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Terrapin Music Camp - What To Expect

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Venues

Terrapin Music Camp experiences take place in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the College Park campus. Rehearsals occur in the acclaimed School of Music facilities, with the final performance to take place in the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Schedule: Band

The initial meeting will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 3:00-6:00pm with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will be able to become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week. It is important that students attend this day.

Monday - Friday the program will run daily from 9:00am-3:30pm. A sample schedule follows:

TimeBand (5/6 grade)Band (7/8 grade)Band (9/10 grade)
9:00-10:00SectionalsRehearsalRehearsal
10:05-10:45RehearsalElective Class 1Sectionals
10:50-11:30Elective Class 1Elective Class 2Rehearsal
11:30-12:00LunchLunchLunch
12:30-1:00ConcertConcertConcert
12:35-1:15Elective Class 2SectionalsElective Class 1
1:20-2:00Elective Class 3RehearsalElective Class 2
2:05-2:45RehearsalElective Class 3Elective Class 3
2:50-3:30SectionalsRehearsalRehearsal

On Friday, the program will run as usual with a final concert beginning at 2:00pm in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. For the concert, students should wear the camp provided T-shirt; khaki, brown or tan pants, shorts or skirt; and shoes of their choice.

Schedule: Choirs/Orchestras

The initial meeting will take place on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 3:00-6:00pm with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will be able to become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week.

Monday - Friday the program will run daily from 9:00am-3:30pm. A sample schedule follows:

TimeChoirsOrchestras
9:00-10:30RehearsalRehearsal
10:30-11:10SectionalsElective Class 1
11:15-11:55Elective Class 1Elective Class 2
12:00-12:30LunchLunch
12:30-1:00ConcertConcert
1:05-1:45Elective Class 2Sectionals
1:50-2:30Elective Class 3Elective Class 3
2:35-3:30RehearsalRehearsal

On Friday, the program will run as usual with a final concert beginning at 2:00pm in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. For the concert, students should wear the camp provided T-shirt; khaki, brown or tan pants, shorts or skirt; and shoes of their choice.

Highlights

Unique features of the camp include:

  • serves primarily a middle school population (adolescents, roughly ages 10-15)

  • multiple levels of collaboration:

  • multi-age ensembles

  • students from public, private, and home schooling situations perform together

  • collaborative teaching by university faculty, public and independent school teachers, university graduate and undergraduate students

  • musicians of all ages and areas interact in enrichment classes and other settings throughout the day 
  • Opportunity to rehearse and perform in a state-of-the-art performance facility

  • Non-auditioned format stimulates and nurtures growth in musicianship through ability-sensitive teaching and peer mentoring opportunities for more advanced musicians

  • Members of staff instruct, assist, and perform alongside student musicians

  • Individualized instruction through small group lessons
  • Elective enrichment classes in technology, guitar, composition, jazz, world drumming, and more.

Elective Class Descriptions (not all classes are available each week):

a cappella: You’ve seen the popular tv show, The Sing Off. Experience a cappella singing as part of TMC! One of our most popular classes for vocalists!

Arts!: Discover connections among music and the other arts: theater, dance, drawing, writing and more!

Beginning Instrument Lab: Learn to play the tuba, viola, oboe or string bass. In this class, you will learn the basics of playing a new brass, woodwind or string instrument (Instruments provided by the camp).

Bucket Band: Create awesome music through improvisation and group performance using sticks, pails, and other found percussion.

Camp Chorus: Everybody Sing! Instrumentalists will take time out from playing their instrument to sing with fellow campers in a choral setting. Open only to instrumentalists.

Composition/Songwriting: Write the next tune...seriously...or at least discover how to write it. 

Games: Get active and release energy playing some of the best (non-music) camp games. (For those who want an opportunity to get physical exercise).

Guitar: Strum along to some of your favorite tunes or take your skills to the next level.

Jazz Improvisation: Explore America’s classical music by experiencing and developing practical skills needed for playing in multiple jazz styles including swing, blues and rock.

Keyboarding: Learn to play the piano in School of Music’s Piano Lab! Instruction is focused toward beginning (or near) players but experienced pianists can spend the time in independent practice.

Marching Arts: The fundamentals of marching band are explored in this outdoor class. Great for students interested in discovering what it may be like to be in a high school marching band.

Movies and Music: Create your own soundtrack to a popular movie! Explore how composers and film makers use music to enhance the on-screen action.

Musical Theater: Lights, Camera, Action! Prepare to dance, sing and act in this introduction to musical theater.

Play by Ear: Develop and perform popular songs by ear, a skill all musicians need!

Steel Drum Band: Explore the music of the islands with hands-on experiences.

Technology: Explore software and hardware used in creating music of your own. Work alone and/or in a group. Hands on experiences in the Technology Lab.

Ukulele: Master one of the most popular selling instruments in America! (Instruments provided by the camp or bring your own).