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Chamber Music Camp Activites

Student String Quartet performing at the fine arts recital hall.Student performers on viola.

Chamber Music Camp Activities

Campers participate in two elective activities.  Choose from the following:
 
 
High School Camper Activities
 
All-State Etude Preparation
Get a jump on the competition through intensive work on the Texas All-State Orchestra Etudes. You'll be coached on strategies for efficient practice to better master technical challenges and how best to handle competitive auditions.  If you select this activity, you are required to prepare the Optional Advanced audition excerpt.
 
Composing and Arranging
An overview of tonal composition and the application of instrumentation. This elective will integrate modern technology based resources in composition as well as reinforce traditional compositional processes.

Fiddling and Improv
Improvisation is an important skill for all musicians and is the ability to create, or replicate music that is heard or imagined. It is also a huge help in working on one's listening skills and interactive ensemble playing. Fiddling offers the opportunity to explore the folk music tradition of the US and other countries. Fiddle tunes can be learned quickly and can be a exciting change of pace in your musical journey.
 
Music and Technology
Introduction to computer assisted electronic music including the use of music notation programs as well as the use of technology in composition utilizing such programs as Finale, Sibelius, Garageband and Logic. An introduction to sequencing and MIDI conventions is also included in this course.

Music Literature
Listen to and discuss chamber and orchestral works.  Explore the differences of musical style across history.
 
Music Theory
This course will cover a wide range of topics relating to tonal harmony as utilized in traditional Western music beginning with an introduction to music theory for the high school camper.
 
 
Middle School Camper Activites
 
Fiddling and Improv
Improvisation is an important skill for all musicians and is the ability to create, or replicate music that is heard or imagined. It is also a huge help in working on one's listening skills and interactive ensemble playing. Fiddling offers the opportunity to explore the folk music tradition of the US and other countries. Fiddle tunes can be learned quickly and can be a exciting change of pace in your musical journey.
 
Instrumental Techniques
Get to know the ins and outs of your instrument as we introduce vibrato, explore tricks for better tone and tuning, and learn techniques for better rhythm and reading.
 
Music and Technology
Introduction to computer assisted electronic music including the use of music notation programs as well as the use of technology in composition utilizing such programs as Sibelius and Garageband.
 
Music Literature
Listen to and discuss chamber and orchestral works.  Explore the differences of musical style across history.
 
Music Theory and Composition
This course will cover a wide range of topics relating to tonal harmony as utilized in traditional Western music beginning with an introduction to music theory and composition for the middle school camper.
 
Solo Repertoire
Come explore solo pieces written for your instrument.  Listen to and play along with music at your level and beyond.
 
 
For more information, contact Tracy See at tsee@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2854