Summer months afford students the perfect environment for exceptional progress in their musical development. Without the stress of school homework, competitions, and other extracurricular activities, students can enjoy their practice time at home ....
-stengthen sight-reading skills
-perform music of all styles
-develop composition skills
-complete special music projects
-prepare music for upcoming Fall performances
-strengthen keyboard theory and technic skills
-get a jump start on the new school year!
Students studying at McLelland Piano Studio are asked to schedule a minimum number of private lessons during the Summer Quarter. To accommodate extensive summer travel or camps, the Summer Quarter spans from April-August. During the summer months, lessons may be scheduled in morning, afternoon, or evening hours, and can be spread throughout the summer months OR, if necessary, scheduled during consecutive days of several weeks. As stated in the McLelland Piano Studio Policies, "If a student discontinues study at any time throughout the year, their name will be added to the studio waiting list. A student from the waiting list will fill the empty slot and subsequent placement in the upcoming Fall term cannot be guaranteed." Click here to view Studio Policies.
To help guarantee placement in the Fall Quarter, students should register for summer lessons.
2013 Campers: Group 1 (younger): Ches, Audrey, Sean, Teddy, Blue
Group 2 (older): Reilly, Sarah, Mina
Ray Reach, Deborah Gray, Jane Davis, Will Roberson, Sarah Whitley, Dr. Jeff McLelland
Summer Camps, 2013
(The schedule varies each year dependent upon campers and guest clincians' schedules.
Summer Camp 2013
June 10-14, 2013
Church, Birmingham, AL
Amy McLelland, NCTM
Summer Camps are designed for
pre-college students ages 6-18.
Students are divided into small groups
for theory and chamber music based upon
age and level of advancement.
Cost for 2013 camp is $175 per student which includes 21 hours of instruction, all camp supplies, dinners, snacks, beverages, prizes, rental fees, and guest clinicians.
WHAT TO EXPECT EACH
Parents are always welcome to participate as a camp-helper, especially at the nightly dinner/movies or carnival. However, it's not necessary to stay throughout the day. Parents, friends, family members are invited and encouraged to attend the closing concert at 6-7 P.M. on Friday.
DAY 1, MONDAY, June 10, 2013
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at IPC
1:00 - Gather - Receive Camp Booklets -
Receive Team Assignments and
Scores for Chamber Music
1:15 - Music Twister and Gathering Games
1:45 - Group 1: Music Theory w/ McLelland
Group 2: Music Theory w/ Gray
2:15 - Group 1: Ensemble Rehearsal #1
Group 2: Music Theory w/ Gray
2:45 - snack break
3:00 - Group 1: Dolphin Don Ear Training
Group 2: Ensemble Rehearsal #1
3:45 - Workshop on the Piano - Kirk Alford
4:45 - Spaghetti Dinner and a Movie
6:00 - End
DAY 2, TUESDAY, June 11, 2013
1:00-6:00 p.m. at IPC
1:00 - Music History - Special Presentation
on Louis Armstrong by Reilly R.
1:30 - Jazz Workshop with guest clinician,
Pianist Ray Reach
2:15 - Ray Reach and Roberson, trumpet
2:30 - snack break/reception
2:45 - Group 1: Ensemble Rehearsal #2
Group 2: Chamber Music (trumpet)
3:15 - Group 1: Potato Sack Races
Group 2: Ensemble Rehearsal #2
3:45 - Masterclass with guest clinician, Jane
5:00 - Pizza Dinner
6:00 - End
No Wednesday Session
Practice ensemble music on your own at home.
What should campers bring to camp?
WEAR? Casual clothes. You might bring a light-weight sweater in case the air-conditioning is too cool. Wear tennis shoes or other comfortable shoes.
1) Your CURRENT MUSIC. (There is an opportunity for practice and piano lesson during each camp. Also, students perform in various workshops and masterclasses throughout the camp week.
2) Camp materials/notebook -- anything received during camp.
3) $175, if not pre-paid to help cover costs of dinners, snacks, drinks, incentives, carnival prizes, clinicians, musicians, rental fees.
4) If you have food allergies or a restricted diet, please plan to bring your own brown bag dinner, snacks, and refreshments.
5) Do NOT bring friends, unless this is a registered camper.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMP LOCATION:
Independent Presbyterian Church
3100 Highland Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35205-1408
Church phone: (205) 933-3701, music office. Church switchboard: 933-1830. However, it is best to reach me at my cell: 205-908-5830.
FROM NORTH OF BIRMINGHAM(Huntsville): Take 1-65 to the 1-59 N/1-20E exit. Follow 1-59/1-20 to the Hwy280E/Hwy31/26th Street exit. Follow Hwy31/280E to the University Blvd. exit. Turn left onto University Blvd. and follow to 3lst St. Turn right on 3lst St. and follow to Highland Ave.
FROM EAST OF BIRMINGHAM(Anniston): Take 1-20/1-59 to the Hwy280E/Hwy31/26th Street exit. Follow Hwy31/280E to the University Blvd. exit. Turn left onto University Blvd. and follow to 3lst St. Turn right on 3lst St. and follow to Highland Ave.
FROM SOUTH OF BIRMINGHAM (Montgomery): Exit 1-65 at University Blvd. Follow University Blvd. to 31st St. S. Turn right on 3lst St. and follow to Highland Ave.
FROM WEST OF BIRMINGHAM(Tuscaloosa): Take 1-20/1-59 to the Hwy280E/Hwy31/26th Street exit. Follow Hwy31/280E to the University Blvd. exit. Turn left onto University Blvd. and follow to 3lst St. Turn right on 3lst St. and follow to Highland Ave.
Parking is available in the lot on Highland Avenue, across the street from the church. The Music Suite is across from the chapel (smaller chapel, not main sanctuary). Enter the doors to the right off of the courtyard on the Highland Avenue side. (There are angels etched in the glass above these double doors). Choir suite is the 2nd door to your left, just before the stairwell. If door is locked, ring doorbell and/or phone my cell at 205-908-5830.
What an amazing bunch of campers we have had at Piano Camps over the years! We are so proud of all of you and will cherish the memories we made together! Check out these happy campers from past camps!
Join us for our 2013 camp "From Satchmo to Sonatinas". The camp is designed for pre-college piano students ages 6-18 and will feature activities that provide students with opportunities to capture their imaginations and help them develop their musical skills. Past events have included chamber music performance, presentations and performances by guest clinicians and composers, pipe organ
crawls, harpsichord workshops, piano masterclasses, piano literature, music theory and notation, music technology, sight-reading labs, composition, improvisation, technic clinics on piano wellness and the Taubman Approach, student performances and plays, instrument classes, keyboard carnival, theory games, conducting, dalcroze and rhythm drills, and numerous theory games and fun with the fundamentals.