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2017 Music History Camp

Last week, I held my Music History Blast From The Past camp. We had a blast! ;) As in previous years, I used my own composer lapbook curriculum for this camp (available here). I know some of you will be very pleased to hear that I have created lapbooks for FOUR brand new composers this […]

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2016 Music History Camp

This week, I held the second of two summer music camps for my students. I always hold a music history camp each year, and we call it “Music History Blast From The Past.” Here is the description for the camp: Music History Blast From The Past July 11-14, M-Th from 10am-noon Back by popular demand! This camp gives […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

[Click to view Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3.] On our final day of camp, students reviewed the drafts of their composition that I had updated and printed from Finale the previous evening. We made small tweaks and reprinted as needed. Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 3/4

[Click to view Day 1 or Day 2.] The goal for Day 3 was to have our compositions basically finished by the end of the day. With that in mind, we spent time discussing form (AB, ABA, through-composed, etc.) as well as various aspects of proper music notation. My cat, Coda, loves to help my students with […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 2/4

[Click here for Day 1.] On Day 2 of our composing camp, our goal was to get a good amount of our pieces composed and written down by the end of the day. We used the piano or keyboard to improvise until we found music we liked. Then, we started writing it down on staff […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 1/4

As mentioned previously, this week is the week: it’s composition camp for my students and me! So, You Want To Be A Composer? June 13-16, M-Th from 10am-noon Throughout this camp, students will experience the joy of creation while composing their own music: from the energy of the initial creative urge, following the path of […]

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Free: Editable Form for Summer Lesson and Music Camps Selection

Today, I thought I’d share the form I have been handing out to my students for the past couple of years in order to present summertime camp/lesson options. The top of the handout presents the music camp descriptions and dates/times. At the bottom, there is a form where students can make their selection regarding the summer camps and lessons. I […]

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2015 Music History Camp

Summertime means…time for music camp! Last week, I held my first music camp of the year: our annual Music History Blast From The Past camp using my composer lapbook curriculum. This year, I was able to re-use a few of the composers that we studied at camp three years ago, but I did create a new lapbook for Vivaldi. […]

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About Running Summer Music Camps/Workshops

Are you thinking about holding any camps/workshops during the summer months?  Here are some great reasons to consider holding camps: It allows you to reinforce concepts or cover topics that are difficult to cover during private lessons.  E.g., music history, rhythm, improvisation, composition. It is a great way to build camaraderie among your students. It […]

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Carpet Squares for Working With Groups

Many months ago, I bought a bunch of carpet square samples from a flooring store.  Even though I was still in grad school at the time and didn’t have any real use for them (yet), I had a plan for them.  And they were incredibly cheap.  :) During last week’s Piano Readiness Class, I got […]

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DIY: Ribbon Rings for Music & Movement Activities

I got the idea for this craft from Kara’s Creative Place blog (thanks for the brilliant idea, Kara!).  Ribbon Rings (Kara’s example is pictured at right) are a fun prop for movement activities with young students during group lessons, camps, or early childhood music classes.  Kids love fluttering the ribbons of these props while they […]

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