2017 Course Descriptions


Acting - Actors will be taught audition preparation, character and scene development, acting methods, and professionalism. The second period of class will combine with students in Directing class for application of concepts learned.

Art for Art's Sake - Study famous artists and then apply the techniques which the artists used in your own original art projects.

Ballroom Dance - Is a social partner dance. Students will learn the basics in the fox-trot, waltz, rumba, and cha cha. The dances combine grace and action which is exciting to all dancers. Bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or socks.

Beginning Guitar - Introduction to the guitar includes care and handling, tuning, posture, hand positioning, easy entry-level music reading, beginning scale consisting of natural notes in first position, beginner’s chords, and right hand picking and strumming.  History of the guitar and related styles of music also covered.  No prerequisite.  Guitar provided.

Book and Paper Making – In this class students will be able to make their own paper and books. The first week we will focus on making our own paper that can then be used as the pages in the books that we will make on the two remaining weeks. We will explore at least two types of book making, the basic book binding and then Japanese stab binding. If time allows we will explore other possibilities of types of books that could be made.

Boys Sing Too! - This class is designed just for boys. There are a number of unique things that boys go through as their voices change and mature.  We will explore ways to sing through those changes in a healthy way.

Brass - (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba)

Celtic Harp I - Students will learn the basic parts of the harp and its history, and learn finger placement, hand position and plucking technique. Students will work on both solo and harp choir pieces and will play individually and as a group. Prerequisite: Students need to read both treble and bass clefs.

Celtic Harp II - For students that have taken Celtic Harp I

Celtic Harp Choir - Students will have the opportunity to continue with skills learned in Harp I. They will learn more repertoire and begin playing both block and arpeggiated chords. They will have the opportunity to play group pieces publicly.

Ceramics - Students will learn multiple hand building techniques used in the construction of a number of projects in clay.

Conversational Solfege - We are pleased to offer Conversational Solfege to all first and second year students.  Student ability to "read music" (translate printed notes on the page so that music is produced by instruments or voice) has risen as a result of this daily requirement.  A non-musician might liken it to the drills or exercises an athlete includes in daily practice as preparation for outstanding performance. The Conversational Solfege curriculum uses rhymes and folk songs that students chant, clap and sing to achieve rhythmic and melodic literacy.

Directing (Theatre) - Directors will be taught a director's responsibilities from selection of piece to closing of show. The second period of class will combine with students in Acting class for application of concepts learned.

Drum Circle - In our circle, there is respectful communication and everyone is involved.  We use drums, percussion instruments, singing, improvisation and movement to explore traditional African and Caribbean music.  Songs will be taught through aural tradition.  Emphasis is on feeling the beat, listening to each other, learning to sing, moving and playing simultaneously.

Drum Kit I - This hands-on class takes the student to new heights, moving the percussion student who wants to step up to playing the drum kit. We'll start with easy coordination exercises and will have the student jammin' to music in no time. This course requires the student to have a solid background in percussion basics regarding sticking and timekeeping, but does not require the student to know how to play the kit. That's our job! Are you ready for a challenge?

Drum Line - You'll learn how to coordinate rhythmic patterns with other musicians! Explained throughout the course will be how drumlines train their wrists to play rudiments at tempos that make the sticks look like a blur!

Flute Choir - For levels III & IV flute students.

Handbells I - For 5th and 6th grade students; no prior handbell experience required. Students ring three octave music.

Handbells II - For 7th grade students and older; no prior handbell experience necessary.

Instrument Repair - for grades 7 & up. Students will be taught emergency and minor repairs such as pad and spring replacement, reed adjusting, bridge reseating, and replacing strings.

Instrument Repair II - "I loved Instrument Repair!  I learned basic skills and want to do more!"  If this is YOU, sign up for Instrument Repair II.  In "The Sequel" you will have opportunities to practice what you know and learn more advanced techniques.  Demonstrate care and maintenance for beginning classes, complete emergency repairs and assist with larger projects.  Students MUST have completed Level I to enroll in Level II.

Intermediate/Advanced Guitar - Continuing study of guitar includes introduction to major and minor scales, the accidentals in first position, more complex first position chords, more complex music reading exercises, as well as rhythm patterns; and an introduction to barre chords, tuning with natural harmonics, and right-hand finger-picking.  Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar, and student should possess an instrument with which to practice with at home and have continued the study of the instrument since Beginning Guitar.

Jazz - Is a dance that involves moving the whole body to many styles of music. Bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or socks.

Jazz Workshop - for level III & IV woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, guitar & bass students. Instrumentalists will experience a variety of jazz forms.

Music Theory - this class in the computer lab provides students with a solid background of music theory.

