New music program set for grades 3 to 5

Last week, the Dorchester-based music education organization Boston City Singers and the Paraclete Center announced a new music program in South Boston for children in grades 3-5. It will launch next month.

Singers will learn folk songs from their own traditions while developing life-long skills, including leadership, active listening, and collaboration. The program will be led by Sarah Eastman, who is also director of Boston City Singers Jamaica Plain Training Chorus. 

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring our program to South Boston,” said Boston City Singers Founding Artistic Director Jane Money in a press release. “We look forward to working with the Paraclete Center to help broaden children’s horizons by introducing them to the joys of learning, performing, and appreciating music from around the world.” 

“We look forward to participating in the first of its kind pilot program here in South Boston with the Boston City Singers,” said Paraclete Center Executive Director Joseph Burnieika. “We view this pilot program as just the beginning of what we hope will be a long-term association with one of Boston’s premier youth programs.

“Paraclete is uniquely positioned to be the site of the first South Boston-based program of this all-inclusive youth program and we anticipate a wide recruitment of children from all of South Boston.” 

Classes will meet once a week at the Paraclete Center in South Boston starting on Thurs., March 12, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 pm. Cost of the program is $50 for six classes, which includes a showcase performance for parents and friends. Financial assistance is available based on need.

Interested families should send an email to Info@bostoncitysingers. org with PARACLETE in the subject line or call 617-825-0674 for additional information.