The Preparatory Department offers a variety of
summer music experiences for children of all ages including Summer
Sings, the annual children’s choir camp, held for one week in early
June. Each year the camp takes on a new theme and includes daily
choral practice, a variety of electives, and a combined finale
Also featured this summer is Music Alive, a one-week exploration of
musical creativity for elementary/middle school-aged children. The
camp offers students the opportunity to craft their own music by
using cutting-edge technology.
Other summer activities include a high school piano camp, guitar
camp, and creative arts & music camp. The following is a list of
2014 summer music camps presented by the Millikin University
Summer Sings: “An Island of Paradise”
June 2-6, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Students entering kindergarten – 12th grade
Singers will learn songs of many islands as well as have the
opportunity to learn musical games such as tinikling from the
Philippines and titi torea, a Maori stick game. The week will
conclude with a free concert on Friday, June 6 at 11 a.m.
June 9-13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Students entering grades 5-9
Bring your musical thoughts and ideas to life with the assistance of
cutting-edge technology. Students will explore musical creativity by
improvising and composing new music, using recording and musical
production software, such as “GarageBand” and “Finale.” The program
will culminate with a presentation of the students’ work.
June 16-20, 9 a.m. – 12 noon (Beginning Guitar), 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Students entering grades 5-12
Group instruction in a fun atmosphere. Must provide your own
acoustic or electric guitar. Camp concludes in a
presentation/performance. The Beginner Class includes introduction
to guitar, tuning, primary chords in several keys, basic strumming
and fingerpicking, basic music reading and music fundamentals, easy
song accompaniments and melodies. The Intermediate Class offers an
overview of guitar basics, scales, more advanced chords including
7th and 9th, more advanced strumming and fingerpicking, and various
styles including blues, rock and jazz.
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High School Piano Camp
Open to intermediate and advanced high school piano students
Join Millikin’s distinguished faculty for a week of learning and fun
as you improve your musicianship and performing skills. This year’s
piano camp will have a special focus on Romantic composers. Days
will be filled with everything piano: from technique, literature and
improvisation to lessons, duets and recitals. Evenings will include
games, bowling, movies and more.
Creative Arts & Music Development Camp
June 2-6, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Each day features a story-telling theme that is explored through
music, art, and literature. The music development class is filled
with singing, movement, classical music, and playing classroom
instruments while the art session develops skills through drawing,
painting, and three-dimensional projects.
Adult Violin Class
June 4 – July 30, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Millikin summer violin class for adult beginners provides a
social atmosphere and a tradition of having fun. Students must
provide their own violin.
Intermediate to Advanced Music Theory
June 23-27, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Students entering grades 7-12, younger students with instructor’s
Students enrolling in this course will have the opportunity to
advance their skills in music theory, including: ear training,
melodic and rhythmic dictation, and basic formal and harmonic
analysis. Using popular music, students will better understand the
formal and harmonic structure of music from centuries ago. Computer
software and games will aid in the development of ear training and
dictation, skills which are vital to every field of music. More
advanced students will also have the opportunity to compose music
using the content discussed. To enroll, students should have a basic
understanding of music notation and terminology, and be able to read
music in at least one clef. Knowledge of piano is beneficial, but
For further information regarding Millikin University’s Preparatory
Department 2014 Summer Music Camp Schedule and camp enrollment fees,
please contact Melinda Shaw, Millikin School of Music coordinator of
outreach and community relations at 217.424.6342, via e-mail at
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