Pow-Wow summer day program

Kids Crescendo: Creative Music, Arts, and Movement

Age: Ages 5-8 (Session 1); Ages 5-11 (Sessions 2 and 3); CITs ages 13-15

Cost: Summer 2023 Registration Fee: $15. Summer 2023 Tuition: Session 1 - $445, Session 2 - $995, Session 3 - $1,100, CIT students will receive a 50% tuition discount. Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for instructions.

Kids Crescendo 2023 will run on the following dates:  Session 1: June 26-30, Session 2: July 3-14 (No July 4th), Session 3: July 17-28. Registration is available using the purple box below for Session 1.

Please note – Session 2 and 3 are now SOLD OUT.  You are welcome to add your name to our waitlist for these sessions by clicking the appropriate link and then the “Add to Waitlist” button:

Session 2 waitlist
Session 3 waitlist


You’re searching to find the perfect summer program for your child, the one who’s always humming “Moana” in the backseat, drumming on any nearby surface, and kicking the dinner table in rhythm. The sports, art, and theatre camps around don’t seem quite right. What kind of summer experience will allow him to express all of that musical energy?

The Kids Crescendo program has provided a unique, immersive music experience for students just like yours for 26 years. For 1 or 2 weeks, kids can understand and experience music through movement, story, and song, with activities rooted in the popular Dalcroze Eurhythmics method of learning. They listen to and participate in live music, translating their energy into percussion by stomping, clapping, and tapping. They learn basic pitch-matching and melodies, hearing and expressing the music with their voices. Then they put it all together by learning the basics of violin and keyboard.

Skills build up day by day until the final performance, where students showcase what they’ve learned in an operetta arranged by the faculty, the culmination of the goals they’ve worked towards as a group. Students play the overture themselves with percussion instruments, then sing, move, and act out the music through story (usually based on a familiar classic tale).

Students leave Kids Crescendo at the end of the session wanting to continue with piano, violin, voice, or even another instrument. It’s a fun and creative way to feel the rhythm inside of them and start them on their musical journey!

Half-day Program

The one-week half-day program provides younger students with an introduction to our very popular full-day program. Students will meet for half a day to learn piano, violin, and singing, as well as art and movement. On Friday, students will give a concert followed by a pizza lunch with their parents.

Summer 2023 Program Information:

Yas Ishibashi, Kids Crescendo Artistic Director
Linda Emmanuel

Session 1: June 26 – 30
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Stone Soup” (French)

Session 2: July 3 – 14 (No July 4th)
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Frog Brings Rain” (Navajo)

Session 3: July 17 – 28 (SOLD OUT)
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Ring of the King” (South African)

After-Care Option (Late Pick-up)

  • Session 1 – No after-care
  • Session 2 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm M-Th, no July 4th. $160
  • Session 3 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm M-Th. $175
  • Single Day drop in price: $20 (Please call to arrange this)

Session 1 Sample Schedule:

  • 8:30 – 8:45 am Morning Meeting
  • 8:50 – 9:30 am Small group Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard
  • 9:35 – 10:15 am Small group Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard
  • 10:15 – 10:30 am Snack Break
  • 10:35 – 11:15 am Singing or Acting
  • 11:15 – 11:55 am Singing or Acting
  • 11:55 – 12:15 pm Lunch
  • 12:20 – 12:50 pm Arts and Crafts
  • 12:50 – 1:00 pm Goodbye Circle

Sessions 2 & 3 Sample Schedule:

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am Check-in / Yoga
  • 9:00 – 9:40 am Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard or Percussion/Voice
  • 9:45 – 10:25 am Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard or Percussion/Voice
  • 10:30 – 10:45 am Snack Break
  • 10:50 – 11:30 am Singing / Vocal Coaching
  • 11:35 – 12:15 pm Drama / Acting
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:30 pm Arts and Crafts
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm Story

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. (See below for application information.)

How is this different from the youth theatre camps nearby?

Kids Crescendo encourages kids to feel and express the music that’s already inside of them. We still learn pitch matching, singing, acting, improvisation, teamwork, and confidence, but we listen to, play, and sing all of the songs and arrangements live instead of learning or practicing from pre-recorded tracks. In addition, your child receives high-quality instruction on the keyboard, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments. Our focus is on the music, first and foremost.

Do we need to buy a keyboard or violin to participate?

No. We will provide onsite instruments for these introductory classes.

Will my child get to be with his/her friends?

For the majority of the session, yes! We split into smaller groups for a short part of the day to learn keyboard and violin, but we spend most of our time together working on eurhythmics and acting exercises, singing, making set pieces and other crafts, and rehearsing for the final performance.

Summer 2023 Financial Aid

Thank you to the Agnes M. L:indsay Trust and Watertown Savings Bank for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!

Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only until all available aid is exhausted – no private lesson or group financial aid is available at this time.

All returning financial aid students should reach out to Tristan Bouchard directly for instructions at office@powersmusic.org. Your application will consist of updated financial documents to be submitted via email.

All new financial aid applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the Music Scholarship Information Sheet (Google form).
  2. Submit your confidential financial documents to Tristan Bouchard at office@powersmusic.org with secure information blacked out (or mail to Powers Music School, PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478). These documents include:
    • Copies of latest Federal Tax Returns and W2s – mandatory for all applicants. If parents are married but filing separately, copies of financial information for both parents must be submitted.• If applicable, records of non-taxable benefits such as veteran, social security, AFDC or ADC, and welfare or non-taxable income from pastoral work.• Documentation of other pertinent financial information you wish to have considered.


Once they “graduate” from the full-day program, teens ages 13-15 can return as Counselors-in-Training to assist the younger participants and experience the activities and final performances in a whole new way!

CITs assist faculty at instrumental lessons and art lessons and will perform in the final operetta. Students will help faculty and staff in rehearsals and other activities during the day.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of two students per session.

Applicants must…

  • Be 13 years of age by September 1 of the school year following the Kids Crescendo program
  • have past experience working in a leadership role with children, in settings such as summer programs, school clubs, tutoring, babysitting, etc.
  • possess an attitude of cheerful enthusiasm, leadership, and self-motivation
  • have 3+ years experience playing a musical instrument

How to apply:

Submit a CIT Application form online by May 1, 2023:

Submit your application now!

Once we receive and review your application, a Kids Crescendo Artistic Director or Powers staff member will contact you.

Still have questions?

Session 1

Schedule: MON - FRI, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)


Dates: Jun 26 - Jun 30

Session 2 (SOLD OUT)

Schedule: MON - FRI, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)


Dates: Jul 3 - Jul 14

Session 2 After-Care

Schedule: MON - THURS, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jul 3 - Jul 14

Session 3 (SOLD OUT)

Schedule: MON - FRI, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)


Dates: Jul 17 - Jul 28

Session 3 After-Care

Schedule: MON - THURS, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jul 17 - Jul 28