Beginner:  
Experience:  For students with little to no prior training (1 year or less of playing their instrument, generally ages 8-12).  May or may not be taking private lessons; may or not may be playing in school band. 

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 with others.  Group activities and unique musical outlets (such as listening to famous recordings and artists, drawing along to music, playing music games) are a special 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 demonstrating what they've learned in a short period of time!  

Classes offered: Music theory, small woodwind ensemble, studio class and individual instruction. These students will play in instrumental choirs and small mixed ensembles as well as take music theory classes with fun topics such as: 

"World Music"
"Wild and Wacky Music Composers" "Composition 101" 
"Music and Stories" 
"Music and Art"  
and more! 

Sample schedule: 
10:00-11:30 - Instrumental Choir (between 10-15 students) preparing 1-2 musical selections for the Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 29. This instrumental choir is all the same instrument (i.e. flute choir, clarinet choir, etc.)

11:30-12:30 - Music Theory for all beginner  students (between 10-15 students).  Taught by rotating woodwind faculty giving students the chance to work with a variety of faculty members and interact with other students their age on different instruments and in different musical settings.  Topics range from music theory, famous composers, musical games, musk cans art, faculty performances and more!  This is a very interactive and fun class for students! 

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.

1:30-3:00 - Mixed Instrumental Ensemble (between 10-15 students).  All students of the beginner level will join together to rehearse in a small chamber groups to prepare 2-4 selections to perform on the Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 29.  This class gives students the opportunity to explore various chamber settings of different instruments!  

3:00-4:00 - Student/Faculty Afternoon Recitals or Elective.  During this final hour (three times a week) students and faculty will perform/attend the Afternoon Recitals.  These are open to any combination of faculty and students from all levels.  On the non-recital days, rehearsals will be held for preparation of the recitals.  Students who do not want to perform on a certain recital may chose to attend any of the Electives (see below).  

Special workshops:  Students will also have opportunities to take specialized workshops in instrument repair, sight-reading and the art of performing!

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. ​

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Intermediate:
Experience:  For students with 1 - 3 years playing experience, generally ages 12-15 in grades 7-9. May or may not be taking private lessons; likely 1-3 years experience playing in school band.  

Goal: Our goal for intermediate students is to build upon the fundamentals of music and of their particular instrument.  Students will focus on technical development through exploring various patterns and articulations in major and minor scales and expressive development through exploring dynamics, phrasing,  and style.  Additional focus is placed on improving sight-reading (in preparation for District Band auditions and high school band placement auditions),  as well as skills of playing with others (listening, blending, intonation, style).  This level will also focus on building relationships by working together in music (i.e. breaking out into smaller chamber groups, solving expressive challenges in music).  Our faculty for the intermediate students are enthusiastic and motivating of these students to help them further develop their unique interests in music.  

Classes offered: Music theory, large ensemble playing, instrumental choirs, studio class and individual instruction.  This level also attends a daily workshop/master classes from 11:30-12:30 on the following topics: 

"Sight-reading 101"
"Get ahead with Scales" 
"District Band Audition Tips"
"Performance Etiquette"
"Instrument Repair"
"Taking Better Auditions"
"Solo Repertoire Master Class"
"The Role of Listening in Your Practice Session"

Sample schedule: 
10:00-11:30 - Instrumental Choir (between 10-15 students) preparing 1-2 musical selections for the Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 29. These choirs play music of level of difficulty from 3-4 (on a scale of 6).  This instrumental choir is all the same instrument (i.e. flute choir, clarinet choir, etc.)

11:30-12:30 - Daily Master Class/Specialized Workshop for all intermediate students (between 30-50 students).  Taught by rotating woodwind faculty giving students the chance to work with a variety of faculty members and interact with other students their age on different instruments and in different musical settings.  

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! 

1:30-3:00 - Intermediate Wind Ensemble (between 30-50 students).  All students of the intermediate level will join together to rehearse in a large ensemble setting (comparable to their school band).  Students will prepare 2-4 selections to perform on the Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 29.  Level of difficulty is between 2-5 (out of 6).  

