Summer Music Camp 3rd – 6th Grade

Come explore the frontier through music and fun with your friends!  3rd – 6th Graders will have a blast playing, singing and dancing to songs of the Wild West!  This will include classic western heritage songs and Native American melodies. This year the younger students will build their own Monkey Drums and the older students will carve Native American, Cherokee whistles from rivercane.  Campers choose between guitar, piano and recorder lessons. Students with more experience in piano and guitar will learn western chords and flat picking as well. Every day the students will enjoy a concert by a local artist. The last day of camp, the students will share all they have learned in a wonderful concert for family and friends.   All materials, instruments, camp T-shirt and the mid-morning snack are provided. Camp Director, Mark Emerson, has an extensive musical and pedagogical background with kid’s music classes and music camps.  Be enriched by our community’s immense talent as local artists, musicians & teachers invest in students through this wonderful camp experience.  See details of camp activities below…



Bucket Drumming

Bucket drumming is the art of drumming on plastic buckets with wooden sticks.  Students will learn to play a variety of different sounds using all parts of the bucket and the sticks.  Playing a steady beat is practiced in a group setting by listening, feeling and staying with the group.  Students have a blast playing different styles including latin, pop and classic rock.


Instrument Building: – Students build their own instrument and learn to play it!  The majority of materials used are natural and emulate the cultural tradition of building and use of the instrument.  This is a wonderful way for students to use their hands and experience the delight of playing an instrument they created!



Orff Ensemble:

Each student will have the opportunity to play every instrument.  Students will be introduced to repertoire that will reinforce the 5 elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and form. Third through sixth graders will also be introduced to reading notes and rhythms. More benefits: Lays a solid foundation for musical aptitude and music literacy. Develops coordination, concentration, and self-confidence through group singing and playing….and it’s fun!


Instrument Lessons:

Piano – The group piano class teaches high and low, naming the notes on the keyboard, playing black key songs, playing songs in C position, rhythm, improvisation and students have a chance to play for parents.


Guitar – Guitar lessons include naming the strings on the guitar, tuning, strumming, rhythm, a few familiar songs and chords in the keys of G major.



Recorder – Students love to learn recorder through recorder karate, earning belts for passing each level. In these lessons, students will learn songs, basic fingering, playing with beautiful tone, rhythm and note reading. Students also have the opportunity to perform for fellow campers.



Dance, Movement & Music Games:

Students love the dances and games led by Olivia Westenskow!  Olivia has the gift of creating and teaching the students fun dances that combine world dance with popular moves and hip-hop.  Students learn rhythm, singing and dance through movement and music games.  This is the ultimate in learning music through experience and doing. It’s a fun and easy way to learn music with friends!


…and sometimes at camp we just dance for the fun of it!!



Treasure Hunts & Games:

There will be hidden treasure with clues buried/hidden throughout the campus.  The students are so excited to find a prize for everyone inside the treasure chest!



Daily Concerts:

Every day it’s a new guest artist! Seeing and hearing professional musicians perform up close inspires and motivates students. The students hear a variety of musicians from the Grande Ronde Valley including country, jazz, classical, bluegrass and more. The experience is very interactive with the opportunity to ask questions and try out instruments. These concerts happen first thing in the morning so parents can choose to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the music along with their child.