Folk Music

If you have an interest in Folk Music lessons this is the page for you!

At Pakachoag, you can choose to take lessons on the following instruments with an emphasis on learning music of the Folk tradition.

  • Fiddle / Violin – with Amy Matherly or Betsy Bronstein

    Betsy Bronstein - Sam Politz Playing Cajun Music

    Betsy Bronstein, Cello and Fiddle, performs with partner Sam Politz, Accordian and Jazz Piano at a Worcester StArt on the Street event.

  • Accordian – with Sam Politz
  • Folk Guitar – with Josh Goldman or Jeff Dostal.

For more information regarding schedules and teachers, please contact Sarah, our director, at Sarah@pakmusic.org.

Cajun Music

If you are interested in exploring different types of folk music, you might wish to consider Cajun Music.

Betsy Bronstein (Fiddle or Cello) and partner Sam Politz (Jazz Piano and Accordian) play and perform Cajun music in and around Worcester.  Cajun music, if new to you, is a specific American genre that falls within the ‘folk’ category.

Cajun music as we know it today can be traced back to early Acadian, French, Creole, and Anglo-Saxon folk songs.  Cajun music is routed in Louisianna, Sam Politz’s birth place.  This is, in part, why Sam knows his Cajun music so well!

The early ballads and lullabies from which Cajun music evolved were typically concerned with troubles and hard times and were often sung a cappella. The music was usually performed at home and passed down orally from generation to generation; however, the singers of these traditional songs were eventually accompanied by simple instrumentation. Cajun music is, of course, meant for dancing — one-step, two-step, and waltzes. Traditionally, the Cajun dance (“Fais-do-do” in Cajun) was the major social function in Cajun society. The principal instrument in Cajun music is the diatonic accordion, preferably in the key of C. Although it is a German instrument, the Cajun people adopted it in the 1870s. To a lesser degree, the fiddle is also a favorite instrument in Cajun music.

If you have a particular interest in Cajun music, you could choose to study with Betsy or Sam – depending upon your preferred instrument.