We’re happy to share selections here from alumni, news publications, and parent quotes about experiences with or at Pakachoag.

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Music and Pakachoag In the Community

What Parents Say about Pakachoag

Pakachoag Music School is a treasure. It’s thoroughly professional, offering the highest quality of instruction and so many opportunities for students to learn musicianship. At the same time, it’s very understated, down to earth, and accessible and nurturing. It has been a wonderful experience for our family.     Elizabeth Engquist, of Worcester

Unsolicited E-Mail from former Parent – June, 2021

Dear Sarah,

I want to share some good news with you about [our daughter’s] application to private high schools. After a careful consideration, she decided to attend Concord Academy this fall. We truly appreciate your help and we believe that the training [our daughter] had received at Pakachoag helped establish a solid foundation for her future development.

Have a great summer!

Best, Ji

Music Together:

“I can not say enough about what a great teacher Julie has been.  She puts so much effort into making the class fun, but also very informative…. My children have loved it!”  MT Mom, Fall 2017

“I see a lot of growth in music understanding– rhythm and tonal response.  He chooses much [more] complex music to listen to and I can tell her understands and enjoys the patterns, etc. better than adults.  He’s introducing me to different types of music.  Ms. Julie is amazing with children and guiding the parents alike.  I have grown personally and I’m better able to guide my child through music and life in general.”  Music Together parent Spring 2017.

“Linnea is a fantastic teacher – my older son loves all the activities she provides (and so do I!).”   Music Together parent, Oxford, Winter 2011

“My daughter and I LOVE Julie.. So developmentally appropriate and fun..It’s been amazing to watch her [my child’s] class participation develop and she requests to listen to or sing the songs daily.”  “I don’t think of myself as a ‘music person’ but I’m very comfortable with class and love that my daughter is musical”.  Music Together mom.  Winter 2017.

“Wonderful program; so varied and inspirational.  Love every minute.”  Music Together grandmom.  Fall 2015.

Private Lessons

“We have been privileged and blessed to have all our four children take music lessons at Pakachoag.  It was an integral part of our home school curriculum.”  Ten-year Pakachoag family.  Spring 2017

What I like the most about Pakachoag Music School…

“The staff and the environment.  Great place to study music.”   Bass Guitar student.  Spring 2017.

“Amazing!  This school gives opportunities to anyone who is willing to work hard and be committed to improvement.”  Mom of four children studying violin and cello.  Spring 2017.


“I think the most amazing aspect of growing up as a student at the Pakachoag Music School was watching so many young people (including my own siblings) progress from that first time they nervously stand in front of an audience to perform an ostensibly simple piece to the day that they are able to deliver a sophisticated and flawless performance. Philosophically, this school treats each and every one of its students as if he or she will someday get there and persistently challenges its students to bring themselves to that next level. And not only does this discipline produce great musicians, it also imparts a certain quality on to its students that leads them to strive for and achieve excellence in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.”

John Paul Verderese, MD
Alexandria, VA
Pakachoag Music School Alumnus – Formerly of Auburn, MA

In the News:  What Others are saying about Pakachoag

Best Music School, Bay State Parent Magazine 2016, 2017


“Now entering into its fourth decade of existence, Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester has been one of the most recognizable and brightest spots on the Worcester County cultural scene for over a generation.”  GoLocal Worcester.  May 31, 2013


“Based in Auburn, Pakachoag Music School is the area’s leading school of the arts. Not the average ‘student recital’, Pakachoag Music School outreach concerts feature students of all ages in professional-level, exciting performances. Expect to be inspired by their creativity and virtuosity.”
Music Alive, Concert Series at Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester

Student Outreach Concert – April 2007





Grant Makers

“The Acorn”
News from Greater Worcester Community Foundation.  Fall 2008

Pakachoag Community Music School Prepares for Next Quarter Century

“Since 1982, Pakachoag Community Music School has been training musicians of all ages. The school engages 300 students in classes and private lessons and also conducts more than 25 performances a year at area nursing homes, senior centers, and civic events. Over the past decade, a series of Foundation grants totaling $80,300— almost half from the Shepherd Knapp School Fund—has supported scholarships, outreach programs and early childhood classes. Now, as the School begins its 26th year, a Foundation grant is helping the school build the resources to sustain itself for the next quarter century. “Our goal is to become less tuition dependent and more available to communities in need,” says Executive Director Sarah Smongeski. “Our capacity to serve low-income families, inner-city preschoolers and frail elders is central to our mission. The Foundation is advancing our progress toward a new level of growth and service.”