St. Paul's Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Music Academy

Open to all 2nd to 8th graders in Gardner and surrounding towns.

St. Paul’s Music Academy is a program of music instruction and choir singing open to all children who are in the 2nd through 8th grades.  Attendance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is not required. This is a community children’s music program. Membership is not restricted to members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

St. Paul’s Music Academy uses a music education approach, teaching children how to read and write music and to sing in choir groupings. The goal is to provide children with an understanding of music which they can enjoy for a lifetime, and musical skills they can use to sing in any choir.  Instruction is structured and tailored to each child’s heart and voice.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays in the Choir Room from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

There is NO COST for materials and Semester One and Two are FREE.

St. Paul’s Music Academy uses the Royal School of Church Music in America curriculum, Voice for Life.  Voice for Life teaches students to use their voices properly, gives them music reading skills, teaches understanding of choir music, and offers the opportunity to perform short programs of music. Singers study several levels of music, with a goal of graduating successfully into the next level. Awards are given for successful completion of levels.  The program is ideal for children who would like to have the best musical training possible.

This year marks a new chapter in the musical life at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with this new program of music instruction for Elementary School students.  The program will include 16 lessons divided into two Semesters of Study.  All lessons will be on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00. Lessons will be held in the choir room. Parents are welcome to stay and learn with their children.  There will be a Mid-Program Open House and a Concluding Performance at St. Paul’s. 

There is no charge for lessons or materials, but students MUST register in advance to have materials ready for them to use.  Please register online at St. Paul’s website using the Contact form (click here), or sign up by phone with the church secretary at


Ms. Judy Greenlees is the music instructor for St. Paul’s Music Academy. She has more than 34 years of teaching experience. She has a B.A. in Music from California State University Fullerton and an M.B.A. from New York Institute of Technology. She has passed initial CBEST and MTEL tests.  She is a published author, commissioned artist, and educator.