Directory of Classes & Enrichment Programs in Western MA

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Amherst Ballet

ONLINE CLASSES: Amherst Ballet is offering all of their regular classes online starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, until in-person instruction resumes at a later date.

Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst Ballet offers classical ballet & modern classes for dancers ages 4-18. New this season are Hip Hop & Children’s Yoga. Adult ballet classes of all levels run on a drop-in basis. Amherst Ballet strives to create an environment that nurtures each student’s creativity, talents, and well-being while giving them the tools and training to become world-class artists. Their goal for each student is the achievement of fearlessness, joy, and confidence in one’s abilities. They train dancers of all ages, backgrounds, body types, and levels of experience, and offer a comprehensive dance education that draws from traditional & contemporary schools. 413-549-1555.

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Skating Club of Amherst

Amherst, MA ♦ Skate with the Skating Club of Amherst, the oldest figure skating club in Western MA. They are offering professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced. Basic Skills group lessons for ages 4 to adult are offered September to June on Sundays from 5:50-6:30pm at UMass-Amherst Mullins Center practice rink in Amherst. Additional instruction in free-skate, moves in the field, and ice dance for skaters interested in competing and testing. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating and is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Join them at the rink! Registration forms for sessions beginning in September, November, January and April at, email or by calling 413-253-6388.

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Miss Leticia Music School

ONLINE LESSONS: Miss Leticia Music School online lessons using FaceTime or Zoom for Beginners to Advanced Students in ukulele, guitar, bass, drums and voice. Contact to sign up.

Amherst, MA Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, a Capella, and Voice lessons, all in one location for all ages. Beginning Groups include Beginning Ukulele I & II, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Rock Band, and Girls Rock Band. Intermediate/Advanced Groups include Ukulele, Guitar/Ukulele, Intermediate Boys Rock, Adv Girls Rock Band. Adult classes include Beginning & Intermediate Guitar, Beginning & Intermediate Ukulele, and Rock Band. Many more private and group lessons available. Teachers include Leticia Davies (Guitar/Ukulele, Voice); Rusty Daniels (Rock Guitar, Bass, Drums); Gruff Davies (Rock Band); Rhys Davies (Rock Band). After school, evening, and weekend classes. For complete schedule & to register:

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Primetime After-School Program at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Amherst, MAPrimetime After-School Program at Crocker Farm Elementary School is operated by the Town of Amherst, Department of Leisure Services. The program provides homework help, field trips, art, enrichment activities, sports, and other recreation activities. Primetime Afterschool Program employs an experienced director and staff who are CPR and First Aid certified. The program is also licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Primetime Afterschool Program operates Monday – Friday from 3:15-5:30 p.m. The cost of the program is: $68.00 a day or full time for just $306.00 per month. Fee subsidy funds are available for income eligible families. For more information call: 413-259-3065.

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Pioneer Valley Strings

Amherst & South Hadley, MAMusic lessons, Music Appreciation, and String Ensemble. Join Pioneer Valley Strings’ newest class: Music Appreciation Class (An overview of the history of Western Classical Music). The class runs from September through May (16 classes total) on alternate Saturdays. The large string ensemble has openings for violinists, violists, and cellists age 12 and up (including adults). They are also accepting new violin, viola, and cello students (all skill levels) as well as music composition students. More information available on their website. 413-345-5062 ♦

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Pioneer Valley Ballet

Easthampton, MA ♦ Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for its 2019-2020 Season. PVB offers 11-week pre-professional ballet training sessions in the fall, winter, and spring, plus community dance classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults. FALL 2019 KICKOFF: Fall Session begins September 9. Get to know PVB at its Open House on September 4. Then get excited for The Nutcracker at the “In a Nutshell” party on September 7. Join the cast: Nutcracker Community Auditions (ages 5-10) will also be held September 7, for performances December 13-15. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. Visit them online to explore classes and events and to register. 413-527-6363 ♦

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CyclePottery Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding Classes

Florence, MA ♦ Kids, Teens, and Adults! Join new friends and neighbors this Fall for Wheel Throwing and Hand Building classes at CyclePottery, beginning the second week in September. Fall/Winter session starts in late October. All levels of instruction are offered. Holiday & Vacation Workshops, Weekend Workshops, Private Lessons, Birthday Parties, Friends’ Night Out, and Cycle Sampler Classes are all offered throughout the year and upon request. For more information, visit their website or on Instagram: @CyclePottery. For questions and inquiries, send an email to 413-333-8893.

