Composition Camp

Teens at the keys.jpg
Teens at the keys.jpg

Composition Camp


Class day/time options:
   June 18-22, 1:00-3:00

  • Ages: about grade 5 and up
  • a student who understands the degrees of the scale with its chords is ready
  • Meets each day in the week, Monday thru Friday

Class tuition is $190/week

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composition camp

The main component of this camp is to assist the camper in getting their musical ideas on paper in some form. If a camper is working with composing software that is great.  The camper with a tablet/laptop will need to already know how to use the basic writing tools of their software or use At Home Time to become more fluid in their use. In this case we will default to paper for the interim. 

We will begin with a few assigned  pitches and walk campers through ways to get it on paper and ways to grow the small idea into a bigger piece of music. We go over ways to get inspiration for words and melodies and assign or help each camper build some lyric to a melody.   Then we turn it over to the camper and assist them through helping as much or as little as needed.  Our primary goal is to have each camper begin a composition note book. secondarily we work to get at least one composition captured with its' beginning, middle, and ending.

The campers' age is not primary to attend but knowledge of Key and Chord is needed. This composition enrichment camp is open to campers who play some scales and chords and can play a simple melody in the right hand on a piano.  We recommend 5th grade and up but a piano student who understands the degrees of the scale with its chords is ready.

At our closing Pizza Party campers may perform their compositions.  Who knows...maybe the campers and staff will come up with a new ensemble composition to perform for the families and friends!