Saturday Morning Music School at Powers

Saturday Morning Music School

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?

The Saturday program complements the music classes, group instruction, bands, orchestra, and ensembles already provided during school hours. Excelling in music and the arts has been proven to help students also excel in school and other areas of learning and development. Powers encourages students to take advantage of a mix of different ensemble, orchestra, band, and group opportunities in addition to weekly private lessons.

2021-2022 Information


  • Group instrumental class – $240
  • String Orchestra – $110 (students must also enroll in a Group Instrumental class)
  • Jazz Workshop – $130 (students must also enroll in a Group Instrumental class)
  • Chamber Ensemble – $130 (students must also enroll in a Group Instrumental class)

Saturday Morning Music School programs will meet on the following days:

  • October 9, 16, 23
  • November 6, 13, 20
  • December 4, 11
  • December 18 concert
  • January 8, 15, 22
  • February 5, 12, 26
  • March 5, 12, 26

All programs will still be held at Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington Street, Belmont.

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).

Belmont Scholars

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.

Please contact Powers’ Director of Music, Daniel Acsadi, at 617-484-4696 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Classes & Programs

Subject to change

String Instrument Classes

9:00-10:00 am – 4th grade and beginning 5th grade students

10:00-11:00 am – 5th and 6th grade students with at least one year of experience

Band Instrument Classes

9:00-10:00 am – beginning 5th & 6th graders

10:00-11:00 am – 6th graders with at least one year of experience

String Orchestra

10:00-11:00 am – 4th grade and beginning 5th grade students

Jazz Workshop

11:00am-12:00pm – continuing 6th graders on any instrument

Chamber Ensemble

11:00am-12:00pm – continuing students on any instrument