Student Curriculum

Semi-Private Lessons & Group Classes
These classes are designed to reinforce the education received by both the studio teacher and the parent.  Students should be prepared to play a polished piece for the first semi-private lesson on Monday.  For the group class, pieces will be chosen from the repertoire list included in your registration packet.

Elective Classes
In addition to daily masterclasses and group classes, each full day student will choose two elective classes. See descriptions below.

Orchestra (string students only)
Instructor: Pam Wilensky
Violin students must be in at least Suzuki Book Three. Viola and cello students must be in at least Suzuki Book Two.  All players must be able to read in first position in the keys of C, G, & D.  Any violinist who also plays viola should note this on their registration form.

Chamber Music
Instructors: Alex Perry & Pam Wilensky
Violin students must be in at least Suzuki Book Four.  Piano, viola, cello and recorder students must be in at least Suzuki Book Three.  Students must have advanced reading skills and the recommendation of their private teacher.  This class will replace a technique class in the student’s schedule.

Intro to Suzuki Recorder (piano and string students)
Instructor: Mary Halverson Waldo
This class is an introduction to Suzuki recorder playing for students, ages 3 – 8, with zero to some recorder experience. The daily sessions will include group recorder playing, games and activities to provide the foundations for further training.

World Drumming (ages 7 and up)
Instructor: David Dickens
Dr. David Dickens will introduce students to the music and drumming techniques of different cultures using a variety of percussion instruments.

Orff Schulwerk
Instructor: Ayanna Hampton
Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music education based upon things children do naturally: sing, speak, move, and play. Through the Orff approach, the music teacher taps into children’s natural instincts to make music through active participation. Children are guided by a certified Orff Schulwerk specialist, who is trained to consciously develop aspects of play into elements of music and movement. The children learn by singing, speaking rhythmically, playing instruments, and moving – both creative and organized movement – as they make music in a “hands on” playful way that is most natural to them.

Blues for the Orff Ensemble
Instructor: Ayanna Hampton
Sing, write, play and move to the Blues! This Orff-Schulwerk extension course will introduce students to the Blues genre using the Orff Schulwerk approach.

Music Theory Games
Instructor: Mary Ann Mears

In this introduction to note reading class, students will make their own musical games that will give them the basics of note reading, rhythms, dynamics and musical terms in a fun and playful atmosphere.

Art
Instructor: Ali Michael

Students will create projects exploring different techniques and materials.

Graphic Arts Photo Imaging
Instructor: Patsy Fancher

Introduction to photographic image editing and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis is placed on electronic photo retouching, image manipulation, painting using channels and layers. Topics include working with clipping paths and using channels and layers. Mastering selection, painting, and editing tools is a basic for this course. In addition, you will be introduced to the basics of Macintosh computers. One Macintosh computer per student is assigned for the course. Maximum 20 students per class. Ages 8 & up.

Fiddle (string students only)
Instructor: Kristy Lynn Robinson

Traditional American fiddling. Students will learn standard fiddle tunes and techniques. Students should be at least mid-way through book one.

Conducting
Instructor: Jon Nash

Students will learn basic conducting skills and patterns. There will be group conducting, as well as each student having the opportunity to conduct the entire class. The goal is for students to be able to conduct songs and instruments once they complete the course.

Suzuki Creative Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth O’Connell

Stretch, strengthen, and move to a familiar Suzuki themes. Students will be introduced to basic dance principles and steps. Participants are requested to wear comfortable clothing and socks. Dance wear is encouraged, but not necessary. 

Songwriting
Instructor: TBA

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of writing a song. Students must have basic knowledge of an accompanimental instrument (guitar, ukulele, piano).