Nutcracker Christmas Camp

Christmas time… holiday fun, parties, baking, celebrating, time with family and friends.  This is also the time that I used to get frustrated at how the practicing during this month would go way down.  Notice I said used to get frustrated?  I no longer get frustrated in December.  For over 10 years now, instead of our usual routine I hold Christmas camp in December.  Christmas camp is a 4-6 hour camp.  Students pick the session that works best for their schedule and then they get a break and enjoy their time getting ready for the holidays.  I always hold a “Practicing over the Holidays” contest to encourage them to play lots and lots of Christmas songs in December.  (I will post about this later)  Students (and teacher) return back in January refreshed and ready for the rest of the year.

My first Christmas camp that I put together was based on the Nutcracker Ballet.  Students learned the story of The Nutcracker, played activities centered around the music of the Nutcracker ballet, learned about Tchaikovsky, learned about different music forms and how to compose a suite.

Even if  you don’t do a separate Christmas camp in December, I would encourage you to at least hold a group lesson in December.  After all music camps are just longer group lessons.

Have a Musical and Merry Christmas this year!

“What a terrific resource this is!” Nancy

Find the Nutcracker Christmas camp here.

Halloween Festival 2010

Halloween Festival last Friday night went well.  Instead of doing the pass along Halloween treat/poem game that I had done the last two years, we did a Halloween sound story.  This was a lot of fun.  Each row had their own “sound” assigned to them (ex. ghosts would making booing sounds, etc…) and then when I came across their word they would do their sound.  Every time a sound was made the treat would pass to the next person.  At the end on the last sound (where everyone screams) the winner of the treat is the one that ends up with it when everyone screams.  It turned out great!

Here are some pictures from our Festival…

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