Music Makers Improvisation Camp

A full-day, 1-week, camp in Center City Philadelphia where musical kids of all instruments and ability levels learn to improvise and create music with friends. Ages 7-12. July 18-22, 2022.

Why improv music camp

Creativity: Developing ability beyond repertoire

Identity Strengthening

By learning to create their own musical ideas and express them through their instrument, your child will strengthen their own sense of self. 

Community Building

By playing musical games that can be played with any other instruments, your child will be able to make music with anyone, anywhere. 

World Expanding

By expanding their musical world beyond practice and into invention, your child will develop a deeper understanding of the artistic process.

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Discover how CAMP CREATES SPACE FOR ALL KIDS TO IMPROVISE

Young children are naturally creative and improvisatory in their play. As the grow older, they become more aware of “right” and “wrong” answers, preventing the experimentation exploration necissary for improvisation and creativity.


To help break down these barriers, we teach improvisation with the firm belief that there are no mistakes in creative work. Some children still struggle with making musical choices on their own; to help them break through, we play familiar games involving small choices and add a musical twist.  

approach

Discover how CAMP CREATES SPACE FOR ALL KIDS TO IMPROVISE

Young children are naturally creative and improvisatory in their play. As the grow older, they become more aware of “right” and “wrong” answers, preventing the experimentation exploration necissary for improvisation and creativity.


To help break down these barriers, we teach improvisation with the firm belief that there are no mistakes in creative work. Some children still struggle with making musical choices on their own; to help them break through, we play familiar games involving small choices and add a musical twist.  

try it out first; come to one of our promotional events

Throughout the spring, we’ll be hosting free, outdoor improvisation to promote the summer camp. To stay up-to-date on these events, sign-up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

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Alice Kanack‘s students improvise a Musical Theater version of ”The Three Little Pigs” 

Main Activities

Soundpainting

Learning the Sign Language of Soundpainting, your child will conduct all the other campgoers (and teachers!) in a an improvised ensemble peice.

Large Group Games

Large Group games will give your child an opportunity to learn large group ensemble skills as well as provide an opportunity to experiment with key concepts. 

Breakout Group Games

Breakout Group Games will give your child an opportunity to work on and refine skills learned in the Large Group games with other students at their level.

Instrument Building 

Your child will use the traditional Arts & Crafts camp activity to create their own musical instrument. They will then use their instruments in improvisation games!

Rhythm Games

Drums and Rhythm add so much to any improvisation and deserve their own segment.

Music Theater Games

Your child will blend different arts as the group creates improvised Music Theater. 

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A child talking about Soundpainting and a demonstration of it’s use. 

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camp schedule

Early Morning: 9:00-10:30

The day starts with Warm-up Games to get students loosened up relaxed. Then, we go through some Large Group Games before transitioning into Breakout Groups so that students can work at developing their skills with students of a similar level.

Late Morning: 10:30-12:00

Students take a break with Snack and approx 1 hour of Recess, then reconvene for a Soundpainting  session right before lunch.

Lunch and Free Time: 12:00-1:00

Students have lunch and free time for 1 hour.

Afternoon: 1:00-3:00

The afternoon starts with building Instruments and is followed by using those instruments in the Rhythm Improvisation session. The day ends with a session of Improvised Music Theater Games.

Faq

what age and skill levels is this camp best for?

This camp is designed for kids ages 7-12. No improvisation experience is required, but students will need to be able to play a G major scale.

Are there auditions for this camp?

No, there are no auditions. 

What times are Drop-off and Pickup?

Drop-off starts at 8:30. Camp starts at 9:00

Pickup runs from 3:00-3:15

Do you offer Aftercare?

Yes. Aftercare is offered from 3:15-4:30 ($10/day). Extended Aftercare is available from 3:15-5:30 ($20/day)

Are lunches and Food Included?

Snacks and bottled water are included. Lunch and any drinks additional drinks are not included. 

What is your COVID protocol?

Teachers must provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Students will wear masks while indoors. In the case that Philadelphia Health Department declares that gatherings such as our camp are not allowed, camp will be canceled and parents will be refunded.

What music will my child need to prepare for the camp?

Students should work with their teacher to play the notes of the G major scale. 10 weeks prior to camp, we will post online video course with some basic musical games and activities that your child can use to be a little more prepared for camp. This course is entirely optional and simply presented for your child’s enjoyment.  

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A simple, silly, and fun warm-up game that teaches that develops attention, eye contact, and musical communication skills. From a promotional event. 

Music Makers Improvisation Camp

Improvisation Camp

  • July 18-22, 2022 at First Unitarian Church in Center City, Philadelphia. Ages 7-12
  • Tons of Cool and Creative Camp Activities
  • Musical Games to broaden your child's musical development
  • Access to online improv lessons to help prepare for camp.  
  • Snacks and Bottled Water Included
  • 8:30 drop-off, 3:15 pickup

Aftercare

extended Aftercare

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