Save The Date! We Will Be Returning To Maine in 2018!

July 9th-13th, 2018

(orientation the night of July 8th)

The American Music Camp was created to provide an environment for string students of all ages to become involved in the vast landscape of the American Music. This five- day intensive enrichment camp helps to form well-rounded, 21st century musicians by providing inspiration, exposure to many different musical styles all while building community.

The American Music Camp has as their highest priority the nurturing and development of the personal skills of each student. The Camp is staffed by professional musicians who are not only performing artists in various genres of music but are first and foremost, teachers experienced at working with students of all ages.

The purpose of the American Music Camp is two-fold:

  1. To support and further the playing skills of each individual student by example, mentoring and instruction.
  2. To provide skills and environments for students to make music with their peers.

The next American Music Camp, Maine will be located at the stunning ocean-side campus of the Southern Maine Community College in Portland, Maine from July 9th-13th, 2018.

The Camp will host programs for teachers, strings of all levels and ages, guitar/mandolin, piano accompaniment and provide outdoor excursions, performances and events.

Camp Sessions

 

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String Programs

Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass String Program: Full-day program for students ages 8 to adult. All levels. 1 instrument-specific group class, 3 electives,* a supervised free jam period, daily recitals, concerts, jam sessions. Tuition: $350 

Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass String Program Including Master Class: Full-day program for students ages 8 to adult. All levels. 1 instrument-specific group class, 2 electives,* 1 master class,** a supervised free jam period, daily recitals, concerts, jam sessions. Tuition: $450 


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Youngster Program

A half-day program for 5-7 year olds playing violin or cello. Mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Two classes plus an activity period. Optional return for all-camp activities at 3:45 (recitals, jam sessions, dance, concerts). Tuition: $200

 


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Piano Accompaniment Program

“Beyond the Page” – a curriculum developed and taught by Daniel Strange of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. This half-day program will explore the piano techniques for accompanying soloists and playing in bands and jam sessions. Recitals, concerts, jam sessions. Ages 15 to adult. 8 students maximum. First come, first served. Afternoons from 1:00-5:30 PM. Tuition: $250

Eligibility: Accompaniment Program students must arrive with the ability to read lead sheets (melody and chord changes) and the ability to voice basic chord structures. Intermediate accompaniment level reading preferred for active participation.

Guitar-Mandolin Program 

Half-Day program for students ages 8 to adult. 1 instrument-specific group class, 3 electives,* a supervised free jam period, daily recitals, concerts, jam sessions. No chaperones required. Afternoons from 1:00-5:30 PM. Tuition: $250

Extra Classes for Family & Friends 

Parents, chaperones, siblings and friends are invited to take guitar and mandolin classes. Participants must provide their own guitar and/or mandolin. Please fill out a separate registration form for each individual taking Extra Classes using the “Extra Classes” registration form. Each individual may sign up for multiple classes and will be scheduled according to availability. In addition to the Extra Classes, participants will be allowed to take part in the daily recitals and jam sessions.


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Teacher Program

Program includes a daily two-hour seminar taught by Pam Wiley and guest faculty artists, observation of student classes taught by faculty from the American Music System and participation in recitals, jam sessions and concerts. The seminar includes hands-on training in group class techniques, teaching music holistically, creating group arrangements, rhythmic playing, improvising and diversity of styles. The seminar will discuss various core methods (O’Connor, Suzuki, All For Strings, Essential Elements, Rusch-Mueller, Applebaum, Roland, etc.) and how to combine and/or adapt them to individual teacher’s needs using the American style of teaching. Teachers of all instruments welcome. Tuition: $300