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Our caring instructors are professional performing artists who offer you the freedom
to discover your inner musician. They'll help you learn music in the styles you love,
in the way you learn best.

Group Classes & Schedule

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor. Open to all instruments.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Introduction to Composing & Arranging for Big Band (Jazz Orchestra)

This is the class for musicians who want to learn more about jazz theory, jazz harmony, jazz arranging, and composition for a large ensemble. Learn how to handle different instrumentations, effectively manage voicings, create re-harmonizations, and explore other compositional approaches.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience, composing experience, or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th-12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/20 – 6/24, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us for an awesome week of professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs ready to help build our set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/27 – 7/1, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Music Theory for Guitar - Level I

A unique opportunity for the serious beginner or accomplished musician to thoroughly understand the structure of chords as well as how to index and play each in several forms. Learn the relationships of chords in a progression and how they resolve to and from each other through analysis of popular songs in many genres (blues, rock, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, indie). This information is invaluable for song writing, improvising, pulling tunes from recordings and playing with others. The ability to read music is NOT necessary for this class. Level I: Covers a dozen important chord types, including major, minor, suspended, 6ths, 7ths and power chords.

Prerequisites: Advanced beginner through experienced (or a ravishing curiosity)

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Music Theory for Guitar - Level II

Builds on the concepts introduced in Music Theory for Guitar – Level I. Level II: Includes 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, augmented, diminished, altered chords, inversions, and introduces more sophisticated chord progressions.

Prerequisites: Music Theory for Guitar Level I, or consent of instructor.

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Funk Camp

Get on your good foot and tear the roof of the sucker! Join your fellow funk-a-teers and learn the secrets of making music that moves everybody onto the dance floor. You will learn songs by artists like James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Tower of Power, The Gap Band, The Bar-Kays, Prince, and even Red Hot Chili Peppers, and also spend time crafting your own funky masterpieces. Camp will conclude with a real life gig! Can you dig it?

Prerequisites: Some experience on your instrument and the ability to feel a groove

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or older, or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, and horn section

Dates: M – F, 7/11 – 7/15, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: Some background in jazz and/or general knowledge of chords

Age requirements: 16 and over, or by permission of instructor

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/13 – 8/17, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Jim Ouska

Finger-Style Guitar

Learn about the history and performance of finger-style guitar. We'll cover the many genres of this style including primitive finger-style, finger-style blues, Hawaiian slack-key, Nashville finger-picking, British Isles Revivalist, and New Age techniques. We'll look at transcriptions from many of the greatest finger-style guitarists, including Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Chet Atkins, Bert Jansch, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Billy McLaughlin, Reverend Gary Davis, and more. A variety of traditional and modern left and right hand techniques will be covered.

Prerequisites: Some ability to play guitar and read tablature

Age requirements: All ages welcome

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Ben Davis

Old Time Fiddle Tune Ensemble

We will play fiddle tunes from the Appalachian and old time tradition. If you've wanted to learn and play these wonderful tunes in a stress free, encouraging environment, this will be a wonderful opportunity.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, fiddle & guitar

Gypsy Jazz Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style of jazz popularized by the group “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in France. This ensemble played a driving style of jazz featuring the virtuoso playing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django Reinhardt wrote many tunes for this Group and they are still being played today by string jazz enthusiasts around the world. This style of music is the only jazz style that originated in Europe. We will play compositions written by Django Reinhardt and other jazz composers.

Prerequisites: Experience playing jazz and be fairly proficient on their respective instruments; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Guitars, violin, clarinet, string bass, and mandolin

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Irish Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style popularized by the Irish group Altan. We will play jigs, reels, slip jigs, hornpipes and Irish polkas.

Prerequisites: Experience playing Irish fiddle tunes; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 years and older

Instruments: Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cittern, bouzouki, Irish flute, accordion, whistle, and bodran

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Introduction to String Quartet/Chamber Music

Time to dust off that violin, viola, cello, or bass. We'll play chamber music in an intimate setting utilizing standard pieces from the classical music repertoire.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and string bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, Time to be determined

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Balanced Brass Performance

Learn a natural approach to playing a brass instrument through healthy, holistic methods. Session 1 - "Sound": How air makes all the difference. Session 2 - "Music": Brass playing is as easy as singing. Session 3 - "Focus": Practice techniques that create solid foundations for learning.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Intermediate to Advanced trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Saturdays, 7/30 – 8/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sessions: 3 sessions

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Beginner Brass Camp

Is your child starting a brass instrument at school in the fall and want a head start? Get them ready for fall band through sessions that will introduce them to their instruments, show them how to make a good sound and read music, foster proper technique, and get them going with playing songs!

Prerequisites: Elementary

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Elementary trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Trumpets/Horns: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Low Brass: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions, 2x/week

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 8/29 – 9/2, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us this summer for professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs to help build the set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience preferred

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

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