Community School of the Arts Announces Summer Programs
The NIU Community School of the Arts is now accepting registrations for their summer programs. A visit to their website provides information about the day camps, classes, ensembles, and private lessons that are available for children and adults. The summer session begins the week of June 13 and runs throughout June and July. Most classes and all lessons are taught on the DeKalb campus of Northern Illinois University.
Private lessons in music and art are offered on most musical instruments and in different specialties of visual art. Teachers are NIU students and faculty, as well as community artists. Students and teachers meet every week for six weeks and are taught at times and days that are convenient to both students and teachers.
SUMMER DAY CAMPS
The community school offers a number of day camps for children. These camps offer in-depth hands-on arts experiences and are taught by NIU alumni, faculty, and students. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. All camps end with a final day recital or open house.
Arts Jam (ages 6 – 12) is a multi-arts experience that offers daily activities in art, music, and theatre, as well as arts-related field trips. The theme this summer is Animals and Art. This year’s teachers are Drayton Eggleson (music), Liz Rex (art), and Ariel Begley (theatre) who will plan many fun activities for campers. The camp is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 20 – 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CSA Children’s Opera Camp (ages 7 – 15) provides a complete opera experience at which campers sing, act, and build a set. The opera is Stone Soup, an original short opera for children based on the classic story. Mary Lynn Doherty directs the camp. The camp is scheduled Monday – Thursday, June 13 – 16, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. An audition is required only for those interested in the lead role; this audition is on May 15 beginning at 2 p.m. Call (815) 753-1450 for a timeslot.
String Chamber Music Camp (ages 12 – 19), is an ensemble experience for intermediate and advanced string players. Campers are assigned to two ensembles and learn more about rehearsal techniques, music history and theory. Mathias Tacke, NIU violin professor and professional chamber musician, offers a master class. Director Laurie Rodriguez is a violin teacher and chamber music coach. The camp begins with a sight-reading party on July 6. Camp runs Monday - Thursday, July 11 – 14, 1 – 5 p.m. Placement auditions are required for all and are on May 10 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Call (815) 753-1450 for a timeslot.
Duet Camp (ages 8 – 12) is for young musicians who want to improve their playing and have fun learning and practicing duets and playing rounds in small groups. Violinists, violists, cellists, bass players, flutists, and clarinetists are all invited to this camp. Camp runs Monday - Thursday, July 11 – 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Director Laurie Rodriguez is a violin teacher and chamber music coach. Placement auditions are required for all and are on May 10 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Call (815) 753-1450 for a timeslot.
Karaoke Superstar Day Camp (ages 9 – 12) offers advice and inspiration to young singers who want to learn how to sing popular music while using a microphone and movement. Students receive individual attention. Teacher Jodeen Coulter is a music teacher in the DeKalb public schools and teaches voice and piano lessons for the community school. The camp meets Monday - Thursday, July 25 - 28, 2 – 3:55 p.m.
MUSIC CLASSES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Prelude (ages 1 – 3) and Development (ages 3 – 6) are two classes that offer children and parents an array of many activities that encourage musical literacy and prepare children for private music lessons. Activities include singing, dancing, early exploration of instruments, and rhythm activities. Teacher Laurie Rodriguez is an early education music teacher who also teaches violin and chamber music. Both classes are taught on Thursdays, June 16 – July 28. Prelude is from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Development is from 6:20 – 6:50 p.m.
Musical Tales (ages 3 – 5) is an innovative class combining stories and music. Children hear a different story each week and explore musical elements suggested by the story. The class includes finger plays and action poems. Sara Vogeler is a long-time piano teacher. The class meets Tuesdays, June 14 – July 12, 6:15 – 6:50 p.m.
MUSIC CLASSES AND ENSEMBLES FOR OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Guitar Basics for Children (ages 9 – 12) and Guitar Basics for Teens and Adults (ages 13 – adult) are for beginning students interesting in learning the fundamentals of the guitar. Teacher Quentin Dover is an experienced guitar teacher and studied at NIU with Fareed Haque. The children’s class meets from 6:00 – 6:55 p.m. and the teen/adult class meets from 7:00 – 7:55 p.m. Both classes meet on Wednesdays, June 15 – July 20.
