Summer Music Camps 2016

Schedule for 2017 will be announced in January 2017

While learning about musical instruments and basic musicianship skills, our campers in the PreK and K-4 camps also learn about the music of a nonwestern culture. In 2016, we will be exploring the music of East Asian cultures and each camp will make an instrument representative of one of the East Asian countries. These instruments will range from the Japanese Shamisen to one of the gourd type instruments from India, China or Korea.
The Choral and Instrumental camps will focus on individual musicianship training and ensemble performance. 
PRESCHOOL CAMP S  --  JUNE 20-24, 2016
AGES 2 & 3  --  10:00 - 11:00 am
  AGES 4 & 5 -- 1:30 - 3:30 pm
These camps will focus on exploring the basic musical concepts of high/low, fast/slow, loud/soft and long/short. Children will sing, move to music, play rhythm instruments and xylophones, listen to instruments of the orchestra and make an instrument for their use. The children will be introduced to quarter, half and whole notes and the basis of their rhythmic value.
Friday, June 24 at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm - demonstration for family and friends.
Tuition:  PreK 2 & 3 - $25;    PreK 4 & 5 - $50
JUNE 27 - JULY 1, 2016  --  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Students attending this camp will explore how music is made on different instruments, the basics of reading music, and how to create their own melodies and perform them on one of our classroom instruments. We will also explore the voice and how we use it. Activities will include singing, moving to music, trying out different instruments, doing music worksheets and learning about and making an instrument from one of the East Asian countries.
Friday, July 1 at 11:30 am - demonstration performance for family and friends.
Tuition:  $75
CHORAL CAMP  --  GRADES (completed) 4-11
JULY 11-15, 2016  --  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Students will be divided into two groups depending on grade and previous choral experience. The classes will focus on the development of vocal technique (breath control, diction, voice placement, etc.) and musicianship skills including reading skills and ear-training/sight singing skills needed for a cappella singing. The musicianship training will be built around learning A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. This is a fascinating piece for choir and harp. Dr. Gayla Turk will be the conductor assisted by accompanist Casey Childers and vocal coach Elizabeth Winstead.
Daily schedule: 
   9:00 am  Music theory, music reading and ear-training/sight-singing. 
   10:00 am  Vocal technique study
   10:30 am  Refreshment Break
   10:45 am  Repertoire
   12:00 pm  Dismissal
Friday, July 15 at 11:30 am - demonstration performance for family and friends.
Tuition:  $75
INSTRUMENTAL (BAND) CAMP  --  GRADES (completed) 5-11
JULY 18-22, 2016  --  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students will be divided into two groups: (1) beginning band students and (2) intermediate/advanced students. Group one will focus on basic musicianship skills and beginning technique on their selected instrument. Group two will focus on more advanced musicianship skills and individual coaching on their selected instrument. Instrumental coaches include: musicianship training, Dr. Gayla Turk; brass instruments, Mr. Eugene Holmes, tubist and conductor with the 397th field army band for 26 years; flute coach to be announced; clarinet and saxophone, Mr. Jack Fisher, retired music educator and performer; and percussion, Mr. Vernon Ewan, percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 35 years.
Daily schedule:
     9:00 am  Musicianship training - music reading, ear-training and sight reading
     9:30 am  Technique on the selected instrument
     10:20 am  Refreshment break
     10:40 am  Individual instrument coaching
     11:15 am  Ensemble playing
     12:00 am  Dismissal
Friday, July 22 at 11:30 am - demonstration for family and friends.
Tuition:  $75