Hello Parents,

With the arrival of April we come to the final months of the school year. Below I will review dates and times for upcoming events and offer options for summer study.

Congratulations to all of our Suzuki groups and their teachers for another wonderful Group Class Concert!   A lot of effort on the part of teachers, students and parents went into preparing for this event. It was exciting to hear the ‘Debut’ of our new class of violinists. Thanks to our amazing faculty; Laurie Knorr, Madalyne Cross, Leah Zelnick and Sheila Reid and to our accompanist Debra Sedgwick. Thanks to Gary Phillips for recording the concert and making the videos available to us. If you don’t have the recording of your child’s performance, let me know.

Kudos to the following students for auditioning and being accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association Junior Central District Festival:

  • Emma Polhemus Orchestra
  • Mai Caslowitz Chorus
  • Seth Boudreau Chorus

Here is the schedule going forward:

Spring Performance Classes and Recitals

April Performance Classes: Monday 4/3, Tuesday 4/4 and Friday 4/28

April Recitals: Saturday, 4/8 1:00 and 2:30
Note to parents of our younger students: We invite you to bring your child to the recital this Saturday
so they can see what it’s like. Soon they may also be participating.

May Performance Classes: Monday 5/8,Wednesday 5/10, Monday 5/15, Tuesday 5/16,
Suzuki Group Performance Class – Friday, 5/19
This class is for groups performing on the May recitals
Exact timing will be posted at a later date it will happen in the early evening
May Recitals: Saturday, 5/20 Sunday 5/21

Ask your teacher is you have any questions about your child’s performance schedule.
Here is a web site link for scheduling information:

Book Graduation Celebration

In June, (date TBD) we will celebrate student progress with a ‘Book Graduation Party’. Students who have worked through a Suzuki level this year will gather to play pieces together with an accompanist and enjoy ice cream.
Teachers, please let me know which students have completed a Suzuki volume this year.

Summer Music Making Opportunities

Keep the music coming over the summer! Pakachoag will be offering the following:

Private lessons – summer can be a good time to make progress on your instrument.
Your teacher will give you her summer schedule. Take as many lessons as possible.

Fiddle – Learn some Scottish, Irish, Old Time and/or Swedish tunes!
Classes will be held on the following Thursday afternoons:
July 20th, 27th, August 3 & 10th
at two levels:
Novice – 4:30-5:15 p.m.
For students in Book Two or Three with little or no fiddling experience
Advanced – 5:15-6:00 p.m.
For experienced fiddlers (including current fiddle band members and adults)

Group Classes – Would you like to participate in some group classes over the summer?
Classes will be held on Monday afternoons with Madalyne Cross.
Here is how we will determine on what dates classes will meet:
Let me know which of the Mondays listed below you are available. Any class with four or more participants will meet.
I will send out a schedule and payment information after I have heard back from everyone.

Possible dates: 7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21
The classes will meet from 5:30-6:15

For a complete list of summer offerings see the Pakachoag website:

Summer Suzuki Institutes

Consider devoting a week to music study by attending a Suzuki Institute.
A Suzuki institute is a summer camp that parents and children attend together that focuses on learning and playing music the Suzuki way. Your experience will include daily lessons, group classes, performances and social gatherings.

From Henry and the Wang family about their week at Ogontz in New Hampshire:

Henry attended the Ogontz Suzuki Institute during the summer of 2015. The Ogontz summer program provided a week of intense immersion in music and a great opportunity for Henry to play violin with other Suzuki students from all over the U.S. and Canada. After the summer camp, he was greatly motivated and so were we!
Follow this link to read the rest: https://pakmusic.org/students/suzuki-information/

From Alaia and Lucy Phillips about their experience at the New England Institute:

Last summer, Alaia and I attended the New England Suzuki Institute (NESI) at St Joseph’s college in Maine. Prior to arriving, we didn’t know much about the Institute, but given it was within reasonable driving distance (2hrs) and located on Lake Sebago, it seemed worth a try. It turned out to be a wonderful week of community through music, laughing, singing and games.
To read more, follow this link: https://pakmusic.org/students/suzuki-information/

Check out the Suzuki Association’s website for information and program listings.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the upcoming recital season,
Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School