Music at BCD

When to start private music lessons?

This is a question asked frequently here at BCD and in my private studio.  There is no “magic age” to start and no one correct answer to this question.  Generally, brass and woodwind lessons are given to students around 4th grade. Guitar is most often taught starting in 3rd grade. Piano, violin, viola and cello are great choices for our students to begin as early as 3 years old.

I had the opportunity to begin with piano lessons at 4 years old, and that’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Having said that, there’s a dialogue between teacher, student, and parent that informs these choices. My mom says I made it abundantly clear piano was an early passion!

Begin lessons when your child is ready to take direction from an adult, take responsibility for practicing and when the family is ready to devote time, money and energy into this wonderful new adventure.


Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] with any additional questions. Happy Summer 2018!



By |2017-10-05T11:41:12-05:00July 8th, 2018|

Two Music Events in the Berkshires

Hello, and Happy New Year to all!

Just want to call our attention to two (free) events taking place as part of the Williams College Music Department.

Coming up at The Clark Museum, there is Kids Make Music! Presented by I/O Fest and Ephs Out Loud. 1PM on Sunday 1/14/18.

At Chapin Hall, the Berkshire Symphony will be offering a special concert for kids and families at 3PM on Saturday 3/3/18.

These both look like a lot of fun, and I hope any interested families can attend and enjoy!

Musically Yours,

Charles/Mr. Zotique

By |2019-04-09T09:06:37-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

A Busy Fall for Young Musicians

The BCD Music program is in full swing for students in grades B2-6 + Arts Block! Creative talents are beginning to bud, manifest, and grow in the new Kim and James Taylor Music/Performance Room, and students are excited to get the opportunity to have dress rehearsals and performances on the Adams Community Bank Stage.

B2s, Pre-K, and Kindergarten are learning about how to create and explore with Orff-Schülwerk curricula for voice, instruments, and movement. Kindergarteners loved working in pairs to invent some original, seated choreography to Ravel’s Daphnis and Chlöe.

Lower School spent some time reviewing music skills, establishing ensemble practice in Lower School Chorus, and asking lots of questions about the upcoming Lower School Musical (Spring 2018).

Middle School were exposed to the revolutionary Deep Listening methodology, and have begun collaborating on a group composition called “Nature Sound Collages,” which involves making and curating outdoor field recordings.  In addition, Grades 4, 5, and 6 have been given the option to choose between Band and Chorus in a new update to the Music curricula.

In Arts Block, students have a wealth of options to study music with Mr. Suters (Band, Strings and Things) and Mr. Zotique (Composition/Sound Design, Vocal Ensemble). I am looking forward to including some exciting new multimedia options in Composition, and Vocal Ensemble is beginning to think about planning a field trip and performance out-of-state. Exciting times!

Ms. Doherty announced last Friday that the BCD Talent Show at Winthrop Theatre is coming back, which at one point was an annual school tradition. This will be a good opportunity for students (and faculty!) to keep thinking about and practicing their performing arts.

Last but not least, our local music professionals have private studios up and running as part of BCD’s extracurricular Private Music Instruction program.

By utilizing a blended pedagogy of Orff-Schülwerk, Music Learning Theory, Deep Listening, and traditional rehearsal, students from all grade levels are deeply and broadly engaged in music-learning and music-making.


Musically Yours,


Charles/Mr. Zotique

By |2017-09-25T11:48:39-05:00September 25th, 2017|

Darrow School at BCD

MS Chorus students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 were treated to a special performance, on the Adams Community Bank Stage of the Kim and James Taylor Music/Performance Room, by the high schoolers from Darrow, led by their music director Mr. Andy Warba. Students particularly seemed to enjoy noticing multi-instrumentalists who were able to perform multiple songs on different instrument parts.

Thanks, Darrow musicians!

By |2017-04-20T16:42:48-05:00April 20th, 2017|

Five Upcoming Spring Engagements

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the blooms are peeking up from the now-defrosted ground.

Time to mark your calendars for no less than five upcoming Spring Music Events! Each one of them will be a strong high-note to help culminate and close out our productive school-year of Music study. BCD community members are encouraged to attend some or all of these:

1. Private Lessons Recital

Date: April 30 2017
Time: 2-3 PM
Venue: Adams Community Bank Stage
Performers: PM on-campus private lessons students (from the studios of Bonnie McCubbin, David Pearlson, Beth Craig, Ron Gorevic, and Charles Martin)

2. Spring Music Concert

Date:May 12 2017
Time: 1:30-2:45PM
Venue: Fitzpatrick Gym
Performers: Pre-K–Arts Block

3. Spring Arts Night

Date: 5/25/17
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Venue: Adams Community Bank Stage and Arts Classrooms
Performers: Vocal Ensemble, US Band, MS band (+visual artists)

4. Vocal Ensemble in Concert at Monterey Meeting House

Date: May 26 2017
Time: 7-8 PM (5:30pm soundcheck for performers)
Venue: Monterey Meeting House
Performers: Vocal Ensemble
General public, free admission, first-come-first-serve.

