High School Band Camp
Grades 9 - 12 • July 27 - August 1, 2014
We help campers strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge and emphasize ensemble and personal performance improvement. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge on their specific instrument, the expressive qualities of music, and ways to broaden or focus their interest in music. We also create a positive environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends.
During the course of the week there is some variation to our camp’s routine. We try to create a balance of music and other activities. There is so much more to camp than music!
A Typical Day
- Morning Band Rehearsal
- Music Class (Theory, Explore Music, etc.)
- Band Rehearsal
- Break (art time, bookstore trips, recreation center, etc., supervised by staff)
- Chamber Music (one for each family of instrument or Jazz Ensemble)
- Dinner/Free Time (planned activities to choose from; supervised by staff)
- Rehearsal or Similar Instrument Sectional
- Evening Recital (different each night)
- Free Time (swimming, movies, games and others to choose from, supervised by staff)
- Bed Check/Lights Out
Meals will be served in a University dining center. There will be a welcoming picnic on Sunday evening and a final banquet on Thursday evening.
Elective Classes Selection
- Theory 1 is an introduction to “how music works”. Students will learn about scale and chord construction, forms of scales, functions of chords and other basic music theory practices.
- Theory 2 is for more advanced students and will focus on chord sequences, musical writing and more advanced music theory practices.
- Explore Music is separated into a series of four different presentations. Previous topics have included Aaron Copland, world drumming, sound reinforcement, electronic music and contemporary composition.
- Jazz Improvisation is an introduction to the skills used in improvising jazz.
- Conducting is a session only offered for high school students. Students will learn how to conduct a band and will focus on proper techniques used by band conductors.
Q&A: Summer Band Camps
Q. Who are the staff members?
A. The staff is made up of experienced licensed music educators, UW-Whitewater faculty and Music Education students.
Q. How are the campers supervised?
A. Our camper to staff ratio is 10:1. Staff are assigned to teach, organize activities and to monitor the welfare of the campers.
Q. Is University of Wisconsin Whitewater a safe place to send my child?
A. UW-Whitewater prides itself on its summer camp programs. While no place is 100% safe, we are dedicated to the safety, supervision and happiness of our campers.
Housing & Facilities
All resident campers live in the residence hall facilities at UW-Whitewater. Our live-in adult staff will supervise camper activities. Developing new friends is encouraged.
UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.
- $480 for resident campers
- $435 for commuting campers**
A $20 per camper discount will be given to groups of eight or more from the same school attending the same week of camp.
**Commuting campers receive lunch and dinner daily.
***Please note: Students can be dismissed from the camp for serious misconduct without any refund.
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.
If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.
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