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Michael Nix, NixWorks Music Lessons and Classes


Greenfield, MA ♦ High-quality music lessons! Welcoming students in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Michael Nix offers private instruction, classes, coaching for performers, and prep for college and performance auditions – serving the private instruction and home-school community since 1980. Friendly, fun, supportive lessons tailored to the interests and needs of the student. Guitar (Classical, Steel String, Electric), Banjo (5-String, Tenor), Mandolin, Uke, Composition, Theory. Group Classes offered when practical. Zoom, Skype, and other online platforms. References available. 413-772-0328.

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Celtic Heels & Devine Dance

Greenfield, MA ♦ Celtic Heels offers more than just a dance class. Their goal is to foster a love of both dance and life. They offer empowerment, optimism, and confidence in their growing dancers. They are a performance school with a focus on teamwork where each student is allowed to progress at their own comfort level while being challenged along the way. Their class offerings in Irish Dance, Ballet, and Tap set a solid foundation for rhythm, balance, extension, and strength that can be applicable in many other activities. Classes offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays in Greenfield. Information and registration: 413-475-3353;;

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YMCA Family Memberships

Greenfield, MA ♦ Experience the very best with a YMCA in Greenfield Family Membership. When you and your family become members of the YMCA in Greenfield, you become part of Y family; full of caring members and dedicated, supportive staff. Your membership represents an investment in your family, as well as the mission of our Y; as they Y seeks to serve both members and the community, by enhancing the quality of life in Franklin County. Find your healthy – find your community – find yourself – at your YMCA in Greenfield. Free ChildWatch for ages 8 week-7 years. Free Game Room fun for children ages 6+. Fun Family events on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons at no extra cost. Free Dodgeball & Floor Hockey for ages 6-10. Discounts on summer camps, classes, and more! 413-773-3646.

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Upside-Up Music: Music Together/Kids’ Jam

Shelburne Falls, Ashfield, & Greenfield, MA ♦ All children are musical! Early-childhood & elementary music programs in the western Mass hilltowns. Music Together (birth-5) includes singing, small & large movement, percussion instrument play & more, preparing the child for a lifetime of musical expression. Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop (ages 5-7 + sibs) is a Kodály-based curriculum created by Lui Collins, which focuses on singing games, songs, solfége and rhythm exercises, hand bells, and other percussion instrument play. It fills in the gap between the early-childhood music program and formal instrumental or vocal lessons, by broadening and deepening the early-elementary child’s musical experience in a playful community setting. Parents participate in all classes; tuition includes CD & Songbook. 10-week sessions Fall and Spring, 6-week Summer. For more information/registration: 413-628-0197;;

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Wolf Tree Programs

Montague, MA ♦ Wolf Tree’s programs are designed to foster children’s curiosity and connection to nature in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Experienced and engaging instructors help them learn essential leadership and team-building skills, develop confidence, and become stewards of the land and local communities. Learn to make fire and rope, plant and tree identification, wildlife tracking, outdoor cooking, nature crafts, and more. Wolf Tree Programs fosters healthy relationships to self and community through nature immersion and wilderness living skills. They offer a variety of summer and school year programs for children and adults. Sending kids home happy since 2007! 413-775-3181.

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A2Z YoYo School

Northampton, MA ♦ Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. For changes or questions, visit or contact, or call 413-586-1611. *Note YoYo School takes a break Nov 29-Dec 24.

