2020 Electives

The exciting and fun electives for 2020 have not been decided yet.  Check back here for updates once they are confirmed.  However, to give you an idea of the types of electives that will be offered, check out the options from last year below!

Previous Electives

Elective classes are part of the daily schedule for students. These classes give students the opportunity to explore new topics and develop skills with a secondary instrument. Campers will make selections from the following lists according to individual interests.

Major Electives

(meet every day through the week in morning)

  • Fun With Music Theory – All your misconceptions about the “dryness” of music theory will be debunked! Discover how traditional and fundamental concepts can be enjoyable. Specific shortcuts to remembering key principles regarding Scales, Key Signatures, Intervals and Chords will be the primary focus.
  • African Drum & Dance – Explore traditional music and dance of Sub Saharan Africa. Participants will be provided all necessary percussion instruments. Any student that owns his/her own djembe are encouraged to bring it to camp.
  • Musical Theatre Voice – Learn vocal techniques associated with contemporary commercial music and musical theatre. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a group setting and receive individual feedback on a song prepared prior to camp in a masterclass setting.
  • Music and the Brain – What is happening in your brain when you perform or listen to music? Come learn about these new scientific discoveries!

Minor Electives

(meet on alternating basis in afternoon)

  • Beginning Piano – Learn the basics of the piano, and enjoy learning how to play using the chord method. This class will be aimed at those that are beginners, and curious inquirers.
  • Beginning Strings – Come try your hand at violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Learn the basics about playing technique and sound production.
  • Conducting I – Is designed for current drum majors or those wishing to become a drum major in their high school program. Topics will include leadership, conducting, and showmanship
  • Conducting II - This is the second level of conducting for those students wishing to advance their conducting skills in the areas of pattern, hand independence, and expression. Prerequisite: Conducting I. 
  • Even More Fun with Music Theory (Theory II) – If learning the fundamentals of music excites you, come and learn about how to take these essentials into composition, song structure and songwriting!  Release your Inner Composer!! Prerequisite: Fun with Music Theory.
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