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WHAT TO EXPECT

Terrapin Music Camp takes place in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Rehearsals occur in the acclaimed School of Music facilities, with the final performance in the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Schedule: Band

The initial meeting for the 2020 Band Camp will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week. It is important that students attend this day.

Monday-Friday the program will run daily from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A sample schedule is as follows:

Time Band (5/6 Grade) Band (7/8 Grade) Band (9/10 Grade)
9:00 - 10:00 Sectionals Rehearsal Rehearsal
10:05 - 10:45 Rehearsal Elective Class 1 Sectionals
10:50 - 11:30 Elective Class 1 Elective Class 2 Rehearsal
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Concert Concert Concert
12:35 - 1:15 Elective Class 2 Sectionals Elective Class 1
1:20 - 2:00 Elective Class 3 Rehearsal Elective Class 2
2:05 - 2:45 Rehearsal Elective Class 3 Elective Class 3
2:50 - 3:30 Sectionals Rehearsal Rehearsal

On Friday, the program will run as usual with a final concert at 2:00 p.m. in Dekelboum Concert Hall. For the concert, students should wear the camp provided T-shirt; khaki, brown or tan pants, shorts or skirt; and shoes of their choice.

Schedule: Choir/Orchestra

The initial meeting for the 2020 Choir/Orchestra Camp will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with a brief orientation followed by small group meetings and ensemble rehearsals. Students will become acclimated with the facility during this time and will meet the faculty who will be teaching their classes throughout the week.

Monday-Friday the program will run daily from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A sample schedule is as follows:

Time Choirs Orchestras
9:00 - 10:30 Rehearsal Rehearsal
10:30 - 11:10  Sectionals Elective Class 1
11:15  - 11:55 Elective Class 1 Elective Class 2
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Concert Concert
1:05 - 1:45 Elective Class 2 Sectionals
1:50 - 2:30 Elective Class 3 Elective Class 3
2:35 - 3:30 Rehearsal Rehearsal

Camp Highlights

Unique features of the camp include:

  • Serves primarily a middle school population (adolescents, roughly ages 10-15)
  • Multiple levels of collaboration:
    • Multi-age ensembles
    • Students from public, private and homeschooling situations perform together
    • Collaborative teaching by university faculty, public and independent school teachers and university graduate and undergraduate students
    • Musicians of all ages and areas interact in enrichment classes and other settings throughout the day 
  • Opportunity to rehearse and perform in a state-of-the-art performance facility on a college campus
  • Non-auditioned format stimulates and nurtures growth in musicianship through ability-sensitive teaching and peer mentoring opportunities for more advanced musicians
  • Members of staff instruct, assist and perform alongside student musicians
  • Individualized instruction through small group lessons
  • Elective enrichment classes in technology, guitar, composition, jazz, world drumming and more.

Elective Classes (not all classes are available every week):

A cappella

Experience a cappella singing! This is one of our most popular classes for vocalists.

Arts!

Discover connections between music and the other arts: theater, dance, drawing, writing and more!

Beginning Instrument Lab

Learn to play the tuba, viola, oboe or string bass. In this class, you will learn the basics of playing a new brass, woodwind or string instrument. Instruments are provided by the camp.

Bucket Band

Create music through improvisation and group performance using sticks, pails and other found percussion.

Composition/Songwriting

Write the next big tune...seriously...or at least discover how to write it. 

Dance!

Jazz, classical and modern. For beginning and experienced dancers.

Games

Get active and release energy playing some of the best (non-music) camp games. This elective is for those who want to get physical exercise.

Guitar

Strum along to some of your favorite tunes or take your skills to the next level.

Jazz Improvisation

Explore America’s classical music by experiencing and developing practical skills needed for playing in multiple jazz styles including swing, blues and rock.

Keyboarding

Learn to play piano in the School of Music’s Piano Lab! Instruction is focused toward beginning (or near beginning) players but experienced pianists can spend time in independent practice.

Marching Arts

The fundamentals of marching band are explored in this outdoor class. Great for students interested in discovering what it would be like to be in a high school marching band.

Movies and Music

Create your own soundtrack to a popular movie! Explore how composers and filmmakers use music to enhance on-screen action.

Musical Theater

Lights, camera, action! Prepare to dance, sing and act in this introduction to musical theater.

Play by Ear

Develop and perform popular songs by ear, a skill all musicians need!

Steel Drum Band

Explore the music of the Caribbean with hands-on experiences.

Technology

Explore software and hardware used to create music. Work alone and/or in a group. Hands-on experiences in the Technology Lab.

Ukulele

Master one of the most popular selling instruments in America! (Instruments are provided by the camp or bring your own.)

Aftercare

Supervised aftercare will be available Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for the week. There is no daily rate.