Summer programs

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Postby 81-1074658942 » Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:10 pm

Last summer I went to a summer music academy for three weeks. It was at a small college in the southern US and it was so fun! have you participated in any summer programs? care to share?
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:34 am

I actually went to the same camp as Quidam (and Quidam introduced me to this site! Oh yay!!!!!) One thing I have learned about music camps is that you only get out of it what you put into it. I've also learned that after the first year, it's more of a vacation than anything, so you really have to keep focused. Example: YEAR 1: I'm VERY serious about my music, and faithfully go into a practice room to play 5 hours a day. YEAR 2: I practice maybe an hour every day and spend the rest of the time hanging out with my friends. YEAR 3: Why the heck would I want to practice???? Well, maybe because my teacher here is about to strangle me, but otherwise I spend all my time keeping my other friends from practicing. Music camps are great place for learning about music, psychology, and life in general, and if you are a serious music student, you should REALLY consider going to one!!!!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:48 pm

Yes indeed! although I still think I'll practice next year. I think if I wasn't prepared for my lesson I would just die.

another thing. If you have to write and perform a musical for a competition at the end of camp, bring balloon animals to bribe the judges.
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Postby Mins Music » Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:50 am

Quidam wrote:bring balloon animals to bribe the judges.

:laugh: That's funny!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:01 pm

indeed, and the scary thing is that it actually happened :O :laugh:
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Wed Mar 10, 2004 8:42 pm

Even scarier is the thought of Quidam going back to camp this year. ;-) I'll miss you!!! One tradition of mine was to always do some strange thing during a recital (i.e. going barefoot, cracking a joke about the music, etc.) Not recommended if you want your friends to take you seriously, but if you've already severely damaged your reputation, why not? :-P
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:00 pm

Yeah exactly. It seems like a lot of students take recitals way too seriously. When they walk onstage they act like they're walking over to a guillotine with keys. Poor people. I think they just get flipped out when they think about performing. Recitals [especially camp recitals!] are a great way to share your talents, but they're supposed to be fun!
but... I don't think i'm going to do anything too strange anytime soon. I think i have enough fun as is! :p :;): :laugh:


[jeez, I've got a whole crew of smilies!]
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:46 am

Hmmmm.. has anyone started a topic on how you deal with recital nerves? I think I'll go start one right now!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:17 pm

Yes there is one. I don't exactly remember where it is, but it does indeed exist.
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:40 pm

Do you have a favorite memory of camp, Quid? It had better be about me! :laugh: J/k!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:31 pm

A favorite memory... well... pff... whatever. I don't really know. I think the whole atmosphere was just cool. And breakfast, lunch, and dinner were just the best ever. Maybe I'll tell you some of the others another time lol.

but as far as meals go.... at breakfast [which was FAR too early] we were just "bright and chipper" *sarcasm*. Although my roommates and I did wake up a little bit when we sat around telling stories of the night before to another of our friends. He, being a boy, obviously missed the goings on of our dorm, but the story telling was just hilarious.
At lunch we all sat and talked about how our lessons went. Many interesting conversations. And we were all working pretty hard, so we would just wind down. Great fun. We made complete idiots of ourselves, but it was just the best! Dinner... kept a commentary on the food. Kept a commentary on the escapades of a certain choir girl.

O yes, every morning at 10:15 I went to the commons and bought a hershey's with almonds bar. That was just good. I was a little stressed out, so it was perfect.

Yeah.. I could talk about camp WWWAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY too long. so I'll stop now. :D
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Postby Mins Music » Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:29 pm

Sorry for gatecrashing again, but what exactly are these summer camps? I'm not sure if we have them here in Australia (any Aussies out there know?) but if we do, I'm not familiar with them.

So!

Who organises them?
How do you find out about them?
How do you 'enrol I(?)' in them?
Are they expensive?
What is their purpose?
How are they structured?
What do you get out of them? (Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner!)
Are they very popular in the States?
What else should I know about them that I haven't asked?

Thank you!! :)
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Wed Apr 07, 2004 4:22 pm

...Camps are quite popular in the U.S., but it's not like EVERYONE goes to one. Most often they're organized by schools (trying to rope those high-schoolers into going to college there :D) or other independent groups. Most sleep-away camps are held on college campuses, but day camps can be held in churches, etc.

I found out about the camps I've attended through an orchestra I was playing in and through the company that sells my school books (they're based from a college that holds camps).

To enroll, usually you have to send in a form and some kind of monetary deposit. The remainder of the fee is due at camp. The higher-level, longer camps are quite expensive (like $1000- $2000 USD for 4-6 weeks), but the one I went to costed only about $450 (for 3 weeks)...

The purpose of camps is to give you LOTS of intensive practice time and to socialize with other musicians your age (well, maybe not the social part, but that's always why I went!! :laugh:) You are allotted tons of hours a day to practice (and some camps require you to practice at least four hours a day!), and you play in orchestra if you're not doing piano. You get opportunities to do chamber music, go to theory classes, and take private lessons.

The overnight camp I went to was structured kind of like this: Breakfast, announcements, practice, devotions (this was a religious camp), practice, lunch, practice, orchestra (or choir if you're piano), dinner, practice or free time. Every couple days you take lessons with one of the faculty.

WEll, I would write more, but I have to go! To be continued!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:41 pm

But they have all kinds of camps. Not just music. But music camps are kind of my favorite :D Some of the other camps that were at the same college when we were there were drama, voice, engineering and science, art, volleyball, basketball... and on and on and on.
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Postby 80-1091265929 » Sun Aug 15, 2004 2:58 am

summer camps sound fun :)
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