Transitioning to Virtual Learning

Friday, July 31, 2020

As you’ve hopefully noticed in your interactions with us over the years, we strive to put compassion, community, and connection at the center of all that we do here at ATA. In this spirit, we have decided to open this fall with exclusively online programming.

Our teachers have demonstrated their creativity and dedication to providing instruction of the highest quality, and we have thoughtfully designed and refined our programs to provide the most value to our students this fall. Nothing is more important to us than the continued safety of our students and faculty, their families, and the wider community.

Pre-registration for private lessons will begin in early August, and registration for theatre, music, and early childhood programs will start soon after. Keep an eye on our website, your inbox, and your social media feeds for more details. An update on everything happening this fall will be coming soon!

The Conversations with an Artist auction will be relaunching August 8 and will include an opportunity for bidders to contribute to the recently-established ATA Scholarship Fund. Thanks to all of you who contributed to or participated in our Curtains Up! auction this Spring. Because of your generosity, ATA will be able to continue offering financial aid to those who apply and qualify for scholarship funds. Applications are available here and should be submitted before registering for lessons or classes.

We miss seeing and hearing our students in the halls of One Grafton Common and will continue to assess and prepare to transition back to an in-person learning environment once it is safe. We care about each one of you and appreciate your support and commitment to Apple Tree Arts. Together, let’s continue to make the world a more beautiful place through the performing arts.

Sending all the best,
Alaina Calloway Bolton
Incoming Executive Director
Music Education Director

Friday, June 12, 2020

After much deliberation and continued assessment of best practices around COVID-19 safety measures, Apple Tree Arts has moved all June and July programming to online platforms. The safety of our community is our first priority and while we miss seeing our students in person, we believe it is imperative to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. However, we have plenty of exciting, high-quality, live virtual programs available for the summer! Our online classes and lessons have been proven to be fun, effective, and engaging thanks to our dedicated theatre arts and music faculty. Click here to view a full list of our upcoming summer offerings. We continue to monitor recommendations from the state, as well as research and guidelines from national performing arts organizations, as we plan to reopen our physical space when we are safely able to do so.

Please keep an eye on emails from us to stay up to date with new information and upcoming opportunities!

Monday, March 23, 2020

As in many other parts of the country, tomorrow Massachusetts residents stay-at-home until medical and government officials flatten the COVID-19 curve in our state. We care about you and have come up with several opportunities to help our communities (in Massachusetts and beyond) cope with the anxiety and uncertainty that you might experience over the next few weeks. These plans will also ensure that we keep our staff and faculty employed.

Our staff and instructors have quickly stepped up to bring you virtual learning opportunities. One-on-one instrumental and voice lessons are now available online using Zoom. Group classes including Mixed Age Move & Groove for ages 1-4, KiddyKeys for ages 3-5, and Keyboard Magic for ages 6-9 will open for registration later this week.

The Theatre Arts department is providing twice weekly online group rehearsals for “Willy Wonka Kids” actors and offering online options to Performance Troupe students. After weeks of rehearsals, Willy Wonka (scheduled to open last weekend) had to be put on hold. We hope you will support us by watching clips of group rehearsals and actors rehearsing at home on social media as we continue to prepare for our performance.

Please share videos with us that show you creating and/or enjoying the arts while you are sheltering at home. Share your movies on social media with the hashtags: #ATACreativeLearning and #ArtsConnect and email them to us, too, at

Check our social media daily for updates on additional online/remote opportunities that will keep you busy singing, playing, and acting. If you have ideas or programs you would like to see us roll out, let us know by emailing

Apple Tree Arts is committed to bringing high-quality music and theatre arts education to people of all ages, identities, and abilities in central Massachusetts and around the country.