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Academy of Music Theatre Fall Musical Theatre Classes

Northampton, MAAcademy of Music Theatre Youth Programs is offering new Musical Theatre class sessions for Fall 2019! Fall Musical Theatre class sessions are designed to support learning that will continue in both the winter musical and the summer program. It will include a body warm-up, theater/improv games, and dance class. Over the eight weeks, the student will be able to learn the lyrics, character development, and dance for several pieces of music. There is no previous experience necessary. Classes will take place at Pine Box Studios at the Brushworks Arts & Industry Building. September 23-November 11, 2019 for ages 5-16. For more info, call 413-584-9032, email, or visit

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Nerissa Nields Local Chorus

ONLINE LESSONS: Creative writing groups for t(w)een/teens starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020. All genres at 4pm. Songwriting at 7pm. Click here for details.

Northampton, MA ♦ Nerissa Nields runs a Local Chorus for ages 5-13, a performance group in 3-part harmony. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 4-4:45pm at The Montessori School of Northampton starting September 17, 2019, and running for 15 weeks through MLK day (no meetings on school holidays). Cost: $225. For older kids who want a challenge, Nerissa offers Focus Chorus, a four-part harmony group for ages 11-16. Meetings are Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm in Little Blue Studio in Northampton. Cost is $265 for 15 weeks, starting September 17, 2019.

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The Northampton Center for the Arts Classes & Workshops

Northampton Center for the Arts is thrilled to be offering Creative Dance (ages 3-7), Creative Jazz (ages 7+) and Adult Ballet (14+) online! New classes will be uploaded on Wednesdays by 4pm.

Northampton, MA ♦ The Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley offers youth and adult classes in art, dance, music, theatre, writing, and more! Fall 2019, you will find classes in jazz and modern dance, ballet, visual art, puppet-making, and balloon twisting. New classes added throughout the year, so please visit their web site regularly! This year, the Center is expanding ArtPlay, a unique school vacation creative arts program for children ages 6-12, as well as Arts Night Out activities. The Center also offers affordable rental space for artists, educators, and local organizations, while developing programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections. 413-584-7327;;

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Northampton Suzuki Studio

Easthampton, MA“Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.” – Shinichi Suzuki. Nurturing the unlimited potential of each child through the study of music, Northampton Suzuki Studio offers violin instruction following the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. Nationally-acclaimed teacher Christa Muller Hendricks has registered Suzuki training in all 10 Units of violin repertoire and is one of three teachers in Massachusetts to be awarded the prestigious Suzuki Certificate of Achievement in recognition of excellence in pedagogy and student performance. Northampton Suzuki Studio is currently enrolling children ages three and older and offers a full Suzuki curriculum, including private lessons, group classes, and community performance opportunities. 413-570-3286.

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Barrington Stage Company

STAY CONNECTED: Mondays on Barrington Stage Company’s Facebook page, their Education Deptartment will be posting fun improv and theatre games to play at home.

Pittsfield, MA ♦ The Barrington Stage Company Education Department mission is to awaken the minds, imaginations, and creative power of children, teenagers, and young adults by providing opportunities to experience the joy of live theatre as performers, writers, technicians, and audience members. KidsAct! & TeensAct! are summer camps for ages 7–14 to create new musical plays. KidsAct! Jr. is in the fall and spring for ages 4–6. Auditions for Youth Theatre are in January, which extends the professionalism of an Equity production to local youth, 13-19, with performances in summer. The renowned Playwright Mentoring Project starts in October, for local young people, 13–19, to create plays based on their lives. More info:

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Music Lessons with Colin Ward

Pittsfield, MA & Private Home Lessons ♦ Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at, or DM him via Facebook messenger at

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Starlight’s Youth Theatre

Sunderland, MA ♦ Theatre classes for grades K-12! Starlight’s Youth Theatre welcomes students from all over the valley under the direction of the Cyn Strycharz. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Their priority is the development of the child, using theatre as the tool to build self-esteem, communication, and confidence. Focusing on process over product, they invite children to enter, enjoy, and expand their imagination in the world of theater. Offering Fall, Spring, & Summer programming, everyone can be a star at Starlight. Classes & rehearsals are held at Mapleridge Community Center at 659 Amherst Road (Route 116). More info:;

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