Experience Music Together® and find out how important–and how much fun–your role can be!

  • You’re the role model!  That means screen time is for parent/caregiver.
    You follow the teacher; your child or baby follows you!
  • For parents of babies:
    Learn how to nurture and grow your babies inner musician.
  • Toddlers and pre-schoolers with caregiver learn through play.
  • Pre-K and K children are honing skills for music success.
  • Our classes are active and interactive

Come ready to bounce, jump, dance and sing.  No special skills required – just your enthusiasm.

You’ll be amazed at the response of even the youngest children to this informal, developmentally appropriate and thoroughly researched approach to music.

Our Music Together classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement.

This free drop in class (like our Winter Session classes) is offered via Zoom.  Please complete and submit the form below at least 24 hours in advance so we can send you a zoom link for your.  We’ll admit you via the remote waiting room which helps us ensure we’re safe for those participating.


A New Year, A New Song

Introducing:  21 Ways to Create Harmony in 2021

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Pakachoag Music School will share inspiring music and conversations for the New Year as we look at the many positive ways music and the arts contribute to community.

  • Hosted by Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs and Outreach
  • Thursday, December 31st
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Online via Pakachoag Music School on YouTube and Facebook

Featuring conversations, student and faculty music, & a special mystery guest!

We’ll post a direct link for ‘A New Year, A New Song’ on this page on 12/31/20

Join Pakachoag Music School Program Director, Kristjon Imperio, for conversations and music.  We’ll take a quick look back on how Pakachoag kept music alive in 2020 and share hopes for 2021, including the School’s vision for its new Pakachoag Connect program.  We’ll pause to enjoy faculty and student music, and explore with special guests how we can celebrate individual and cultural diversity, through music and the arts.  Be prepared for some cute/ heart-warming moments as student musicians share some favorites.

2020 has been a tough year, but music remains a strong positive in the life of many.  This New Year’s Eve event will be the first of an ongoing series focused on uncovering 21 Ways to Create Harmony in 2021.

More About A New Year, A New Song

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester presents a New Year’s Eve conversation with music. Presented via YouTube, “A New Year, A New Song” will be the School’s kick-off, with a little holiday flair, for its new ‘21 Ways to Create Harmony’ Series.

Each conversation, presented roughly once a month, remotely and later in-person, will be looking to uncover one of 21 ways we can create harmony, locally and creatively in 2021. Pre-recorded faculty selections (alumna and guests in the future), as well as student performances, including a few cute/heart-warming moments, will be included.

For this first conversation, Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs & Outreach, will look back on how Pakachoag kept music alive in 2020 and share hopes for 2021, including the School’s vision for its new Pakachoag Connect program.

Mr. Imperio will also be introducing a Pakachoag Music School alumna, a recent PhD recipient living on the west coast, who will speak to her own experience as a Pakachoag piano student and first generation American.

Mystery Guest!  Tune in to meet our January Mystery Guest

Future conversations will explore how we can celebrate individual and cultural diversity, through music and the arts. Mr. Imperio says the ultimate goal of the new series is to look at the many positive ways we can connect with each other, individually, and as participants in the creative community of Greater Worcester.

“I believe that our community has embraced the challenges of 2020 with incredible endurance and strength. While initially wearying, technology has transformed our culture – presenting each of us the opportunity to positively connect with each other in new and creative ways as we move towards a post-pandemic world.”

Mr. Imperio, the son of a South East Asian immigrant, has spent much of his own life reflecting on how cultural background influences so many aspects of life, including how we learn, how we create community and how we approach our life trajectory.

When asked why someone should take the time to tune in to this kick-off conversation, Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director, says: “We’re approaching this new year’s eve as ‘let’s celebrate all of the positives that are happening’ – despite a really difficult year. I would also say don’t under-estimate the cute factor. Seeing young people make music and doing so with such enthusiasm and commitment – it makes you feel good. Our youth are our future, and, when we see/hear others engaging creatively (even online), the outcome can be nothing but positive.”

Pakachoag invites you to spend an hour, via YouTube, on December 31st at 6:30 PM to enjoy the beauty of music and community in harmony as we plunge forward and enthusiastically into 2021.

21 Ways to Create Harmony is made possible, in part, with funding from the Creative Engagement Grant Program administered by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation in partnership with the Barr Foundation.

Check Back Here for a Direct Link on 12/31/2020.

Transitioning

Music can be a fun way to help your child transition from one activity to the next throughout the day. Try making up verses for different activities and tasks that you and your child might do throughout the day and sing them to the melody of “This Train.” Replace “children” with your child’s name when singing “children get on board.” For example:
 
This train is cleaning up… Charlotte get on board.
This train is bound for bed… Zion get on board.

Get the Music

Click below to sing with This Train or…

With Music Together’s “Hello Everybody” app, it’s easy to play musically as a family at home and on the go. The app comes pre-loaded with eight Music Together songs, including This Train.  If you are an MT enrollee, you can sign in with your Music Together account to access your semester music, too. The app also includes a digital version of Music Together’s award-winning Singalong Storybook, Hello, Everybody. Digital versions of our other 9 Singalong Storybooks can also be purchased