Originally created and led by former Belmont Public Schools music teacher John McLellan, Saturday Morning Music School provides small group instruction on string and band instruments to students at the Burbank, Butler, Wellington, Winn Brook, and Chenery public schools in Belmont.
Why should you register for SMMS?
For the 2022-2023 year, we are introducing a new model for learning, where students, their peers, and their teachers learn and grow together in a fun and nurturing collaborative environment.
All SMMS students will come to Chenery for two hours each Saturday. Beginning students will receive instrument instruction from 9:00-10:00 am, while continuing students will receive instruction on their instruments from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
The middle hour from 10:00 – 11:00 am is a time for the entire SMMS community to gather for cooperative learning, whether in String Orchestra, Concert Band, sectionals, or other small groups. Each week, this middle hour might look different as SMMS faculty and interns instruct students in whatever way is most needed – kids might take turns as section leaders, dive deeper into extra work on their parts, receive additional group instruction, or come together as an orchestra or band made up of all ages and levels.
This model provides younger students with an invaluable opportunity to learn from their peers while still getting the more detailed instruction from their group class teachers. Learning alongside peers motivates students to aspire to higher leadership roles and responsibilities and truly take ownership of their part in the larger musical community (not unlike the intimate environment of the Powers Youth Orchestra!). More advanced students have a chance to serve as role models and mentors, reenforce what they’re learning, test out creative ideas, and aspire to even greater heights.
Come join us at Saturday Morning Music School, and test the limits of what you can do!
- $420 (includes group instrumental class + Orchestra or Band + $20 registration fee)
All SMMS students meet for two hours each Saturday – one hour for their group class, and one hour for ensemble.
- 9:00-10:00 a.m. – Beginning (first year) group classes
- 10:00-11:00 a.m. – String Orchestra and Concert Band
- 11:00-12:00 p.m. – Continuing (second year) group classes
Saturday Morning Music School programs will meet on the following days:
- October 8, 15, 22, 29
- November 5, 12, 19
- December 3, 10, 17 (Informal performance day)
- January 7, 14, 21, 28
- February 4, 11
- March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Concert Day)
- April 1 (snow date)
All programs will still be held at Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington Street, Belmont.
SMMS 2022-2023 Faculty
- Violin – Noah Dresser
- Viola – Sachin Shukla
- Cello – Allison Rowe
- Bass – Jim Gutmann
- Brass – TBD
- Clarinet/Saxophone – Nalani Fujiwara
- Oboe/Bassoon – Rachel Juszczak
- Flute – David Houston
- Percussion – Lydia Lucas
- String Orchestra – Noah Dresser
- Concert Band – Nalani Fujiwara
Registration can be completed on this webpage – please click on the class you want to register for below, which will allow you to register online through our ASAP site (you will be asked to create an account).
The Belmont Scholars program enables students who qualify for waivers of the BHS Instrumental Music Program fee, the BHS Fine and Performing Arts fee, and/or the Chenery Middle School Fine Arts, Athletics, and Activities fee in Belmont Public Schools to also qualify for private lesson and Saturday Morning Music School scholarships at Powers Music School.
Scholarships will be granted to private lesson students through an application process based on household size and income limits. Applications are processed through Belmont Public Schools. Please click here to view the fee waiver guidelines, process, and application. Once you receive notice that your family qualifies for fee waivers, please present that notification to us upon registration at Powers.
Thank you so much to our financial aid sponsors for their generous contribution to the Saturday Morning Music School program. This contribution made it possible for us to provide these scholarships.
Please contact Powers’ Associate Director, Meghan Miller, at 617-484-4696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes & Programs
Subject to change
Beginning Group Instrument Classes
4th grade and beginning 5th grade students
- Beginning Violin Group Lesson
- Beginning Viola Group lesson
- Beginning Cello Group lesson
- Beginning Bass Group lesson
Continuing Group Instrument Classes
beginning 5th & 6th graders
- Beginning Flute Group lesson
- Beginning Saxophone/Clarinet Group lesson
- Beginning Oboe/Bassoon Group lesson
- Beginning Brass Group lesson
- Beginning Percussion Group lesson
4th grade and beginning 5th grade students (Students must also enroll in a group class)
beginning 5th & 6th graders (Students must also enroll in a group class)