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Camp Directors: Jennifer Garr and Matthew LaPine
Entering Grades 2 – 4**
Three one-week camps (dates listed below)                                  
9:15AM – 12:15PM

Maximum Enrollment
12 children per week

Back by popular demand and in its second year, the Young Composers Experience camp, will give your children the opportunity to study the composer’s craft and learn how to make and perform their own collaborative compositions.  To aid their musical understanding, children will play engaging and fresh compositions in instrument ensembles using hand chimes and barred (Orff) instruments.  They will also have daily voice classes to develop their sense of pitch and vocal tone quality. In addition, students will complete their arts experience with daily arts and crafts time, and time and free play and discovery in our beautiful playground area.  Students of all abilities are welcome, and a knowledge of music notation is not required.  Each student will be guided and encouraged at their own learning level.

The Young Composers Experience will culminate in a Family “Informance” (informal performance) at the end of each week where students will be able to share their composition projects with their families.

Requirement
**Open to children entering grades 2 through 4 in fall 2017.

Schedule
Young Composers Experience offers three sessions.  Each session runs for one week.  Families may choose to register for any number of weeks (see fee schedule below).

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9:15AM – 12:15PM.  Provisions may be made for before- and after-camp care (8:15AM – 1:15PM) at an additional cost; AM and PM care fees are available from Early Childhood Department Head Jennifer Garr. For further information, contact Mrs. Garr at 609-921-7104 or jgarr@rider.edu. Also, please let Mrs. Garr know if your child has any medical concerns about which we need to be aware prior to the start of camp.

Location
Young Composers Experience will be held at the Chapin School in Princeton, located at the intersection of Princeton Pike and Province Line Road, just off of Route 95 and only 8 minutes from the Westminster Choir College campus and downtown Princeton.   All classrooms are air-conditioned with adjoining privacy bathrooms.

**Due to allergy concerns, each camper is to bring in a NUT-FREE daily snack from home.  Families will be asked to provide allergy information, for the safety of all.

Week 1: July 10 - 14
Music in Time

During this session, students will study meter and time signatures in an innovative and engaging way. Movement concepts of Dalcroze Eurhythmics will be used as students learn to embody these concepts.

Week 2: 17 – 21
M-M-M-Motives

How exciting it will be to learn how the smallest amount of musical material can be woven into a complete musical idea! Using 2 and 3 note motives, the students will be able to learn how those short musical ideas can be used forwards, backwards, and upside down in composition.

Week 3: 24 – 28
Rockin’ Rondo

Students will turn their compositional focus to form in music, specifically learning about Rondo form and listening to how composers have incorporated Rondo form into their music.  Then, students will experiment with Rondo form in their own compositions.

Fees   Early Bird Discount
(Register by May 15)
One session $255 $240
Two sessions $485 $460
Three sessions $690 $655

Fees include a Westminster Conservatory T-shirt. Children attending more than one week will receive their T-shirt the first week of their camp experience.

Early Drop-Off and/or Late Pick-Up will be available for an additional fee.

  • Early Drop-Off (beginning at 8:15AM): $10 per day                
  • Late Pick-Up (until 1:00PM): $10 per day

A non-refundable deposit of $75 per week is due with the camp application. The balance is due by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must pay in full. Cancellations after June 30 will receive a refund (less deposit, above) if another student can be placed from the waiting list.

For questions and additional information, please contact Early Childhood Department Head Jennifer Garr at 609-921-7104 or jgarr@rider.edu.