Week-long camps, 2x-week band classes, adult band classes and more![Read More]
During this week-long workshop we will explore a wide range of topics around playing the electric bass. We will explore the role of the bass in a band, different techniques used, as well as various styles of bass playing. Other topics we may cover (based on student interest): improvisation, repair/maintenance, gear selection, music theory, and more. Students are encouraged to bring their bass as there will be plenty of opportunities to try our their new skills.
Appropriate for middle school & high school students. Students will learn a variety of musical styles with an increasing emphasis on improvisation, and will begin to focus on one or two instruments. Students will continue to learn to read music, recognize and spell chords and play scales. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for practicing.
Students may sign up for either or both sessions.
Appropriate for students who have the social maturity to participate in a more complex band setting. Students in beginning combo classes begin to learn jazz & pop standards. They become familiar with basic music theory (chord/scale structure, basic improvisation) in the context of the songs the group is learning. Students have the opportunity to focus on several instruments if they choose, or to focus on a primary instrument. Students are required to practice at home in preparation for group performances.
If you’re not sure if you child is ready for a beginning combo level class, we recommend that you check in with music director Steve Dejka before registering.
Students may sign up for either or both sessions.
A student favorite, this camp features guest artist and well known bluesman Kirk James. Students will focus on learning how to play and improvise the blues, as well as learning about a variety of blues styles, famous blues artists and the history of the blues. The kids will perform with Kirk James at Stillwater at 6:00pm on the evening of the last day of classes, Friday, July 19.
Stillwater is excited to offer an inclusive music and dance camp for all ages and abilities. With highly qualified instructors assisted by volunteers, participants will receive instruction in creative dance and music-making. Musical instruments include but are not limited to congas, hand percussion, steel pan, piano, marimba, ukulele and drum set. Participants who wish may bring other instruments such as guitar, ukulele & wind instruments. The camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday at 11:00 am (location TBD).
This camp is for students with and without disabilities. For more information or any inquiries contact Bailey Barnes-Fagg.
Come learn the basics of blues on a variety of instruments in a fun, play-filled environment. We will explore the roots of American blues music by learning about African American spirituals, work songs, and blues dance through singing, playing, movement and speech. We will study influential Black American musicians, and learn basic improvisation skills. We will learn the form of 12-bar blues and how to play classic blues standards on instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, vibes, marimba, bass, drum kit, ukulele and keyboard.
If students take private lessons on a particular instrument they are encouraged to play it in this camp, but please notify the instructor, Bailey Barnes-Fagg, ahead of time via email- [email protected] The camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday at 11:30 am (location TBD).
This camp will give students introductory experience in creating sound for film and television video. Using professional audio software, students will work in teams to create all sound needed to complete a short film excerpt (sound effects, music, and dialogue) for a short video. Students will have a copy of their completed project at the end of the week and we will schedule a screening of the video(s) for friends and family.
This camp is for young singers who love to sing and focuses on basic singing technique, rounds, simple melodies, and partner songs. Students will learn simple vocal warm ups to encourage healthy singing and solfege to help with music literacy. The camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday at 11:30 am (location TBD).
This is an entry level camp for students with little or no experience playing an instrument. We focus on having fun while learning to make music as a group. Students will be introduced to a variety of percussion instruments and rhythms. Many long-term Stillwater students started in this very camp.
An in-house performance will take place during the last 30 minutes of the Friday class.
This camp offers a group ukulele experience to kids with little to no exposure to ukulele. For beginning players, students will receive instruction which includes learning a series of major and minor chords, strumming patterns, basic vocal skills and basic finger picking technique. Students must provide their own quality instrument.
The camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday at 12:30 pm (location TBD).
String instruments are incredibly versatile and can be used in any kind of band setting. This camp is an opportunity for violin, viola, cello, and upright bass players to learn about playing their instrument in a variety of musical styles including pop, bluegrass, folk, blues and more. Improvising, harmonizing, chording, rhythmic playing, basic arranging and technique will be covered in the context of learning a set of tunes.
This camp will culminate in an in-house performance on the last day of class.
For upper elementary through middle school students, this camp focuses on singing unaccompanied rounds, simple melodies, two part harmonies and partner songs. We will also focus on beginning vocal technique and solfege. Participation requires that students be able to sing independently, in tune, and to sing melodic lines by ear. The camp will end with a performance for friends and family on Friday at 11:30 am (location TBD).
Instructor approval is required to enroll. For placement in this camp, or for any questions, please contact Bailey Barnes-Fagg at [email protected].
No experience necessary! Playing steel drums, marimba, vibraphone, keyboards and percussion, students will learn a set of songs to perform in an in-house performance on Friday at the end of our final class. This is a great entry level camp for kids wanting to experience a “band” setting.
During this week-long camp students will explore and practice various aspects involved in amplifying, mixing, and recording instruments and vocals in both live and studio settings. Subjects will include basic physics of sound, professional equipment use/care, Garage Band and Pro Tools, plug ins and effects, MIDI, professional mixing and console use, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to perform and engineer for each other and will produce finished recording samples to take home at the end of the week.
Stillwater offers a cappella singing groups for all levels.[Read More]
Ukuleles are everywhere! Not only is it unique and fun, but it’s easier for younger children to get started on the ukelele. The fun nature of this instrument keeps kids interested and engaged in lessons and in learning more about music.[Read More]
Stillwater’s flagship youth band program offers introductory, beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes for all kids ages 6-18. Students will be placed in an appropriate group based on ability, maturity and availability of positions. Our classes often have a wide age group of students.[Read More]
Our Accelerando Early Childhood Program introduces the world of music and rhythm to preschoolers and kindergarteners.[Read More]