Summer Camps

Summer Fun 2018!

Here’s what’s going on!

BEGINNING BAND

TEACHER – MALLORY DEKKER

Open to any student who has never played a band instrument before. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) how to read music, 2) basics of their chosen instrument, 3) the concepts of performing in an ensemble.

Overview
Students will be coached using traditional teaching methods but will also engage in new activities designed to improve understanding within the band world. Students should expect to make practicing a regular activity, as new material will be added each class period. Throughout the course of the summer session band program, students will learn three to four pieces of literature, ending the semester with a concert to showcase what they have achieved.

Class held: Monday through Friday, 10 AM

MUSIC THEORY

TEACHER – MALLORY DEKKER

Open to any student who has a desire to learn more about the functionality of music.

Overview
Students will be coached using traditional teaching methods but will also engage in new activities designed to improve understanding in the music theory world. Students should expect homework, as new material will be added each class period. Throughout the course of the summer session, music theory students will progress at their own pace of understanding. Depending on time limitations and advancement through the books, the class may end the summer session with a personal composition.

Class held: Friday at 3 PM

HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL ENSEMBLE

TEACHER – HEATHER GODDARD

Open to any high school-aged student. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) Vocal technique as it applies to the choral setting, 2) General musicianship skills as it applies to all disciplines of music, 3) Music notation and rhythm reading skills, 4) Diverse choral styles and genres, 5) Developing their listening and ear training skills, and 6) Performance skills and concert etiquette.

Overview
Students will focus on exploring the full range of the human voice, how to properly use the voice, while developing music reading skills that apply to all genres and styles of music.

Class held: Monday through Friday, 11 AM

ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE

TEACHER – LENA SCHMITZ

Open to any student who has had instruction on an orchestra instrument before – at an intermediate to advanced level. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) the different parts to an Ensemble, 2) what their part means in an Ensemble, 3) cultivating musicianship within themselves and across the Ensemble.

Overview
Students will be coached using traditional teaching methods but will also engage in new activities designed to improve understanding within the orchestra world. Students should expect to make practicing a regular activity, as new material will be added each class period. Throughout the course of the summer session orchestra program, students will learn several pieces of literature, and should expect multiple performances in addition to ending the semester with a concert to showcase what they have achieved. Space is limited.

Class held: Tuesday and Thursday at 2 PM

TODDLER AND MUSIC

TEACHER – LENA SCHMITZ

Available for toddler’s ages 2-3 and their parent/guardian who are interested in jumpstarting the love and learning of music.

Overview
Through the art of music, Toddler and Music focuses on having fun with music while promoting brain development using all the senses! Parents/Guardians should be prepared to stay with child and participate along with their child through exercises. A great time is sure to be had by all!

Class held: Wednesday at 4 PM

INTRO TO UKULELE FOR YOUTH (7-12)

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of music and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own ukulele. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Ukulele is a 9-week course designed to provide young students with the basic skills needed to start playing ukulele and join in with one of the many strummer groups in the Black Hills. The course will cover reading music and tablature. However, the emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using all first position chords. Students will also learn to use different strumming techniques to create a more dynamic playing style.

Class held: Wednesday at 3 PM

INTRO TO UKULELE FOR ADULTS

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of music and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own ukulele. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Ukulele is a 9-week course designed to provide adult students with the basic skills needed to start playing ukulele and join in with one of the many strummer groups in the Black Hills. The course will cover reading music and tablature. However, the emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using all first position chords. Students will also learn to use different strumming techniques to create a more dynamic playing style.

Class held: Wednesday at 6 PM

INTRO TO MANDOLIN

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of music and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own mandolin. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Mandolin is a 9-week course designed to provide adult students with the basic skills needed to start playing mandolin. The course will cover reading music and tablature. However, the emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using first position chords and play melodic leads on bluegrass and fiddle favorites such as “Red Haired Boy,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Salt Creek.”

Class held: Monday at 6 PM

INTRO TO BLUEGRASS JAM FOR ADULTS

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the advanced beginner who has basic knowledge of first position chords. Students should have their own mandolin. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Bluegrass Jam is a 9-week course designed to provide the advanced beginner and intermediate student with the basic skills and confidence required to join in any of the numerous music jam sessions held throughout the Black Hills. The course is open to all acoustic instruments and will be structured to teach students a basic song list used at many local jam sessions. By the end of the course students will learn to play a basic list of common jam songs as well as develop strategies for playing leads and singing lead and harmony.

Class held: Thursday at 6 PM

SOUNDS OF SUMMER MUSIC CLASS

This class is designed for children with special needs that love music. There will be 2 classes offered: age 5 & under and age 6 & up. Class size is limited.

Overview
Sounds of Summer will allow children with special needs the opportunity to learn about music, have fun exploring sounds from different instruments, and will create their own music. Excited to learn, explore, and create music with your child.

Classes held: Wednesdays at 12:00 & 12:30.

