Our campers enjoyed a fun and challenging week of hands-on music exploration! Some of the topics included an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. We listened to excerpts from Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" (1946), and learned about many of the orchestral instruments, the families of instruments and how they come together to create an orchestra. Campers also explored how different instruments create sounds, and we learned about the relationship between sound waves and pitch.
Campers received daily group/private lessons on the piano, violin or recorder. Many of our campers had limited musical experience and by the end of the week everyone was able to perform a short piece on their chosen instrument for the group! We complemented music lessons with theory. Campers worked through a series of workbook exercises on their own pace learning about note values, time signatures and how to read music. We also created various rhythms starting with very simple ones to quite complex. Campers really enjoyed tapping out their rhythmic creations using our African Djembe drums!
Campers also got to create some of their very own instruments including drums, rainsticks and box guitars. Various craft projects were used to illustrate how different instruments create sounds. As part of our music history learning, campers listened to numerous compositions by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Campers also got to create artistic interpretations of music using various media.
Mid-week, we went on a field trip to the Toronto Music Garden and Toronto Harbourfront. For many of our campers, this was their first time exploring this part of the city. We had a wonderful tour of the Toronto Music Garden and learned about how this wonderful garden came to be and how Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 was the inspiration for this project. It was the highlight of the week for many of our campers!
Our program also featured guest performances and presentations, and an in-house talent show on the final day of camp. We enjoyed daily outdoor time visiting numerous local parks and even the petting zoo.
Thank you to all of our staff and campers for making this year's music camp a huge success!