5. Wind in the Willows the Musical

Date: June 2 2017
Time: 1:45-2:45PM
Venue: Adams Community Bank Stage
Performers: 1st/2nd/3rd
Max occupancy 100, first-come-first serve.

By |2017-04-14T13:03:25-05:00April 14th, 2017|

4/30/17 Recital Reminder

Happy Spring Break to all!

Just a quick reminder that our BCD Private Lessons Recital is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday April 30, 2017.

Selected students who are part of our After-school Music Program will have the opportunity to share pieces on the Adams Community Bank Stage in the new Kim and James Taylor Music/Performance Room!

If your student is enrolled in BCD afterschool lessons, feel free to connect directly with your instructor and/or myself to learn more. Program repertoire are mostly TBD at this moment.

Hope all our BCD students are having a musical break!


Mr. Martin

By |2017-03-25T13:21:37-05:00March 25th, 2017|

Music Class has moved!

Starting now, all daytime Music instruction will be given in the new space, the Kim and James Taylor Music/Performance Room. Private lessons will remain as-is.

Thanks so much to my former neighbors, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade!

Thanks also to the Vocal Ensemble, for christening the new space with their talented young voices! What a special treat to hear their rendition of “White Winter Hymnal” with full body percussion accompaniment.

It is going to be such a treat to experience the full range of our P-9 Music instruction in this innovative new space.

Preschool students will find more open space to explore creative movement and small percussion instruments. Lower School students will be able spread out during group composition, and Middle School Chorus to rehearse onstage. Arts Block composers will have better technology to utilize, and Vocal Ensemble will be able to take advantage of our stage lights and sound system for dress rehearsal. Private lessons students will be able to enjoy our new Mason & Hamlin studio piano.

What a blessing! Our kids our going to have a blast here.

Frist day in the Taylor Music/Performance Room

Musically Yours,

Charles Martin

By |2017-03-09T08:56:20-05:00March 8th, 2017|

Music Room Move!

Thanks so much to Paul, and to the Upper School students and teachers, for helping kick the new Kim and James Taylor Performance Room off to a great start.

Thanks to the Upper School, we created a human “assembly line” to transfer our robust collection of drums, Orff instruments, and small percussion from the old space to the new space. Very similar to what was done by Lower School for the Library.

What a momentous and exciting week for Music at BCD. Goodnight, all!

~Mr. Martin

By |2017-03-09T08:45:31-05:00March 7th, 2017|

Viv Caputo, Monument Band, New Room

BCD students in grades 4, 5, and 6 (AKA Middle School Chorus) had the opportunity to go off-campus to visit the Monument Mountain Jazz and Concert Band yesterday, and boy was it a treat!

The high school musicians performed various classics from jazz such as “Take Five,” as well as film score hits from “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” at the campus of Richmond CSD. Kids were delighted to hear some fun, upbeat tunes as well as beloved movie melodies.

Another treat was bumping into several BCD Alumni who were instrumentalists with the band.

Looking forward to MS Chorus’ future musical opportuntities! Maybe some of our MS musicians will end up in a HS Band! Special thanks to Ms. Doherty for finding out about the concert and coördinating logistics! I know our kiddos so appreciated the opportunity.

Other fun facts: Mrs. Vivian Caputo (former BCD Music Teacher and nationally-known Orff-Schülwerk teacher trainer) stopped by for a surprise visit this week during 3rd Grade Music class! What a coincidence that they were learning Recorder… Also, greatly looking forward to enjoying our beautiful Mason & Hamlin studio piano in the new Kim and James Taylor Music and Performance Room.

Thanks, and have a good weekend! ~CM

By |2017-03-02T15:08:16-05:00March 2nd, 2017|

Amazing (Winter Music Concert)

Weren’t they great? I am still recuperating from being blown away by our talented young musicians in grades PreK-9. From “Peace is the World Smiling,” to “White Winter Hymnal,” each student really brought their best self to the stage and to all the rehearsals before as well.


Looking forward to seeing what our performers do at Arts Night 2, Spring Concert, Private Lessons Recitals, Arts Night 3, and LS Spring Musical in the New Year! Until then, time for us all to bundle up by our hearths and enjoy some seasonal festivities…

Thanks to each and every BCD community member, you all helped bring our 2016 Winter Concert to life. Special shout-outs to Mr. Lee and the Facilities team, Mr. Spitzer for mounting Student Art, our ebullient co-M.C. Ms. Doherty, and our creative team of parent and student Elves who helped setup the beautiful concert space last night.

Lucky me to teach these amazing young musicians. Lucky us to enjoy listening to the final product of their efforts! You can access some Audio from our Winter Concert and Arts Night performances available on SoundCloud! Thanks Ms. DelCarpine for recording.

Musically Yours,

Mr. Martin

By |2016-12-09T17:38:31-05:00December 9th, 2016|