Acting I (for students with some or no theater experience) – This beginner class focuses on communication and collaboration through relationship building, speech development, and creative movement. Students will engage in a variety of primary activities, such as mini-snippets, scene starters, small group mini-plays, and much more.

Advanced Drawing – Teach your hand to do what the eyes sees! This class will focus on observational drawing and realism. Drawing is a skill, and yours will improve!

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.  Guitar provided.

Brass – (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba)

Brass Ensemble – for brass players who have completed two years of instruction.

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.

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).

Dramatic Storytelling with Folktales (for students with some theater experience or previous drama class) – Storytelling is one of our oldest art forms and one of the oldest educational tools through which we share cultural values and lore. Long before modern media and even printed books, we were entertained by storytellers, who were valuable members of a community. Listening to stories can be a vivid and creative experience. In this class, students will learn to bring stories to life through the magic of verbal and nonverbal language. Storytellers will develop self-confidence through imagination and creativity, and the audience will develop imagination and listening skills. Readings will feature folklore from around the world, in the form of folktales, fairy tales, fables, and legends.

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, already had two years of drum lessons, 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!  For students who have already completed Percussion Levels I & II.

Favorite Folk Songs From Around the World – some very singable songs in foreign languages…at least one each in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Latin…as well as many in English but from a lot of different styles and regions.

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!

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!

Flute Choir – For levels III & IV flute students.

Handbells I – No prior handbell experience required. Students ring two octave music.

Handbells II – For students who have rung at WCSMS or in the community.

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!

Humor In Music – to include such things as Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, the use of the scherzo, and Charles Ives’ Variations on “America,” as well as some numerous songs, poems, pictures, stories, video clips, games, and puzzles.

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 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 two shows as member of chorus or in one lead actor performance) – This class dives deeper into character and relationship. With purpose-driven “shortform” games and finely tuned exercises, students will create rich characters, heighten relationships, tackle group scenes, and explore environment. Students discover the limitless potential for scenic inspiration in each other and the world around us.

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.

Jazz Dance – 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.

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

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.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design I – Students will demonstrate a practical knowledge of basic metal fabrication techniques, such as torch soldering, sawing, filing, and sanding. Each student will create an original handmade pin based upon a musical instrument, sound, or experience that is significant to them (all skill levels welcome).

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. (New materials each year!)

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

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.

Musical Abstraction – 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.

Music Theatre Dance – learn about the many aspects of musical theater dance. This class will include dancing with live music and learning how to with with a live musician, learning choreography, and learning how to work with a partner.

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 to every class.  We will provide a drum pad.

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

Photography III/Advanced Photography – is for students who have successfully completed Photography I & Photography II. A deeper dive into photography basics such as photo-editing, lighting, composition and a more advanced look on mastering camera controls. Students are required to have a digital camera or a smart phone (only if they do not have access to a digital camera.)

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.

Rock / Pop Ensemble – offers students an opportunity to participate in an ensemble performing popular music.  Students will gain a greater understanding of music literature and styles and grow in musical expression through performance.  Students should have basic playing abilities on their instrument to participate in this course.

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.

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.

Stop Motion Animation – Learn the art of stop motion animation using DSLR cameras and Dragon Frame Animation software. This basic level course is ideal for those with some or no experience creating stop motion animations.

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)

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 – 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. (If you do not have tap shoes, we will have shoes available to borrow).

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 IIf 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 provide ukuleles for use in class)

Ukulele II – Must have completed Ukulele I

Ukulele III – Must have completed Ukulele I and II.

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, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 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.

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

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