bergenPAC Performing Arts School for everyone
Even if your kid has only sung along to a Disney soundtrack or been acting in skits at home, there’s a program for them at bergenPAC Performing Arts School. Classes are diverse and offered for all ages, starting with infants in mommy and me music classes to young adults. And no worries about having a prerequisite of skills— they offer a range of courses from beginner to advanced. Everyone can have access to private sessions or group classes in dance, including jazz, hip hop, ballet, and modern, voice, choir, acting, and musical theater classes. “Our teachers come from a wide variety of arts disciplines and are seasoned experts in their field. Many are still active performers today. They offer our students the unique perspective of knowing what it’s like and what it takes to be in the real world of a working artist,” says Becky Serico, Director of Education at bergenPAC Performing Arts School, as well as a voice instructor and opera singer. “Students also have the opportunity to work with top-notch stars performing on our stage. Past artists have been Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.” And with an end-of-year show on the bergenPAC stage (this year’s musical production is slated to be The Lion King), they can proudly show off their talents to friends, family, and general audience members.
bergenROCKS: A unique music program
If you’ve got a kid itching to shred on guitar, get their groove on the drums, or sing their heart out to a beat, the bergenROCKS program is for them. This comprehensive performance-based jazz and rock-based music program for students aged five through eighteen offers in-studio lessons and group playing opportunities. “The program covers the fundamentals of music, such as sight-reading, theory, and instrumental and vocal technique, in a rock music format,” says Kathy Sheppard, director of bergenROCKs and a musician who’s worked with rock bands and the School of Rock in New York City. Kids can take private lessons to learn electric bass, drums, keyboard, saxophone, or voice and then are evaluated to join level-appropriate ensembles. The ensembles work on short programs based on different themes, which include progressive rock, funk, and soul, and even focused ones like music from The Beatles. At the end of the programs, students feel like superstars when they perform on the bergenPAC stage while getting the chance to meet national touring artists when they come to the stage.
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30 Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 482-8194 x 68