Ballet — learn basic ballet technique. We will learn the positions of the feet, center work, floor work, across the floor,and choreography. We will also have a week with a contemporary ballet section.
Beginning / Intermediate Bass Guitar – offers group instruction in bass guitar for the beginner/ intermediate player. Through work on the instrument and work in music theory, students gain improved ability to perform on the bass.
Beginning Guitar – Introduction to the guitar includes care and handling, tuning, posture, hand positioning, easy entry-level music reading, beginning scale consisting of natural notes in first position, beginner’s chords, and right hand picking and strumming. History of the guitar and related styles of music also covered. No prerequisite. (We have 15 guitars to lend)
Brass – (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba)
Celtic Harp I – For students 6th grade and older; Students will learn the basic parts of the harp and its history, and learn finger placement, hand position and plucking technique. Students will work on both solo and harp choir pieces and will play individually and as a group. Prerequisite: Students need to read both treble and bass clefs. (We have 1 or 2 Celtic harps to lend)
Celtic Harp II + For students that have taken Celtic Harp I.
Da Vinci’s Corner: From Microscopic to Macroscopic – Students will create artwork at the intersection of art and science. The first project explores life under the microscope and the second, life outside in our environment. Both investigations will include unique exploration directed toward the student’s interest, sketchbook documentation, and visual responses through 2D and 3D artmaking. During the course, we will discuss visual and musical artists whose work bridges art and science concepts (all skill levels welcome).
Drum Circle – In our circle, there is respectful communication and everyone is involved. We use drums, percussion instruments (some “found” instruments), singing, improvisation and movement to explore traditional African and Caribbean music. Songs will be taught through aural tradition. Emphasis is on feeling the beat, listening to each other, learning to sing, moving and playing simultaneously.
Exploring Western Music Through Visual Arts – Looking at the different time periods in Western Music History (music produced in Europe as well as those musics derived from the European from ancient times to the present day) and Western Art history and drawing parallels between movements and time periods. Lots of listening involved with this class but some activities for participating and creating too.
Fiber Arts I – In this class we will learn about various forms of fiber art, including needle and wet felting, and yarn art. We’ll study the history of fiber arts and discuss modern uses for this versatile medium. Students will create both 2D and 3D pieces. Yes, you may take this class more than one year — different projects! Materials, including needle, will be delivered.
Fiber Arts II – For students who already completed Level I, continuing to learn about various forms of fiber art, including needle and wet felting, and yarn art. We’ll study the history of fiber arts and discuss modern uses for this versatile medium. Students will create both 2D and 3D pieces. Yes, you may take this class more than one year — different projects! Materials, including needle, will be delivered.
GarageBand – This class is designed for students just trying GarageBand for the first time. This course will help students learn the basics of the GarageBand program with the final outcome being a digital portfolio of music created and edited by the student. They will learn how to: record audio (voice, instruments, etc.), use loops, cut/paste/trim audio files, manipulate volume/fade in/out, and more! Projects may include creating songs, radio advertisements, mini-podcast, audio story-telling, and video game music!
Intermediate/Advanced Guitar – Continuing study of guitar includes introduction to major and minor scales, the accidentals in first position, more complex first position chords, more complex music reading exercises, as well as rhythm patterns; and an introduction to barre chords, tuning with natural harmonics, and right-hand finger-picking. Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar, and student should possess an instrument with which to practice at home and have continued the study of the instrument since Beginning Guitar.
Jazz Dance – Basic-Intermediate jazz technique. Learn the different branches of jazz dance, through a warm-up, across the floor, center work, and learning short combination each week to current music. This class will also address the connection between dance and music and how important it is, especially in the jazz diaspora.
Music Theory/Composition – focus on basic concepts of music theory and aural skills with a little composition project at the end.
Music Video Production – Lights, camera, sound, action! This course is ideal for those interested in film and video production, specifically music video production, with little or no experience. Learn professional lighting techniques, camera moves, blocking, and storyboarding to create an impressive music video of your band’s music, or a song of your choice.
Photography I – Explore the basics of Photography. Students will learn the fundamentals of digital photography with an emphasis on composition, lighting, aesthetics and utilizing photography as a documentary instrument. Students may bring any type of digital camera or, if necessary, use the camera on their cell phone.
Photography II – Must have completed Photography I.
Songwriting – learning how to write both song lyrics as well as chord progressions, analyzing songs, talking about what elements make up a good song
String Bowing Techniques – This class will focus on different bowing styles, and serve like a practice lab, incorporating into it scales as well as practice games (strategies!) Examples of bowing techniques discussed include martelé, detache, loure, etc.
Strings I – (violin, viola, cello, bass) – New beginner or played only in 4th grade.
Strings II – (violin, viola, cello, bass) – Took lessons at WCSMS last year and in school this year.
Strings III/IV – (violin, viola, cello, bass)
Tap – learn the basics about tap and the relationship that tap holds with music. We will do center work, skill building, rhythm work, across the floor, and choreography.
Ukulele I – If you are looking for a new, fun and portable instrument to learn, try the ukulele. We will learn 5-8 chords and several songs within the three weeks. It is a great instrument to sing along with or a great primer to the guitar. (We have 12 ukuleles to lend)
Ukulele II – Must have completed Ukulele I
Virtual String Quartet – for more advanced students, a chance to record themselves playing the parts of a string quartet and see if we can edit it together to make a video.
Vocal I: I think I want to sing! – This is an introductory class for students who want to “dip a toe” into the world of singing. We will be learning to use our voices, breath, and bodies to make healthy vocal sounds. We will be learning to sing melodies in groups, both large and small.
Vocal II: This singing thing is fun! – Students will be continuing to learn to sing in groups and begin learning to sing harmonies. Depending on class progression we will be singing in two, three or even four parts!
Vocal Coaching – This class is for students entering their third (or more) year in Warren County Summer Music School. We will be focusing on finding our own voices, choosing appropriate music for our voices, sight-reading through solfege, and performance.
Woodwinds – (flute, clarinet, saxophone).
World Dance – Learn about different traditional styles of dance that are performed around the world! This involves learning the tradition of the culture as well as learning the movement style that goes into the dance. We will learn a dance corresponding to each country and style that we talk about.
World Music Adventures – Exploring music from different cultures outside of Western Music (European) and participatory music making virtually using instruments students would have at home (or making their own!) Really fun possibilities with this one. Lots of learning about geography and anthropology along with ethnomusicology.