SSC Open House: Discover, Develop, Dream

By Lorna Jane Norris
An eye-opening thing happened to me a few weeks ago. On July 5, I went to buy a table for my back deck. After the grey, cold and rainy June, the temperature was in the 70’s and it was finally time for some outside living. So I headed to Target only to find… the patio furniture had already been replaced by
back-to-school stuff! Ouch. Having been in denial for the past four weeks, I have now officially come to terms with the fact that the summer is winding down and the new academic year is just around the corner. Inhale… exhale.

As we all begin preparing for the inevitable, I hope you will mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, September 10 from 2-4 pm for SSC’s Fall Open House. We’ve got an exciting array of trial programs to show you, and the open house format allows you to explore our educational continuum in a relaxed, fun and informative way. Our staff and faculty will be available to help you determine suitable programs for your school-age children and of course there will be plenty of interactive demo classes to experience.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

For children under six, there will be demo classes for Music Together®, Music Sprouts, Discovering Music, Discovering Drama, Pre-Primary Ballet and Primary Ballet. Visitors are invited to learn more about SSC’s award-winning, arts-integrated Preschool/PreK/Kindergarten programs. We are launching a new FUNdamentals series for ages six and up in rhythm, singing, piano and fiddle, combining skill development with music-making and making new friends. Budding young actors ages six through twelve take center stage for Let’s Put on a Show, and young dancers can participate in a ballet demo.

Suzuki lessons begin as young as age three and a half, and our Suzuki-certified faculty will be eager to explain the Suzuki philosophy and help you assess your family’s readiness for instruction in violin, viola, cello, flute, guitar, piano, and bass. We’ve got the cutest mini violins and guitars for to hear and try out.

For students who want to rock and roll, what better way to spend the afternoon than hanging out with the jazz/rock/pop department? Student rock bands show off what they’ve got, and school-aged visitors are encouraged to join in a band for the afternoon. Bring your voice or instrument and all your friends to check out our rapidly growing Rock Band program.

SSC’s creative arts therapies (CAT) department welcomes students ages 8-11 with sensory or physical needs to try a Music and Movement Group, focusing on self-expression and social interaction through exploration of rhythm instruments. This class is facilitated by a board-certified music therapist who will also be available to provide information about the full range of CAT services for people who learn differently.

We will offer financial incentives for families who register on the day for private music lessons and group classes so save the date and come join us. Between now and then, enjoy every minute of the rest of the summer and if you’ve got a patio table spare, you know where to find me!

South Shore Conservatory is located at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham. Admission to all activities is free of charge. For more information, contact Lorna Jane Norris, Vice President of Education at, 781-749-7565, ext. 23, visit, or follow South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or Twitter.

Lorna Jane Norris is South Shore Conservatory’s VP of Education.

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