July 8-12, 8am-noon
This week long camp will be centered
around team-building and learning with Marching Basics, Jazz
Improvisation, Battery Percussion, and a Performance Clinic. Open to
beginners and experienced instrumentalists in grades 8-12.
Day 1 – Musicianship 101
will introduce the essentials for having successful experiences in
music: effective habits of practicing, being a team player, watching and
listening, self-evaluating, being imaginative, and “leading from every
chair.” 1-2 pieces of high-quality but accessible concert music will be
studied for developing these skills.
Day 2 – Marching Basics
will guide students through the fundamental techniques of modern
Marching Band. This will include learning a simple piece of marching
music, learning and using commands, playing competitive marching drill
games, practicing marching in “8 to 5” step, and practicing playing
while marching. The goal is to instill a sense of what constitutes a
respectable marching band performance, and the introduction of a parade
march that could be used for Booster Day or other events.
Day 3 – Jazz Improvisation
will focus on modal improvisation with the blues scale. We will
introduce improvisation by playing over a drone, using call-and-response
in small groups, practicing “trading 4’s” with partners, and finally by
learning a simple jazz standard and taking turns playing in the
foreground and background. A quick Jazz History primer will also be
included in the workshop.
Day 4 – Battery Percussion
is all about drumming and intensive rhythmic study. While focusing on
rhythm games, improvisations, and emulating the Brazilian “Batucada” and
Indian “Tintal” styles, students will learn the basics of meter,
groove, and polyrhythm on auxiliary percussion and battery instruments
(snare drums, bass drums, tenor drums). This workshop will culminate
with the creation of an original “street beat” that could be used for
Booster Day and other school events.
Day 5 – Performance Clinic
will focus on refining and presenting the best work of the week. An
informal performance presentation would be offered to friends and
families, followed by a picnic lunch.
Join us for a week of great music!!!
$75, sliding scale
Registration form (219 KB pdf file)