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:  In-Person, 10 Irving Street in Worcester
  • Ages: 5, 6 and 7; for children entering K, Gr. 1 and 2 (K – must be age 5 as of 6/1/21).
  • Distancing, HEPA-13 filters, open windows, hand sanitizer and health check-in are all planned as part of our healthy classroom controls.
  • IMPORTANT: A parent/caregiver is expected to be present for each class.  Please see more information regarding readiness below.
  • We will have a bag of supplies ready for each student at first class.
  • 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.


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

Schedule & Location for Summer Keyboard

Our in-person classes are held at 10 Irving Street in Worcester.

  • Each student will have their own table and keyboard, socially distanced within local guidelines.
  • Only one parent may attend per child.
  • Additional family members may not wait inside the building.

** 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.

In the even we require the occasional remote class, please be sure to have:

  • 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

While only one parent/caregiver may accompany a child into the the classroom, the parent/caregiver is expected to be in the classroom for the full duration as this support is essential in establishing good practice habits and routines.

Online

For the occasional online class, the expectation remains for the parents/caregivers to be on hand for the full duration of the class.


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.