Summer Programs

2019 Summer Program Highlights

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.

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.

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.

Winds and Brass Camp 
July 22 – July 26
Ages 11 and up
Location: Wynnefield Branch 

For students who have played one year in their school or more. Students will learn warm ups, breathing techniques, chamber music, music theory, sight reading, and fundamental skills to return to the upcoming school year as a stronger player.

Jazz Improvisation Camp 
July 29 – August 2
Location: Wynnefield Branch

For students who play drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, wind, brass, and string instruments. Students for small ensembles based on skill level to study the harmonic language, playing, and technique, of jazz through learning jazz standards, jazz improvisation, history and composition. Camp focuses on introducing and developing strong jazz skills and learning how to play in an ensemble and concludes with a final performance at a local venue.

"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