Ballroom Dance – a social dance, students will learn the basics in the fox-trot, swing and cha-cha.

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.  Guitar provided.

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.

Celtic Harp II – For students that have taken Celtic Harp I

Celtic Harp Choir – Students will have the opportunity to continue with skills learned in Harp I. They will learn more repertoire and begin playing both block and arpeggiated chords. They will have the opportunity to play group pieces publicly.

Conversational Solfege – We are pleased to offer Conversational Solfege to all first and second year students.  Student ability to “read music” (translate printed notes on the page so that music is produced by instruments or voice) has risen as a result of this daily requirement.  A non-musician might liken it to the drills or exercises an athlete includes in daily practice as preparation for outstanding performance. The Conversational Solfege curriculum uses rhymes and folk songs that students chant, clap and sing to achieve rhythmic and melodic literacy.

Drawing & Painting – Students will work with a variety of materials to draw and paint still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and more.

Drum Circle – In our circle, there is respectful communication and everyone is involved.  We use drums, percussion 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.

Drum Kit I – This hands-on class takes the student to new heights, moving the percussion student who wants to step up to playing the drum kit. We’ll start with easy coordination exercises and will have the student jammin’ to music in no time. This course requires the student to have a solid background in percussion basics regarding sticking and timekeeping, but does not require the student to know how to play the kit. That’s our job! Are you ready for a challenge?

Drum Line – You’ll learn how to coordinate rhythmic patterns with other musicians! Explained throughout the course will be how drumlines train their wrists to play rudiments at tempos that make the sticks look like a blur!

Fiber Arts (5th & 6th grades) 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!

Fiber Arts (7th grade & older) – 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!

Flute Choir – For levels III & IV flute students.

Handbells I – For 5th and 6th grade students; no prior handbell experience required. Students ring three octave music.

Handbells II – For 7th grade students and older; no prior handbell experience necessary.

Handcrafting Instruments – Make your own music! Did you know that you probably have the materials in your own home to make a musical instrument? We’ll discover what exactly defines “music”, and learn to create several hand-made instruments. Students will see examples of various artists of today who are still inventing new and unusual instruments. We’ll learn how to tune some of our own hand crafted instruments and hopefully even play a song!

Hip-Hop

I think I want to sing! (Vocal I) – 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.

Improv I – (for students with some or no theater experience) Students are on their feet exploring laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven “shortform” games. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to achieve individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support, and build the foundation for a fulfilling journey to improv expertise. Students will discover key concepts such as “Yes And,” collaboration, commitment, communication, environment work, relationship building and truth in comedy. Every student learns they already have what it takes to improvise successfully both onstage and off.

Improv II (students must have participated in three shows as member of the chorus or one lead actor performance) – This class dives deep into character and relationship. Students build a toolbox of scenic initiation techniques to help scenes start off with a bang. With purpose-driven “shortform” games and finely tuned exercises, students will succeed in creating rich characters, heightening relationships, tackling group scenes and exploring environment. Students discover the limitless potential for scenic inspiration in each other and the world around us. As time allows, students may advance into organic and game-driven scene work.

Instrument Repair I (7th grade & older) – for grades 7 & up. Students will be taught emergency and minor repairs such as pad and spring replacement, reed adjusting, bridge reseating, and replacing strings.

Instrumental Repair II (completed Level I) – “I loved Instrument Repair!  I learned basic skills and want to do more!”  If this is YOU, sign up for Instrument Repair II.  In “The Sequel” you will have opportunities to practice what you know and learn more advanced techniques.  Demonstrate care and maintenance for beginning classes, complete emergency repairs and assist with larger projects.  Students MUST have completed Level I to enroll in Level II.

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 with at home and have continued the study of the instrument since Beginning Guitar.

Intro to Color Guard (7th grade & older) – Learn the basics of spinning a flag for marching band!

Jazz – Is a dance that involves moving the whole body to many styles of music. Bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or socks.

Jazz Workshop – for level III & IV woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, guitar & bass students. Instrumentalists will experience a variety of jazz forms.

Light – This course will explore different types of lighting and the effects lighting has on mood within a video documented scene.

Metals and Music – 5th & 6th grades – This course will introduce students to basic metalsmithing techniques, including fabrication, piercing, forging, and wire wrapping. It will also include the use of polymer clays and found objects. We will use music as one method to generate designs for the jewelry created.

Metals and Music – 7th grade & older – This course will introduce students to basic metalsmithing techniques, including fabrication, piercing, forging, and wire wrapping. It will also include the use of polymer clays and found objects. We will use music as one method to generate designs for the jewelry created.

