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Young Composers Experience

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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 (early/late pick-up available)

Register now! | Welcome Letter for Registered Families

Maximum Enrollment - 12 children per week

Back by popular demand and in its fourth 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 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 free play and discovery in our beautiful playground area.  Students of all abilities are welcome, and a knowledge of music notation is not required.  No composition experience necessary.  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 2019

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 – 1:00PM) at an additional cost. For further information, contact Mrs. Garr at 609-921-7104 or [email protected]. 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 – NEW this year!
Musical Jamboree will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Princeton, located at the intersection of Route 206 and Nassau Street, only minutes from the Westminster Choir College campus and downtown Princeton.  All classrooms are air-conditioned with bathrooms located nearby.

**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 8 - 12
Perfect Pitch and Rockin’ Rhythm

The week will be a progressive transformation from the earliest stages of the compositional process through the performance of a newly-composed compositional sketch.  Our focus this week will be on the most basic elements of composition: pitch and rhythm.  The week will start with understanding these separate elements and will grow into combining the two into more complete compositional ideas.  We encourage the children to think about composition as an evolving process where there is always room for revision and editing even after a piece is performed.  All compositions will be “works in progress” so there is plenty of room for creativity and expansion at home.  Students will be encouraged to compose both in groups and individually for a truly unique experience.

Week 2: 15 - 19
Let’s Get Organized!

Our focus this week will be on the way a composition is organized or structured; in other words, we’ll take a look at how composers have put their music together throughout history (called “form”).  Then, we’ll apply this to our own composition.  We encourage the children to think about composition as an evolving process where there is always room for revision and editing even after a piece is performed.  All compositions will be “works in progress” so there is plenty of room for creativity and expansion at home.  Students will be encouraged to compose both in groups and individually for a truly unique experience.

Week 3: 22 - 26
Major ideas, Minor details

This week’s compositional focus will be on understanding major and minor tonalities.  We will look at major and minor songs and learn how to choose the most appropriate tonality for a desired effect.  We encourage the children to think about composition as an evolving process where there is always room for revision and editing even after a piece is performed.  All compositions will be “works in progress” so there is plenty of room for creativity and expansion at home.  Students will be encouraged to compose both in groups and individually for a truly unique experience.

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 [email protected].