Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy believes that music and art are important and powerful aspects of our humanity that can open our minds to endless opportunities. Through the power of music, theater, and art, our students will discover their own artistic potential, develop stronger leadership and teamwork skills, and experience the power of self-esteem and self-discipline while enjoying the beauty of artistic expression.
The Academy Fine Arts curriculum offers weekly Music classes for all students including Voice, Percussion, Bells, Tin whistle, Glockenspiel, Violin, music history, genres, and contemporary music. Students in our Early Childhood Program also learn about Musical Theater. We offer weekly Art Classes for students in Grades K2 -8 where students focus on shapes, colors, art forms, portraits, landscapes, and arts and crafts.
The Academy also offers an Extended Day Fine Arts Enrichment Program where students receive 45 minute weekly classes in:
The Violin Program - Now in its sixth year, this program has grown to be the largest strings program within the city of Boston. Through our partnership with New England Conservatory and Suzuki Institute of Boston, small group classes are offered for students in Pre-K - Grade 8.
The Guitar Program - These classes are a fun introduction to acoustic guitar for students in Grades 2 - 8. Students advance quickly in these group classes as they study different genres while chords and strumming styles are developed.
The Keyboard Program - Small group classes are taught to students in Grades 1 - 8 where the child is introduced to the fundamentals of keyboard.
The Smart Art Program - New this year! The class is focused for students in Grades 4 - 8 who love to draw. Students will learn to develop their skills in small groups exploring new art forms. Neponset Campus Only
*Please note that classes are carefully crafted based on child’s age and level of instruction with classes at 2:45 primarily for beginner students. Classes at 3:45 are reserved for beginner and intermediate level and classes at 4:45 are typically reserved for advanced students. As students progress on their chosen instrument, they are eligible for private instruction in our Gifted and Talented Program based on teacher recommendation.
The Academyalso offers Evening Programs for students from all campuses. All rehearsals take place at the Lower Mills Campus.
Strings Ensemble Program – Led by Rob Flax and Allyn McCourt, this program is open to all students who have played violin for at least six months. This program takes place on Mondays from 6:30PM to 8PM. There is no charge to participate.
Academy Theater Program - Led by Kevin Black, with choreography from Kathy Encarnacao, this program is open to all students in Grades 2 - 8. The program will be restricted to the first 50 students. Theater takes place on Thursdays from 6PM to 8:30PM. The Wiz, Seussical the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, and Once on This Island.
Performances - Students participate in monthly Liturgies, annual Spring and Christmas shows, and special events throughout the year including Press Conferences, Graduation, the After School Music Enrichment Concert, and performances for the President of Ireland and Prime Minister of Ireland.
Students enjoy performances throughout the school year with New England Conservatory, Boston City Singers, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Suzuki Institute of Boston, Discovery Ensemble, The Strand Theater, Mark O'Connor Strings Camp, Berklee College of Music, Big Band Concerts, and A Far Cry Ensemble.
Click here for the Extended Day Fine Arts Brochure . Registration forms are available at all campuses.
To sponsor an instrument, class, performance or work shop, please visit our How to Help page and click on Donate.
PJPIICA is honored to partner with the following organizations:
PJPIICA is a proud member of El Sistema USA.