Beginner Level - Description & Class Schedule

Camp is held daily, Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Beginning Level

For students with little to no prior training, generally ages 8-11 (1 year or less on instrument) who may or may not be taking private lessons and/or participate in a school/community band program.  

Goal: Our goal for beginning students is to introduce them to the fundamentals of music and of their particular instrument.  Students will learn scales, note reading, musical symbols and terms, as well as skills of playing with others (listening, blending, etc.).  Additionally, it is important for this age group to have fun making music and to learn to enjoy doing it with others.  Group activities and unique musical outlets (such as listening to famous recordings and artists, drawing along to music, playing music games) are an important part of this level.  Our faculty for the beginning students are enthusiastic, encouraging, compassionate and well-versed in teaching this age level.  Students always surprise the audience on the Final Showcase Concert with the skills they've developed in just two weeks!


Classes Offered

  • Music theory with engaging topics for younger students 
  • Small woodwind ensemble
  • Small studio classes focused on fundamentals of instrumental playing 
  • Individual instruction 
  • Electives offered in art, dance and piano 


Sample Class Schedule
10:00-10:45– Flute Warm Ups & Technique 
Spend this time working with flute instructors on flute fundamentals, including rhythm and counting, learning fingerings, scales and easy technique patterns.  Students learn simple songs that incorporate these essential fundamentals.  

10:45-11:30 –Flute Choir
Rehearse flute choir repertoire for the Final Showcase Concert on August 1.  Students learn to play together as an ensemble and gain experience in following a conductor.  The basics of tuning and blending are discussed in this class.  

11:30-12:30 – Music Theory 
     Masters Monday – Explore the life and music of our greatest composers!
     Time Tuesday – Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm! 
     Worldly Wednesday – Explore different styles of music from around the world!
     Theory Thursday – Compose your very own masterpiece, using the basics of theory!
     Fun Friday – Learn extended techniques on the flute! 

Some other fun topics include: "World Music"; "Wild and Wacky Composers"; "Composition 101"; "Music and Stories"; "Music and Art" and more! 


12:30-1:30 – Lunch

Students are free to interact with their friends or other faculty during this time both indoors and outdoors on Trinity Christian School's beautiful grounds! 
***All beginner students will be chaperoned by camp faculty during lunch and throughout the day.


1:30-2:30 – Mixed Instrumental Choir 
Rehearse repertoire for mixed ensemble for the Final Showcase Concert on August 1.  Students will perform with other instruments in this class and begin to learn the sounds of other wind instruments, such as clarinet, oboe or saxophone.  

2:30-3:00 – Observations
Beginner level classes take a "mini field trip" on certain days to visit the other levels in the camp. This is a great opportunity for younger students to observe the habits of older, more mature players and to note appropriate behaviors unique to music rehearsals, such as no talking; writing notes on your music; asking questions, etc. It also offers younger students a break from playing, while staying connected to the art of making music.  

3:00-4:00 – Activity Hour

There are several activities available to students during this final activity hour.  For middle and high school students, there are performance workshops, lectures, chamber rehearsals, recitals, master classes and presentations.  These are all open to beginner students, should they choose to attend. Otherwise, beginner level students attend their chosen elective during this hour.  Electives are offered in dance, art and piano. They are meant to be enjoyable and are for fun.  All electives incorporate the use of music in one way or another. They are not performed in any recital setting.  

Class size: Classes are kept SMALL for this age group to facilitate individual attention.  There are at least 2 faculty members assigned to each instrumental choir. 

Private lessons: During the camp day, students will sometimes work one-on-one with faculty; however, it is encouraged that students sign up for private lessons with faculty members outside of camp hours to further develop the skills they are learning throughout the day.  These lessons can be arranged directly with the faculty members.  Private lesson fees apply and vary with each faculty member.  Students may also develop a good relationship with a particular faculty member and wish to pursue private lessons on a continuous base beyond the two-week camp.  


Performance opportunities:  Students are invited and encouraged to perform with other students and/or faculty members during our Afternoon Student and Faculty Recitals! They can play any musical selection they wish from solo repertoire to chamber music.  Students who choose not to perform on certain days will go to their chosen elective. ​




































10:00-11:30 – Instrumental Choir
Meet with your instruments and faculty.  Classes are small for more individualized attention.  Rehearse selections for the final concert!

11:30-12:30 – Music Theory
Meet with all instruments from your age group to participate in fun music theory activities ranging from scales, world music, writing your own composition, and more! 

