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.
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.
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.