Berkshire Summer Strings Youth Program
July 9 - 13, 2018 9am - 5pm
We'll learn new fiddle tunes from around the world, dance and sing and write songs, form performance bands and busk around the neighborhood. We'll create art, do handwork, play games and build new friendships in the fresh air at French Park.
The Youth Program (ages 8-16) is a day program from 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday. Each day includes singing, community jam, three instructional hours, outdoor recreation and games, artistic and songwriting activities, and opportunities to work with a second instrument, to form a small band, or to collaborate on a project.
The strength of our program lives within our instructors, professional musicians and teachers actively shaping the genres of contra dance, Americana, bluegrass and traditional music. Click here to meet this year's instructors.
Student groups are formed with care to ensure that all participants are challenged and engaged at their level of ability. Registration is required for each child wishing to attend. All applicants must have a minimum of 1 year of instruction on their instrument and/or a teacher's recommendation.
INSTRUCTIONAL and MIXED INSTRUMENT GROUPS: Instructional hours are group lessons with your child's primary instrument choice instructor when new tunes are taught by ear in the traditional fiddle method. These tunes come to life in Mixed Instrument Groups when instructors guide the students through the maze of arrangements, harmonies and beginnings and finishes. Opportunities to do extra singing, try a second instrument or to learn instrumentals for the songwriting group are also provided.
AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: Following the lunch and recreation hour, a choice of activities will be offered including songwriting workshops, artistic projects (drawing, painting, felting), exploring French Park's trail system, and Music Biographies. Students will choose from the courses being offered on any given day.
RECESS AND RECREATION: All recess and recreation times will be adult supervised and older youth will be assigned to assist in arranging teams for games, exemplify good sportsmanship and ensure that every child is included and can enjoy themselves during these free time activities. Limited equipment will be available (balls, jump ropes, badminton racquets, chalk).
Too much day for your younger musician? Contact us about how to work with the schedule to meet the needs of your child.
Our songwriter's workshop in dress rehearsal for the Camper Concert 2015
YOUTH DAY SCHEDULE
- 9am Morning Campfire (parents welcome to attend)
- 10:00 First Instruction Hour
- 11:00 morning snack/recess
- 11:30 Second Instructional Hour
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:00 games/recreation
- 1:30 Afternoon Activity
- 2:30 Third Instructional Hour
- 3:30 afternoon snack/recess
- 4:00 All Camp Jam (parents welcome to join us)
- 5:00 Day Program ends