Camps & Outreach

Camps & Outreach

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The UNCSA Community Music School offers a wide array of engaging summer classes for students ages 5 through adults! We expanded our 2021 summer offerings to provide additional opportunities for beginning band students.  

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available with many of our professional teachers over the 8 week summer session that starts June 14.  Complete an inquiry on our Private Lessons page to recieve a call about scheduling private lessons. 

Half-Pint Harmonies

We are proud to host Half-Pint Harmonies classes for infants and toddlers in the Stevens Center this summer! 

Tuesdays 9:30 & Thursdays 10:45 (vaccination required)
Tuesdays 10:45 & Thursdays 9:30 (no vaccination required)

Since 2015, Half-Pint Harmonies has been a safe place for young families to have fun together and enjoy a high-quality music class experience. Using their award-winning and researched-based curriculum, created by The Music Class®, they have helped hundreds of families nurture their young child's development through music and have created memories to last a lifetime.  Register through Half-Pint Harmonies here

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Do, Re, Mi – A Young Person’s Introduction to Singing!

Ages 5-6, 7-8
Instructor Julie Malamut
$200/8 weeks

Mondays 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Mondays 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Schedule subject to change, based on enrollment

Students have fun singing and moving as they train their ears and voices to be pitch-perfect! Our (Do Re Mi) solfege and Kodaly singing activities get students moving their hands as they sing. This kinesthetic process trains the brain to hear accurate pitch. We combine this process with singing fun songs in which we get to move, wiggle, and dance our heart’s delight as we embrace music!

Classes meet in-person at the UNCSA Stevens Center.  Masks required for the duration of class. 

Voice Camp: Learn to Sing in a Summer 

Voice Camp: Learn to Sing in a Summer!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 to July 22
10:30 AM through 12:00 PM
$250/student - Ages 8 to 12

Instructors: Julie Malamut, Kathryn Muhlenkamp, Alicia Purcell, Kristin Schwecke


Love to sing but not sure HOW? Join the CMS voice faculty this summer for a three-week exploration into the fundamentals of singing. Work with each teacher through a series of 6 90 minute sessions introducing breathing, tone, presentation and expression.

Classes meet in-person at UNCSA's Stevens Center, utilizing large spaces and social distancing. 

Singers' Summer Tune Up

Voice Camp: Singers' Summer Tune Up
Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 15 to July 1
6:30 - 8:00 PM
$250/student - Adult Students


Instructors: Julie Malamut, Kathryn Muhlenkamp, Alicia Purcell, and Kristin Schwecke


This course is designed for both new and experienced adult singers who want to deepen their knowledge of singing and strengthen their voices. Topics include improving your breathing and diction, effective warm ups, and singing in different styles. Each session is geared toward exploring both choral and solo singing. 

Classes meet in-person at UNCSA's Stevens Center, utilizing large spaces and social distancing. 

Spotlight on Broadway

Ages 10 - 13
Instructor: Julie Malamut
$200/8 weeks

Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30.  June 17 - August 5

Schedule subject to change, based on enrollments.  

This engaging class shines a spotlight onto the world of influential Broadway composers and musicals so young Broadway enthusiasts can learn about the creative process and story lines behind treasured songs.  Our ten-week course explores the history, personalities and cultural context behind the creation of selected famous Broadway musicals appropriate for young audiences. 

Classes meet at the UNCSA Stevens Center utilizing large spaces and social distancing.  Masks required. 

Travel Back in Time with the Greats - Exploring History of Music Through Listening and Art

Ages 8-12
Instructor Elena Nezhdanova
$200/8 weeks


Specific weekday class times TBD, based on registration

Class will meet once a week for ten weeks via Zoom. We will focus on five time periods (Renaissance included) in music history and learn about the famous great composers from different countries and cultures. Students will be introduced to musical forms, types of works these composers wrote, listen to selected pieces and draw/paint for each listening example. This class is designed to encourage imagination, creative thinking, learning about the development of classical music and how it reflects in the present day.

Classes meet via Zoom, and students receive recordings of each class meeting for review in case of missed classes.

Beginning Band Primer - Clarinet

Rising 6th and 7th graders
Instructor: Joanna McKoskey 
4 weekly 90 minute classes 
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM July 8 - 29
Cost: $100




Topics covered:

1) Putting the clarinet together
2) Names of the parts
3) How to hold it
4) Wetting the reed
5) Making the first sound
6) First Notes
7) Cleaning it and safely putting it away

Students learn correct assembly and care of their chosen instrument, rhythmic and pitch fundamentals, note-reading, and other basic skills on their instrument before starting band.  Students in this course will enter their first semester of band class ready to enjoy and excel at music making!

Beginning Band Primer - Trumpet

Ages 10-13 Instructor: Steve Sutton
$250/8 weeks Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Stevens Center 10th floor
8 60 minute classes, June 15 - August 3

 Topics covered:

  • Instrument functionality and care

  • Fundamentals of playing

  • Basic musical literacy, including note/rhythm reading and writing, singing and playing major scales 

 Rising 6th and 7th graders learn correct assembly and care of their chosen instrument, rhythmic and pitch fundamentals, note-reading, and other basic skills on their instrument before starting band.  Students in this course will enter their first semester of band class ready to enjoy and excel at music making! 

Low-cost rental instruments available for the duration of this class by contacting the CMS!

Beginning Band Primer - Trombone

Ages 10-13 Instructor: Cameron MacManus
$250/8 weeks Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Stevens Center 10th floor 
June 14 - August 2

 Topics covered:

  • Instrument assembly, functionality, and care

  • Fundamentals of playing

  • Basic musical literacy, including note/rhythm reading and writing, singing and playing major scales 

Rising 6th and 7th graders learn correct assembly and care of their chosen instrument, rhythmic and pitch fundamentals, note-reading, and other basic skills on their instrument before starting band.  Students in this course will enter their first semester of band class ready to enjoy and excel at music making! 

Low-cost rental instruments available for the duration of this class by contacting the CMS!

 

Invite a Community Music School teacher to visit your classroom!

Community Music School teachers are available for instrument demonstrations at schools, pre-schools, and other community functions.  The UNCSA Community Music School is committed to engaging with the community through day camps, school visits, and musical exploration opportunities. Individual clinicians and student ensembles are available for your classroom or community program, contingent upon scheduling and availability. Contact Community Music School Artistic Director Cameron MacManus to inquire about available teachers and times.