Music LiteracyLearn to quickly and accurately read music with instruction in pitch/solfege, rhythm, and basic piano keyboard identification.

Orchestra– Play in a full orchestra of woodwind, brass, strings and percussion and join the Warren Philharmonic in performance at Pops in the Fountain the evening of June 27, 2024. For students who have completed Music Literacy Classes (formerly named Conversational Solfege 1 & 2) or by permission from WCSMS director.

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.

Rhythm and Motion – for Level 3 and above students who do not sing or play an orchestral instrument. Move to music and feel the rhythm beyond just hearing it, understanding rhythm and tempo. Using everyday objects, understand and create new rhythms to a set beat, using our ears to hear rhythm around us.



Brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba) – Level-appropriate instruction in playing your instrument with focus on both tone production and music reading.

Celtic Harp Level 1 (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 Level 2 — For students that have taken Celtic Harp I.

Guitar Level 1 (for Beginners) – 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 Level 2 (Intermediate/Advanced) – Continuing study of the 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.  Prerequisites: Guitar for Beginners; continued study of the instrument since Guitar for Beginners; and student should possess an instrument with which to practice at home.

Bass Guitar (Beginning/Intermediate) – 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.

Piano Level 1 – 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 Level 2 – For students with past piano experience but who are not currently taking piano lessons.

Pipe Organ (requires two class periods daily) – 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. Students will walk with the instructor to their lessons at First Presbyterian and First Lutheran Churches, with time on the church organs made available to those participating.

Percussion Level 1 – 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 you hear every day. We move on to counting and pretty soon, you become a percussionist, learning how to count and read actual percussion music. Bring to class a pair of drumsticks, size 5B or 2B to class; we will provide a drum pad.

Percussion Level 2/Drum Set  For students who have taken Percussion 1. Bring your drumsticks! – For the percussionist who wants to learn more and go deeper. We will start with some advanced drum work on the snare, focusing on rudiments and technique, also spending some time in the drumset room working on basic fundamentals of the drumset. Along the way we’ll explore some other percussion items and talk about how to think like a musical percussionist, not just someone who makes noise.

Recorder Level 1 – Learn to play the recorder, a nifty woodwind instrument dating back to Elizabethan times. Small and lightweight, it is ideal for beginners as well as advanced players that enjoy playing music with others. WCSMS will provide the recorders.

Singing Basics – If you like to sing, this class is for you! Learn the fundamentals of vocal production, including breath support, diction, pitch matching, singing in harmony, projection, and healthy singing habits. Become a stronger, more confident singer through fun warm-ups and songs in a variety of styles.

Strings Level 1 (violin, viola, cello, bass) – New beginner or played only in 4th grade.

Strings Level 2 (violin, viola, cello, bass) – Took lessons at WCSMS last year and in school this year.

Strings Level 3-4 (violin, viola, cello, bass) – Completed Levels 1 and 2.

Ukulele Level 1 – If you are looking for a new, fun and portable instrument to learn, try the ukulele. We will learn eight 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 2 – Must have completed Ukulele Level 1.

Ukulele 3 – Must have completed Ukulele Levels 1 & 2.

Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon) – Level-appropriate instruction in playing your instrument with focus on both tone production and music reading.


PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES (in addition to Orchestra)

A Cappella Choir If you love Pentatonix or the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect you will love this unaccompanied choral group.Sing a variety of contemporary and traditional styles of a cappella singing.  You will learn vocal production, singing in harmony, listening skills, and being able to sing independently without instrumental accompaniment.

Handbells – Enjoy being part of a musical “team” while playing handbells! No prior experience with bells needed, but students need to have experience reading music and commit to attending daily.

Jazz Workshop – Learn to play jazz and improvise in an ensemble including saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, and bass. (students must have played their instrument for at least two years). 

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

Show Choir – Bring choral pieces to life with this combination of Song and Dance! A variety of music theater, vocal jazz, and contemporary songs will be sung and choreographed. Skills learned include stage presence, basic dance choreography, vocal production, and singing in harmony.

Wind Ensemble – for students 7th grade & older that play woodwind and brass instruments.



Acting Out-Intro to Theatre – This class is designed for our younger students. Students will learn how to build a character, how to interpret a song, basic movement and how to follow stage direction.

Acting Out II – (student must complete Acting Out I)-A deeper look into character development, stage direction, script/song interpretation and more.

Audition 101 – Learn how to navigate a professional audition from beginning to end! Starting with how to build your book and ending with a professional mock audition to put your new tools to the test!



Broadway Styles – In this class students learn how to apply their dance technique in choreography The class focuses on teaching the style from the early 1900 to present day through learning original and repertory choreography.

