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Summer music senior session performs in Music hall

Senior Session (Grades 9-12)

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Commuter students arrive
8:00 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Morning classes and All Camp Wellness begins with first period – start your day off well!
12:15–1:10 p.m. Lunch and community activities
1:20–4:20 p.m. Afternoon classes
4:30-7:00 p.m. Community activities, Campus Experiences, Practice Time, Dinner, and Floor Meetings
7:00 p.m. Evening concert experience and coordinated activities with Counseling Staff
11:00 p.m. Lights out to rest for the next day!
Summer Music Clinic students sing as a group with their teacher

Community Activities

Students will take part in Summer Music Clinic traditions, meet their residential counselors and connect with peers from across the country and world.

Guest Performers

SMC students will have the opportunity to listen to and experience diverse local musicians who have honed their craft and excel in their field.

Course Offerings

Learn more below! Students choose their experience for each class period! You must choose one course per period. Note that some courses are a double period.

*indicates a final performance/presentation is included with the course experience! These will be the evening of Friday, July 1, 2022.

Refer to the Senior Session Schedule for additional details!

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A Cappella*

Be a part of an acapella ensemble! Music will be made completely through the human voice. All experience levels are welcome. A diverse and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. 

All voice parts

Acting for Musicians*

All of the arts are connected to one another. When we learn about physical movement, character representation and interpretation through acting on the stage, and more through a different art form we become richer and more authentic musicians. Learn about and actively participate in acting as it relates to your skills as a musician.

Band*

Be a part of a wind band ensemble! A diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Other

Beat Making

This class focuses on telling stories without saying a word through the foundations of making beats. This session revolves around making contemporary musical compositions and the different ways that it happens.

Beginning Guitar

Come learn the guitar! Students will learn the basics of the instrument, notes, and chords in this course. The course is designed as a small group instruction model and will be taught in a group setting. A limited number of instruments are available on request.

Beginning Piano (Limited Enrollment)

Come learn the piano! Students will learn the basics of the instrument, notes, and chords in this course. The course is designed as a small group instruction model and will be taught in a group setting. Instruments are provided.

Chamber Strings*

Chamber strings is a string based ensemble that focuses on a diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire for small string ensembles. Trios, quartets, and more will be explored in this course! Come enjoy a small ensemble experience focused on musician independence and self-rehearsing through a coaching model.

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Guitar, Harp, Other

Choir*

Be a part of a choral ensemble! A diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

All voice parts

Choral Conducting

Learn what making music is like in front of an ensemble! Physical movement, score study, and rehearsal techniques will be explored in this course. All students will be active participants as conductors and choral musicians.

Composition and Arranging

Come learn techniques to compose your own music and arrange the music of others for a variety of ensembles. Composition, focused on creativity, is also a technique rooted in music theory and learned skills to help amplify your creative ideas through the study of melody, harmony and rhythm. Arranging includes arranging original compositions and those of others for the best sounds and results with various ensembles.

Dance for Musicians*

All of the arts are connected to one another. When we learn about physical movement, rhythm, style, and more through a different art form we become richer and more authentic musicians. Learn about and actively participate in dance as it relates to your skills as a musician. A variety of dance styles will be explored in this course in coordination with Barrio Dance Studio! Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, and Afro styles.

Digital Audio Recording Lab

Be an active participant in recording SMC ensembles in rehearsal and performance! This hands-on course puts into practice knowledge learned in classes about music production and recording technology.

Drumline*

Be part of a drumline! All experience levels welcome. Be a part of a traditional marching drumline ensemble. Focus will be on strong percussion technique and presentation. Instruments are provided for this course.

Fiddle Band High Strings* (Violin only)

Explore the world of traditional fiddling! Music is taught by rote or ear primarily in this ensemble. If this is your best way of learning music this ensemble is for you! If you are working to build on this listening skill this ensemble is also for you! Learn skills like improvisation, reading chord charts, tablature, and writing and arranging for different string instruments.

