Eliot Music Ensemble Program

NEMPAC Music Ensemble Program at Eliot School 2016-17

What: NEMPAC Music Ensemble Program at the Eliot School in 2016-17! We are happy to pilot an Eliot After-School Music Ensemble program beginning September 20th and 21st 2016! Program participants select an instrument of their choice to study and play in an ensemble for the year. Instruments offered are Keyboard, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Drums, Electric Bass, Clarinet, Flute, or Saxophone. We look forward to students making music together and deepening their involvement in the Arts!

Who: Eliot School Students Grades 3 – 5 and Grades 6 – 8

Grades 3 – 5: Wednesday’s’ 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Grades 6 – 8: Tuesday’s 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Ensemble Lessons: 45 minute instruction, after dismissal students go to rehearsal space and transition to ensemble.

Where: Eliot Upper School, 585 Commercial Street. Rehearsal room: TBA.

Program Dates: Two Semesters:
1st Semester – Tues. Sept 20th – Tues. Dec 20th (14 weeks)
2nd Semester– Tues. Jan. 24th – Tues. June 20th (19 weeks)

Performances: TBA

Side-By-Side Program with Arlington High School: Students will be paired with a high-school musician from Arlington High School. The Ensemble will have two visits during the course of each semester to play side-by-side with their music mentors.

Registration: All students must register with NEMPAC to participate in this program. Registration can be completed online. Registrations are incomplete without payment. REGISTER HERE

  • 1st Semester Deadline: Thurs, Sept 1st
  • 2nd Semester Deadline: Thurs, Dec 22nd

Instrument Rental: Students / Parents are responsible for renting and maintain their own instruments. Rental agent https://www.rayburnmusic.com/

Private Lesson Requirement: Each student is required to take at least 30 minute private lessons in conjunction with this program, unless student demonstrates proficiency in his/her instrument of choice. Students MAY NOT begin Ensemble until private lessons are confirmed. NEMPAC offers private lessons which can be arranged and scheduled with NEMPAC directly. If students take lessons already at a different institution, we need confirmation from parent that student in enrolled. Private Lessons are required in order for our Ensemble Rehearsals to be the most productive possible for all students.

Attendance Policy: Students with 3 or more unexcused absences will be asked to leave the program and will not be able to participate performances. Students who must miss a rehearsal should notify Maestro Marchese at least 24 hours in advance of the group ensemble lesson. We take attendance very seriously as each student’s participation effects the entire ensemble. If you do not feel you can commit to the schedule of this program – we do not encourage your child to participate.

2016 – 17 Tuition / Program Fee:
$250 – 1st Semester (14 weeks) – can be made in two payments
$325 – 2nd Semester (19 weeks) – can be made in two payments

Scholarship / Financial Aid: NEMPAC Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact us at info@nempacboston.org by August 1st for an application. Awards are given on a rolling basis. Siblings are offered a 10% discount.

Audition / Proficiency Test: There will be no formal audition unless your child advises they are proficient and do not need private lessons in addition to this program. All students will be evaluated at the beginning and end of each semester by Maestro Marchese.

Artistic Staff:
Music Ensemble Director: Stefano Marchese
Music Ensemble Support Instructor: TBD
Private Music Instructors: Various, by instrument discipline


What if my child took lessons last year at NEMPAC, but I’m not sure if they are proficient or not on their instrument?

Register for the program and Mr. Marchese will schedule an audition with your child to evaluate them. If lessons are recommended – you will need to arrange lessons before the start of this ensemble program.

I do not think I can afford both private lessons and this ensemble program. I have multiple children and this program would be too costly to enroll in. Are there any discounts?

NEMPAC is has a need-based scholarship fund to support our students and families. We are able too offer financial aid to students who are looking for financial support to enroll in this program. In the short answer portion of the NEMPAC scholarship application, please explain your situation. Please contact mshepherd@nempacboston.org for an application. We also offer sibling discounts of 10% off each additional sibling.

My child does not know what their ‘instrument of choice’ would be. How can they determine this?

Students are invited to attend NEMPAC’s instrument petting zoo on Monday, August 29th at Noon. If your child is unable to attend this special workshop – parents can make an appointment with Maestro Marchese over the summer or before the start of the program. Through discussion with parents, student experimentation and Mr. Marchese’s expert advice– they will find their favorite!

Can I register if I do not know my child’s instrument of choice?

Yes, absolutely. Registrations are due NO later than Thursday, September 1st. Registrations are also incomplete without payment. Your child should come to the first rehearsal on Sept 20th with their instrument, so they have a few weeks to determine this and acquire an instrument from Rayburn if necessary. We will also be hosting a Welcome Back Instrument Petting Zoo on Wednesday, August 24th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. outside the NEMPAC building on the Prado. You’re invited to attend this to experiment and find your favorite!

If my child’s instrument in the keyboard or drums, do they need to bring these instruments each week?

No – our rehearsal space will have a keyboard and drums, however your child should have their own instrument at home for practice.