“The Songs Get Stuck in My Head!”

Maya is 9 years old and from Shrewsbury.  Maya first came to Pakachoag in 2012 as a summer early childhood / music and movement student.  In 2014, Maya began violin lessons with Dr. Leah Zelnick.  Maya currently studies with Laurie Knorr.

Sarah, Pakachoag ED, recently asked Maya a few questions by e-mail.

Why do you like playing the violin? I like playing the violin because some of my family members play the violin and I really admire their talent. My parents suggested to try it myself and play with them someday. I said yes. I tried it out and I loved it! The number one reason I love playing the violin is because it is so much fun and the songs always get stuck in my head!

What do you like the most about being a Pakachoag student? What I like the most about being a Pakachoag student is all of the people around me. Along the way, I’ve been in the same group class with many new faces (at the start) that are now some of my best friends. We’ve been able to hang out in our free time and our families too.

What do you think you would like to do when you grow up? When I grow up, I would like to go on tour like Lindsey Stirling. She is a phenomenal violinist and I would like to be like her someday.

Do you have any advice you would give to a new music student? My advice that I would give to a new music student would be “just be yourself.” I think this because I want to be a violinist like Lindsey, but not exactly like her. I just want to go on tour and share my talent like her. And also, if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world! You can just go back and fix the error you made and continue with the song. Don’t think that you don’t have talent at all and you shouldn’t share it. I’ve felt that way many times.

Maya in a recent performance alongside some of the friends she has made as part of the School’s Suzuki Violin Program.

Thank you for choosing me as a featured student! I couldn’t ask for anything more!

-Maya Elizabeth Pascoal

Dear Maya, We love knowing that you love to play the violin.  We love reading that you have learned some important lessons along the way like “if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world.”  Thank you for participating in our Featured Student community engagement project.    Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Sarah S. and the Pakachoag faculty