July 31-August 5, 2016
The five-day Summer Percussion Camp is designed for middle and high school students interested in enhancing their percussion skills. The staff will cover many styles of percussion with an emphasis on strong technical skills and campers will be exposed to percussion ensemble playing. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to attend a variety of master classes, explore various percussion instruments and perform in a percussion ensemble directed by camp staff members. Private lessons are available for campers who show interest. The campers will also have the opportunity to socialize and use many of the University’s recreational facilities.
Early registration is recommended as the camp size will be controlled to allow campers to receive significant instructional time. Graduating high school seniors are welcome.
On the first day of camp, campers will play a short audition and be placed in percussion ensembles and small groups for master classes according to age, audition results and ability. Each student will have the opportunity to attend master classes in the following areas:
- Grip and Snare Drum Technique:Instruction will include how to grip the snare drumstick appropriately. The development of strong technique will be emphasized.
- Drum Set:Campers will have the opportunity to learn various techniques and styles used in drum set performance. They will also learn about the history of the drum set and its evolution over the past two centuries. Other topics may include: influential drummers, timekeeping, set-up, drum selection and equipment suggestions.
- Mallet Percussion:Campers will learn strategies for improving reading skills and proper technique on mallet instruments. Four mallet grips and techniques will also be covered.
- Symphonic Percussion:Campers will be exposed to proper technique using cymbals, tambourine, castanets and other accessory instruments.
- Timpani:Tuning, proper playing techniques, sound production and mallet selection will be covered.
- Hand Percussion:Campers will have the opportunity to work on basic hand drumming techniques. Conga and bongo technique will be a primary focus. Other areas of instruction may include sessions on djembe, bodhran and tabla.
Camp Cost & Insurance
Includes room and board
Includes lunch and dinner
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.
UW-Whitewater is proud of its strong music department and facilities. Each student will have access to a variety of percussion instruments including marimbas with extended range, timpani, drum sets, and a variety of hand percussion instruments.
Previous experience in percussion is highly recommended but not required for admission to the camp. Campers will be required to play a short placement audition for camp percussion ensembles. Music will be sent to campers with their camp information packets about 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the camp.
What to Bring
Each student should bring his/her own sticks and mallets. A complete assortment of mallets is not necessary; each student should only bring what he/she currently owns. Campers do not need to bring drums or any other instruments as they will be provided. A practice pad would be useful but is not required.
Camp staff will present performances for the campers. These performances are free and open to the public. On Friday afternoon, the camp will conclude with student performances. Parents are encouraged to attend these performances when they come to pick up their child.