Thursday, June 9, 2011


beyondEDUCATION at bergenPAC Announces
WHEN: Friday, June 24, at 10 AM
bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
ENROLL NOW: 201.816.8160, ext 35
Summer Session:   Tuesdays, June 28 –August 9 (7 weeks)
Fall Session:           Tuesdays, September 13 – November 1

  • Interactive program for parents and their children (ages 0-4)
  • Sing and Dance to classic children’s music with a world beat
  • Cultivate and stimulate the innate musical nature of our children
BAIN GROUPMusic Speaks is an early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children, ages 0 through 4 1/2 years old. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs with a world beat bringing out the innate musical nature of young children. Parents interact with their children and live music in sessions aimed at expanding creativity, bondin, and the proven cognitive development gained by introducing children to music at a young age.
"We are pleased to offer this important new program aimed at pre-K music enrichment" said Executive Director David Rodriguez "at this time when budget cuts have eliminated access to arts education for many, the needs have never been greater to create  opportunities that enrich and are accessible to our young people.  We thank the teachers, artists, parents and donors who have made this program a reality."
Wendy Bain has been selected to run Music Speaks at bergenPAC and brings with her over a decade of direct experience in arts education for children. 
The classes run for 45 minutes, and are designed to introduce musically driven activities such as chants, finger plays, and small and large movements using a variety of age appropriate musical instruments.  The classes allow children and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn and discover the wonders and benefits of music!
The theater brought together musical volunteers including Broadway vocalist, Kelli Agresta as well as side men from New Jersey based bands including Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny who all volunteered their time to create the unique music CD that will be given out to enrolled little ones.
Music Speaks is part of bergenPAC's Beyond Education program, offering arts instruction to over 30,000 young people throughout northern New Jersey each year.  Through this program, world-class artists offer opportunities for master classes, performance and enrichment.  Scholarships allow this program, like all other education programs at bergenPAC, to ensure no child is turned away because of an inability to pay.
Other beyondEDUCATION Classes Enrolling NOW!
Children ages 3-18

beyondDANCE, New Jersey's premiere school for creative movement, offers classes in a myriad of disciplines for all children. World class teachers from Broadway, Alvin Ailey, ABT as well as dancers and choreographers from current music videos teach students in classes ranging from hip-hop to ballet, tap to jazz, modern to ethnic and much more.
beyondTHEATER is an after-school and summer program where students mount original musical theater and dramatic works, receive instruction on acting, vocal, and audition technique, and learn about theater and the professional process through “hands on” experience. Students can audition for final projects including bergenPAC's touring Glee Club and this summer's musical production of Fame.
beyondRECORDING is collaboration between bergenPAC and Grammy-winning Bennett Studios where students take classes to learn about record production and music. Students create final projects based on local school ensembles, local talent and high school musicals.  Selected students work on major recording projects as collaborations between Bennett Studios and BergenPAC.
beyondSTAGE includes a series of Master Classes and Artist Talk Backs where students experience workshops with professional arts instructors and performing artists. Dionne Warwick, stage designers from the Pink Floyd Experience, Itzhak Perlman, The Russian National Ballet, Lewis Black, acrobats from Cirque Mechanics, Robert Wuhl and principal dancers from Pilobolus will all participate in the program this year!

For more information about beyondEDUCATION at bergenPAC call
201.816.8160 Ext. 49 or visit