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2019 Summer Music Camp Electives

Electives are subject to change. 

Middle School Camp Electives:

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.

Beginning Piano – 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.

Flute Choir (NEW) – Group flute class to read flute-specific ensemble music and work on techniques for better performance.

Clarinet Choir (NEW) – Group clarinet class to read clarinet-specific ensemble music and work on techniques for better performance.

Saxophone Ensemble (NEW) – Group saxophone class to read saxophone-specific ensemble music and work on techniques for better performance.

Brass Ensemble (NEW) – Group brass class to read brass-specific ensemble music and work on techniques for better performance.

Percussion Ensemble (NEW) – Group percussion class to read percussion ensemble music and work on techniques for better performance.

High School Camp Electives:

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. See Jazz Combo audition requirements.

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.

World Drumming (NEW) – Learn about world percussion instruments and how to play them, while improving your overall sense of time and rhythm.


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!

Saxophone Ensemble (NEW) – for years campers have asked to do more chamber music and ensemble pieces for saxophone, so here it is! In this elective campers will play small and large group saxophone pieces to work on intonation, blend, dynamics, style and phrasing.