12:30-1:30 – Lunch
Relax with your friends outside in the beautiful courtyard!

1:30-3:00 – Mixed Instrumental Choir
Meet with all instruments from your age group and combine various chamber ensembles of different instruments.  Rehearse selections for final concert. 

3:00-4:00 – Afternoon Activity/ Elective
See the schedule to check which days feature Afternoon Recitals or Performance Workshops.  Electives offered in dance, art, guitar and piano.  

Intermediate Levels
For students playing solo repertoire at the grade 3 - 4 level of difficulty and who have been playing for 1-3 years.  Classes in music theory, small woodwind ensemble, and studio classes.  Emphasis will be placed on sight-reading, taking better auditions, chamber music and performance anxiety.
 
10:00-11:00 – Master Class
Meet with students in your age group to participate in a series of performance master classes which focus on technique, scales, solo repertoire, listening exercises, and performance tips.

11:00-12:30 – Instrumental Choir
Meet with your instruments and faculty.  Classes are small for more individualized attention.  Rehearse selections for the final concert!

12:30-1:30 – Lunch
Relax with your friends outside in the beautiful courtyard!

1:30-3:00 – Intermediate Band
Perform with all instruments in your age group in a larger mixed instrumental ensemble.  Rehearse selections for final concert!

3:00-4:00 – Afternoon Activity
See the schedule to check which days feature Afternoon Recitals; Performance Workshops and Lecture Presentations.  

Advanced Levels
For students playing solo repertoire at the grade 5 and

above level of difficulty and who have been playing

for 3 or more years.  Classes in large woodwind ensemble,

chamber music, master classes and studio classes. 

Emphasis will be placed on sight-reading, taking better

auditions, chamber music and performance anxiety.  
 
10:00-12:30 – Advanced Wind Ensemble
This ensemble is comprised of 50-60 students, and will prepare grade 5 and 6 literature to perform on the final concert.  This class moves very quickly and covers all aspects of ensemble performance. 

12:30-1:30 – Lunch
Relax with your friends outside in the beautiful courtyard!

1:30-3:00 – Advanced Instrumental Choir
Meet with your instruments and rehearse selections to perform for the final concert. 

3:00-4:00 – Afternoon Activity
See the schedule to check which days feature Afternoon Recitals; Performance Workshops and Lecture Presentations.  


*Students will be assigned to levels based on their registration forms; however, we welcome moving from one level to another within the first three days of camp.  Students wishing to participate in the advanced ensemble will play a short audition of a prepared piece of their choice (2-3 minutes), sight-reading, and major and minor scales.  


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Class Descriptions:

Advanced Large Ensemble:  This is the largest ensemble of the camp featuring the most advanced high school and college students.  The group will perform 3-4 selections for the final concert at the grade 5 - 6 level of difficulty.  This ensemble may feature solo players as well.  The group is very fast-paced and technically and artistically demanding, but also very rewarding.

Studio Classes/Instrumental Choir:  These classes are unique to each instrument (flute studio class, clarinet studio class, etc.) and focus on concepts specific to the instrument.  Teachers may focus on technique, reed making, sight-reading, blending, intonation, etc.   The studio classes work on trios, quartets and quintets in small group settings to develop these concepts.  These studio classes will perform  selections on the final concert. 

Master Classes:  These classes are designed for selected students to

perform for guest artists or faculty within the camp.  Students may perform

solo repertoire  or chamber music and will be coached in front of the camp

audience.  These master classes are beneficial to all who attend, regardless

of instrument.  They may be a part of the studio classes, or scheduled

independently during camp hours. 

Small woodwind ensemble:  These classes are designed for

beginner and intermediate groups to accommodate a smaller

number of players with mixed instruments.  They focus on

trios, quartets, and quintets.  They will prepare

selections to perform on the final concert.  

Specialized Workshops:  These classes are presented during the camp (usually at the end of the day).  All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Feature classes include topics related to performance anxiety, taking better auditions, making professional recordings, music and psychology, orchestral repertoire, scales and technique, instrument repair and more.  

Competitions:  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a solo and chamber music competition.  Students may perform solo repertoire or chamber music of their choice.  Winners will be announced on the final concert and will receive a monetary prize.

Beginner

10:00a-4:00p daily

Unfortunately, the beginning level is not offered in the 2020 Online Format as it does not offer the in-person assistance younger players need. Please see details below and join us next year for an in-person camp & festival, which includes the beginning level!

2020 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

In its 26th year!