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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.

 

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 1)

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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. (Periods 1 and 2)

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Remix Machine

Ages 11-15 (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)

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One Hit Wonder

Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

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 and 3)

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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)

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Charles River Rocks

Ages 8-15 (Limit 12)

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 3)

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Guitar Workshop

Ages 8-15 (Limit 12)

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 3)

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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 5)

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Percussion Band

Ages 8-11 (Limit 12)

Come and join the Percussion Band. In this class we will be drumming as a group to make music from percussion instruments. Using drums from the drum set, hand drums, timbales, cowbells, woodblocks and more, we will create amazing rhythms and beats. This is a great class to end the day at CRCAP. No previous percussion experience required. (Period 5)

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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)

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Alterna-Band

Ages 11-15 (Limit 12)

This class for experienced musicians and vocalists will explore the genre of alternative music to play as an ensemble. Anything from Weezer to Lorde to unknown underground artists are fair game! Over four weeks, we will focus on collaboration and pushing boundaries, creating fun and challenging arrangements and offering every musician (vocalists included) a chance to shine. (Period 6)

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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 6)

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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)

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Ukulele Squad

Ages 8-15 (Limit 10)

Join the Ukulele Squad! Learn chords, melodies, and rhythms in a fun new ensemble. Ukulele Squad is for beginners and experienced strummers. (Period 6)

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