Music and Animals – Students will explore a wide variety of songs, recordings, poems, stories, games, and videos combined with some Humane Education involving safety and kindness.

Music Theory – Provides students with a solid background of music theory (scales, modes, chords, harmony, form).

Musical Abstract Art – 5th & 6th grades – This course will explore a variety of artists that worked abstractly and were inspired by music. Students will create works of art using a variety of media and techniques.

Musical Abstract Art – 7th grade & older – This course will explore a variety of artists that worked abstractly and were inspired by music. Students will create works of art using a variety of media and techniques.

Percussion I – The class for the beginning drummer in us all. Our journey begins with learning how to hold the sticks and tap to the rhythm of music the students hear everyday. We move on to counting and pretty soon, the student becomes a percussionist, learning how to count and read actual percussion music! You don’t need any percussion background, but should be willing to work hard in this fast-paced class. The student will need to bring to class a pair of drumsticks, size 5B or 2B, and a practice pad to every class.

Percussion II – For students that have taken Percussion I. Students will continue their percussive studies of the snare drum picking up from Percussion I. Students will need a pair of Vic Firth 5A or 5B drumsticks as well as a Remo tunable practice pad.

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

Piano I – Students will learn to read treble and bass clef notes, develop keyboarding skills, and play in C Major five finger position, learning note values eighth notes through whole notes, I and V7 chords, and simple songs. (For students who have never studied piano).

Piano II – for students with past piano experience; not for students who currently take piano lessons.

Pipe Organ – (takes two class periods) –  An introduction to playing “The King of Instruments”.  Keyboard and pedal technique will be explored, as well as registration, including the various stop controls.  Students should have at least basic keyboard skills and music reading abilities.  Lessons will be held at The First Lutheran Church, with time on the church’s organ made available to those participating. Class takes two periods.

Recorder (5th & 6th Grades) – Students will read music in the treble clef and learn to play songs, rounds, and scales on the soprano recorder (recorders supplied by summer music school).

Recorder (7th Grade & Older) – Students will play duets, trios, and quartets on soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders. Woodwind players are especially adept at playing these instruments, but all students are welcome.

Sculpture – Students will explore a number of sculptural techniques, including paper machè, ceramics, found assemblage, etc.

Show Choir – Make a joyful noise and come be a part of Show Choir! Learn a repertoire of fun musical pieces all the while learning and practicing good vocal technique, projection, choreography, and team work. Singers should be prepared to sing and perform a show choir piece for a Morning Wake Up concert.

Solfege for the Serious Singer (7th grade & older) – for singers hoping to audition for PMEA festivals and college choirs, we will learn and practice sight-singing using moveable do.

Sound – This course will explore recording, editing and producing sounds for various productions including film and listening formats.

Steel Drum – Imagine warm sun, sandy beaches and ocean waves…  What music do you hear?  Steel Drums!!  Come groove to the sounds of the Caribbean!  Learn to play these unique instruments and discover a whole new world of melody and rhythm that will delight performers and audience alike!  Students must be able to read music, either bass or treble clef.  Enrollment limited to students in 7th grade and older.

Strings – (violin, viola, cello, bass)

Strings, Rock and Rosin – Explore music from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Led Zepplin and Coldplay, just to name a few.  A chance to improve upon the art of improvisation and advance string technique not normally found in standard classical repertoire.  (Must have at least 2 years of strings experience.)

Tap – Is a dance in which the dancers express rhythm with their feet. This lively dancing is fun for all ages and any level of dance experience. Sneakers or hard-soled shoes are preferred.

I think I want to sing! (Vocal I) – 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.

This singing thing is fun! (Vocal II) – 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!

Ukulele II – Must have completed Ukulele I

Ukulele for Beginners – 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.

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, and performance.

Woodwinds – (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone).

Writing for the Stage – is focused on improvisational writing, exploration of character voices and storytelling structure. Students will gain the skills needed to generate from abundance, create three-dimensional characters and explore their stories and personal voice. Over the course of this class, students will develop character pieces a personal writing journal and several short scenes.

Writing Songs (6th grade and older) – In this class students will learn the fundamentals of song writing and explore historical examples of the craft. Students will collaborate as lyricists and composers to create and record their own original short songs. No prerequisite. Please bring a notebook!

Yoga – Introduction to proper breathing, stretching and yoga postures in a class that will support the beginning yoga student.
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