Classes & Schedule
Students are expected to select only two classes. The remaining class period serves as a study period. Class changes after April 1 will incur a $25 fee. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be canceled. If this affects you, you will be contacted promptly.
General Musical Development: Rudiments, Sight Singing, Class Voice
Choral: Choral Gesture, Choral Arranging
Music Education: Elementary Education I & II, Secondary Music Education
Congregational Music: Hymnology, Leading Congregational Worship
General: Building A Singing Culture
Choir Participation: Mixed and segregated ensembles, a touring Chamber Choir
General Musical Development
Level 1: John D. Martin, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Nolan Martin, Level 4: Jeff Swanson, Level 5: Wendell Glick
[Limited enrollment] Rudiments is offered as a five-level series that begins with the very basics of music notation. All Rudiments levels use the same textbook. Students who enroll in Rudiments for the first time are required to take a placement test and will receive testing information with their acceptance letter. Test results will be used to help determine the appropriate level of study in discussion with the course coordinator at camp registration. Students who enroll in Rudiments and have taken a prior level will automatically be placed in the next higher level unless they indicate another preference in discussion with the course coordinator at camp registration. Prerequisites for each level include a basic understanding of the material from all previous levels. Rudiments 1: Notation assumes no prior musical knowledge. It is a study of the elements of basic notation, simple time signatures, note and rest values, and accidentals. Rudiments 2: Scales and Keys is a study of major scales, major key signatures, and compound time signatures. Rudiments 3: Intervals is a study of intervals and minor scales. Rudiments 4: Chords is a study of triads, triad inversions, and dominant seventh chords. Rudiments 5: Harmony & Form is a study of tonal and modal foundations, melodic composition, functional harmony, chord progressions, and small-scale forms.
Level 1: Jeff Swanson, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Nolan Martin, Level 4: Wendell Glick
[Limited to 16 students per level] Sight Singing teaches music reading skills through the demonstration and practice of methods and patterns necessary to read pitches and rhythms at sight. Students learn various tips to help in sight reading, and have opportunities to practice skills through class exercises. Sight Singing is offered as a four-level series that begins with sight reading at its fundamental stage (one-part singing in steps) and progresses to four-part reading with leaps. Students who enroll in Sight Singing for the first time must arrive on campus by 2:00 on Saturday afternoon to take a short placement test. Former students will be placed one level higher unless they request to repeat a level.
Brandon Mullet, Nolan Martin
[Limited to 15 students per level] Class Voice will explore the concepts and practice of healthy tension-free singing. Specific areas of study will include developing controlled breathing, phonation that is neither pressed nor breathy, focused resonance, and crisp articulation. Students will sing for, analyze, and critique each other.
DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE
Class Period 1Elementary Music Ed. I, Leading Congregational Worship, Rudiments I-V, Choral Arranging
Class Period 2Class Voice, Elem. Music Ed. II, Sec. Music Ed., Choral Gesture, Hymnology
Class Period 3Sight Singing I-IV, Building a Singing Culture, Chamber Choir Reh.
Mass Men’s Choir
OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Chamber Choir Registration
General Registration Opens(Sight Singing students – arrive by 2:00)
5:00 – 5:45
6:00 – 6:55
General Registration Closes
(No intro Class for Choirs)
Class I: 6:00-6:15
Class II: 6:20-6:35
Class III: 6:40-6:55
Sunday, June 4, 2017
9:30 12:00 1:00 – 2:15 2:30 – 4:00 5:30 7:00
Worship Service (Gym) Lunch Plenary Session Chamber Choir Rehearsal Supper Community Hymn Sing
1:00 – 2:15
2:30 – 4:00
Worship Service (Gym)
Chamber Choir Rehearsal
Community Hymn Sing
CLOSING WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Leave for Covenant Pres.
Adult Choirs Rehearsal
Children’s Choir Rehearsal
Dress Rehearsal (open to the public)
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Worship Service (Gym)
Leave for Covenant Pres.
(Limited to 15 students) The conducting gesture is the primary means of communication with and through the choir. A brief review includes conducting patterns for complex and irregular meter, free rhythms and subdivided beats. The primary focus includes developing additional technical and interpretive aspects of conducting, and exploring the role of a conductor in evoking both sound and meaning from the choir. Prerequisite: a basic working knowledge of conducting including common beat patterns, simple and compound meter, and basic gesture-related communication (tempo, dynamics, etc.).
[Limited to 10 students] Class size is limited to allow for more individual feedback.
The course will begin with a review of basic part-writing rules and will cover techniques for arranging pre-existing music for voices. It will include a study of variation technique, and it will examine the possibilities for arranging music in a way that enhances the original composition and text.
- A working knowledge of music theory including the following: identifying and writing key signatures, intervals, major and minor triads, dominant seventh chords, and basic chord symbols or figured bass.
2. At least some experience writing for voices. Students who have previously arranged music are encouraged to bring their arrangements as well as a laptop with music notation software installed on it.
Elementary Music Education I
[Limited to 15 students] Join us to find out why students think music class is so much fun! This class presents a melodic and rhythmic sequence of learning based on the Kodaly method. Age-appropriate activities, folk songs and games that make music engaging and enjoyable will be modeled in a participatory, simulated grade 1-3 classroom. Taking this in conjunction with the grade 4-6 course (Music Ed II) is recommended but not required.
Elementary Music Education II
[Limited to 15 students] This class is a continuation of the Kodaly strategies presented in the early music education class, geared toward schools who have had minimal or no exposure to this approach before. The objective of this class is to equip teachers to 1) make music fun and create a singing culture, 2) teach basic vocal technique, building part-singing skills, and 3) teach theory and sight-singing (rhythm, solfa) through folk songs and hymns. Course students will be involved in a participatory, simulated grade 4-6 classroom setting. Taking this in conjunction with the grade 1-3 course (Music Ed I) is recommended but not required.
Secondary Music Education
[Limited to 20 students] This course will attempt to address a variety of teaching contexts including small groups, classroom, and choir. Topics in Music Education such as the following will be considered: teaching resources, curricula, classroom rehearsal techniques, repertoire for middle and high school, and how to work with the adolescent voice. In addition, there will be opportunity for hands-on practice.
John D. Martin
[Limited to 15 students] Our hymnals offer a rich treasury of devotional literature, penetrating biblical insight, and anecdotal history. This course focuses on literary analysis, elements of interpretation, and the history of hymns. It aims to help Christians possess the spiritual wealth in the songs they sing. Both men and women are welcome.
Leading Congregational Worship
[Limited to 15 students] This class examines the essential components of leading congregational singing: personal preparation, planning, clear communication of musical ideas, deportment, using the hymnal and other worship aids, and copyright issues. Participants conduct hymns and choruses in class for instructor and peer review. As this class specifically trains congregational leaders, it is open only to men.
Building A Singing Culture
John D. Martin
[Limited to 15 students] How can a community be motivated to value worship in song? What characteristics should be considered in the choice of a suitable hymnal for serious worship? How can a non-singing community become a singing community? What will sustain a singing culture from generation to generation? These questions will be explored and discussed in this course.