Early Years Programming

Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2

Early Years: Age-appropriate half-day programmes explore music basics such as pitch, rhythm, note names, rests, ensemble playing, and the simple joy of making music. Each class uses different instruments, all incorporate singing and movement. Two half-day programmes may combine to make a full day.

Classes include:

  • Orff: tuned percussion, xylophones, glockenspiels and hand-held rhythm instruments
  • Music For Young Children: keyboards, small bells, and movement
  • Ukulele Kids: Ukuleles are guitar-like instruments with 4 strings, perfect for small hands. Coloured tabs under the strings make learning this popular instrument easy and fun.
  • Harpsicles: small, brightly coloured lap harps

 

Combination Programmes

Grades 3 to 6

Any two half-day programmes can combine to make a full day. Please note, these classes cannot be combined with orchestral instrument classes.

Classes include:

  • Choral: explores basic choral singing in an energetic class; usually performs songs from a stage musical for the concert.
  • Handbells: a rare opportunity to learn the more than 12 ways to get sound from a full range of beautiful brass bells.
  • Guitar: classical guitar instruction
  • Piano: group lessons, focusing on basic techniques and the unique skills needed for ensemble playing and performance.
  • 1/2 Day Harp: students spend all afternoon with the glorious troubador harps (enrolment limited)

 

Orchestral Programmes

Grades 3 to 6

Beginner and Experienced campers choose one instrument, learn or develop specific techniques and participate in ensembles, concert band or orchestra.

Classes include:

  • Beginner Strings or Percussion: No experience necessary, introductory classes in violin, viola, cello, bass and orchestral percussion such as timpani, mallets, snares, etc. String students form the SMC String Ensembles.
  • Intermediate Strings or Percussion: Designed to further develop and enhance performance practise and ensemble playing for experienced players. Campers need one year instruction on their instrument; all must be able to read music. Campers will participate in the SMC Orchestra.