Last week, a colleague of mine and I held a summer piano mini-camp with the help of our piano professor. Here’s what we did:
- We planned to hold the camp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 2:30pm.
- Application forms were sent to all the piano teachers who are members of our local chapter of MTNA and Michigan MTA.
- We charged a fairly low rate, to encourage more participants.
- Location: my piano professor’s church, where there are a number of nice pianos and plenty of rooms for us to use — at no cost to us.
We received applications from 11 students. The students ranged in age from 7 years to 13 years old.
We planned a rotating schedule, where the students were divided by age into 3 groups (which we named A, B, and C) and rotated from class to class. My colleague taught Music History class, I taught Music Theory class, and my piano professor taught Performance Class. Here’s how we divided our time:12:30 – 12:45 Opening activities (all campers). 12:45 – 1:15 1st class 1:15 – 1:45 2nd class 1:45 – 2:00 Snack time 2:00 – 2:30 3rd class
The snack each day was different, consisting of items such as pretzels, fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, and juice packs. Nothing too sugary or expensive! We were very careful to keep our expenses low. Snacks were our largest expense; the rest were simply a few craft supplies needed for games/activities.
The camp was quite a success! Our campers had a great time. A few of the parents even asked if we would be holding camp again next year.
Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing more about the opening activities we used and more about my Music Theory class soon!
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