Serving Southwest Florida Music Students since 1991

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc.


 Beginning Guitar:

Designed for students with no prior guitar experience,

students will receive guidance and direction in solving

problems related to playing the guitar on a beginning

level and will be exposed to many of the different styles,

skills and techniques required to become a successful

guitarist.  Areas of concentration include: correct posture

& hand position, note reading, aural skills, flat picking,

finger picking, rhythmic patterns, chord study, and

ensemble playing.
 
Intermediate Guitar:

Designed for students with at least one year of guitar experience, students will receive guidance and direction in solving problems related to playing the guitar on a intermediate level and will learn many of the different styles, skills and techniques required to become a successful guitarist.  Areas of concentration include: correct posture & hand position, note reading, aural skills, flat picking, finger picking, rhythmic patterns, chord study, musical forms, ensemble playing and performing experiences. A main focus of this class will be solo guitar playing, scales, upper position playing, refinement of technique, strumming patterns and singing.

String Orchestra: 

Students will focus on playing fundamentals and technique through a variety of scales, etudes, and daily warm ups. Additionally students will learn to play in a variety of different styles and genres through orchestral repertoire. This will give students the opportunity to play in the chamber setting – duets, trios, and quartets.

 ​Beginning Piano:

Week 1

​Always wanted to really play piano, something other than chopsticks?

Now is your chance.  We will begin at the beginning, learning notes

in the treble and bass clef centered around the middle C and C positions. 

Each student will learn and master a solo piece by the end of the week

to perform in recital!  We also toss in a great deal of music theory,

piano technique, piano history and ear training to get a complete foundation for further music study.  Daily in class informal recitals happen so students can help calm the performance jitters and learn proper performance etiquette. Learn to play anything you like by learning to read notes and find the clues tucked away in a piano score.  Come expecting fun!

week 2
This camp is designed for students who have already started the piano playing journey, playing music for both hands and in both clefs.  We will continue uncovering the "hidden" clues in the music, not only learning or relearning notes on the staff, but expanding our knowledge of note reading by learning notes off staff, and exploring the world of dynamics and articulation that comes with good piano playing.  We play music theory games similar to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  We have sight reading drills and note naming treasure hunts.  Each student will learn the scales of C, G, D, F and B flat if they do not already know them, and we will study chords and chord progressions.  Daily in class mini recitals help students learn to deal with performance jitters and teach proper performance etiquette.  Music history  and ear training are also added to the curriculum, and the opportunity for ensemble playing will be given to those brave enough to try it.  All students will learn a piece of music to share at the end of the week recital. 

Intermediate Piano:
week 3
For students who have had at least two years of piano study and have solid note reading and rhythm reading including the use of sixteenth notes.  We will delve into keys with more than two sharps or flats and learn as many scales as we can in a week (major, minor, modal, whole tone, chromatic).  We will hone in on the details of making "musical" music that speaks to both performer and audience by use of consistent attention to piano technique, articulation, dynamics, note and rhythmic accuracy.  Learning to listen more carefully to what we play, we can really feel like musical artists. Students will be given a piece to learn and perform at the end of the week recital. Daily in class recitals help them master a firmer confidence in music performance and  professional performance etiquette.  Music theory will include complex meter,  controlled dynamics,  thoughful pedaling and  strong attention to uniform tempo and exactness in rhythm.  In music history,  we will discover how the instrument evolved and how the music changed because of that evolution. Learning more about the lives of major composers of each music historic period will have students shaking their heads at the amazing, amusing and often tragic lives of these great men and women.  Games that challenge students' knowledge of notation,  their ability to sight read, and their ability to play duets or even larger ensemble pieces complete our day. Students work hard and play hard, all in an effort to master the joy of pianistic piano playing.   

Band:

For students with a minimum of one year playing experience. Students will take a brief audition for seating. Please
prepare eight measures from a piece of your choice for the audition. Registration for both weeks is required.












Jazz Band:

For students who have played their jazz instrument for at 

least one year. Only traditional jazz instruments will be
accepted: trumpet, trombone,saxophones, bass guitar,

piano, & drum set. Students will take a brief audition for

seating. Please prepare eight measures from a jazz piece

of your choice for the audition.


A Cappella:

For student vocalists. No prior chorus experience necessary.


Show Choir:

No prior chorus experience necessary. Students should bring a

prepared piece to perform. Registration for both weeks is required.

 Students will have the opportunity to perform with the Musical Theater camp.