BAND ENSEMBLE

TEACHER – MALLORY DEKKER

Open to any student who has had instruction on a band instrument before – at an intermediate level. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) improving instrumental technique, 2) more in-depth music theory, 3) cultivating musicianship within themselves and across the ensemble.

Overview
Students will be coached using traditional teaching methods but will also engage in new activities designed to improve understanding within the band world. Students should expect to make practicing a regular activity, as new material will be added each class period. Throughout the course of the summer session band program, students will learn three to four pieces of literature, ending the semester with a concert to showcase what they have achieved.

Class held: Tuesday and Friday, 1 PM

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR

TEACHER – HEATHER GODDARD

Open to any middle school-aged student. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) Vocal technique as it applies to the choral setting, 2) General musicianship skills as it applies to all disciplines of music, 3) Music notation and rhythm reading skills, 4) Diverse choral styles and genres, 5) Developing their listening and ear training skills, and 6) Performance skills and concert etiquette.

Overview
Students will focus on exploring the healthy range for the growing voice, how to properly use the voice, while developing music reading skills that apply to all genres and styles of music.

Class held: Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 PM

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA

TEACHER – LENA SCHMITZ

Open to any student who has never played an orchestra instrument before. Students will spend the summer focusing on: 1) how to read music, 2) basics of their chosen instrument, 3) history of composers.

Overview
Students will be coached using traditional teaching methods but will also engage in new activities designed to improve understanding within the orchestra world. Students should expect to make practicing a regular activity, as new material will be added each class period. Throughout the course of the summer session orchestra program, students will learn several pieces of literature, ending the semester with a concert to showcase what they have achieved.

Class held: Monday, Wednesday at 1 PM
Sectionals held: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 PM

BABY LULLABY

TEACHER – LENA SCHMITZ

Available for babies ages 0-1 and their parent/guardian who are interested in jumpstarting Baby’s developing mind with music.

Overview
Through the art of music, Baby and Me focuses on having fun with music while promoting brain development using all the senses! Parents/Guardians should be prepared to stay with child and participate along with their child through exercises. A great time is sure to be had by all!

Class held: Friday at 4 PM

PRESCHOOL MUSIC IS FUN

TEACHER – LENA SCHMITZ

Available for preschool aged students who are interested in exploring and learning music.

Overview
Through the art of music, Preschool Music Is Fun focuses on having fun with music while promoting brain development using all the senses! Unlike the other classes for babies and toddlers, Parents/Guardians are not expected to stay with their child, however we would welcome you!

Class held: Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM

INTRO TO UKULELE FOR YOUNG ADULTS (12-17)

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of music and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own ukulele. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition..

Overview
Intro to Ukulele is a 9-week course designed to provide young students with the basic skills needed to start playing ukulele and join in with one of the many strummer groups in the Black Hills. The course will cover reading music and tablature. However, the emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using all first position chords. Students will also learn to use different strumming techniques to create a more dynamic playing style.

Class held: Thursday at 3 PM

INTRO TO GUITAR FOR YOUNG ADULTS (12-17)

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

Learn to Play Guitar by Ear: A Guide to Playing Acoustic Guitar Favorites

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of guitar and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own acoustic guitar and strap. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Guitar is a 9-week course designed to provide young adult students with the basic skills needed to start playing guitar. The instructor has designed a course if patterned movements that will help to play simple songs using most of the first position chords. Emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using all first chord positions. Students will also learn to use different flat pick and finger picking techniques to create a more dynamic playing style.

Class held: Tuesday at 3 PM

INTRO TO GUITAR FOR ADULTS

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

Learn to Play Guitar by Ear: A Guide to Playing Fold and Campfire Favorites

This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as students who have some knowledge of guitar and want to sharpen their basic skills. Students should have their own acoustic guitar and strap. An electronic tuner is recommended but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of the tuition.

Overview
Intro to Guitar is a 9-week course designed to provide adult students with the basic skills needed to start playing guitar. The instructor has designed a course if patterned movements that will help to play simple songs using most of the first position chords. Emphasis is on learning to play by ear (without reading notes) and students should be making music in the first lesson. By the end of the course, students will learn to play songs using all first chord positions. Students will also learn to use different flat pick and finger picking techniques to create a more dynamic playing style.

Class held: Tuesday at 6 PM

STARTING AN ACOUSTIC BAND FOR YOUNG ADULTS (12-16)

TEACHER – JIM BINGHAM

This course is designed for the advanced beginner who has a basic knowledge of first position chords. Students should bring their own instruments. An electronic tuner is recommended, but not required. Course materials will be provided with the cost of tuition.

Overview
Starting an Acoustic Band is a 9-week course designed to provide the advanced beginner and intermediate student with the basic repertoire of acoustic songs that will include singing lead and harmony, taking instrumental leads and stage presence. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to perform at the Batchelder’s Studios of the Arts Theater. The course is open to all acoustic instruments.

Class held: Monday 3-4 PM and Thursday 12-1 PM

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