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Pentucket Music Academy
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Is your child a budding virtuoso?  Have you always wanted to learn an instrument but never had the chance? Pentucket Community Education’s private music instruction program offers high quality lessons on voice and most instruments for students aged 5 to 105!


The Pentucket Music Academy Offers

Voice Lessons

Strings Lessons

Percussion Lessons

Brass or Woodwind Lessons

Weekly thirty-minute or one-hour lessons will be offered on wind, percussion, and string instruments as well as voice and guitar.  Some instruments may not be offered every semester due to student enrollment.  Lessons will be held at the Pentucket Middle and High Schools in the after school and early evening hours from 3:00pm-8:00pm.  Every effort will be made to accommodate time requirements when schedules are compiled.

Teachers: Lessons will be taught by highly qualified instructors recruited and supervised by the Fine Arts Department in conjunction with the Community Education Department.  Please go to www.pentucketmusic.com and click on the “Academy” tab to learn more about our teaching staff.

Tuition: The first semester of the 2013-2014 school year will be 12 weeks long, beginning the week of September 30th.  Lessons will be scheduled in half hour or one-hour blocks ($28, and $55 respectively) depending on recommendations jointly made by the parent and the instructor.   Lessons should be paid to the Pentucket Regional School District either in full for the semester or in three payments, with the first installment being paid prior to the first lesson.  These payment installments for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

  • Thirty Minute Private Lesson: Three payments of $112
  • Sixty Minute Private Lesson: Three payments of $ 220

The second installment is due by Friday, October  25 and the third installment is due on Friday, November 22.  The second semester of the program will run for 15 weeks, and therefore, pricing for each installment will be different.

Lesson payments are paid in advance to the Pentucket Regional School District.  No lessons will begin until the first payment is paid along with the $20.00 registration fee.  No refunds may be issued after the session has begun.

Registration Process:  If you are interested in signing up yourself or your child for lessons, please fill out the Pentucket Music Academy Registration Form and along with the $20 per family per semester registration fee send to:

Pentucket Regional School District Community Office c/o Dianne Ferrara

22 Main St West Newbury, Ma 01985

This fee allows us to bring quality instructors to our program and covers general office operating costs

Lessons begin the week of September 30 but late registrations will be accepted through the month of October and fees will be pro-rated.


Go to www.pentucketmusic.com and click on the “Academy” tab to learn more!

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact Rebecca Schauer, Strings Director, at rschauer@prsd.org.





Pentucket Music Academy Sessions are in full swing!

Have you been wanting to learn a new instrument, or to brush up on one you have played for years? Pentucket Music Academy  offers private lessons on most wind, brass and orchestral string instruments, as well as voice, guitar, percussion.  These lessons are offered for weekly thirty, forty five  minute or one hour lessons taught by qualified instructors recruited and supervised by the Fine and Performing Arts Dept in conjunction with the Community Ed Dept. These lessons are open to ALL ages and ALL abilities! If interested, please visit www.prsd.org/music-academy or email Rebecca Schauer at RSchauer@prsd.org.  Late starts will be pro-rated.

Pentucket Music Academy Registration Form - Session I


Pentucket Music Academy Registration Form - Session II



Meet Our Amazing Music Staff!

Rebecca Schauer came to the Pentucket Regional School District in 2010 following a one-year teaching fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy. Ms. Schauer taught privately for the Hopkinton Public Schools from 2005-2009 and has taught independently since 2000. She also developed a Summer Strings Programs for the Milford Public Schools in 2006.  She currently teaches privately for the Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum at The Boston Conservatory in addition to her students at the Pentucket Music Academy.  Ms. Schauer holds a Bachelor's and a Master's in Viola Performance from Boston University's College of Fine Arts.  She is also in the process of receiving a Graduate Diploma in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory.  As a performer, Ms. Schauer has played with ensembles such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.   She has attended music festivals at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Heifetz Institute.  In addition to playing and teaching string instruments, Ms. Schauer also enjoys cooking, running, practicing yoga and spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie Witz is new to the Pentucket School District. She was hired in 2013 as the Choral Director for the Pentucket High School and Middle School choirs. Ms. Witz went to school at the University of Rhode Island for a Bachelor’s in Music Education in Voice. There she performed in a variety of choral groups and solo performances. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Rhode Island after student teaching in 2011. There she held positions such as a Choral Manager for the RI Music Educators Association All-State Festival, and has chaperoned honors choirs at the ACDA Northeastern District Conference in Providence, RI.  She also is an active performer with various community theatre groups and repertory companies around New England. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Witz enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sampling different foods, traveling, and staying active. Ms. Witz is excited about meeting new students, and helping to grow the vocal and choral programs around the area.


Gordon Williams teaches, performs, and composes as a percussionist.  His passions include rocking out on drumset with a band, playing timpani with an orchestra, performing solo marimba music, and tapping, striking, knocking, scraping in rhythm any object within reach.  Gordon is excited to be joining the Pentucket Regional School District as an instrumental instructor and Assistant Director of the high school band. Gordon holds a degree in Music Education from Gordon College and has studied in Austria through the Salzburg Institute of Gordon College. He is an active member of the music community, currently performing with The Orchestra on the Hill, the Salem Community Band, and the Middlesex Community Band.  Gordon has premiered new works including Three Haiku by Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth (for Children’s Choir, Solo Marimba, and Percussion), a commission for Boston Children’s Chorus’ Ten Year Anniversary, and A Variant of One by Leah Ferjulian (for Guitar, Marimba and Soprano). He has appeared as featured soloist with the Gordon College Wind Ensemble, performing the Gordon Jacob Concerto for Timpani and Wind Band on tour in Dublin and Belfast, Ireland. His own compositions have been performed in worship services, community band rehearsals, and new music concerts.