PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which will run every Saturday for the next 15 weeks, 10:45 to 11:25 AM.
A similar class for even younger children, Music for Infants and Toddlers, runs just preceding it, from 10 to 10:40. Tuition for one of these 15 week classes is $105, and a parent must attend all classes with their child.
A myriad of other classes and workshops for other children and adults are run throughout the year, including Introduction to Suzuki, classes in orchestra, cabaret, guitar, and choral instruction. Private lessons and even instrument rentals are also available through the music school.
The music school, which has occupied its current Wendell Avenue location since 1943, was once known as Pittsfield Community Music School, until it changed its name ten years ago, to denote its more inclusive mission of serving the wider region.
More information about Berkshire Music School can be found on their site. http://berkshiremusicschool.org/