Keyboard Introduction

 

Young boy and girl learn to play keyboard


Summer Safari Introduction to Keyboard Classes 2021 –

2021 Registration Open!

Our Summer Keyboard is a 9-week class supporting readiness for more formal, school-year music participation and igniting enthusiasm for ongoing learning.  We’ll be exploring the keyboard, singing, playing games and more. At the end of this class, students will have the option to continue in our School-Year Session II Keyboard Class.

This summer program includes nine (9) 1-hour group classes, coupled with three (3) 1-on-1 short check-in/ coaching sessions (10 to 15 minutes).

Summer Keyboard Class Details

  • Location:  Online (some in-person may be possible/TBD).
  • Ages: 5, 6 and 7; for children entering K, Gr. 1 and 2 (K – must be age 5 as of 6/1/21).
  • IMPORTANT:  Parents/Caregivers are expected to present for each class.  Please see more information regarding readiness below.
  • In advance of Day No. 1, we’ll ask you to pick up a bag of supplies.
  • Tuition:  $295 (First Child)  /  Sibling Tuition:  $275
    • Tuition is due at time of registration.  Group class tuition is non-refundable.
    • If you are experiencing financial challenges, please email us at info@pakmusic.org to review payment options.  We can also advise on whether you might qualify for financial aid.

Group Classes will meet:

  • Mondays, 4:30 -5:30 pm:  June 21, 28 & July 12, 19, 26 & August 2, 9, 16, 23

One-on-Ones will meet:

  • Fridays, assigned times, between 4:30 and 5:30 on July 16, August 6, and August 27 (possible Group)
  • We’ll work with you to find a time for a one-on-one if you have scheduling restrictions.

Sarah Okerlund is the teacher for this class.

Safari Keyboard Class is made possible in part with support from the Price Chopper Golub Foundation, working to improve quality of life for communities in the Price Chopper service area.


Online or In-Person, We’ll be Interactive, Creative

Schedule & Location for Summer Keyboard

In the event we are able to schedule some in-person, distanced classes, our In-Person Location:

  • 10 Irving Street, the School’s primary home in Worcester.
    Drop off * and pick up is via the back parking lot of All Saints Church accessed via Pleasant Street.  2nd and 3rd floors**

We are unable to accommodate additional family members for waiting time due to COVID-19.  Please plan to attend one parent with one child. 

** If your child has a disability which precludes use of stairs, please let us know in advance so we may review whether alternate space arrangements might be possible.

When online:

  • Internet access.
  • A computer, iPad or laptop (something bigger than a phone) with video and microphone, fully charged each day before we begin.  If you only have a phone, please let us know.  We’ll see if we can help.
  • Some open space for free movement close by to your device of choice.

Readiness for Summer Keyboard

Students should be at a typical developmental stage for this age range.  If your child has any learning delays, please let us know in advance of registering.  We can then advise if this class is right for you.

While we do not require any specific pre-requisites, prior enrollment in early childhood Music Together classes for between three and five years provides a solid foundation for music success during the school years.

Check out the Education Corner web page which provides helpful development information.


 

To register, click below and you will be directed to a web-based registration form (step 1); when you click ‘submit’ you will be redirected to the payment portal to complete registration (step 2) with deposit or tuition in full.

Summer Safari Registration Page


The Role of Parent or Caregiver:  In-Person v. Online

In-Person

In-Person Summer Safari is currently unavailable.

Online

Online Summer Safari will bring music exploration and learning into your home.  Parents/Caregivers are expected to be on hand for the full duration of the class as this support is essential in establishing good practice habits and routines.


What You Can Expect At The End of The Summer

At the end of our summer together, students will have a small repertoire of music games they can play with friends.  Children will be able to identify note names on the keyboard; will recognize a music staff and basic notation; and be able to reproduce basic rhythmic patterns (2 vs. 3 vs 4).  Each child will also be able to create changes in beat and pitch (e.g., fast /slow, heavy /weak, high /low) when singing or moving.

  • Students can assess interest and readiness for our school-year Music Safari:  Introduction to the Keyboard class, Part II.
  • Students entering Grade 2 can assess interest and readiness for traditional piano lessons, violin, cello, recorder or fife.