Group Piano for Adults, Sections 1 and 2 (ages 18 – adult) is for those interested in learning to play the piano. Section 1 is for beginning students. Section 2 is for intermediate players and continues the work of Section 1. Topics to be covered include the basics of piano technique; reading music on the grand staff; and the fundamental building blocks of music, such as scales, and intervals and chords. Teacher Susan Breitner-Hurm has been teaching piano to adults and children for many years. Both classes meet on Mondays, June 13 – July 25. Section 1 is 6:15 – 7:10 p.m., Section 2 is 7:15 – 8:10 p.m.
Paper Free Music Theory (ages 12 – adult) builds on listening skills to help students improve their ability to read, memorize, and improvise music. Students are expected to bring an instrument to class. Teacher Eric Schroder teaches traditional and Suzuki guitar lessons, as well as theory classes, for the community school. Class meets on Tuesdays, June 21 – July 26, 7:00 – 7:55 p.m.
CSA Brass Ensemble (ages 13 – 18) is for players of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba who are interested in playing a wide variety of music, include baroque, jazz, and, patriotic music. Players should have at least a year’s experience on their instrument. Director Gene Vandenbosch is a longtime teacher and performer of brass instruments. The ensemble meets on Tuesdays, June 14 – July 26, 7:00 – 7:55 p.m.
Singing: Shaping Your Sound (ages 13 – 20) is a techniques class for singers who want their solos to stand out. Each student works on a solo and learns warm-up exercises, proper breathing techniques, tips on posture and diction, and how to choose appropriate audition music. Teacher JoEllyn Caulfield is a talented singer and teacher who graduated from the NIU School of Music. The class meets Mondays and Thursdays, June 20 – July 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Jazz Improvisation: Playing the Changes (ages 12 - 17), is for players who want to focus on becoming better jazz musicians. Students receive individual attention and gain confidence with solos and improvisation in their school jazz bands. Teacher Donnie Norton is a graduate of NIU’s prestigious jazz program and directs the CSJazz Band during the school year. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 – July 7, 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Jazz Jam for Adults (ages 18 – adult) gives players a chance to perform, improvise, learn more about jazz, and have a great time rehearsing in a group with others. Teacher Donnie Norton is a graduate of NIU’s prestigious jazz program and directs the CSJazz Band during the school year. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 – July 7, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Taking Perfect Pictures (ages 10 - 16) combines critiques, discussions, and group scavenger photo shoots to give students practical advice on how to take great photographs. Students must bring a digital camera to class. Teacher Jeni LoDolce is a recent NIU School of Art graduate who specializes in photography. The class meets Monday through Thursday, June 13 – 17, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Dream Boxes (ages 10 – 16) asks students to dig into their imagination for the weird images that lurk in dreams. Create one-of-a-kind mixed media collaged boxes that include photos, drawings and found objects. Learn more about surrealism and learn how to turn your from a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional collage. Teacher Jeni LoDolce is a recent NIU School of Art graduate who specializes in photography. The class meets Monday through Thursday, June 13 – 17, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Seed Bead Jewelry, Section 1: Earrings; Section 2: Rings (ages 12 – adult) shares the special beading techniques invented by Native Americans. In Section 1, students learn the brick stitch technique to make earrings and in Section 2, students master the peyote stitch to make rings. These would be fun classes for mothers and daughters. Section 1 meets July 11 and 13 and Section 2 meets July 18 and 20. Both classes are from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Teacher Lori Tolliver brings years of experience as a Native American jewelry artist to the classes, which are taught at Bliss Beads Studio in DeKalb.
Beads and Bangles (for ages 8 – 13) combines the fun of papiér mache with jewelry making. Students create and decorate bangle bracelets and beads for a necklace in this innovative class. Jewelry designer Allison Johnson, a graduate of the NIU School of Art, teaches the class. The class meets Mondays and Wednesday, July 11 – 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. The class is taught at Bliss Beads Studio in DeKalb.
For more information about these programs, call the NIU Community School of the Arts at (815) 753-1450. Print flyers are available on request. All information, including a list and biographies of all teachers and the registration form to print and mail, is available at www.csa.niu.edu.