Music Camps

2013 Music of the World Camp Details

Good news!  The Music of the World Camp curriculum is ALMOST ready to be listed in the Shop.  🙂  I’ll keep you updated.  Update: The Music of the World camp curriculum is now available for purchase in the Shop!  View the description page here.

As I alluded in my previous post, I used lapbooking as the method of study for the countries we visited each day.


I took my students’ photos on the first day of camp for their passports.  I also made sure to “stamp” their passports before and after each flight.

passport collage

On Day 1, we visited Australia and we made didgeridoos.  I managed to find mailing tubes and decorative fabric/paper at a local recycle art store.


We also visited China and made gongs, but I forgot to take photos that day.  🙁

After visiting Ghana and learning about African drum ensembles, we made out own drums made out of recycled canisters (coffee, oatmeal, etc.).


I loved seeing how students personalized their drums!  You can watch a little video we made of our little drum ensemble playing here on YouTube.


As students assembled their country lapbooks each day, I showed a PowerPoint presentation about the country and its music/instruments.  I also played examples of each culture’s music for them to listen to.


After visiting Peru, we assembled Andean panflutes using straws and tape.


Students had time to make both a diatonic scale panflute as well as a pentatonic scale panflute.


Some of my students stated that the Music of the World camp was their favorite camp of the summer, mostly because they loved being able to make their own instruments.

Do you remember my cat, Coda?  My students love playing with her during their siblings’ lessons and she likes to get involved during camp, too.  I created this silly little photo for my studio facebook page:  🙂


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13 thoughts on “2013 Music of the World Camp Details”

  1. I’m making a presentation to a group of homeschooling moms about classes that I would like to teach. Guess where I’m getting my material! Yep, straight from you. I don’t want to order anything until I know what classes the moms are most interested in. Could you describe the age levels that you think would most enjoy each camp? I have found that with homeschoolers, the children can often span a wider age range than public school children. That’s probably because of their being used to working with older or younger siblings. What do you suggest?

  2. I have tons of children interested in this camp. Hooray! One group is going to made up of almost exclusively 5-year-olds. I’m thinking of a few modifications to the material for them since they’re so young. I may read a story instead of talking about the population, etc.

    Did you have activities for the children to use their newly-made instruments? For the drums I have my old standby: “Come play the drum game, use your ear. Then repeat just what you hear.” Kids of all ages love to repeat rhythms! What did you do for the other instruments?

    1. Hi Robbin! I didn’t have the time to do much with the handmade instruments after my students created them, unfortunately. Mostly, the students just improvised on their instruments alone or together for a few moments before the end of camp. Coming up with some specific activities for the instruments would certainly be a great extension to the curriculum!

  3. Joy, the lapbook pages refer to the material as Summer Camp. I’m teaching this twice during October. Any way you could send me a pdf without that phrase? Otherwise, I guess I could use old-fashioned Whiteout!

    1. I have updated the camp materials to read “music camp” instead of “summer music camp,” in case there are others who would like to use this camp year-round. Thanks for catching that, Robbin!

  4. Hi Joy… you do amazing work – what an inspiration. I’m looking at purchasing your camp materials. One question though… any advice on what you would charge for such a thing? Thanks so much.

      1. Thanks so much… I’ve read a lot on your site but hadn’t made it to that section yet. Thanks for all you do! 🙂

  5. Joy, I can’t thank you enough for this curriculum! I taught the camp this week and had 17 students. We all had a blast. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thanks again!

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