Class Descriptions

African Drumming (Ages 4 to 11)
In this introductory class, we will learn basic hand drumming techniques used in African, Latin and Brazilian percussion pieces. Our emphasis will be to learn how to maintan complimentary rhythms in group arrangements that draw from rich percussive musical traditions around the world. We will continue to develop these pieces throughout the entire week.

Art (Ages 4 to 11) Young artists will explore hands on art history works along with composers of the period, while creating their own masterpieces in the style of master artists. We are so happy to be sharing the love of art with all of you again this year. We have 4 projects that will be very exciting. Students will be painting, drawing, weaving and wire sculpting. They will learn about artists and countries that have originated from all of these types of art. Some artists will include George Rodrigue, Keith Haring and Giacometti.  Please dress for the mess, as some of the materials may stain clothing, so be sure to bring an old art shirt. I hope all of you will join us for the fun.  A $20 materials fee will be collected at registration. Checks should be payable to Jennifer Stevens.

Comedy Improv (Ages 10 and Up) In this class, students will explore the art of improvisational theater and improv comedy through a variety of fun games and exercises that everyone will enjoy. The students will learn to think creatively, collaborate with others, and be confident in the moment—all skills that help musicians and actors alike. The course will be taught by Natalie Younger from The pH Comedy Theater in Chicago, who will take you through a hilarious journey through improv.  Skits may be performed on Fun Night.

Composition (Ages 12 and up)
Composition lessons are offered for those who have an interest in writing music. Lessons will be conducted in a master class setting of three students per session. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one on his/her composition. Students should bring a hard copy, handwritten or printed from notation software, of their composition with them to lesson. Corrections can be worked out on staff paper or students are welcome to bring a laptop with notation software. Due to a very limited class size, there is a $50 extra fee.

Handbells (Ages 12 to 18) Students will learn various ringing techniques by participating in this fun ensemble. The students will learn pieces to be performed in a final concert.

Keyboard Musicianship (Ages 9 and up)
This class features hands-on keyboard musicianship in the state-of-the-art lab. Students will learn valuable skills in reading and harmonization, ensemble and improvisation.

Musicianship (Ages 4 to 9)
In this active class, students will participate in activities that utilize rhythm and movement, ear training, Orff instuments, notation, and music history. This class will integrate elements of Dalcroze and Orff approaches.

Organ Lessons (Ages 12 and up) Pianists are frequently asked to play the organ, but often struggle making the transition. Students will learn the basics of hymn playing on the organ, as well as how to translate piano music they already know onto the organ. They will also learn about different types of organs and stops, as well as various organ terms, such as ‘great,’ ‘swell,’ and ‘rank.’ Students will be asked to prepare specific hymns on the piano before camp to help facilitate the transition to organ during camp.

Piano Ensemble (Ages 12 and up) Students will work together on various keyboard ensemble pieces in various grouping from duets to full ensembles on keyboards or acoustic pianos. Students may be asked to prepared music in advance and will be notified as to what music needs to be purchased.

Piano Lessons (All Ages)
Students should have two pieces thoroughly prepared for study at lesson.

Piano Movement Games (Ages 4 to 8) Children will enjoy learning words and movements to match the piano repertoire that they are playing. Games will explore musical concepts including legato and staccato, forte and piano, melody and accompaniment and musical form. The children will be up and moving, exploring their pieces in a fun way. Percussion instruments and other props will enhance the activities.

Voice Lessons (Ages 10 and up) This course give students one-on-one access to a vocal teacher to work on technique, interpretation and performance of vocal literature. Students are encouraged to bring their own music to lessons. If they don't have music, the instructor will provide music for the duration of the camp. Students who take lessons are encouraged to perform in either the student recitals or the fun night at the discretion of the vocal instructor. Literature may range from classical to broadway/pop.