BACDS American Dance and Music Week — June 30–July 5, 2013 BACDS American Dance and Music Week, June 30–July 5, 2013

Music, Music, Music Workshops

Whether you learn by ear or notation, bring your instruments and voice to participate in focused music workshops all day long in both daily classes and special one-time sessions. Or join a like-minded pick-up group and jam! It's wall-to-wall music sessions and workshops throughout the day and evening. Current plans include:

Ensemble with Sam: focus on that quality that really distinguishes a dance music ensemble: rhythm, looking through the lenses of traditional Old-Time and Irish music.

It's more than boom-chuck! Jeff shows you non-traditional piano backup techniques for traditional tunes.

Many roles of the Mandolin in an ensemble with Ashley: Rhythmic chopping, melodic cross picking, clean tune playing, and more!

Anyone can Write a Tune and in this class everyone will! Larry will explain how he comes up with and develops his ideas, but the bulk of the class will consist of making up tunes, mostly as a group. Everyone is welcome to partake, either by playing an instrument or else vocally.

Intro to Improv with Eden: Tired of sticking with the notes on the page? Ready to start exploring your own musical lines? Come learn to leap into the world of improvisation. We will explore different approaches to improvising and write at least one tune.

Channel your inner darkness with Medieval Chant, Sea Shanty, and Folk Songs with Christa.

A Contra Fiddler's Guide To The Galaxy with Ryan: how to give dancers what they need and love. (Hint: your bow has to dance before you can expect the dancers to.)

Sight-reading with Michelle: learn techniques to develop speed and accuracy reading music you have not seen before, and exercises & drills to further develop sight-reading skills after camp.

Slow Jam: For those not ready for the Open Band, the Slow Jam is for you. We'll play well-known tunes at a stately tempo, and will learn some easy tunes you can add to your repertoire.

And of course, Laura and George will conduct the infamous Camper Band workshop!

Keep an eye on this page for more details as the program develops. With such an outstanding musical staff, we'll have lots for everyone.

Hey, 4 for 3
I enjoyed camp and thought the bands were superb. I especially liked campers being able to play with members of the bands regardless of our experience. Dancing with people who are skilled was also a great experience. The standard is so high that improving [camp] would be very difficult.

- Ken Blackwood, Alberta, Canada

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