Boot Camps

Learning to read a language and never speak it is an awful lot like learning how an instrument works and never getting together with others to PLAY. Our Boot Camps are the perfect environment to allow people of any age and level the opportunity to experience first hand what being part of a band is like. After a 20 - 30 minute presentation by a teacher students get divided into groups of 3-5 people. With the guidance of the teachers for the next 2 1/2 hours the groups will have a chance to experiment with the musical concept laid out in the presentation. Afterward, a short performance is held for any friends and family who would like to listen... oh yeah, and there are doughnuts!

Current Boot Camp Status: Pending Covid-19

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic we do not currently have any Boot Camps planned. This may change, however, once the school year gets underway and the viability of organizing this type of group activity becomes more clear.


Boot Camp Archive... 2019-2020 School Year

Express Yourself Boot Camp

Using simple pre-existing melodies and chord progressions students learned to add interest by varying the attack, sustain, decay, and release of the notes in the harmonic and melodic material.

Date

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St.John's Music Building


World Rhythms Boot Camp

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Date

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St. John's Music Building


Modal Madness Boot Camp

Students were introduced to the basics of major scale modality. Using these modes students were encouraged to produce improvised/composed melodies and harmonies with varying emotional qualities.

Date

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St. John's Music Building


About Time Boot Camp

First students learned why time signatures exist and what they do. Using this information students then wrote pieces using either Compound, Complex, Shifting or Additive meters.

Date

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St.John's Music Building


Boot Camp Archive... 2018-2019 School Year

Composers Boot Camp

Understanding the relationship between chords and melodies is among the most important things for musicians to learn. During this session participants learned some straightforward ways of applying chord tones to their compositions and then performed what they had written.

Date

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St. John's Music Building


Rhythm & Grooves Boot Camp

"It's got a good beat and you can dance to it." A good song NEEDS a groove that makes you want to move! This boot camp focused attendees on the effect that rhythms have on music. Using similar harmonic/melodic material the students wrote tremendously varied music by experimenting with the rhythmic structure of their pieces.

Date

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St. John's Music Building


Blues Jam Boot Camp

The blues is almost certainly the most common song structure in the world and has likely influenced every style of music on the planet. Campers were introduced to the basics of the style and traded improvised solos over the form.

Date

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Place

1330 Portage Ave - 2nd Floor St. John's Music Building