Fiddle Band Low Strings* (Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Explore the world of traditional fiddling! Music is taught by rote or ear primarily in this ensemble. If this is your best way of learning music this ensemble is for you! If you are working to build on this listening skill this ensemble is also for you! Learn skills like improvisation, reading chord charts, tablature, and writing and arranging for different string instruments.

Global Drumming*

Explore an array of drumming styles from around the World in a drum ensemble format! West African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and Pan-Global styles will be our focus related to each instructor’s area of expertise. Come play and learn!

Gospel Choir*

Be part of a Gospel/Praise Choir! This music originated in the evangelical churches of black populations in the southern United States. Containing elements of jazz and blues, it often takes the form of a call and response between the preacher, who sings or declares a line, and the congregation, which sings an affirmative reply.

All voice parts

History of Hip Hop

From BeBop to Hip Hip, this course covers the steps of today’s most popular music genre.

Introduction to Melharmony

Melharmony is an innovative musical system in the world that explores chords and counterpoints based on melodic progression in contrast to systems such as Western Classical and Jazz that are anchored on harmonic progression.  Melharmony creates a unique synergy between 12-tone Western and 12-tone Eastern systems by highlighting the similarities between these apparently disparate systems. Students will be introduced to several unique scales and modes and get empowered to compose or arrange short pieces applying Melharmonic principles in this class.

Instrumental Conducting

Learn what making music is like in front of an ensemble! Physical movement, score study, and rehearsal techniques will be explored in this course. All students will be active participants as conductors and instrumental musicians.

Instrument Techniques Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Harp)

Work on specific instrument techniques in small group instruction to expand your skills and learn new repertoire. These courses are taught by a specialist in your instrument!

Instrument Techniques Class Winds and Percussion (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion)

Work on specific instrument techniques in small group instruction to expand your skills and learn new repertoire. These courses are taught by a specialist in your instrument!

Jazz Combo*

Be a part of a jazz combo! A diverse, challenging, largely improvisatory, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

Instruments: Flute, Clarinets, Double Reeds, Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums

Jazz Ensemble*

Be a part of a jazz ensemble! A diverse, challenging, somewhat improvisatory, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

Instruments: Flute, Clarinets, Double Reeds, Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums

Jazz Improvisation Beginning (Wind Instruments and High Strings)

Improvisation is how we can individually express ourselves within a piece of music with others. Experience an introduction to the world of improvisation through exploring jazz scales, rhythmic styles, and standard patterns that will help you improvise in an ensemble and more!

Jazz Improvisation Continuing (Wind Instruments and High Strings)

Improvisation is how we can individually express ourselves within a piece of music with others. Learn to craft more challenging improvisational passages and techniques.

Jazz Listening

As musicians, listening is a crucial part of our training and development. This workshop will focus on the practice of listening with an emphasis on listening across a variety of artists and genres. We will spend time listening to tracks of historical and cultural significance from as early as Dixieland Jazz Band, to the groundbreaking recordings of the Miles Davis Nonet, and contemporary artists such as Vijay Iyer, Snarky Puppy, and Esperanza Spalding, among others. Our goal is for students to develop a listening list by the end of the workshop, with names of artists, record labels, and genres they can explore in the future.

Jazz Rhythm (Bass, Guitar, Piano (Limited Enrollment 12), Drums)

Work on specific instrument techniques in small group instruction to expand your skills as part of a rhythm section and learn new repertoire. These courses are taught by a specialist in your instrument!

Keyboard Skills and Thrills (Intermediate/Advanced) - Limited Enrollment

This class is designed for the intermediate or advanced pianist (approximately four or more years of keyboard study) to explore keyboard skills that are essential for professional development.

Skills covered include: technical skills that improve awareness of keyboard topography; sight-reading solo and ensemble keyboard repertoire with varying textures, styles, and pedagogical issues; melodic and harmonic transposition exercises to develop intervallic reading skills; harmonization exercises to improve awareness of harmonic relationships; score reading exercises; rhythmic exercises to develop reading fluency and groove; basic realization of lead sheets in popular music styles.

Music Business

The business of music is a global multi-billion dollar industry. Those who create the music, distribute, work at labels, publish, record, manage, promote, produce, counsel, and more are part of this industry. Learn about various aspects of this career and the industry as a whole and how the world is changing the music and the music is influencing the world.

