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“The Songs Get Stuck in My Head!”

Maya is 9 years old and from Shrewsbury.  Maya first came to Pakachoag in 2012 as a summer early childhood / music and movement student.  In 2014, Maya began violin lessons with Dr. Leah Zelnick.  Maya currently studies with Laurie Knorr.

Sarah, Pakachoag ED, recently asked Maya a few questions by e-mail.

Why do you like playing the violin? I like playing the violin because some of my family members play the violin and I really admire their talent. My parents suggested to try it myself and play with them someday. I said yes. I tried it out and I loved it! The number one reason I love playing the violin is because it is so much fun and the songs always get stuck in my head!

What do you like the most about being a Pakachoag student? What I like the most about being a Pakachoag student is all of the people around me. Along the way, I’ve been in the same group class with many new faces (at the start) that are now some of my best friends. We’ve been able to hang out in our free time and our families too.

What do you think you would like to do when you grow up? When I grow up, I would like to go on tour like Lindsey Stirling. She is a phenomenal violinist and I would like to be like her someday.

Do you have any advice you would give to a new music student? My advice that I would give to a new music student would be “just be yourself.” I think this because I want to be a violinist like Lindsey, but not exactly like her. I just want to go on tour and share my talent like her. And also, if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world! You can just go back and fix the error you made and continue with the song. Don’t think that you don’t have talent at all and you shouldn’t share it. I’ve felt that way many times.

Maya in a recent performance alongside some of the friends she has made as part of the School’s Suzuki Violin Program.

Thank you for choosing me as a featured student! I couldn’t ask for anything more!

-Maya Elizabeth Pascoal

Dear Maya, We love knowing that you love to play the violin.  We love reading that you have learned some important lessons along the way like “if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world.”  Thank you for participating in our Featured Student community engagement project.    Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Sarah S. and the Pakachoag faculty

Our first student recital for the new school year will feature 10 students who have been working hard to polish their latest pieces. Performers will play piano, violin and guitar, also sing, representing ages 7 to 15. Participating students represent the towns of Auburn, Charlton, Paxton, Shrewsbury, West Boylston and Worcester.

We recommend accompanying children be able to sit /listen for roughly one hour, usually that means around age 8 and up.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

Date:  Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time:  1:00 pm to about 2:00 pm

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

Doors open at 12:30 pm

Nov 16 Recital Tickets

Faculty & Friends Concert

Dreams of Harmony:  Music and Reflections for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Afternoon.  Time to be announced soon.

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

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event, with friends:  The Worcester Children’s Chorus and The All Saints’ Choirs.

Pakachoag Music School invites you to join us for musical and spoken reflections on the contributions and dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program features tenor and Pakachoag faculty member Christon Carney, with pianist Kristjon Imperio in art songs, spirituals, and “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime.

We’ll be joined by Pakachoag students, the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and members of the All Saints Choirs in this program of reflection and inspiration.

Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

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

  • With special guest The Worcester County Poetry Association

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2:00 pm

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

Free.

Featuring Susan Howland, Celtic Harp; Emma Gregory, Clarinet; and Kristjon Imperio, Piano.  Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist Susan Howland.   We’ll also treat you to an unusual transciption of a Bach Chaconne and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet.  Members of the Worcester County Poetry Association will share readings similarly inspired by dance, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.

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Honors Student Masterclass & Social

With select high school students

Friday, April 3rd – 7:15 pm

Watch for more information in the new year.

Through the Music Together partnership with edWeb.net, classroom teachers can access high-quality professional development opportunities on a roughly every-other-month basis.

November’s EdWeb Offering

Going Beyond the ABC Song: Music that Naturally Supports Children’s Language Development
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Michelle Jamail, Early Childhood Music Specialist and Music Together Teacher, Bluebonnet Montessori School of Lakeway

During this engaging edWebinar, Michelle will explore how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children’s language and literacy skill development. She’ll demonstrate how easy it is to use music to naturally support important areas of language learning, including: phonological awareness, vocabulary development, print awareness, active listening skills, and creative storytelling- regardless of your music background. Recent research findings linking music and language learning will also be reviewed.

