Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester (as it's now known) is more than just a music school, it is a huge contributor to the arts and culture scene of Greater Worcester. The teachers are incredibly talented and dedicated to providing the best musical instruction possible. The staff is warm and welcoming. The classes are diverse and offer lessons to all age and skill levels. The students, who participate in many recitals throughout the year, learn how to play and how to perform and, most importantly, the importance of a musical education.
I joined Pakachoag Community Music School, now known as Pakachoag School of Greater Worcester, as its second staff member after the original director back in 1982. From its very beginning and it continues through today, the school's major mission was to provide a quality music experience for students from infancy through senior citizens. To achieve this goal, only highly experienced faculty were hired. Even through its growing pains (lack of space, lack of funds) the school managed to maintain its highest quality standards. After four years, my career took me elsewhere, but when I returned as a member of the Board of Directors in the school's 25th year, I was amazed at the growth it had experienced and still maintained the absolute highest quality standards in music education. The current director has been with the school for approximately 18 years and is the most professional and dedicated person I know. My two-year-old granddaughter is currently enrolled in the Music Together Class and her mother insists it is the best possible experience she could be having at this time. All one needs to do to experience these high standards is to attend one of the student or faculty recitals or an alumni concert. They speak for themselves.
Three years ago, the concert series for which I served as managing director sponsored a concert by the students at Pakachoag Music School. I was absolutely amazed--no, blown away!--by the skill level and stage presence of these young musicians. As an artist manager myself, I took a keen interest in the quality of music education being provided in my own community. It is so terribly important to nurture and appreciation for the arts and culture in our young people--as well as encouraging the full expression of their creativity and talent--and this is exactly what Pakachoag does.
My 2-year old daughter takes Music Together classes each week and loves the program. It's a great way for her to sing, dance, play instruments, and interact with other toddlers. After seeing her grow in this program, I became a donor to PakMusic's annual campaign. It is obvious that the school believes in each child's ability to learn through music. I would highly recommend the Music Together program to anyone that wants to have fun with their little one!!