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Instrumental Rental Nights!

Each year the Worcester Public Schools brings several instrument rental companies together at a school to make renting instruments easier for our families.

  • Burncoat Middle School : Thursday, Sept. 6, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sullivan Middle School : Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30-7:30 pm

Worcester Public Schools After School Band and Orchestra Program

The Burncoat UNITES program conceived and directed by students provides students with youth development opportunities and  ensemble opportunities that may not be available at their home school. We are free to any WPS instrumental student in grades 4-12. We operate Wednesday and Thursday from 2-5PM from October through March.

See more at our website: Burncoat UNITES

Elementary In-School Instrumental Lessons Program

The Worcester Public Schools offers small group instrumental instruction in violin, viola, cello,    (strings) flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone(winds). Students are responsible for providing their own instrument and accessories. You may register at school or online.

Please refer questions to your school music teacher.
Lessons will begin the week of September 10th.
Space is limited.
Register here: Elementary Instrumental Lessons

Does your school offer lessons? Strings students start at grade 3 and winds students start at grade 4.

Belmont St: winds on WednesdaysBurncoat Prep: FridaysClark St.: Mondays
Chandler Magnet: winds on TuesdayCity View: winds on MondaysFlagg St: winds on Mondays, strings on Fridays
Hiatt Magnet: winds on Monday and WednesdayLincoln St: WednesdaysMay St.: winds on Wednesdays
Midland St.: strings on FridaysMcGrath: MondaysNelson Place: winds on Tuesdays
Norrback: ThursdaysRice Square: strings on TuesdayRoosevelt: strings on Tuesday and Wednesday
Thorndyke Rd: ThursdaysVernon Hill: strings on MondayWawecus Rd.: strings on Wednesday, winds on Friday
West Tatnuck: winds on TuesdayWorcester Arts Magnet: winds on Fridays, strings TBA 

Our Community Partners

Our community partners make us successful and remind our students of the power of partnership. They provide financial and artistic support , including master classes, organizational advice, guest conducting and more. 

Boston Symphony Orchestra Days in the Arts The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with a high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art with their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment. Each year, 13 Worcester Public Schools students in grades 6 or 7 take part in this amazing experience.

Mechanics Hall is the premier event venue and concert hall in Central Massachusetts. Renowned for its elegance and sound qualities, the Hall's cultural significance, its stunning décor and architectural detail have earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits.

Worcester Youth Orchestras: Founded in 1947, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained a presence in Central Massachusetts for more than 60 years offering musical training, orchestral experiences and fostering life long friendships for aspiring young musicians.

Worcester Schubertiad: Presents professional vocal and instrumental chamber music for the community, to educate youth toward improved creativity and to create performance opportunities for professional musicians and aspiring students of music in Central Massachusetts and beyond.

The Ensemble is a monthly newsletter reporting the latest developments in the U.S. El Sistema movement.

Music Worcester To perpetuate the legacy of the historic Worcester Music Festival, the nation's oldest festival, by enriching the cultural life of Central Massachusetts and its surrounding areas  For more information, go to

The Worcester Cultural Coalition ( WCC) is a public-private partnership established in 1999 between the City of Worcester and twelve cultural organizations. Today membership stands at 75 organizations, accounting for more than 2.7 million visitors to Worcester in calendar 2015, up from 1.5 million in 2006. Its mission is to draw on Worcester’s rich and diverse cultural assets to foster economic revitalization, support active, creative engagement for all and promote a strong cultural identity for Greater Worcester.

Crocodile River Music  brings African music, art, and dance to New England and beyond through residencies, performances and outreach events.

Beyond School time opportunities for students

The Hanover Theatre Conservatory School offers acting, dance, technical theater and music classes to children and adults.

The Joy of Music Community Music School  offers private music lessons, ensembles and classes taught by an outstanding faculty dedicated to the art of teaching.  Children, teens and adults at all levels of ability experience a musical community that is supportive, non-competitive and inspiring.

The Pakachoag Music School offers private lessons, a comprehensive Student Performance Program, early childhood Music Together classes, theater for younger folk (close to the Quinsigammond Village neighborhood), and other group classes. They’re committed to challenging and supporting students in achieving success, on and off-stage.