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    2016 LA Summer Camps


    Have no fear! Summer is here!

    Looking for ideas of what to do with the kids over the summer?

    Here are a few local music camps that offer great fun learning experiences for the little ones:

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    *Songwriting instruction* Improve your singing and learn about voice types* Learn from professional musicians* Collaborate with other musicians and singers* Perform live for the entire camp at the Rockstar

    Showcase* Record in a state-of-the-art studio* Take home a CD of    your own music



              Santa Monica Music Camp

           Focus: At Santa Monica Music Camp we integrate three hours of playing and one hour composition per day. Children spend their mornings learning with summer camp-style fun, including outdoor play, sports, movie time and snacks. Expect great improvement and a concert every Friday afternoon



    Grammy Camp

    Focus: You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.



    A Cappella Academy
    Focus: Contemporary a cappella music, ages 13-18 by audition only. Co-founders include a member and arrangers for Pentatonix and The Sing-Off.





    LACM Summer Experience

    Focus: Participants Get Hands-On Access from Top Industry Leaders and Talent Associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy®’s, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With the Stars and More…







    Rock N Roll Camp For Girls

    Focus: The mission of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is to empower girls through music education.








    Broadway Kids LA

    Focus: Ages 6-13 Experienced Musical Theatre Directors provide a nurturing and interactive environment to encourage children, who have a passion for the Performing Arts, to grow in discipline and ability through exposure to the creative process.



    FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
    Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp; no piano.

    Idyllwild Arts Jazz Vocal Intensive
    Focus: Jazz Vocal.

    Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
    Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, jazz workshop, piano, orchestra, harp workshop, vocal jazz intensive, songwriting, song and dance.

    Jazz Camp West 2016
    Focus: Jazz/vocal intensive; piano intensive/advanced instrumental track.

    San Francisco Conservatory
    Focus: Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes (voice students); Composition Workshop (chamber music).

    Stanford Jazz Workshop
    Focus: Jazz, jazz combos, improvisation, all instruments, vocals.

    Stanford Summer Arts Institute
    Focus: Music theory, Music perceptions.

    University of the Pacific Music Camp
    Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; senior band, orchestra, choir camp; senior piano camp.

    University of Southern California
    Focus: Guitar Seminar, Brass Seminar, Vocal Arts and College Audition Seminar,  electronic dance music, musical theatre, brass.


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    Which Instrument Is Right For My Child?

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    If you are considering signing your child up for music lessons this article featured on PBS.org is worth the read. “Dr. Robert A. Cutietta is the Dean of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is the author of “Raising Musical Kids” and a popular speaker whose areas of expertise include the middle-school learner, choral education, learning theories, and the psychology of music. Additionally, he is a highly regarded musician and educator with extensive knowledge about the full range of musical talent nationally as well as internationally.”




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    Why Musicians Make Great Entrepreneurs

    We already know about the exciting neural activity that happens when we play music and how it creates lasting effects that benefit children in school, even older students who aspire to be doctors. Now, a music major turned entrepreneur says his degree helped him succeed in the business world.

    Panos Panay who created an online gig-booking site named SonicBirds and is now founding managing director of Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship penned an article for Fast Company about how he tried to hide behind his creative background when he began his career in the tech startup scene. Over time, he realized that learning and studying music provided him a competitive advantage and that business schools could learn a few things from music majors.


    Learn to listen: Panay writes that music majors are constantly listening to others and adapting their performance based on group dynamics, which is a skill that could be beneficial to entrepreneurs who have to change their business strategies based on new inventions and market demands.


    Mix it up: Panay writes that music students study diverse genres of music that inevitably create a cross-genre pollination. He adds: “Entrepreneurial education needs much more cross-departmental, or even cross-university, collaborations where engineers, designers, business students, and creatives come together to imagine and cocreate.”


    Get on the road: Music students are always interacting with their customers through live performances. Given this fact, musicians can go beyond the books and apply a real-world analysis of what works and what does not. Business students could greatly benefit from this type of engagement, Panos writes.


    Encourage originality: Music students are taught to express themselves creatively and in their own unique voice, which is very similar to the saying “think outside the box” that business students are taught.

    What do you think? Has your music education benefited your non-music career?

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    Playing in a Virtual Band

    What if you played in a band but never once shook the hand of your drummer or only saw the pixelated version of your lead singer’s face? What if the only thing that kept your band together was the power of technology?

    We were intrigued by the notion of a virtual band after we read a proposal by musicians Harley Cross and Lauren Turk of The New History. They’re vying for a $100,000 prize from the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 campaign and proposed a tech-centered way of educating kids about music. With their Play With Music Platform, school children would receive music education as well as basic training in audio engineering and sound design and apply their new skills by playing in a virtual band.

    “Imagine kids in South LA creating ‘virtual bands’ with kids from Beverly Hills, interacting together to build something they love, with musicians they mutually admire,” the proposal states.

    We’re passionate about exposing children to the power and beauty of music and glad there are people like Cross and Turk to lead the way.

    We were also intrigued about the viability of a virtual band. We know this isn’t a new idea. Rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre performed songs with deceased rapper Tupac at Coachella a few years ago and that is certainly a type of virtual musical performance. Also, several bands rehearse in different locations thanks to providers like JamLink. However, has any band existed solely in cyberspace? Would you want to be in a virtual band? Recently, we wrote a blog post about how human-generated music is preferred over machine-powered beats because of mistakes in reading the music.  Indeed, it’s the minor mistakes that make music captivating. We think this will continue to be an issue as technology advances and we’re excited to see how it evolves!

    Learn more about the LA2050 campaign and, while you’re there, vote for your favorite proposal.

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