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.

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.

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.

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 I (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.

Costumes and Sets: Through the Ages – Learn about differences in costumes, settings, and props used throughout different decades of performing. Students will get to learn through different time periods to design and organize a set and costume line.

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

Drum Kit! – For those who have already completed at least two years of percussion.

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

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

GarageBand (6th grade & older) – 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 ringtones, radio advertisements, mini-podcasts, audio story-telling, and movie music.

Guitar 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: 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.

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.

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!

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.

Intro to drama: Acting Out – Learn the basics of drama and acting in a group setting. We will have several short acting scenes, directed and performed by the students.

Jazz Dance – Basic to Intermediate jazz technique.  Learn the different branches of jazz dance, through a warm-up, across the floor, center work, and learning a 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 – 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)

Metals & Music – 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.

Music Abstraction – 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 and Animals – 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 Literacy – Learn to quickly and accurately read music with instruction in pitch/solfege, rhythm, and basic piano keyboard identification.

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

Musical Theater Dance – Learn about the many aspects of musical theater dance, including choreography, working with a partner, and working with a live musician.

New Orleans Style Jazz Band (High School students only on instruments that can play in key of C, Bb, or Eb; sorry, no strings) — Take and play a jazz standard from the American song book and use the song and its structure to introduce diatonic chord theory, music history, and how this style of jazz influenced modern music,

Orchestra – Play in a full orchestra of woodwind, brass, strings and percussion; For students who have completed Music Literacy Classes (formerly named Conversational Solfege 1 & 2) or by permission from WCSMS director.

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 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 II – For students who have taken Percussion I.  Bring your drumsticks!

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 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 Lutheran Church, with time on the church’s organ made available to those participating.

Rappin’ and Clappin’ Through Poetry – Learn to write poetry, and transform these poems into amazing rap songs. Students will read different raps and poems, and construct their own rap, which will be recorded. Instrumentals will be added, as each student thinks necessary for their rap.

Script Writing – Study the different aspects of a script, and write a one-scene script. Students will work through each part of a script, including the meaning and intention, and be able to write their own one-scene script.

Sculpture – Students will explore a number of sculptural techniques, including paper maché, 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.

Songwriting (6th grade & older) – Learn how to write both song lyrics and chord progressions, analyze songs, and talk about what elements make up a good song.

Soprano Recorder – Students will read music in the treble clef and learn to play songs, rounds, and scales on the soprano recorder.

Stop Motion Animation – Learn the basics of stop motion animation. In this class we will create our own characters and backdrop, learn to storyboard, and produce a short animated film using the stop motion technique. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with camera to class and you will be registered for a free account on

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 Zeppelin, 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.

Ukulele I – 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 II – Must have completed Ukulele I.

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.

Where in the World? – Students will explore music, art, history, geography, cuisine and other aspects of global culture in this exciting and evolving course. Guest presenters share their knowledge and talents as our students become actively immersed in the rich heritage of India, Japan, and more!

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

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 – 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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