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Join us for Music Together classes

  • Six Locations
  • Ages birth to five.

We also offer Rhythm Kids for ages K-2.

Here are quick links for more information:

About Music Together at Pakachoag

School Year Schedules, including online options for Winter 2023

Tuition Information

Locations

Rhythm Kids:  About, Schedule, Tuition, Register

While COVID-19 is present, the School observes a set of Health & Safety Protocols to ensure that in-person and indoor classes are as safe as possible.


Come Explore Spring Music Together ® with Pakachoag!

Fun. Fabulous. Uplifting. Magical. These are just a few of the ways that parents describe Music Together.  Come nurture your child’s inner musician and meet other families.

SPRING 2022:  We’re IN-PERSON / INSIDE (Sometimes Outside)

  • We currently have multiple open spaces in our
    Thursday 9:30 Auburn class; and
    Saturday 10:30 Emanuel Lutheran class.

Make new friends or invite your friends to join you!

Find complete Schedule Information here.

Want to know what class includes?  Learn About Music Together here.

More detailed information here.

Health and Safety policies are here.

Tuition information here.  AND…

Register Here

Registering less than one week ahead?  PLEASE ALLOW two to three business days for us to confirm your registration.  We will follow up as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Summer Music Classes

Summer at Pakachoag includes classes and lessons for all ages.  For an overview by age, please visit our Summer Session overview web page.

Interested in a class? We’re ready to register as of March 1st, 2022

Choose:

Suzuki Violin First Steps

Courtyard Flute Academy

Songwriting

Early Childhood Music and Movement Classes – ages birth to five years.  Registration Opens April 1, 2022

Summer Music LessonsSchool Age & Adult – Registration opens in April.

Black Voices Vocal Seminar / Workshop – 

Summer Fiddle Club

Summer Safari Keyboard and Literacy Introduction – coming soon.  For early elementary.

Private or ‘Come-with-a-friend’ Small Group Lessons

Registration opens in April.

More information available at:  Summer Music LessonsSchool Age & Adult.

Come Explore Music Together ® with Pakachoag!

WINTER 2022:  We’re IN-PERSON / INSIDE and ONLINE.

Fun. Fabulous. Uplifting. Magical. These are just a few of the ways that parents describe Music Together.  Come nurture your child’s inner musician and meet other families.

And, did you know that research shows the brain grows (more than usual) when we make music for a sustained amount of time?

Learn more about our program here and why Pakachoag is a BEST of Central Mass. for early childhood education.  We’re registering now for Winter 2022.

While COVID-19 is with us, we’re offering classes according to current circumstances around health and safety; also weather!   We are happy to report that we had 100% safety (no COVID spread/contact) for our fall indoor Music Together classes.   We’re programming smaller classes in larger spaces.   A music parent survey similarly reported 100% satisfaction among respondents with regard to safety and health protocols.

If you are not already on our e-list, please submit your contact information here so you are on our e-mail list.

For Ages 5 to 7 years/K,Gr.1and2

This semester, your child will learn to drum, sing, move to new rhythms, work in ensembles, conduct, improvise, and play dynamic music games!  In each weekly music class, in addition to singing and moving, we play rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, just to name a few.

More Details here.

The Tree Frog Collection contains energetic triple-meter rhythms inspired by Japanese Taiko drumming. We’ll explore these patterns in “Suzume Odori” (Sparrow Dance), as we adapt the intricate steps danced in festivals throughout Japan. “Canta Coquí” (Singing Frog) has two distinct song phrases that evoke the abundant Puerto Rican tree frogs singing and hopping everywhere! We’ll celebrate the beautiful rivers and mountains of Japan in “Tree Frog Song,” while learning a delightful Japanese hand-clapping game. And “Tree Frog Night” will give us a chance to experience a night in the life of a tree frog!

All 22 song selections have been chosen and arranged specifically to support your child’s music development.

Schedules, details and a registration link can all be found on this Rhythm Kids program page.

Hello Friends,
Plans for our September 17, 2022, 40th Gala at Tuckerman Hall are well underway!
I (board member Melanie Donegan) am still in need of loyal supporters of Pakachoag Music School to help with decorations and interesting graphics for event displays and the evening’s program.
Our event will truly be a Gala with lots of entertainment, delicious hors d’oeurves and honors bestowed.
Please consider being a part of this wonderful event as we celebrate 40 years of music for Greater Worcester.
Contact Melanie Donegan, board member and event chairperson, for more info or questions. mdonegan16@gmail.com

Too Much Noise?

“Hearing Too Much in a Noisy World: Even ordinary levels of background din can drown out the meaning our brains seek from sound.” From an op-ed by Nina Kraus in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor of Audiology at Northwestern University, has dedicated her research life to understanding the power of sound, and how sound is processed in the brain.

That lifetime of exploration around sound is now available in an interesting, entertaining read: Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World.
As Dr. Kraus’ book explains, sound plays an unrecognized role in both healthy and hurting brains. Kraus explores the power of music for healing as well as the destructive power of noise on the nervous system.