Participants will be able to use the knowledge they gain in this edWebinar to more intentionally use music in their day-to-day work with toddlers and preschoolers, and even infants. In addition to simply playing music in the background, participants will better understand how actively singing and creating variations of a song can support young children’s language development. Participants will also understand that a range of songs can support this development, even songs without words. They will feel more comfortable in their abilities to use music in their work, and be able to better communicate to other caregivers and parents the significant role that music-making can play in a child’s language development in these important early years.

This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to PreK through elementary school teachers. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

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Finding Your Way in the Portal

Fall 2019 – For Private Lesson Families

Quick Screen Print of the entry page to portal.pakmusic.org

Pakachoag is now using an online registration system that ties directly to our internal database.

If you are using a payment plan, you will need to log in to check dollars coming due.  We’ve included some notes below to help explain the process.

Move to Registration-Account Portal

We no longer send out invoices prior to payment due dates, but will send a reminder to log in.

Here are the steps to retrieve your payment due information.    Please note that accounts are tied to the PRIMARY (usually the primary parent or adult student) e-mail in our system.

If you are unable to access a computer for log-in on a permanent basis, please let us know and we’ll assist.

Please log in no sooner than one month prior to due date (this ensures any prior payments have been processed).

  • Click the button above or below to move to the payment portal.
    • If you have previously logged in, enter your user name and password.
    • If this is your first time logging in, click “forgot” and the system will send you a pre-existing, auto-generated, user name and password to the primary email on file.
  • Under the tab for “Account Balance” you can view your current registration(s) and related payment information.
  • To view any dollars due and outstanding as of the date your are logging in, look in the “Balance [current date] ” box .
  • To view dollars due on a specific payment plan due date, for instance as of November 1, click “See Balance Due on Different Date” and enter 11/1/2019 (or enter an alternate upcoming payment plan dates as desired).
Please Note:
Credits applied to a registration, from payments made during summer pre-registration deposits or from pre-existing credits in our system, do not appear in the payment history found under the “Payments” tab. This means dollars “paid” to date vs. “balance” may total less than the “Total” noted for your registration.
Browser Note:
The portal will NOT work correctly if using Firefox as a browser.  We suggest using Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari.


Introducing Our Newest Faculty

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Carl Yung
Founder of Analytical Psychology
Artist, craftsman, builder
1875-1961

We’re happy to introduce….

Pakachoag Music School is happy to introduce five new faculty joining us this fall of 2019.

Our new faculty and returning faculty total 30 members strong, and we’re all looking forward to welcoming students both new and returning during the month of September.

If you are not yet enrolled but have been thinking about becoming musically involved, please feel free to email or call. While schedules are filling, we still have opportunities available.

Also, we’re offering a free Music Together DEMO Class in September.

All details below.

With the onset of the new school year, we look forward to the opportunity to touch each of our students with the warmth of music – a warmth that lasts a life-time.

Sincerely,

Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

 


New Faculty


Financial Aid Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors and grantors, each year Pakachoag is able to provide tuition financial support for families of low income.  Please email Sarah@pakmusic.org for details.

While available funding is limited, we strongly encourage you to apply for assistance if your annual income qualifies.   If we cannot provide immediate assistance, we’ll wait-list you until additional funding becomes available.


Music Together Demo Class

Free Sample Class

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30 am at Emmanuel Lutheran

Limited slots available.
Advance booking required to:  Sarah@pakmusic.org

MORE INFORMATION

NEW for K – Grade 1

We’re excited to announce an all NEW addition to our program offerings.

Like most group classes, enrollment is limited so we suggest registering sooner than later.

Music Safari: A Beginning Keyboard and Music Literacy Class.

MORE INFORMATION

OTHER Programs

Private Lessons?

email our Program Director Kristjon@pakmusic.org

Rhythm Kids

Learn More Here

Music Together

A staple of our programming for over 30 years
for Birth to age five in six locations:  Worcester, Auburn, Sterling, Sturbridge, West Boylston.
Learn More Here

Not sure?  Browse all of our programs here.