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. Wendell Glick 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: John D. Martin, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Wendell Nisly
Level 4: Jeff Swanson, Level 5: Wendell Glick

Textbooks: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Surmani & Manus, ISBN-13:978-0882848976

[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.

Sight Singing

Level 1: John D. Martin, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Lloyd Kauffman, Level 4: Wendell Nisly

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 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.


Class Voice

Lyle Stutzman and Jeff Swanson

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.


Daily Class Schedule






Class Period 1

Elementary Music Ed. I, Leading Congregational Worship, Rudiments I-V





Choir Rehearsal 1

Mid-Day Interlude


Class Period 2

Class Voice,  Elem. Music Ed. II, Choral Rehearsal Techniques, Music History & Appr., Philosophy of Cong. Music, Children’s Musical Skills I & II




Choir Rehearsal 2

Class Period 3

Sight Singing I-IV, Chamber Choir Reh.





Free Time


Mass Choir

Women’s Choir


Opening Weekend

Saturday, June 2, 2018





Instructor Orientation

Instructor Brunch

Chamber Choir Registration

General Registration Opens

(Sight Singing students – arrive by 2:00)




5:00 – 5:45

6:00 – 6:55

Chamber Choir Rehearsal

General Registration Closes


Camp Orientation

Introductory Classes

(No intro Class for Choirs)

Class I:      6:00-6:15

Class II:    6:20-6:35

Class III:   6:40-6:55

7:15 – 9:00

 Sunday, June 3, 2018


8:30 – 9:00



1:00 – 2:15

2:30 – 4:00



Continental Breakfast

Worship Service (Gym)


Plenary Session

Chamber Choir Rehearsal


Community Hymn Sing at Dayton Mennonite Church

Closing Weekend


Saturday, June 9, 2018











Chapel/Wrap Up


Choir Warmups

Leave for BCOB

Adult Choirs Rehearsal



Children’s Choir Rehearsal

Choirs Meet

Dress Rehearsal (open to the public)

Sunday, June 10, 2018









Continental Breakfast

Worship Service (Gym)


Leave for BCOB

Choirs Meet


Supper/Prayer Time



Choral Music


Choral Rehearsal Techniques

Wendell Nisly

Textbook: None. Information packet provided by instructor.

(Limited to 20 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.



Music Education

Elementary Music Education

Elem. Ed. I: Gwendolyn Good; Elem. Ed. II: Gwendolyn Good

Textbook: The Kodaly Method I, Lois Choksy (ISBN-13: 978-0139491658)

[Limited to 15 students per class]  Join us to find out why students think music class is so much fun!

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.

Taking both courses together is recommended but not required.

Some camps offer children’s music classes. If you wish to observe this approach in action in a children’s classroom, please check the website for availability.

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’.

Elem. Ed. II, Grades 4-6 Rhythmic Concepts: Level 1 concepts, plus sixteenth notes, dotted half and whole note, eighth/quarter/eighth sequence, dotted quarter/eighth pairs, conducting pattern of 4, prep beat, simple & compound meter, fraction names of notes. Melodic Concepts: Level 1 concepts, plus low La, low So, Fa, Ti, major & minor scales, absolute pitches on treble clef.

Congregational Music

Philosophy of Congregational Music

John D. Martin

Textbook: Discipling Music Ministry, Calvin M. Johansson, ISBN: 0-943575-52-4

[Limited to 20 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

Lloyd Kauffman

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 texts are not available through camp. They are recommended but not required for this class; if you want a copy, it is your responsibility to purchase it.

  • The Singing Thing Too (John Bell, ISBN-13: 978-1579996901)
  • Melodious Accord (Alice Parker, ISBN-13: 978-0929650432)



Music History & Appreciation

Wendell Glick

Textbook: None. Listening library resource provided by instructor.

MUSIC HISTORY AND APPRECIATION: HISTORICAL ERAS is an overview of Western art music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Attention is given to the basic history, vocabulary, forms, and genres from each of these periods. Priority will be given to unaccompanied choral music.


Children’s Music Class

Children’s Musical Skills

Regina Brubaker, Deana Swanson

Textbook: None.

​New for this year at Virginia Camp is a musical skills class for children’s choir participants. The class will fill out the choir experience that we currently offer by providing more opportunity to build skills for reading and singing unfamiliar music. This will be accomplished through a variety of engaging musical activities. The class is designed particularly for those who have had prior music instruction. Two classes will be offered this year with students divided into levels according to age.