Providing a Foundation for Life-Long Musical Enjoyment & Success
Early childhood, ages birth through 6 years, at Pakachoag includes two primary program choices:
Music Together classes, ranging from birth to age 8, are the backbone for everything that comes next. Start here and you can’t go wrong.
The hallmark of the Music Together program, this class gives children from birth to age 5 the environment they need to grow and develop while interacting both socially and musically with other children of varying ages.
Music Together Big Kids is a music and movement class especially developed for your five- to seven-year-old’s abilities and needs. We understand that children at this age thrive in a structured environment but still like to get a little silly.
Rhythm Kids is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5–8). Please click Rhythm Kids for more information.
The Suzuki Violin Method, for ages 4 1/2 and up, is a specialized approach to teaching which is tailored to a young child’s development and attention level. The Suzuki Method combines one-on-one instruction with the benefit of a group lesson. For young children, we’ll ask for a brief readiness assessment. We recommend a semester or more of Music Together prior to enrolling in the Suzuki Program.
While Suzuki Violin (starting at around age 5), Piano, Cello and Recorder lessons are the primary instrument choices for children starting around age 6, before you move on to private lessons, please keep in mind:
If you have already completed all 9 song collections before the age of five…..
Music Together recommends that you continue to enroll your child through repeating song collections. Because of the rapid shifts taking place in a young child’s development (physical and cognitive), a child at the age of two, three or four will experience (and learn) a song collection the second time around (two or three years later) in a fresh and different way.
Repetition throughout the critical early learning years of birth to age 6 plays a huge roll in a child’s on-going musical success. There is no need to rush into playing an instrument if a child is actively engage in singing quality music and exploring rhythm through creative movement. Future musical success, as an instrumentalist or vocalist, is more assured when a child has a strong, sustained under-pinning through singing and movement.