3:00-4:00 - Student/Faculty Afternoon Recitals or Elective.  During this final hour (three times a week) students and faculty will perform/attend the Afternoon Recitals.  These are open to any combination of faculty and students from all levels.  On the non-recital days, rehearsals will be held for preparation of the recitals.  Students who do not want to perform on a certain recital may chose to attend any of the Electives (see below).  

Class size: Classes are of moderate size to accommodate individual attention, but also to provide students with opportunities to explore friendships and musical relationships unique to the process of making music. Class size ranges from 10-15 students per class.  

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.  

Options for Intermediate Level:  Due to the wide range of skills and experience at the intermediate level, we often break classes into Intermediate and Advanced-Intermediate to accommodate the needs of these varying degrees.  These decisions are based on applications.  If a student wishes to move up or down a level, this can be arranged within the first three days of camp. 

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Advanced:  
***Please note, students wishing to attend camp at the Advanced Level are required to attend BOTH weeks of camp. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Experience:  For students with at least 3 years playing experience, generally ages 15 - 20 in grades 9-freshman/sophomore in college.  Likely taking private lessons; at least 2-4 years experience playing in school band.   

Goal: Our goal for advanced students is to facilitate growth in the

areas of musicianship and professionalism.  Students will focus on

merging their technical skills with their expressive goals to further

develop their inner artist.  Additionally, students will focus on the

Art of Performing as a means of communicating these expressive

goals in various performance opportunities, such as Student/Faculty Afternoon Recitals, Master Classes, Workshops, and performing advanced literature for the instrument and large ensemble.  Additional focus is placed on improving sight-reading (in preparation for District Band auditions, youth orchestra auditions and college auditions) as well as skills of playing with others (listening, blending, intonation, communication through tone, movement, and inflection). This level is extremely fast-paced, intensive, and technically demanding.  Our faculty for the advanced students are comprised of college professors, symphony musicians, local area teachers, and educators who insist on excellence through constant motivation and support of our students.  Many of these students go on to pursue music throughout high school and into college.  

Classes offered: Large ensemble playing, instrumental choirs, studio classes and specialized workshops on the following topics: 

Sight-reading 
Preparing for College/Orchestral Auditions 
District Band Audition Tips
Performance Etiquette
Instrument Repair
Taking Better Auditions
Solo Repertoire Master Class
Orchestral Excerpts 

Sample schedule: 10:00-12:30 - Advanced Wind Ensemble (between 40-60 students). This is the most advanced class the camp offers.  The ensemble performs all Grade 6 Level of Difficulty music (out of 6) and prepares 3-4 selections for the Final Showcase Concert on Saturday, July 29.  The class is very fast-paced, technically demanding and extremely musically rewarding!  Students focus on expressive shaping, and ensemble skills such as blending, intonation, stylistic nuance and communicating musical ideas with one another.   

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! 

1:30-3:00 - Advanced Instrumental Choir (between 10-20

students) on the same instrument (i.e. clarinet choir; flute choir;

etc.) to prepare 1-2 selections for the Final Showcase Concert.  Music is very challenging and the focus is on building expressive ideas as a single unit.  

3:00-4:00 - Student/Faculty Afternoon Recitals or Elective.  During this final hour (three times a week) students and faculty will perform/attend the Afternoon Recitals.  These are open to any combination of faculty and students from all levels.  On the non-recital days, rehearsals will be held for preparation of the recitals.  Students who do not want to perform on a certain recital may chose to attend any of the Electives (see below); however, these performance opportunities are strongly encouraged of all advanced students.  

Class size: Classes are of moderate size to accommodate individual attention, but also to provide students with opportunities to explore friendships and musical relationships unique to the process of making music. Class size ranges from 10-20 students per class.  

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 encouraged to perform with other

students and/or faculty members during our Afternoon Student and Faculty 

Recitals to develop their Performer Skills in an informal and supportive

environment.  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.  

Auditions: Students who wish to move up to the advanced level from intermediate will take an audition including scales, sight-reading and excerpts from the current camp's repertoire.  

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

2017 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

In its 23rd year!

Three Levels of Classes

Class Levels