Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Your Summer Piano Camp Is All Planned!

Believe me, I've done a lot of work planning your summer piano camp! Especially, if you have students who are at least 10 years old and older!

Last summer, I developed and field tested a summer camp curriculum with my own students, and this year, I'm making the lesson plans and student workbook available to you in my Etsy shop!

Piano Boot Camp:  Special Ops is a five-day, one-and-a-half-hour camp for tweens and young teens, conducted as classes for 2-3 students at a time, using one piano. You can also pull off this camp with a larger group if you have the space.

Special Ops is highly customizable. You choose the literature that your students will work on during the week of camp. One of the challenges that the students face is that of learning their pieces mostly on their own, while your camp activities focus on learning the skills that help them with that independent learning. There are some technique exercises and sight reading selections included, but if you need material that is leveled differently, feel free to substitute other material!

Student "commissioning document"

Sample journal page from student workbook

To read more about Special Ops, read my previous blog posts here and here. Best of all, you can enter a giveaway for a free copy just by leaving a comment here!


4 comments:

Mary Beth Akers said...

Yes, yes, yes!! My summer day-camps have been 1) geared mostly to younger students; 2) not enough real content (mostly trivial fun); and 3) unsuccessful in accomplishing my goals. This is definitely a remedy for all those weaknesses. Thank you for making this available. I can't wait to notify my older students that now I have a summer program for them, too.

Mary Beth Akers said...

One question: Is this exclusively for piano students? Could it be adapted for violin students too?

Laura Lowe said...

Mary Beth, there are a number of activities that involve piano technique. However, you could certainly use some of the activities with students of other instruments. Be sure to read the reviews by Heidi http://heidispianonotes.blogspot.com/2015/05/review-of-piano-boot-camp-special-ops.html and Jennifer http://musiceducatorresources.com/2015/05/03/review-piano-boot-camp-special-ops/ to learn more.

Laura Lowe said...

Hi, Mary Beth, and thanks for your interest in Boot Camp! I received your comment from this morning. I'd be happy to help you with the purchase. Let's converse via email or an etsy conversation. There's a link to contact me via email on this page. I googled you and found a contact for you and sent you a message there as well. Thanks!