Week 1: July 9-13

Music Theory* - 9:30am-12pm

Songwriting - 1pm-3:30pm

Week 2: July 16-20

Ensemble Adventure 1 - 9:30am-12pm

A Cappella Singers 1 - 1pm-3:30pm

Week 3: July 23-27

Ensemble Adventure 2 - 9:30am-12pm

A Cappella Singers 2 - 1pm-3:30pm

$230/session (10% discount if registered before June 1)

for ages 10 through 18

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Students may register for as many sessions as desired. Those enrolled in morning and afternoon sessions during the same week are invited to bring a lunch and eat between sessions.

All classes held at
The Hildebrandt School of Creative Musicianship
1031 Kathryn St.
Boalsburg, PA 16827

*The Music Theory session will also require the purchase of a workbook, to be assessed upon registration. This session must also be registered for by July 1, 2018, to allow instructors to purchase materials.

Minimum enrollment- 4
Maximum enrollment- 12

Course Descriptions

Ensemble Adventure

This course provides students the opportunity to build collaborative, performance, social, and creative skills while making music of their choice. Students will be organized in small groups based on musical interests, age, skill level, and instrument. Depending on participants, groups could become rock bands, folk bands, experimental groups, classical chamber groups, or other unique ensembles. With guidance from Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, students will choose repertoire and spend the week arranging, transcribing, analyzing, creating, and practicing in preparation for an informal performance on Friday.

Ensemble Adventure is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists ages 10 to 18. Students may play a variety of new or familiar instruments throughout the week as available.

Students enrolled in both weeks of Ensemble Adventure will have the opportunity to start with a fresh group in Week 2 or continue working with a pre-existing group. Week 1 is not a prerequisite for Week 2.

A Cappella Singers

Vocalists aged 10-18 who are interested in refining their skills in singing close harmony without accompaniment will get their chance this summer! Along with practice in vocal technique, intonation, and part singing, singers will be grouped into ensembles large and small to learn songs in various genres. Interested students will also have the opportunity to build skills in arranging and writing harmony.

Students may register for one or both weeks of A Cappella Singers. Each session (Weeks 1 and 2) will feature different repertoire and offer students a chance to sing in a new group or continue working with a pre-existing group. Each week will culminate in an informal performance of the songs learned.

Music Theory

Students will learn the building blocks of music through writing, listening, analyzing, and performing. Skills and concepts covered may include intervals and chords, rhythm reading and performance, transcription, harmonization, and counterpoint. This course will be taught by Anne-Marie Hildebrandt and Wendy Bachman.

The Music Theory session will also require the purchase of a workbook, to be assessed upon registration. This session must also be registered for by July 1, 2018, to allow instructors to purchase materials.

Songwriting and Arranging

After studying the form, harmony, melody, and instrumentation of songs of their choice, students will then write and perform their own, alone or in collaboration. The Friday class will feature a "songwriter's circle" in which songs written over the week will be shared.

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About the Instructors

Anne-Marie Hildebrandt

Anne-Marie teaches piano, voice, fiddle, and musicianship (theory and aural skills). A versatile performer, songwriter, composer / arranger, choir director, and educator, Anne-Marie has soloed at Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions and has published works with major publishing houses. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Columbia University, and is currently earning a Ph.D. in Music Education from Penn State.

Wendy Bachman

Wendy has thirty five years of piano teaching experience and holds a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey. She also has twenty three years experience as a specialist examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Wendy loves teaching students of all ages, levels and abilities at her large studio in Boalsburg, PA, and believes there is music in everyone!