What a great week of Piano Camp ~ Our 11th year! I look so forward each summer to teaching this 4-day camp which meets on a Monday - Thursday from 9-3 each day. With focus on sight reading, ensemble, theory, music history, and art, we still have time left over in the week for cooking, sewing, games and a pool and popsicle party. Here is how it is done!
Set up in a Montessori fashion where each student has his own schedule, we rotate between 4 activities in the morning.
1. Private Practice with a Teacher:
Students practice with me or with my student teacher for 30 minutes each day. Here are some video clips of private practicing. We sight read or get started on new pieces. Download Practicing at camp Download Tyler practicing
2. Semi-private or Group Session at the Pianos
Students practice together for 30 minutes, either with a partner or a group, depending on how many students attending are at the same level. Here is an example:
3. Music History
Taught by myself or a student teacher, we go through the four periods of music and listen and learn about the music of each period: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.
Each student has a 30 minute session for art projects to work on daily. All art is free choice and involves painting, drawing, beading, lanyards, bracelet making, collage... Students may also work on art in their free time.
The rest of the day, beginning at 12:15 includes lunch, ( students bring their lunch) quiet reading time, cooking, sewing and free time. The day ends at 3:00 with cookies and milk!
Quiet reading after lunch for 30 minutes: student bring their own books or borrow from my library.
Cooking: students have the opportunity to cook one time during the week. We bake cookies for the group to eat at the end of the day!
Free time: playing outside together, fun times!