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2021 La Honda Virtual Music Camp

Virtual Music Camp!

Class Descriptions

 Week 1 - July 12-16 - Monday-Friday

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Songwriting in GarageBand/Logic

10 - 11am   with Scott Martin

In this class we will explore the different ways to bring your song  ideas to life. We will collaborate together and by the end of the week  we will have a finished masterpiece using just GarageBand and our  creative imaginations! 


Non-Orchestral Strings Jam Session

10 - 11am   with Shane Kalbach

This is a performance-based course that will focus on using listening and audiation techniques to improve playing on non-orchestral stringed instruments, including guitar, ukulele, banjo, lute, electric bass or guitar, sitar, zither, autoharp, and more! Students will learn standard tunes and practice both written and improvised melodies.

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Jazz Improvisation

10 - 11am    with Andy Martin

This class will use standard jazz tunes as vehicles to explore harmony, melody, rhythm, and improvisational concepts. Topics may include modes of the major scale, ii-V-I's, the blues scale, major, minor, and diminished chord structures with sevenths. Open to students with any level of experience!

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Brass Chamber Music

11:30 - 12:30    with Jessica Cruz

In this performance-based class, students will learn ensemble skills, with a special focus on brass player techniques, challenges, and strategies for being smart performers. Students will collaborate to create a performance piece during the week. 


Rudimental Drumming

11:30 - 12:30   with Divesh Karamchandani

This class will focus on a variety of drum rudiments commonly used in marching percussion. We will break down the rudiments from hand-to-hand, practice exercises to help build techniques, and perform repertoire with a variety of rudiments.

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Chamber Music

11:30 - 12:30 with Glenda Bates

Over the course each one-week session, students will immerse themselves in exploring and learning repertoire written or arranged for small wind ensembles. Each small ensemble will meet together for one hour each day, and additional individual practice will be required. The session will culminate with a performance by the small ensemble.


Percussion Techniques

1 - 2pm with Bobby Brown

This class will be a practical approach to the growing demands on the performing percussionist. Students will engage in complex percussion setup planning, discussions on gear choice, DIY techniques for the active performer, and how to set up basic electronics for percussion performance.


Improvisation for Strings

1 - 2pm with Shane Kalbach

In this class, students will explore harmony, melody, rhythm, and improvisation, as is relates to the techniques of string playing Topics may include learning to play by ear, using scales and modes to inform melodies, and learning standard repertoire. Open to students with any level of experience!


Sight-Singing Fun!

1 - 2pm with Yoon Choe Mitchell

Learn some basic skills on how to look at and sing/hear what your line of music sounds like! Take away tricks and tools to improve your inner ear!


Bassoon Reedmaking

2:30 - 3:30pm with Frank Casados

This session focuses specifically on taking a finished reed and guiding students through the process of adjusting reeds to understand the "if the reed is doing X, then it can be fixed with Y."  By the end of the week, students will be able to apply these skills to any reed (store bought or hand made) for optimal performance.

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Recording with Logic or GarageBand

2:30 - 3:30   with Scott Martin

In this class we will be learning how to use GarageBand to record  acoustic instruments. We will learn how to edit midi and audio files.  We will learn how to use the ‘drummer’ program. we will explore  loops, move sounds around and other techniques to help you record  your music.


Improvisation for Electronic & Acoustic Instruments

2:30 - 3:30 with Sarah Lee

This session will entail how to be more creative with your instruments and with electronics using Chrome Music Lab.  I will give you tools on how to put together a piece and create a piece not only with your instrument, but with added elements like electronics, singing, or other equipment you might have in your house. After we explore all our options of what we like to put in our music video, we will collaborate and piece it together in a structured form for the concert with Flipgrid. 


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