Workshops, Camps & Outreach

Workshops, Camps & Outreach

The UNCSA Community Music School is committed to engaging with the community through workshop and day camp opportunities. Individual clinicians and ensembles are available for your classroom, contingent upon scheduling and availability. Special workshops (free to currently registered CMS students) and summer day camps are also offered in Community Music School facilities. 

Fall 2017 Workshops

Introduction to West African Ensemble Drumming

Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
CMS Recital Hall
Ages 8 and up 

This one-time introductory workshop with West African percussion specialist Lamar Lewis provides a fun and supportive environment perfect for learning the fundamentals of African drumming. 

Students will be introduced to the djembe, leaning the basics of proper technique, hand coordination, and traditional rhythms. Free for CMS students, $10 for guests. An 8-week section of this course for ages 9-13 starts Monday, October 2. 

Introduction to Electronic Music Production

Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.
CMS Recital Hall
Ages 12 and up

In today’s musical climate, utilizing the tremendous power of computers gives the musician a big advantage. This introductory workshop with Kevin Timmons introduces students to the basic organizational principles behind widely used digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Ableton Live and Apple Logic. Free for CMS students, $10 for guests.

Songwriting Workshop

Details TBA


Summer Day Camps

The Community Music School will offer a Beginning Guitar Summer Day Camp program in Summer 2018.

Beginning Guitar Day Camp

Summer 2018— July 16-20 (Ages 7 to 9) - July 23-27 (Ages 9 to 11)
9 AM to 12:00 PM with snack break
Instructors: Brenda Morie and Tyson Morrow
Open to ages 7-11
$200, $125 for each additional child in the same family*

New guitarists with little or no prior experience receive a comprehensive introduction to the instrument in a fun and relaxed small classroom environment. Students will explore the music fundamentals of melody, harmony and rhythm as idiomatically applied to the guitar. We will also delve into the history of the guitar and explore some of the many varieties of the instrument and its cousins in the string family.   

By the end of the camp, students will be able to tune their guitar, replace strings, play both single note melodies and chordal accompaniment, identify and draw basic components of music notation, and develop a basic understanding of playing in a group context.

Families are invited to a student/faculty performance on the final day featuring original arrangements and songs by campers!

*Family discount available only after minimum enrollment of 8 full price students is met.


Instrument Petting Zoo

An instrument petting zoo is a great way to introduce students to the world of instruments in the orchestra and band. Our instrument petting zoos feature instruments from the brass, woodwind, strings and percussion families, demonstrated by professional musicians and educators. Students can hear a demonstration of each instrument and get hands-on instruction with a private lesson teacher.

To give students the best possible experience, we ask that the number of participants be limited to 25 per 30-minute demonstration. Our petting zoo can be booked for up to four back-to-back sessions, with 10-minute windows between sessions. Students receive a sticker and a lesson referral sheet so they can use the experience as a catalyst for music lessons.

Contact the UNCSA Community Music School for rates and scheduling. A typical experience would involve four UNCSA Community Music School faculty members, but staff members from your facility may augment or substitute for CMS teachers as needed. To schedule a workshop for your students, simply contact us at and let us know what you are looking for.