Music Production

Today’s phones, computers, and digital devices are equipped with amazing musical technology. They can turn your ideas into an original recording, podcasts, and more — but how to use these tools? This simple, do-it-yourself course will show you the basics of music production using free software, like GarageBand, Audacity, and Ableton. Learn to use MIDI, microphones and interfaces, audio editing, mixing, and other top-secret techniques for using everyday items to create musical genius!

Music Theory

This course focuses on the harmonic style of 18th century European musicians or traditional western music theory. To understand western music theory is to understand the building blocks of western tradition music you play and sing. This class will cover the fundamentals you need to know to support your development as a musician. Review major, minor, diminished, and dominant-seventh chords; clefs, notation, scale degrees, and musical rhythms and patterns.

Musical Theatre*

Be a part of a musical theatre ensemble! A diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Music is chosen from the musical/Broadway genre to create a storied performance. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

All voice parts

Orchestra*

Be a part of a full orchestra ensemble! A diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Explore the student choice audition process to select the path that is best for you. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach. 

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Other

Percussion Ensemble

Be a part of a percussion ensemble! A diverse, challenging, and varied repertoire is a focus of this course. Music is taught through a variety of methods including reading notation, learning by rote or ear, and an individualized and large ensemble approach.

Progressive Rock

In this course, we will talk about what separated progressive rock from more mainstream trends. Using a wide variety of British and American bands from the 1960s and 1970s, we will identify musical influences and connective threads, and then connect first and second wave bands to artists of today.

Rock Band*

Be a part of a rock band! Sign up as a band or become one during camp! 

Instruments: Voice, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Piano, Wind Instrument

Score Creation

This class focuses on telling stories without saying a word. This session revolves around making contemporary musical compositions and the different ways that it happens.

Sight Singing Strategies

Work on your ability to read music quickly and easily! Practice sight singing approaches designed to help vocalists gain facility with standard rhythmic patterns and interval recognition.

Songwriting/Hip Hop Performance*

You’ve sung and listened to so many songs, but have you tried writing your own? Whether you’ve composed before or not, this class will help you craft lyrics, melodies, beats, presentations, and give life to that song inside you. Tell your story! Learn to record your song!

Spoken Word*

Spoken word can be powerful, fun, express identity, evoke emotion, and just sound good.  This program teaches participants how to tap into that internal voice or provides a good opportunity to practice one’s poetic skill set. In this season we will write, share, revise, and discuss.  This is not a course on the history or theoretical underpinnings of spoken word but a practical class where we will learn strategies to write and deliver spoken word poetry that feels most expressive of your inner thoughts and desires.  

Supercharging your Brain for Effective Practice

Effective practice techniques enable you to become your own teacher. This course equips musicians with learning techniques for mindful practice. Using a scientific method, you will learn how the brain processes music, giving you the tools to stay motivated and focused in accomplishing your musical goals.

Ukulele

Come be a part of a ukulele group class to learn or improve your technique and enjoy playing with others! You must provide your own instrument for this class.

Vocal Coaching - Arias to Ariana

Whether you are preparing to belt your favorite pop song or floating up to perfect high notes in your aria, Arias to Ariana is for you. No matter your style, this class will help you learn helpful vocal and audition techniques to bring into your daily practice as well as help you understand what harmful habits to avoid to keep your voice developing properly for years to come.

Voice Class (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Work on specific vocal techniques in small group instruction to expand your skills and learn new repertoire. These courses are taught by a specialist on your voice part!

Wellness for Musicians - Everyone at SMC participates!

You will get to start each day focused on your breathing, your body, and preparing mentally and physically for a day of music making and the arts together. Learn how mindfulness and movement practices positively impact your music-making. This class promises to be a fun and exciting way to start off your day together well!

Women in Music

Come learn about women as performers, composers, conductors, educators, sound engineers, and more in music history and in our community today. This class works to empower the voices and work of present day women and those whose work was not given the credit or voice it was due in history.