Percussion I - The class for the beginning drummer in us all. Our journey begins with learning how to hold the sticks and tap to the rhythm of music the students hear everyday. We move on to counting and pretty soon, the student becomes a percussionist, learning how to count and read actual percussion music! You don't need any percussion background, but should be willing to work hard in this fast-paced class. The student will need to bring to class a pair of drumsticks, size 5B or 2B, and a practice pad to every class.

Percussion II - For students that have taken Percussion I. Students will continue their percussive studies of the snare drum picking up from Percussion I. Students will need a pair of Vic Firth 5A or 5B drumsticks as well as a Remo tunable practice pad.

Photography I - Explore the basics of Photography. Students will learn the fundamentals of digital photography with an emphasis on composition, lighting, aesthetics and utilizing photography as a documentary instrument. Students may bring any type of digital camera or, if necessary, use the camera on their cell phone.

Photography II - Must have completed Photography I

Piano I - After the first week students will be begin to read treble and bass clef notes, will develop keyboarding skills, and play hands apart in C Major five finger position. Students will understand the note values: eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, and whole notes. Students will play in the time signatures 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4. After week two, students will be able to identify the  I and the V7 chords in C Major and begin to play songs utilizing these chords. Students will continue to drill note reading utilizing websites to develop accuracy and speed. Students will master phrasing and dynamics as they master the C major position.

Piano II - for students with past piano experience; not for students who currently take piano lessons.

Recorder I - 5th & 6th Grades - Students will read music in the treble clef and learn to play songs, rounds, and scales on the soprano recorder (recorders supplied by summer music school).

Recorder II - 7th Grade & Older - Students will play duets, trios, and quartets on soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders. Woodwind players are especially adept at playing these instruments, but all students are welcome.

Sculpture - Students will explore a number of sculptural techniques, including paper machè, mobiles, found assemblage, etc…

Show Choir - Make a joyful noise and come be a part of Show Choir! Learn a repertoire of fun musical pieces all the while learning and practicing good vocal technique, projection, choreography, and team work. Singers should be prepared to sing and perform a show choir piece for a Morning Wake Up concert.

Steel Drum - Imagine warm sun, sandy beaches and ocean waves...  What music do you hear?  Steel Drums!!  Come groove to the sounds of the Caribbean!  Learn to play these unique instruments and discover a whole new world of melody and rhythm that will delight performers and audience alike!  Students must be able to read music, either bass or treble clef.  Enrollment limited to students in 7th grade and older.

Strings - (violin, viola, cello, bass)

Strings, Rock and Rosin - Explore music from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Led Zepplin and Coldplay, just to name a few.  A chance to improve upon the art of improvisation and advance string technique not normally found in standard classical repertoire.  (Must have at least 2 years of strings experience.)

Swing Dance - Is a fun up-beat social partner dance. Popular in the 1920's, this dance is becoming popular again! Just listening to swing music makes you want to get on your feet and dance! Bring jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or socks.

Tap - Is a dance in which the dancers express rhythm with their feet. This lively dancing is fun for all ages and any level of dance experience. Sneakers or hard-soled shoes are preferred.

Technical Theatre - Hands on (props and costumes -- designing and building properties and altering costumes) and Minds on (lighting, sound, sets -- exploring all the tools in the tool kit for designers to convey their thoughts visually).

I think I want to sing! (Vocal I) - This is an introductory class for students who want to “dip a toe” into the world of singing. We will be learning to use our voices, breath, and bodies to make healthy vocal sounds. We will be learning to sing melodies in groups, both large and small.

This singing thing is fun! (Vocal II) - Students will be continuing to learn to sing in groups and begin learning to sing harmonies. Depending on class progression we will be singing in two, three or even four parts!

Ukulele II - Must have completed Ukulele I

Ukulele for Beginners - If you are looking for a new, fun and portable instrument to learn, try the ukulele. We would learn 5-8 chords and several songs within the three weeks. It is a great instrument to sing along with or a great primer to the guitar.

Vocal Coaching - This class is for students entering their third (or more) year in Warren County Summer Music School. We will be focusing on finding our own voices, choosing appropriate music for our voices, and performance. Students must be prepared to sing individually in front of the class.

Watercolors I – In this class students will be able to learn the basics of watercolors. We will begin with students becoming used to how watercolors are different from other paints. Also within the first week we will learn the proper techniques for using and mixing the paints. By the end of the three weeks of WCSMS, students will be able to paint small scenes of what they see around them in the world.

Watercolors II - for those students who took Watercolors last year at WCSMS.

Woodwinds - (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone).

Yoga - Introduction to proper breathing, stretching and yoga postures in a class that will support the beginning yoga student.