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.
A core component of Music Camp is daily chapel, which includes a time of corporate singing and a daily lecture. Lloyd Kauffman will be our chapel speaker in 2018.
All full-time students are required to attend chapels. Chapels are also open to part-time students and the general public. We ask that all attendees respect the expectations of camp both in attire and demeanor.
General Musical Development
Level 1: Sarah Sommers, Level 2: Dwilyn Beiler, Level 3: Lee Weaver, Level 4: Jeff Swanson
Textbook: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Surmani & Manus, ISBN-13:978-0882848976
[Limited to 25 students per level] Rudiments is offered as a four-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.
Level 1: Jeff Swanson, Level 2: Franklin Miller, Level 3: Nolan Martin, Level 4: Lee Weaver
Textbook: Levels 1-2, Essential Musicianship Book 1, Crocker & Leavitt (ISBN-13: 978-0793543298); Levels 3-4, Essential Musicianship Book 2, Crocker & Leavit (ISBN-13: 978-0793543335)
[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 3:30 on Sunday afternoon to take a short placement test. Former students will be placed one level higher unless they request to repeat a level.
Daily Class Schedule
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018All events held at ChoralFest venue (TBA)
Sunday, June 24, 2018All events held at ChoralFest venue (TBA)
Nolan Martin, Franklin Miller, Lee Weaver
Textbook: Vocal Technique, Julie Davids/Stephen La Tour, ISBN-13: 978-1577667827
[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.
Leading Congregational Worship
Textbook: None. See recommended texts below.
[Limited to 20 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.
Recommended Texts – Please note: These books are recommended but not required for this class. A limited number of copies are available through camp.
- The Singing Thing Too, John Bell, ISBN-13: 978-1579996901
- Melodious Accord, Alice Parker, ISBN-13: 978-0929650432
Textbook: None. See recommended texts below.
[Limited to 15 students] This class addresses conducting as communication with and through the choir. A brief review includes conducting patterns for complex, irregular, free rhythms and subdivided beats. The dominant focus includes developing additional technical and interpretive aspects of conducting, and considering 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.).
Recommended Text – Please note: This book is recommended but not required for this class. A limited number of copies are available through camp.
- Evoking Sound, Second Edition, James Jordan, ISBN-13: 978-1579997267
Elementary Music Education
Elem. Ed I. – Gwendolyn Good
Textbook: The Kodaly Method I, Lois Choksy, ISBN-13: 978-0139491658
Join us to find out why students think music class is so much fun!
Learn how to make music class enjoyable, teach students to read music, and teach basic vocal technique and part-singing. You will be introduced to the Kodaly method, a way of teaching music through age-appropriate activities, folk songs, and games that make music engaging. Students in the class will role-play as grade-school students, participate in class discussion, and receive tips for lesson planning.
Elem. Ed. I, Grades 1-3 Rhythmic Concepts: Beat vs. Rhythm, Quarter note/rest, Eighth note pairs, Tie and slur, Half note, Duple & triple meter, barlines, Conducting patterns of 2 & 3. Melodic Concepts: pentatonic scale, solfege, Curwen hand signs, aural and visual pitch identification, Progression: Mi/So, La, Do, Re, high Do’.
Children’s Music Class
Children’s Musical Skills
Levels 1-3: Gwendolyn Good, Sarah Sommers, Dwilyn Beiler
Children’s Musical Skills covers a sequence of melodic and rhythmic elements that will equip students with skills for reading and singing unfamiliar music. It is recommended that this class be taken in conjunction with the Children’s Choir and is intended for school-aged children. Literacy skills in rhythm and melody will be presented, along with activities to make the content enjoyable. Students will be divided into levels based on age, and will not be tested for placement. The class will be structured in such a way as to be achievable for those without prior learning but also to be challenging for students with former music experience. (See Camp Fees>Part-Time Students tab for rates.)