Every summer, Meredith hosts piano and strings camps, excellent ways for boys and girls to strengthen
their musical skills and have fun at the same time.
You should find all the necessary information below. It is our hope that you will find something that is just right
for your son or daughter, but we realize that these camp possibilities cannot cover the needs of every student.
Please know that we do offer individual lessons in piano year-round. Also, we offer individual lessons in
music theory and composition. For more information regarding those offerings please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 760-8537.
For information on the Piano Camps, contact Tom L. Lohr, camp coordinator and instructor of piano,
at 919-760-8378,or Lohrt@meredith.edu.
Click here for a complete information packet describing each of the camps with registration forms.
For information regarding the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp for string players, please contact us at
email@example.com or (919) 760-8537.
Dates: Five-day camp, Monday–Friday, July 22-26, 2013, 9–11 a.m.
Audience: Boys and girls entering grades 1–3. Former Beginners' Piano Campers should not repeat this camp.
Each group is limited to 8 or 9 students.
This camp is intended to introduce students to the beginning concepts of music study, with emphasis on:
- Rhythmic awareness and reading
- Keyboard awareness
- Staff reading and writing
- Aural training through guided listening
Students enrolling in this camp should NOT have had piano lessons previously. Having a piano at home is not necessary for this camp. This is a great way to introduce your child to piano study. Many parents of past campers have said that the concepts covered serve as a good introduction to the study of any new instrument.
Dates: Ten-day camp, Monday–Friday, July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Audience: Boys and girls ages 6–14
This two-week camp is designed for students with PRIOR piano study. Students are divided into three or four groups depending upon ability and number of campers. Activities focus on music skills that are appropriate for students in each group. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination and provide attainable challenges for these students. Students enrolled in this camp should have approximately 30 minutes of daily practice time available to them at home each day during the two-week time of the camp. Students should be comfortable with basis music reading skills. Families should consult the current teacher in determining the reading ability of the student. Students should be taking piano lessons during the school year preceding this camp. The program ends with an all-camp ensemble recital. Parents and friends are welcome to join us for this exciting musical FINALE.
Placement is made according to age and ability. Each level is limited to 10 students, ages 6 to 14, as follows:
- Students ages 6 to 7 need at least 1 to 2 years of study.
- Students ages 8 to 9 need at least 1 to 3 years of study.
- Students 10 and up need at least 2 to 3 years of study.
The ability to read music is necessary to attend this camp.
Activities include music and movement; repertoire master classes; ensembles; piano technique; ear training; snack time (campers bring own snacks); music history-appreciation; use of electronic keyboard lab; exploration of other keyboard instruments; eurhythmics.
Dates: Six-day camp as follows: June 17-21, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; June 22, Saturday, 1–4 p.m.; and June 23, Sunday, Grand Finale Recital, 3 p.m.
Fee: $355 (fee includes daily lunches)
Audience: Intermediate to advanced piano students who wish to have a week-long time of concentrated study of piano. The number of students for this camp is limited. Due to the concentrated work we will be doing, we can accept only 4 to 8 students. (Students will be grouped in suitable ensemble pairs.)
This six-day camp, with a concluding recital on Sunday, June 23, is designed for students who wish to have a week-long time of concentrated study of piano. The level of ability that a student needs to have achieved to be considered for this camp can vary from intermediate to advanced playing. While there are no age restrictions for this camp, students who apply should have a workable foundation in piano playing at their level and be comfortable with basic sight-reading skills and eager to meet the challenge of six days of focused practice and music-making.
Activities during the week will include:
- three or more hour-long lessons*
- daily master classes
- group technique classes
- theory classes
- lessons in ensemble playing
- individual practice time
- time to study the playing of great pianists
*Each student will have his or her own private lessons, but also will attend the lessons of another student.
The repertoire upon which we will focus will be:
For intermediate students:
- Baroque two-part pieces, ranging from minuets to two-part inventions
- Classical Sonatinas
- Accessible Romantic character pieces
- Music from the 20th and 21st centuries
- Piano duets or two-piano works from the standard repertoire
For more advanced students:
- Baroque preludes, fugues or suite movements
- Classical Sonatas
- Romantic character pieces and/or more demanding works
- Non-traditional music from the 20th and 21st centuries
- Piano duets or two-piano works from the standard repertoire
Parents of interested students should contact Tom Lohr. An audition/interview is necessary for acceptance into this camp. Suggested dates are: Saturday, March 23, and Saturday, April 13, 2013. Notification of students accepted into the camp will be announced on Monday, April 15. Please do not submit a check and application form prior to acceptance. Once the accepted students have been announced, families must complete registration and submit payment by Monday, April 29, 2013.
For the audition students should:
- plan to play two pieces in contrasting styles, both from memory
- be prepared to demonstrate their sight reading skills
- be prepared to demonstrate scale playing or other aspects of his or her technical routine
- Each student’s general knowledge of theory will also be assessed at the interview.
- Please consult with your piano teacher regarding appropriate choice of repertoire for the audition and for assistance in preparing for the other skills to be examined (sight reading, scale playing, chords and arpeggios).
For work at the camp students should plan to bring at least three (3) pieces in contrasting styles to the camp for work in the master classes. Please note the five (5) suggested categories above. Please consult with your piano teacher regarding appropriate choice of repertoire to bring to the camp for study. Additionally, students will be learning to play new solo and ensemble (duet) repertoire during the course of the week. Once a student is accepted for the camp, he or she might be notified of a limited amount music to purchase prior to the start of the camp. Students should have practice time during the weeks prior to the camp and time to do some practice during the evenings during the week that the camp is in session.
All students will perform a combination of solo and ensemble music in the Grand Finale Recital on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. in Clara Carswell Concert Hall.
All students will go to lunch Monday–Friday in the Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith Campus with the faculty. Fees for lunch are covered in the charge for this camp. Students are encouraged to bring morning and/or afternoon snacks if they so desire. Refrigeration space will be provided.
Middle School Composition Camp
Dates: Five-day camp, June 24-28, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Audience: Rising grades 7, 8 and 9.
There is only one group, and space is limited to 6 students.
This camp is designed to give middle school students insights into both traditional and more recent methods of music composition. In our exploration we will examine ways in which composers have worked both within a purely tonal musical setting (typical of Baroque, Classical and Romantic Period composers), but, depending upon the experience of the students, we are likely also to examine more modern methods of composing that include using whole-tone, pentatonic, quartal, quintal and 12-tone techniques. This exploration will help anyone who is excited about expanding his/her basic knowledge of music. Prior music reading ability of both treble and bass cleff is necessary. It is also best that students who register for this camp have done some work in composition previously. Students are encouraged to bring at least one notated original composition to the camp for study in a master class setting. Students will need time during the week to work on assignments at home. While it is generally better for students at this age to be working with pencil and paper when notating their musical compositions, we are likely also to examine the music notation software Sibelius to give the students some hands-on experience with the basic features of one type of notation software, but also with more advanced features such as orchestral scoring. Exercises in ear training will be a daily feature of the camp.
Dates: Five-day camp, Monday–Friday, July 22-26, 1–4 p.m.
Audience: Students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Younger students or adults will be admitted in special instances. There is only one group, and space is limited to 15 students.
This camp is designed to give high school students a sample of basic college music theory. It will help any student who is considering music as a major in college. Or it will help anyone who is excited about expanding his/her basic knowledge of music. PRIOR music reading ability is necessary.