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All campers will be enrolled in one mini class that meets daily. Here students will be able to refine skills already learned or pick up new skills by taking a class like steel drums. Class placement is based on application date. Certain classes have a limited number of seats so apply early! A list of the classes offered to campers is listed below.
High School vocalists do not select classes. Vocalists will all be enrolled in Choir, Musical Theatre, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Staging for Singers,
Song Literature, and other topics which pertain specifically to vocal students.
For ALL campers. Rehearsal begins early, before all other activities begin but well worth it. One of the most popular classes of camp!
ANY high school student can participate in learning scenes of a Broadway musical. A performance on Friday night does not conflict with any other concerts. Come have a blast on stage!
Explore the tricks of the trade for string playing. Learn jazz, rock, Celtic, and fiddling techniques. Strings only.
Discover many standards of string literature, including style, small and large ensembles, score reading, and basic orchestral conducting.
High School Strings only.
Double Reed Making
Learn the different styles of making oboe or bassoon reeds. (Bring $10 cash to cover materials.)
Oboe and Bassoon students only.
Transform your playing with tips that create better tone, intonation, vibrato, and faster fingers. Includes introduction to piccolo technique. Jr or Sr High flutists.
A survey of rudimentary drum techniques that apply to traditional drumline preparation. Jr or Sr High percussionists.
Electric Guitar Class
Learn the basics of electric guitar. Camper must provide guitar and amp.
Jazz Bass Class
Improve your electric or upright bass skills to accommodate the many jazz idioms. Camper must provide instrument and amp.
Learn the beat patterns, style, score reading, and rehearsal techniques for conductors. This is for those who have never enrolled in conducting before.
The next step for conducting students, this is an invaluable class for student band or orchestra conductors and drum majors. Sr High students only.
Improve your counting & rhythmic skills as applied to any and all styles of music.
**All first-year 6th and 7th grade campers are automatically enrolled in this class.
Learn sight reading skills to make learning new music easier for solos and ensembles.
History of Composers
Explore through videos and recordings the history of composers and their music. Highlights of musical standards through time will be brought to life.
Learn chord changes and voicing to play with lively jazz combos!
Discover how to play jazz improv! Experiment with outrageous ideas and gain comfort performing on your own instrument. Sections open to sax, trumpet, and trombone.
Theory and Ear Training
Train your ear to hear and identify melodies, intervals, and chords. Learn the basics of music how music is structured and organized.
For more advanced students who have had previous theory training and want to dive deeper into how to write your own music. High School students only.
Due to limited size, students must register early! With your own computer, you will create musical & video projects. High School students only.
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