The VOICES Boston curriculum provides age-appropriate instruction in vocal technique, musicianship, and music literacy in combination with selection of age-appropriate and diverse repertoire, allowing children to experience the joy of collaborative music-making while building real skills.
VOICES Boston believes that the ability not only to read music but to sight-sing enables children to learn a richer repertoire and to develop their interpretive skills, enriching their musical experience and increasing their enjoyment of music throughout their lives. (See “Vocal Training and Music Literacy”.)
VOICES Boston 2023-2024 Season
Fall Session: September through December
Winter Session: January through March
Theatre Session: April through June
First Notes Ensemble (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)
Tuesdays 3:00-3:45pm OR Tuesdays 4:00-4:45pm at Lincoln School
Thursdays 2:45-3:30pm at St.Mary’s of the Assumption
Melody Ensemble (2nd – 3rd Grade)
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm at Lincoln School
Wednesdays 2:45-3:45pm at St.Mary’s of the Assumption
Harmony Ensemble (3rd-5th Grade)
Wednesdays 4:15-6:15pm at Runkle School
Thursdays 4:15-6:15pm at First Parish in Brookline
Our First Notes (K-G1), Melody (G2-3), & Harmony (G3-5) Ensembles are focused on development of musical skills, singing a variety of fulfilling songs, and creating an environment focused on the joy of making music together. Students develop skills in musical literacy through solfege and the takadimi rhythm system, sing songs in a variety of styles and languages, and learn to sing with a unified sound in a way that is healthy for their growing voices. Environment is everything, and in these ensembles, we focus on creating a supportive, kind, and stimulating environment for children to learn in both musical and social-emotional ways.
VOICES Boston Children’s Choir (6th-8th Grade)
Mondays AND Wednesdays 5:00-7:00pm at First Parish in Brookline
Singers in VOICES Boston Children’s Choir (VBCC) learn repertoire appropriate for professional settings, drawing from a broad variety of traditions, including classical, world music, and musical theater. Students receive training in dance throughout the year. VBCC students participate in a minimum of 6 performances a year, including collaborations with professional ensembles and a spring musical/operetta. VBCC meets twice a week for a total of 4 hours with occasional rehearsals added for outside opportunities and our theatre session.
Children singing in VOICES Boston Children’s Choir learn to work as a team, which cultivates both musical sensitivity and a community-based work ethic. At the same time, VOICES Boston views each child as an independent singer, and helps each child master essential vocal techniques to fully develop their unique voice as a “soloist within the ensemble.” VBCC training helps studnents develop relaxed vocal habits, correct alignment, deep breathing skills, connection to the lower body, and awareness of resonance. See also “Vocal Training and Music Literacy”.
For more information, please email our Program Director or call 617-735-0012.