Welcome to the Dever Elementary School music programming page!

Dever Music Education and Programming

As our music programming is largely performance-based, students have the opportunity to play hand drums, engage in creative movement, sing, learn to play a string instrument, and pursue piano studies in our Lang Lang Piano Lab. And while we believe that the study of music is in and of itself a worthwhile endeavor, we also know that the study of music augments our students’ abilities in other academic areas as well, evinced in our school-wide arts integrated curriculums.

Music Specialists

Mr. Dan Mack, Piano Specialist

Entering his fourth year at Dever Elementary, Dan Mack is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University. With 20 years of experience in music education, Mr. Mack has taught early childhood through undergraduate studies in New York, Colorado, San Francisco, New Hampshire, and Boston.

Mr. Thomas Brennan, General Music

Thom Brennan is entering his first year of teaching at Dever Elementary. He is a graduate from the Berklee College of Music with a bachelors in trumpet performance and has recently attained his Masters of Education from the Boston Conservatory. Thom has been a lifelong lover of music and enjoys sharing his passion for music with all of his students.

Instrument/Vocal Studies & Funding with External Partners

As our programming has been developing rapidly over these past few years, we are proud to have the growing support of many external partners.

The Lang Lang Foundation — The donation of our incredible new piano lab was made possible by the generosity of the Lang Lang Foundation. Our students now enjoy the use of 25 weighted key grand piano action Roland keyboards. The Lang Lang Foundation believes that all children should have access to a music education, regardless of their background. They strive to educate, inspire, and motivate the next generation of music lovers and performers. The unique programs encourage music performance at all levels as a means of social and emotional development for today’s youth. By igniting a child’s passion for music, the Lang Lang Foundation helps children worldwide to aim for a better future. Check out this video of our 3rd grade students in action!

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra — Through the Crescendo program, our students have been studying woodwind, brass, and string instruments in a group setting with instructors from the BPO. This year, we have 30 students studying violin, with more to come on woodwind and brass instruments. Additionally, the BPO has performed at our school for our students on numerous occasions through the years.

The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston — The H&H Society has performed numerous concerts here at the Dever, and this year, some of our students will be participating in formal choral studies with members of the H&H Chorus.

The Musary — Brand new violins are being loaned to our students through the generous contribution of The Musary. Our students will have their own violin assigned to them for the entire school year for group lessons, individual practice, and performances. We strongly believe a love of music will be instilled in our students, just as John Ryan Pike, in whose loving memory The Musary was founded, would have intended to happen.