Camps & Outreach

Camps & Outreach

The UNCSA Community Music School offers a wide array of engaging summer classes for students ages 5 through adults! We expanded our 2020 summer offerings to provide additional opportunities for enriching study via video.  

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available with many of our professional teachers over the 10 week summer session that starts June 15. Visit our Programs Page to search by age or instrument for available teachers and lesson plans.

Summer Songwriting

M-F 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with 30-minute break at 11 a.m.
Instructor: Laurelyn Dossett
Ages 16 through adults
June 29-July 3
$220/student

Summer Songwriting is a highly participatory class that is a combination of a master class and workshop. Class time is spent in instruction and demonstration, with time given to  “workshopping” the student’s own compositions. Students should allot additional time to spend away from class working on songwriting assignments so that we can share and refine music over the week. Experience with songwriting is not required, just an interest and willingness to try!  

Writing for Story: Songwriting for Theatre

M-F 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM with 30 minute break at 11:00 AM
Instructor: Laurelyn Dossett
Ages 16 through adults
July 27-31
$220/student

"Like the Summer Songwriting class, Songwriting for Theatre is a participatory class that combines aspects of master class and workshop. Students in Writing for Theatre should have some prior experience composing, and above all a passion for musical theatre! We’ll focus on the challenges and creative possibilities unique to writing for theatre, drawing from my own experience writing music for 7 plays."

- Laurelyn Dossett

Group Piano for Young Beginners

Ages 5 and up
Instructors: Morgan Hunkele, Alek Wasserman and Shauna Bierly
$200/10 weeks

Group Piano for Young Beginners is a 10-week course typically intended for elementary-school students with little to no piano experience. Students who participated in the spring semester class will continue from where we left off, whereas new students will begin in a place appropriate to their level of experience. Objectives include developing healthy and effective piano technique, identifying notes on the piano, reading music and noticing patterns, and ear training through singing. In other words, the goal of this course is to provide students with their first toolbox for beautiful piano playing.

In the online version of this course, assignments are sent via email Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with the expectation that students will be reviewing and perfecting on Tuesday and Thursday. Assignments are explained and demonstrated in YouTube videos made by the instructor. Mini private lessons are conducted via Skype or Zoom on Saturdays, with individual feedback from the instructor. Exceptions to the Saturday mini lesson time are available upon request with instructor permission.

Required materials include "The Russian School of Piano Playing" part 1 (included in tuition), a piano, electric piano or keyboard to practice on at home (to fully benefit from the instruction, an acoustic piano is very, very highly recommended), and technology to record, send videos, and video chat.

For register or request more information about a practice instrument, please contact the Community Music School through our Inquiry Form.

Music Theory Courses for Children

The UNCSA Community Music School offers classes in the Royal Conservatory Method Curriculum for ages 6 and up.  We've expanded our theory options this summer to include extra "Modules" for in-depth study.  Visit our Music Theory and Composition Page for more information.

Summer Excursions in Musicianship for High School and Adult Students

Saturday 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Grades 9 through Adults
Instructor: Bruce Tippette
$200/10 weeks

In this unique summer session, focus will be given to topics not typically covered, or lightly discussed, during the fall and spring sessions of Musicianship. This will include, but not be limited to, popular forms, 20th century compositional techniques, and ear training. Fall and Spring sections typically cover the basics of pitch and rhythmic notation, major and minor key signatures, intervals, triads, 7th chords, and basic 4-part writing.  Prior attendance to one of these courses or similar theory training recommended but not required. 

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

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

From Super Mario Brothers to Destiny: Evolving Soundscapes in Gaming

Saturdays 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Grades 7 through 10
Instructor: Bruce Tippette
$200/10 weeks

Video game music plays a central role in drawing us into the story of these imaginary worlds. Just as graphics have become more sophisticated, video game soundtracks have become exponentially more complex from their inception as square waves to its current use of full orchestrations, and everything in between.  This course aims to give a brief overview of video game music’s fascinating evolution during its relatively short existence, including technology, major composers, compositional techniques, and thematic development. Detailed listening to examples from prominent video game composers and group discussion will be at the center of this exploration. 

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

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

Voice Camp: Learn to Sing in a Summer (Teen and Adult Sections)!

Six 90 minute classes, twice per week for three weeks starting week of June 15
Ages: 8-14 and adults
Instructors: Jodi Burns, Julie Malamut, Kathryn Muhlenkamp, Alicia Purcell and Kristin Schwecke
$250/6 classes

Specific weekday class times TBD, based on registration

Love to sing but not sure HOW? Join the voice faculty of CMS 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. Each class will be Zoom-based offering a safe, private environment to explore singing from the comfort of your home.

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

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

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

Ages 5-6, 7-8
Instructor Julie Malamut
$200/10 weeks


Specific weekday class times TBD, based on registration

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

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

Spotlight on Broadway

Ages 7-10, 11-13
Instructor: Julie Malamut
$200/10 weeks

Specific weekday class times TBD, based on registration

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

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

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

Ages 8-12
Instructor Elena Nezhdanova
$200/10 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.

Register Now through our Inquiry Form!

 

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.