Not Only for The Music Together Community

Dr Kraus’ book complements the large body of research upon which the Music Together early childhood curriculum is based.  In a letter to Music Together Worldwide CEO Susan Darrow, Dr. Kraus wrote of the book: “It is my love letter to sound, how sound connects us, its biological impact on making us…us, and how it affects the society we live in. I hope and like to think this book will have something to offer Music Together.”
Definitely, as parents or caregivers of young children, the more we understand about sound and music learning,  the better for our children.  But of course, all of us here at Pakachoag believe engaging with music brings value that lasts throughout life.  This book can give us additional insight into the importance of music in learning as well as on-going health and well-being.

More About ‘Of Sound Mind’

Neurologist and author Dr. Nina Kraus“Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs we ask our brains to do. In Of Sound Mind, Nina Kraus examines the partnership of sound and brain, showing for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain’s core functions. Our hearing is always on—we can’t close our ears the way we close our eyes—and yet we can ignore sounds that are unimportant. We don’t just hear; we engage with sounds. Kraus explores what goes on in our brains when we hear a word—or a chord, or a meow, or a screech.”  From MIT Press, from where the book can be ordered: Of Sound Mind- MIT Press
You can listen to an NPR interview with Nina Krause here: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/15/1046460029/how-do-we-make-sense-of-the-sounds-around-us

“Nina Kraus is a brilliant communicator in her explorations of music and the brain. Of Sound Mind is an engaging and entertaining read. With lively analogies and diagrams, the book is accessible for those just getting their ‘ears’ wet, but has much to offer for musicians and researchers as well.”  Renée Fleming, world renowned Soprano and arts and health advocate.

 

Free Special Event for Early Childhood Educators

Music not only supports music development but is a natural tool for social and emotional learning in early childhood.

If you are an educator, we invite you to join Dr. Lili Levinowitz, Director of Research at Music Together Worldwide for a free webinar on edWeb.net.

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Advance registration with Music Together Worldwide required, with link to follow.
  • Professionals can earn a CE certificate for this webinar.
Register Here

More About The Social-Emotional Development with Music

Healthy social-emotional development in early childhood can have a profound impact on a child’s overall development and learning. In fact, many early childhood experts see positive social and emotional skills as paramount for school readiness and later school and life success. With the interruption of the school year and less socialization opportunities, there is valid concern among researchers, educators, and parents that the COVID-19 pandemic has had—and will continue to have—a negative impact on young children’s social and emotional development.

Music education curriculum components not only support music development but are naturally supportive tools for social and emotional learning in early childhood. Developmentally appropriate, participatory, group, and dyad music and movement activities have special characteristics that can support young children as they develop socially and emotionally, and also support social competence and reduce stress.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz will review the important dimensions of social and emotional development and share some early research on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on young children’s social and emotional learning. She will then demonstrate fun and accessible music activities that support a range of social and emotional skills, such as cooperation, prosocial skills, and self-regulation, which all contribute to social competence and positive group process in the preschool classroom. Attendees will also gain strategies for extending the music making—and therefore the developmental benefits—to the home.

Level Up Your Child’s Learning with Music

It’s been a year of drive-through birthday parties, Zoom meetings in the same room as your three-year-old’s virtual preschool class, and feeding everyone in the house what sure feels like infinite meals and snacks. Every. Single. Day.

Now that the next stage of pandemic parenting is upon us, you might be wondering what you can do to support your young child’s learning. Our answer? Sing with them! (Seriously. That’s it.)

Like everything we do with our Music Together® program, the suggestion is rooted in research. Let’s take a look behind the scenes and explore how making music supports brain development and socio-emotional learning.

Music: The Brain Builder


Check out the National Association for Music
Education blog
 for the full infographic showing
the impact of music on the brain.

We’ve all experienced a mood boost when we belt out a ballad while driving or have a hairbrush mic-drop moment. It’s (literally) because of our brains! Singing increases production of dopamine and serotonin, the so-called feel-good and happiness hormones. It also puts many of our brain regions to work, strengthening our neural pathways. Neural connections are kind of like our nervous system superhighways, and they’re formed through our experiences and habits. When we take part in activities that strengthen them, it’s easier to learn and grow throughout our lives.

For young children, whose brain architecture is forming, music-making can be even more impactful. You see, by our mid-twenties, our neural pathways are pretty much done being built, but they’re just coming together for babies and toddlers. In fact, our brains are more active during the first five years of life than they will ever be. Positive early experiences create strong neural pathways—and a strong foundation for all future learning.

Here’s how music acts as a brain architecture superhero. Because music is accessible and enjoyable for young children, they are likely to repeat songs they like over and over (and over), especially when the grownups they love sing with them. This repetition and engagement exercises important neural pathways, making them stronger and supporting the development of a sturdy brain foundation. And all you have to do is sing!

This Fall of 2021, join us as we sing together during Music Together classes.  We’re offering classes inside, outside and online.  You’ll receive a song book and CD (also access to online music app) as part of your enrollment.   You can view our class schedules here.

Have some fun putting your creativity to work!

If you visit us sometime, feel free to bring your drawings and we’ll share on a bulletin board.  Or mail them in!  Let us know your name, age and which pieces of music you used for your drawings.