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.
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

Bucket Drumming 
June 25 – August 20 
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for Grades 3 – 5
Tuesdays at 5 pm.. for Grades 6 – 8
Location: Germantown Branch 

Experience rhythm and drumming from around the world in a group setting utilizing buckets. Incorporating the fundamentals of snare drumming, in a drum circle style environment, classes will introduce students to exercises which build coordination and concentration, while strengthening listening skills. The class is designed to inspire students to continue exploring drumming and percussion, one of the oldest known forms of musical expression.

Tuition: $300

July 9 – August 13 
Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Ages 4 – 7
Location: Germantown Branch

The foundation of many dance styles, this beautiful and highly technical form of dance is beneficial to all students. This class will provide an introduction to basic Ballet technique, including proper warm-up, alignment, center work, traveling sequences, French terminology, and music awareness. Students will explore creative expression, refine their motor skills, increase strength and coordination, and cultivate self-discipline.

Tuition: $200

Choir Camp
August 12 – August 16 
Daily, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12
Location: Germantown Branch

Designed for middle and high school aged students who love to sing, no prior choral experience is required. Students will learn proper breathing techniques, vowel formation, choral tone, sight singing, and intonation. In addition to choir rehearsals, students will receive rhythm classes taught by percussionist Brian Osborne, as well as choreography and movement sessions instructed by Jenny Florinicia. The weeklong experience will culminate in a showcase performance.

Tuition: $220

Rhythm in Motion 
July 17 – August 21 
Wednesdays at 4 p.m. for Grades 3 – 5
Wednesdays at 5 p.m. for Grades 6 – 8
Location: Germantown Branch

Rhythm in Motion is designed to include dance technique from West-African, Street Jazz, Hip-Hop, and STEP to introduce the moving body as a musical instrument. The classes will incorporate beginner technique through rhythm, musicality, and choreography that will be showcased in a joyful, end-of-summer performance. The class is perfect for dancers who are looking for an energetic movement experience and for those who cannot stop tapping their feet when they hear music. No prior experience necessary.

Tuition: $220

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

Ukulele for All 
July 8 – July 11
July 8: 5-6 p.m. / July 9-11: 7-8 p.m.

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.

Tuition: $150

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