Our theory classes are open to all interested students, but if you are enrolled in private lessons at Pakachoag or are a student in the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) or Worcester Children’s Chorus you qualify for a 50% discount.
Classes meet by-weekly and include access to the on-line Theory in A Box curriculum.
Outside students may also enroll in theory classes at the open rate.
In addition, Pakachoag students who are unable to participate in theory classes, have the option to sign-on to use Theory In A Box for independent, home study. Your private lesson teacher can assist you during your lesson time with questions about any current assignment.
More information is provided below. You may also download this informational pdf, Theory Class Overview.
We urge all of our private instruction students, aged 7 and up, to request enrollment in a Musicianship/Theory class or to consider the on-line independent study; we welcome non-Pakachog students to join us for these classes.
Theory classes and the on-line curriculum reinforce and expand upon the skills and knowledge necessary for good musicianship. Study of key signatures, scales, intervals and chords is included in the structured curriculum.
Please check the appropriate interest box on your Private Instruction registration form, when registering. Students should consult with the Director regarding class assignment.
To maximize learning, the curriculum spans both first and second semester; students who enroll for private instruction after September will be considered for class enrollment on a case by case basis.
Classes will meet on Thursdays or Fridays (TBC) after-school, every other week. September through April.
To find out if we have a class for you, please check off ‘ interested in theory classes’ when registering for private lessons, and speak with the School Director.
For information on fees please refer to Theory Class Interest Form
Please consider signing on for the on-line curriculum which can be used independently of the weekly class. For most students, other than first semester beginners, who are unable to enroll in musicianship classes, we recommend a minimum 45 (rather than 30) minute private lesson. Your individual teacher can assist you with questions related to the on-line curriculum.
Yes. In addition to traditional theory topics and on-going assistance with the on-line curriculum, classes at Pakachoag include additional group activities such as ensemble exploration and composing of music.
We are usually able to group students according to general level, although the exact level of every student is always different due to the one-on-one nature of private lessons. Students younger than 10 years or older than 16 years are enrolled in a Pakachoag class based on the availability of an age-appropriate or level-appropriate group. If we are unable to accommodate you in a class, we encourage you to consider an individual workbook or the on-line curriculum until a class becomes available.
Younger students will usually begin their theory instruction via a work book which becomes a pre-cursor to moving into the on-line Theory In a Box curriculum when ready.
Click Theory In A Box to explore an on-line interactive tour.
The on-line “Theory in a Box” provides a structured, sequential course for students aged 9 and up with fun exercises, ear training, quizzes and tests – all of which can be done independently at home, with support provided by your private lesson teacher.