Summer Interlude




We look forward to seeing you in June!

Week 1: June 15-19, 2020
Week 2: June 22-26, 2020

Instrumental: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Rock Band/Musical Theatre: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028


Started in the early 1990s by Frances Dial, a devoted faculty member of the Rudolf Steiner School, Summer Interlude is a unique music experience for students of all levels of accomplishment. Our co-ed program offers students an opportunity to share in the joys of music making and celebrates their participation. Your child will enjoy playing an instrument or singing in a variety of settings and musical styles, all in a supportive environment. We offer instruction in reading of notes and rhythms. This year, we are also offering an improv and composing class, in addition to our orchestral, jazz, rock, choral and small ensemble playing. Our program will be held in our new, beautiful, air-conditioned space at 590 East 83rd Street!

Final Performance

On the final day we present a performance representative of each aspect of the program. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end at approximately 5:30 p.m. Please plan to be present for this concert.

Counselor Positions

Counselor positions are open to high school students. Please contact Mr. Aiken for


8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The morning instrumental program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum of chamber music, improv and composition, jazz ensemble and orchestra for young musicians presently in grades 3–12. Young pianists who can read scores and have completed two years of private study are welcome.

Choral and Musical Theater Workshop
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Students sing a variety of songs in the pop and jazz styles, as well as learning music and dramatic presentations of Broadway shows.

Rock Band
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Open to students who would enjoy singing or playing their instrument in a rock band. This band will collaborate with the Choral program as well.

Instrumental Courses

All chamber music and jazz ensemble students participate in orchestra. This is an opportunity for the instrumentalists to come together in a larger ensemble setting. In addition to reinforcing skills taught in the chamber groups, the orchestra session will teach students how to play and listen as part of a section and will teach them about the importance of balance and group sound.

Simplified parts will be given to beginning students, who will be assigned to sectionals in the first few days, as needed. Repertoire in the past has included a variety of periods and styles.

Rhythmic Wake-Up Call

All instrumental students will gather daily in age-determined groups to explore foundations of elementary music theory and rhythm.

Jazz Ensemble
The jazz ensemble will rehearse in two consecutive periods each day to allow some students to elect one period of jazz ensemble and one period of chamber music. The jazz ensemble is designed to accommodate musicians of all abilities and performs as a cohesive unit at the final concert. We begin our study of improvisation through the blues and standards of the jazz repertoire.

Chamber Music
Each student will participate in two ensemble periods a day. A student may elect to be in jazz ensemble for one or two periods. Chamber music, Improv and Composition, and small ensemble may be chosen for one period each.

Students will be placed in one or two different ensembles according to ability level and age. Each ensemble will have daily coaching with a faculty member and will prepare two works for the duration of the program. Students will develop the following skills in coaching sessions: ensemble etiquette, practicing and rehearsal techniques, listening skills, good group communication, resolving musical disagreements, musical phrasing and expression, overcoming technical challenges, and preparing for a performance. Music will be mailed in advance of the program start date and should be prepared in advance.

Improv and Composition
This year, our students may sign up for one period of an Improv and Composition class, in place of one chamber music period. In this new class, the students will learn about creating music in the moment, and putting their music into written notation. The teacher and counselors will assist and guide the students in improvising musical material, and together the class will compose an original piece of music, worthy of performance. Their work will be presented and enjoyed in concert at the end of the session.

We believe that every one of these skills is applicable to all facets of a child's education. Thus the program is excellent training and enrichment for any academic curriculum, and indeed for the development of the individual as a whole.

Daily Schedule

8:30 Arrival
8:40-9:40 Orchestra
9:45-10:15 Rhythm
10:15-10:35 Snack break
10:35-12 Chamber Music/Jazz/Improv and Composition
12-1 Lunch at the Park
1-3 Choral and Musical Theater / Rock Band

Supervised breaks will be provided. Students are asked to bring their own lunch and snacks from home. No peanut products are allowed at the Brearley School, as we have girls with severe allergies. Please keep this in mind when providing lunch and snacks for your child.
The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street | 590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582
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