2017 Music Camp - Electives

Elective Descriptions:

Jazz Combo – This elective will be approved by completing a jazz combo audition upon arrival at camp. A combo is a small jazz group consisting of rhythm section (piano or guitar, bass and drums), and one to four horns. Jazz combo is for experienced players and strong improvisers. The audition consists of improvising on a prepared selection. Jazz Combo audition.


Piano Class for Beginners – An exciting class that provides basic piano skills to musicians. Campers in this class will learn to play some basic songs and how to continue practicing and performing on the piano.

Conducting – This class gives students the opportunity to develop confidence on the podium and learn the basics of conducting and communicating with an ensemble. Students will learn to conduct the main beat patterns and will study representative works to hone their conducting skills.

Music Technology – Learn how to use music software to create sounds and compose music using samples, loops, and digital effects. Students will compose and record their ideas, leaving camp with a copy of their own creation.

Jazz Improvisation – Learn practice techniques and jazz theory needed to successfully perform improvised solos. Campers will be placed in one of three levels based on their theory placement exam.

Jazz Jam Session – For students who don’t make a jazz combo but want to practice improvisation in a group setting with live musicians. Tunes will be learned, solos will be taken, FUN will be had!   

Middle School Camp Electives:

Beginning Improvisation – Learn practice techniques and theory needed to successfully perform improvised solos. Campers will learn how to create and be expressive on their instruments as soloists. All band instruments are welcomed to participate. 

 

Piano Class for Beginners – An exciting class that provides basic piano skills to musicians. Campers in this class will learn to play some basic songs and how to continue practicing and performing on the piano.  

 

Music Technology – Learn how to use music software to create sounds and compose music using samples, loops, and digital effects. Students will compose and record their ideas, leaving camp with a copy of their own creation. 

 

Rhythm and Drumming – The Rhythm is in you! Learn to count and create many types of rhythms and demonstrate your skills on world music percussion instruments. Not just for percussionists! 

 

Conducting – This class gives students the opportunity to develop confidence on the podium and learn the basics of conducting and communicating with an ensemble. Students will learn to conduct the main beat patterns and will study representative works to hone their conducting skills.