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Take your musicianship to the next level in our rock, jazz, and blues ensembles.  Instructional courses in piano, guitar and percussion provide the perfect entry point for learning new instruments. Musical performances are an integral part of daily life at CRCAP.

Charles River Rocks

ages 8-11 (limit 10)

Whether you have been playing piano for 10 years or just started playing the guitar a few months ago Charles River Rocks wants you! As a class we will decide what songs we want to learn and then perform them in front of the whole camp! This is a great class for beginning players to experience being in a band and having a blast. (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Melissa Weikart

 

Drums

ages 8-15 (limit 3)

Anyone who is interested in learning to play the drums, or has already taken drum lessons and would like to continue to learn and improve their skills, is welcome to join. Campers take turns during class, receiving a 15 or 20 minute private lesson each day. Learn at your own pace, at your own level. In between lessons, students are welcome to play other percussion instruments, either practicing their lesson or improvising rhythms of their own. (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Bob Johnson

 

Remix Machine

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

In this magical musical journey the class will form a band and explore musical genres. We will take popular songs and revive them with new tones and beats. Take pop songs and turn them into soft folk tunes. Turn love ballads into hip hop explosions. We even venture into the world of musical mash-ups. It’s up to you and the “remix” band! (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Cooper Evans, Mike Healey, Adam Rochelle

 

A Cappella

ages 8-15 (limit 20)

If you love to sing modern, pop, rock, R & B and jazz music, you will love A Cappella. We will learn about this unique form of music with a history as old as humans have been around. We listen to a variety of amazing vocal groups, study intricate harmonies, work on blending as an ensemble and make beautiful music. This class performs in Noontime Shows and on Festival Day. Previous vocal experience (solo or in groups) is helpful but not required. (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Melissa Weikart, Ella Lanaido

 

 

Drums

ages 10-15 (limit 3)

Anyone who is interested in learning to play the drums, or has already taken drum lessons and would like to continue to learn and improve their skills, is welcome to join. Campers take turns during class, receiving a 15 or 20 minute private lesson each day. Learn at your own pace, at your own level. In between lessons, students are welcome to play other percussion instruments, either practicing their lesson or improvising rhythms of their own. (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Bob Johnson

 

Guitar Workshop

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

Do you want to learn a Beatles’ tune on guitar? This class is for beginners and intermediates who want to learn techniques and lots of tunes. Just bring your guitar and your enthusiasm! Even Jimi Hendrix had to start somewhere. We have a limited number of instruments available for those without guitars. (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Matt Okun

 

One Hit Wonder

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

If you are a songwriter, composer, sound engineer, or musician then this is where you want to be 3rd period. In this class we will write our own original songs and record them!  At the end of the session we will have created a CD that we can go home and listen to during the year.  We will focus on the songwriting and sound production more than the live performance.  We will try many different styles of recording and explore what techniques sound best on each type of song; room mics, MIDI instruments, multi-tracking, click tracks, and more. Great tunes, great sound, great CD, great class! Campers should sign up for BOTH periods. (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Cooper Evans, Sarah Krier

 

Beginning Piano

ages 8-15 (limit 3)

This class is designed for campers who have never had music lessons and would like to learn how to read music. Tickle the ivories, make those fingers dance and get hired to play fancy cocktail parties. It all starts here with beginning piano. (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Bob Johnson

 

 

Creative Music Alliance

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

Explore the world of free improvisation, sound collages, and combining music with other kinds of art such as video and dance. Creative Music Alliance will encourage young musicians to think about music and sound in new ways while having a fun and open space to try out their wild ideas. (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Matt Okun

 

One Hit Wonder

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

If you are a songwriter, composer, sound engineer, or musician then this is where you want to be 3rd period. In this class we will write our own original songs and record them!  At the end of the session we will have created a CD that we can go home and listen to during the year.  We will focus on the songwriting and sound production more than the live performance.  We will try many different styles of recording and explore what techniques sound best on each type of song; room mics, MIDI instruments, multi-tracking, click tracks, and more. Great tunes, great sound, great CD, great class! Campers should sign up for BOTH periods. (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Cooper Evans, Sarah Krier

 

Handbell Ringing

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

The return of a CRCAP favorite! Enter the magical world of Handbells, and transform your favorite songs into incredible sonic expressions. This class is perfect for beginners and experienced musicians alike. (Period 5)

Instructor(s):Bob Johnson

 

Jazz and Blues Ensemble

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

In this ensemble, we’ll learn a bunch of classic Jazz & Blues tunes and create our own arrangements as well. Exploring different kinds of Jazz music, we’ll also delve into the world of improvising and soloing as a feature of our performances.  We’ll build up a cool repertoire over the course of the session and show it off on Festival Day! (Period 5)

Instructor(s):Matt Okun, Adam Rochelle

 

 

Songwriting

ages 11-15 (limit 10)

Drawing inspiration from all genres, we will explore the art of songwriting from both a musical and lyrical perspective. We will learn about traditional and modern songwriters and use their music as models for our own songs, which we will arrange to be performed by our ensemble! Guitar/piano experience highly encouraged! (Period 5)

Instructor(s):Melissa Weikart

 

Beginning Piano

ages 8-15 (limit 3)

This class is designed for campers who have never had music lessons and would like to learn how to read music. Tickle the ivories, make those fingers dance and get hired to play fancy cocktail parties. It all starts here with beginning piano. (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Bob Johnson

 

Cover Band

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

Join Cover Band and become the legend you’ve always dreamed of! We will choose our favorite band and offer tribute by learning their greatest hits and unknown tracks. Then we’ll take it to the stage and rock CRCAP to its very core! (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Matt Okun

 

Girl Band

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Girl Band is a band that plays music written and performed by women in pop, rock, soul, and more. We celebrate the women musicians that have come before us and honor them by being rock-stars ourselves. Campers with any level of experience and of all genders are welcome! (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Melissa Weikart, Sarah Krier

 

 

Sing!

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Whether you love to sing or have never sung before, this is our chance to come together to learn songs from multiple styles - pop, musical theater, jazz, and even gospel!  Fun is a prerequisite.  Get ready to move, clap, and SING! (Period 6)

Instructor(s):David Coleman

 

EDM  Production

ages 11-15 (limit 10)

Want to learn what goes on behind the scenes in EDM and pop music? We’ll be using the computer as our studio to create awesome electronic jams, from writing melodies to designing synthesizers to mixing it all together. Using the same kinds of software the pros use, we’ll create the ultimate dance party playlist! (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Adam Rochelle

 

Electronic Music/Film Scoring

ages 8-15 (limit 10)

This class will introduce the tools and techniques to create audio for video. Using computers, MIDI controllers, simple recording gear and audio software like Audacity, Garage Band, iMovie and Quicktime, we will create our own original soundtracks. We will cover simple compositional techniques like creating a successful phrase and using harmony and tone color. We then will introduce sound effects and use Audacity plugins to “sculpt” sound and discuss ways of creating a “targeted” sound that can accompany an emotional or dramatic situation. Through the course, the emphasis will be on using new concepts as they are learned to accompany existing video. (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Kevin Murphy