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: Wendell Nisly, 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: John D. Martin, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Lloyd Kauffman, Level 4: Wendell Nisly
[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.
Lyle Stutzman and Jeff Swanson
[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
Class Period 2Class Voice, Elem. Music Ed. II, Choral Rehearsal Techniques, Music History & Appr., Philosophy of Cong. Music
Class Period 3Sight Singing I-IV, Chamber Choir Reh.
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.
Choral Rehearsal Techniques
(Limited to 15 students) What audiences see and hear when they attend a choir program is a small spring arising from subterranean waters. Those subterranean waters are the choral rehearsal; it is in the rehearsal that the musical and spiritual aspects of the program are formed. Rehearsal Techniques will explore how to reach spiritual and musical goals. Students will work with both text study and conducting an effective music rehearsal, and will be given opportunity to hone their skills in class.
Prerequisite: a working knowledge of basic conducting patterns. Students should be current or former choir directors.
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.
Philosophy of Congregational Music
John D. Martin
[Limited to 15 students] Why is singing such an indispensable part of Christian worship? Does the Bible direct us to a particular type of music? This course analyzes the music of great hymns and explores ways that we can worship in both spirit and truth (reality). 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.
Music History & Appreciation
[Limited to 15 students] Description coming soon.
Children’s Music Class
Children's Musical Skills
Skills I - TBA; Skills II - Regina Brubaker
Children’s Musical Skills covers a sequence of melodic and rhythmic elements that will equip students with skills for reading and singing unfamiliar music. This class is taken in conjunction with the Children’s Choir and is intended for school-aged children.