Welcome to the fall term at Dedham School Of Music! We’ve got lots of information to share. This is one of those emails you print and put on your fridge, mark as unread, or file under “Important,” because it contains information like: calendar, parking details, payment reminders, new faculty, and some upcoming events. So without further ado…
Everyone should have received their confirmation emails by now stating that lessons started on 9/12/22. Please note: DSM accepts new students throughout the year. Tell your friends that we still have slots available especially for Brass, Percussion, and String instruments!
Prior to your first lesson please make sure to complete your forms and send them in or bring them to your first lesson. Please ensure that all payments have been made. See below for payment information.
We have wonderful classes that are scheduled to begin shortly. If you would like to add a class to your schedule, please contact the office right away at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-441-9322. If you are unsure which level of Jazz Band is most appropriate, please contact Jody Pongratz (email@example.com)
To protect all members of the DSM family, masks are still required with the following exception: if both the teacher and family are fine removing masks, feel free to do so. Please discuss with your faculty member at the beginning of the lesson.
As always we follow the Dedham Public Schools Calendar
so if school is closed for DPS so is DSM.
We continue to offer 2 make-up sessions at the end of term. Each student is allowed one excused absence to be made up during that scheduled make-up time in January. We also have a 2nd week in case a teacher needs to miss a lesson due to illness. We learned during the early days of the pandemic that we can easily pivot to an online lesson; so if you are unable to bring your child to their lesson because you or another member of the family is ill, we are still able to accommodate the scheduled lesson via zoom.
Please park along the driveway on the Allin Church side of the building facing High Street. Please be sure to park at the edge of the driveway so that a car can still fit through the middle in case cars are parked on both sides of the driveway. You enter the DCH parking lot via the Allin church driveway and turn into the DCH driveway so that you are facing High Street. Please note that High Street has free street parking for up to 4 hours.
If your child is under 10 years old, you must walk them into the building for their lesson as well as come in to pick them up. If you would like to wait inside the building, you may wait in the lobby up on the 3rd floor or in the Lincoln Room if it is available.
Per DSM policy, all lessons must be paid in full prior to the start of lessons or arrangements for a monthly payment plan made with the office. If you have not paid for the semester yet, we ask families to pay by check, bank draft, or credit card. Please note that there is a 5% processing fee for credit cards which will be added to your invoice. There will be a $40 late fee if payment isn't received by September 19th unless you have made arrangements for monthly payments.
DSM Merchandise for Sale!!
Car/Locker Magnet: $5.
DSM Bag for your music: $10.
We accept Venmo: @Dedham School of Music.
Come and learn how to play the ukulele at the Ames Senior Center. Classes will run for 8 weeks starting October 3rd at 1:30. $5 per class.
Call 781-751-9495 to reserve your spot.
Welcome Alex Fowler
Boston-based cellist, teacher, arranger Alex Fowler has appeared frequently on the Boston Symphony Orchestra concert series, What I Hear, performing solo and chamber works by Bermel, Currier, Saariaho, Widmann, and Dzenitis. Alex received New England Conservatory’s John Cage Award for Contemporary Performance and won Entrepreneurial Musicianship’s Spark Award for his work as a musical storyteller through the Community Performances & amp; Partnerships program, curating original programs combining stories and cello repertoire for young audiences around Boston.
Alex has performed in the section of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, Boston Chamber Symphony, Phoenix Orchestra, Apollo Chamber Ensemble, Longwood Symphony Orchestra, and the conductor-less string ensemble, Palaver Strings. He also teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston in addition to running his own private studio. Upcoming 2022-23 season appearances include solo cello works by Bruch and Arvo Pärt with the Fermata Chamber Ensemble and performing as principal cellist of the Du Bois Orchestra.
Welcome Jacob Sunshine
Jacob Sunshine is a guitarist, producer, composer, and educator based in the Boston area. Growing up in New York City, Jacob was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and philosophies, and was fortunate enough to study with luminaries like Kelvyn Bell, Dave Moreno, Paul Bollenback, Michael Lorimer, and Sam Dickey. As an instructor, it is Jacob's aim to help students develop their own singular musical voices, explore pathways for fluidity and fluency in their chosen musical idioms, expose students to new genres and styles, and above all take joy in collaborative music making! He has a deep conviction in the transformative value of musical creation, and believes that learning an instrument can
Prior to his move to Boston, Jacob received a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in jazz performance from Columbia University. Following graduation, Jacob collaborated with a diverse array of groups in the New York area including Pear Moth, Jazze Belle, Ghostpal, EMEFE, Genes and Machines, KTHRTK, Lanier, and Phonoscenes. He's also worked with several solo artists and singer-songwriters including Elysse, Kate Ferber, Taylor Simone, Conrad Tao, and Oliver Ignatius. Groups performed at venues across New York like The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, National Sawdust, and Rough Trade Records, and at festivals like Winter Jazzfest, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Rochester Jazz Festival.
Jacob is currently pursuing a PhD in ethnomusicology at Harvard University. In the last year, Jacob carried out fieldwork in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he studied the city's unique and historical sound system culture. There, Jacob did interviews with audio engineers, musicians, DJs, radio personalities, community leaders, record producers, journalists, and painters to produce an oral history about the development of sonic technologies, West and Central African music in Colombia, and the growth of neighborhoods in the city. Currently, Jacob works with the indie folk group Cordelia, and is producing his first solo record.
Save the date: Thursday, Nov 17 at 7pm.
Come join the fun for Trivia Night.
Details to follow.
The Bluegrass Slowjam gathers on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting on September 13, at the First Church (670 High Street), in the auditorium. Contact Tim Parke for additional information or email us to be added to the email list. See our Facebook event as well!
The group is back! Starting September 25, the intermediate bluegrass jam will meet on the last Sunday of the month from 7-9pm at the First Church Auditorium. Contact Tim Parke for additional information or email us to be added to the email list.
Directed by Jenn Zevos, the band’s first rehearsal is Thursday 9/22 at
7pm at the First Church auditorium. Come join the fun!
Performance at First Church Parish Hall auditorium: Our own board member Jonny Pape and our Bluegrass group will be performing at 8pm. Tickets will be sold online and at the door for $5. Dessert-like food and coffee will be sold. Doors open at 7:30 PM.
Dedham School of Music is one of the Sponsors of the Dedham Education Foundation Road Race on Sunday 10/2/22 at Barnes Memorial Park at 11am. Our sponsorship entitles us to 3 runners. If you are interested, let Jody know and she will contact the Foundation.
As always, you can find us on Amazon Smile– Music Access Group, Inc.. With every purchase you make with Amazon Smile, a little bit comes to us so we can keep costs down for all families.
Performers from our June recital.