Combo Dance – Interested in moving and grooving? This course explores an array of dance genres such as ballet, jazz, musical theatre, social dance, and more. Learn the history behind each dance genre and what movement fundamentals make each dance what it is. Get your boogie on through exhilarating warm ups, fun combinations to current music, partner work, and much more!

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.



Abstract Art (mixed media) – 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.

Advanced Drawing/Drawing What The Eye Sees (7th grade and older) – Teach your hand to draw what the eye sees! This class will be focused on observational drawing and realism.

Architectural Design – (7th grade & older) an introduction to technical drawing and design. Make floor plans, elevation and perspective drawings, and improve your skills with a ruler.

Art as Therapy – Healing through creative expression. This class will teach the importance of art on our mental health and interpersonal relationships through simple artistic techniques and freedom expression.

The Art of Color – This class will focus on color theory and the importance color choices play in creating harmony, focus, and overall mood of the artwork. We will use a variety of coloring materials as well as paint.

Face & Figure Drawing (7th grade & older, must have completed WCSMS Advanced Drawing or Art 1 at your school) – Focus on drawing the human face and figure. Gesture drawing and portrait studies will be included.

Fiber Arts Level 1 – 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.

Fiber Arts Level 2 – 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.  And yes, you may take this class more than one year — different projects!

Handcrafted 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 handmade 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 handcrafted instruments and hopefully even play a song!

Jewelry Making (intro to jewelry design) (7th grade & older) – This course introduces 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.

Photography Level 1 – 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 Level 2– Must have completed Photography Level 1.

Sculpture – Work exclusively with 3-dimensional art. We will work with a variety of materials including cardboard, plaster, and clay.

Stop Motion Animation I – Learn the basics of animation including the principles of animation, storyboarding, editing, and history of animation. You will create short, animated films using Cut Paper, modeling clay, Legos and other materials. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a camera to class and you will be registered for a free account on

Animation II  – (Students must have completed Stop Motion Animation I) – Learn advanced animation techniques. The focus of this class is storytelling.From day one, students will brainstorm and begin working on a storyboard for a 2-5 minute short film. This class will emphasize the 12 principles of animation to create believable animations. Students should bring their smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a camera.

Viral Art Trends – Experiment with materials and techniques gaining popularity on various social media apps.



Choral Speaking – Recite poetry or prose using various voice combinations (unison, solos, duos, trios…) to bring out meaning, tonal beauty, or humor in a passage of poetry or prose. This introduction to drama provides an opportunity for unified performance and being part of a team while developing and strengthening the ability to memorize. This is an opportunity to improve pronunciation, enunciation, and projection while building confidence. It’s FUN!

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.

Folk Songs from Around the World – Learn and sing some very singable folk songs from all over the world (singing in English as well as many different languages!).

GarageBand (6th grade & older, Students must supply/bring their own Apple iPad or iPhone) – 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. Students 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, creating a ringtone, radio advertisements, mini-podcasts, audio story-telling, and movie music.

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

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

Making A Music Video – Have you ever wanted to create or star in a music video? Now is your big chance! This class will be a great place to flex your creative muscles by learning to tell visual stories through the combination of music and video. We will select music, locations, costumes, camera angles, edit the videos to create a finished product, and have fun in the process! 

Mallet Madness – A fun and engaging instrumental class for all ages and abilities! Students will perform ensemble pieces on mallet instruments (xylophones, metallophones, etc.), percussion instruments, and with body percussion. Focus will be placed on melodic and rhythmic accuracy, improvisation, harmonic
progressions, and ensemble listening skills.

Music Theory – Focus on basic concepts of music theory (scales, modes, chords, harmony, form) and aural skills with perhaps a little composition project at the end.

Songwriting – Intro to Songwriting – Have you ever found yourself listening to your favorite artists and wondered if you might be able to write songs too?  Well, this class is the perfect place to begin to explore the world of self expression through songwriting! We’ll take time to learn from the artists we love and start to experiment with creating some songs of our own.

Songwriting Level 2 – Do you find yourself always coming up with lyrics or melodies but would love some help taking your songs to the next level? Then, this class is for you! We will spend time crafting your musical ideas to develop a songwriting style to fit your unique perspective and personality, so you can create songs that you’re proud of. 

Storytelling – The ability to tell a story can carry over into every area of life. Musicians, dancers, artists all tell stories…just in different ways. Explore what makes a compelling story, looking at different types of stories and how they’re constructed. We will work on creating our own verbal stories to tell. By the end of the three weeks, we will each have crafted a unique story of our own in a unique way.

Yoga – This yoga experience will focus on beginner poses and students will gain an understanding of the history of yoga and the benefits that you can gain from yoga and meditation practices.

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