Summer Programs

2019 Summer Programming 

From chamber music to rock bands and recording studios, students will deepen their focus and expand their interests over the summer.  

African Rhythms 
June 17 – June 21

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 9 – 14
Location: Mary Louise Curtis Branch 

The African Rhythms Camp offers students the opportunity to experience African percussion instruments in an ensemble setting, as well as the role of music in various African cultures. Students will learn basic playing techniques, traditional rhythms, and improvisation. No prior experience necessary. Camp concludes with a final performance on Friday.

Tuition: $250 plus $25 registration fee

Woodwind Chamber Music Festival Weekend 
June 21 – June 23
June 21: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  / June 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. / June 23: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages 12 – 18
Location: Willow Grove Branch 

Students will have a unique opportunity to experience an intense and fulfilling three days working with master woodwind faculty from Settlement Music School. Students will be placed in smaller chamber ensembles, work on level appropriate repertoire, receive instruction by other coaches, hear a live performance of professional woodwind players, participate in other musical activities, and give a concert on Sunday.

Tuition: $200

Brass Chamber Music and College Audition Prep Weekend 
June 21 – June 23 
June 21: 6:30-8:30 p.m. / June 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. / June 23: 1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8th grade and above
Location: Willow Grove Branch 

Students will have a unique opportunity to experience an intense and fulfilling three days working with master Brass faculty from Settlement Music School. Students will be placed in smaller chamber music ensembles, work on level appropriate repertoire, participate in other musical activities and give a concert on Sunday. Older students will participate in a college audition preparatory class.

Tuition: $200

String Chamber Music Camp 
June 24 – June 28 
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ages: 8-12
Location: Willow Grove Branch

All string players are welcome who can read music and be secure in first position. Cellists should know extensions in first position. This is camp for those students who are younger players who have not had much chamber music experience.

Tuition: $500

Intro to Suzuki: Pre-Twinkle Play! 
Choose one of two weeks:
June 24 – June 29, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
or
July 29 – August 2, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Ages: 3-5 years
Location: Willow Grove Branch

Come join us for an exciting, fun-filled week exploring Suzuki style musical learning through play and discovery. Students will learn musical concepts through games, movement, and expression, as well as have a chance to try the violin and cello through an exploratory instrument petting zoo. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join us! No materials or instruments are required.

Tuition: $200

Adult Chamber Music Weekend 
July 19 – July 21
Location: Willow Grove Branch
Details: TBD  

Ukulele for All 
Dates: TBD
Ages: All (Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend)
Location: Willow Grove Branch

Join us for a week-long adventure into the world of Ukulele.  This class is for beginner to intermediate levels.  No previous musical experience is necessary.

Winds and Brass Camp 
July 22 – July 26 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Ages 11 and up
Location: Wynnefield Branch 

For students who have played one year in their school or more. Students will spend the morning in a warm-up class learning breathing exercises, posture, tone production, and technique. Next, students will be introduced to basic music theory and musicianship. The students will then finish the day playing chamber music with their peers. Students will return to their large ensembles in the fall as stronger players. The camp will culminate in a concert on Friday afternoon at the Branch.

The camp welcomes students who play trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn, baritone, euphonium, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone.

Tuition: $500

Jazz Improvisation Camp 
July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Ages: 11 and up
Location: Wynnefield Branch

For students who play drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, wind, brass, and string instruments. The camp places students in small jazz ensembles where each student will learn harmonic language, technique, improvisation, history, and composition through playing music with their peers. The student will leave the camp with stronger improvisation and ensemble playing skills. The camp will conclude with a concert on Friday afternoon at the Branch.

Tuition: $500

"Jazz Camp was a really fun experience. I liked playing just jazz music and Mr. Scott and Gavin are jazz musicians and they know a lot. I liked that they really conducted us and taught us to play together." Cooper Fenton, Drums, Age 8