Summer Camps

This summer we’ll be offering a variety of fun and interactive camps in music and arts for all ages and skill levels!  Summer camps begin in July and run through August.  Check out our full listing below.  For more information or help registering, contact us at info@frontporchcville.org or call 434-806-7062.

 

Mindful Musicians Camp

Kids are naturally creative explorers. At Mindful Musicians, we will make space for them to express themselves just as they are, enjoying each moment as it comes. Our camp activities combine art, music, and yoga into a day that feels inspiring, grounding, and fun. Kids will spend their mornings in art and music classes. Music will be a fun way for kids to play, sing and move to popular songs from the Rock, Jazz and Folk genres. Campers will get familiar with the different styles through listening and jamming on fiddle or ukulele (no previous experience necessary!). Art will be a time for hands-on expression with paint, paper, clay, and more. The afternoon will include yoga, stories, popsicles, and singing, and we’ll end each day playing outside at McGuffey Park.

Anna Hennessy

Anna Hennessy, M. M. is a violinist and teacher who has performed with numerous folk, rock and classical acts. Her genre-hopping habits have landed her onstage in such diverse places as the Kennedy Center, the Red Wing Roots Festival (with The Judy Chops), as a guest soloist with Kansas and opening for a number of country music legends with local favorite Jim Waive.  Anna has been a violin teacher for 17 years, spending three years as a high school orchestra director in Fairfax County. She is delighted to come back to her roots in Charlottesville, where she continues to grow as a private instructor and musician.

Emily Morrison

Emily Morrison is a lifelong educator. Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s worn lots of hats since moving to Charlottesville to teach high school English in 2000, including founding and operating a summer yoga camp for children, directing a performing arts program at a pre-K – 8th grade Montessori school, serving as director of admissions at Tandem Friends School, and founding the Front Porch in 2015. Emily’s passion is in helping others express their innate creativity. Emily holds a B.A. in English and a Masters in Education from The College of William and Mary.

Monday, July 3, 2017 – Friday, July 7, 2017
Ages 8-12
9am – 3pm
$325, includes all materials
Siblings receive 20% discount

Songwriting Camp for Kids

Come experience the creative fun of writing songs in a group setting!  Students will brainstorm, write, edit, and finish songs together.  We’ll study and jam on other folks’ songs, too.  This class covers the concepts of story-telling, poetic imagery, rhyme, meter, and basic chord/music theory.  We’ll also consider songwriting as a method to process emotions and life experiences.  A continuation class is offered July 24-28 for playing and recording our songs!

Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia.  Since 2007, Sproule’s recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England.  She tours regularly in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and teaches songwriting and guitar lessons when not on tour.  Past releases have garnered praise from Village Voice, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Observer, Guardian, and have featured collaborations with (among others) fellow Virginians Mary Chapin Carpenter and the late Jesse Winchester.  The 34-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a bird enthusiast, doula, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language.  She has been married to producer / videographer Paul Curreri for 11 years. As a teacher, Devon’s specialty is one-on-one “musical mentoring” for younger students, usually aged around 10-30.  These lessons often take the form of informal conversation about a student’s current joys and pains in school, work, family, and relationships, and then an informal co-writing session that helps the student gather these thoughts into song.  Guitar work usually goes hand-in-hand with these creative sessions. Lessons with older students are similar but are often directed by the student’s own goals.  These adult lessons work to find a way to inspire and motivate the student to practice, progress, and have fun within the limits a busy schedule. Student’s looking for more traditional guitar lessons will learn new picking and strumming techniques through study of other songwriters’ material. Devon also offers guidance in performance and music business. In general, Devon’s approach is intuitive and revolving around ear and feel, though there can be some simple music theory incorporated as well.  In addition to personal reflecting and storytelling, her songwriting lessons also include practical tools and tricks that she has developed over the years.

Matt Curreri
Matt is a Richmond, VA-native but spent a decade out in California teaching math and starting the rock band program at The Winston School in Del Mar.  He is the longtime frontguy of Matt Curreri & The Exfriends, who have made five records and toured in America & Europe.  Matt has taught, played, or arranged for guitar, bass, voice, horns, drums, and keys.  Since moving back to Virginia, he’s been teaching at the Charlottesville Waldorf School, playing shows, and being dad to his very stubborn, stylish, shimmying daughter Harper.

 

Monday, July 10, 2017 – Friday, July 14, 2017
Kids Ages 10-18 (students will be divided by age 10-13, 14+)
9am – 12:30pm
$200 Individual or $200 for first sibling $100 for all others
Individual Rate: Register Here
Sibling Rate: Register Here

Rock and Recording

The Front Porch’s take on a school-of-rock-style music class.  We’ll jam songs, brainstorm and write parts, and have a hands-on recording experience.  The environment will be fun but focused.  Some experience (and enthusiasm!) with an instrument or singing required.  This class is offered as a continuation class to our July 10-14 songwriting class, but enrollment in both is not required.

Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia.  Since 2007, Sproule’s recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England.  She tours regularly in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and teaches songwriting and guitar lessons when not on tour.  Past releases have garnered praise from Village Voice, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Observer, Guardian, and have featured collaborations with (among others) fellow Virginians Mary Chapin Carpenter and the late Jesse Winchester.  The 34-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a bird enthusiast, doula, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language.  She has been married to producer / videographer Paul Curreri for 11 years. As a teacher, Devon’s specialty is one-on-one “musical mentoring” for younger students, usually aged around 10-30.  These lessons often take the form of informal conversation about a student’s current joys and pains in school, work, family, and relationships, and then an informal co-writing session that helps the student gather these thoughts into song.  Guitar work usually goes hand-in-hand with these creative sessions. Lessons with older students are similar but are often directed by the student’s own goals.  These adult lessons work to find a way to inspire and motivate the student to practice, progress, and have fun within the limits a busy schedule. Student’s looking for more traditional guitar lessons will learn new picking and strumming techniques through study of other songwriters’ material. Devon also offers guidance in performance and music business. In general, Devon’s approach is intuitive and revolving around ear and feel, though there can be some simple music theory incorporated as well.  In addition to personal reflecting and storytelling, her songwriting lessons also include practical tools and tricks that she has developed over the years.

Matt Curreri
Matt is a Richmond, VA-native but spent a decade out in California teaching math and starting the rock band program at The Winston School in Del Mar.  He is the longtime frontguy of Matt Curreri & The Exfriends, who have made five records and toured in America & Europe.  Matt has taught, played, or arranged for guitar, bass, voice, horns, drums, and keys.  Since moving back to Virginia, he’s been teaching at the Charlottesville Waldorf School, playing shows, and being dad to his very stubborn, stylish, shimmying daughter Harper.

 

Monday, July 24, 2017 – Friday, July 28, 2017
Kids Ages 10-18 (students will be divided by age 10-13, 14+)
9am – 12:30pm
$200 Individual or $200 for first family member $100 for all other siblings
Individual Rate: Register Here
Sibling Rate: Register Here

Front Porch Bluegrass Camp

Aspiring pickers and bluegrass enthusiasts are invited to gather for the first ever Front Porch Bluegrass Camp, August 8th – 11th, located at the Front Porch in Charlottesville, VA.

Group classes for kids ages 7-12 will be held from 1pm – 4pm.  Adults and teens will have their own classes in the afternoon from 5pm – 7pm.

Students will participate in classes in the bluegrass instrument of their choice, with options ranging from fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass. Students will start out in groups by instrument to learn new tunes and will then come together to try out their new skills in a band setting.  Camp participants should have some familiarity with their instruments and be comfortable holding their instrument, playing a few basic tunes, and strumming basic chords.

The Front Porch Bluegrass Camp will be led by Front Porch teachers Jack Dunlap and Malia Furtado, joined by special guests Buddy Dunlap, Cody Brown, and Dean Phillips, to provide instruction in the full bluegrass line-up (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and bass).

Our Teachers:

Malia Furtado

Malia is one of a large family of musicians from the Northern Shenandoah Valley where she has happily been scratching out tunes on the fiddle since she was 3 years old. Over the years, Malia has performed with a number of different groups, taken home a range of prizes, and graced the stage of numerous venues up and down the East Coast (and a little beyond), including the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall stage, America’s Cup of Polo, the Basilica of St Therese (France), the Carter Family Fold, and many more.  Malia has been teaching fiddle & violin since 2006. Some of her teaching ventures include appearances on two Murphy Method instructional DVDs and leading fiddle workshops at various festivals. She currently teaches fiddle at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyer’s Cave and group and private classes at the Front Porch.

Jack Dunlap

An ambassador of the music, Jack has made a bee-line for success. Quickly falling in love with the mandolin at the age of 12, he went on to master bluegrass guitar and bass as well, and can be found consistently performing with national and local groups. Always forging ahead, Jack blazes his trail with the aid of the influences from Sam Bush, Adam Steffy, Danny Knicely, Frank Solivan, and other bluegrass greats. Jack lives in Lorton, VA with his fiancee, Wendy.

Buddy Dunlap

Dynamite rythym, sparkling flatpicking, and vocals that are right on the money every time set Buddy Dunlap apart as one of the finest up-and- coming bluegrass musicians today. Topping that off with creative, heartfelt songwriting and his natural talent for entertaining completes the package. No stranger to the stage, Buddy has been performing professionally since he was a kid. He has won mutiple awards for his fine musicianship, including the Fairbuilt guitar he now plays on stage.  Buddy lives in Wardensville, WV with his wife, Liza, and kids, Ben, Will and Sam.

Cody Brown

Cody Brown is a truly unique asset to the bluegrass world. His influences stem from all over the map, from just about every genre you can think of, and are meticulously implemented in the bluegrass context using the Three T’s of Tone, Timing and Taste. Be prepared for something you haven’t heard before when you first listen to this bass playing. Cody lives in Madison, VA, with his wife Anna.

Dean Phillips

Dean started his love for bluegrass at the age of 15. He grew up listening to his father play banjo in local configurations during his childhood. Dean decided to play the banjo when he was star struck watching his biggest mentor, Mike Munford (banjo player for Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen) play at the age of 18. Since then he has studied with great banjo players such as Mike Munford, Tom Neal, Mark Delaney, Scott Walker, Harold Tipton and his father Greg Phillips to create his own niche within the Baltimore and Southern York County bluegrass scene. Now Dean is finding his own path to diversify his musicianship within the band Thistle Rue.

 

Tuesday, August 8th through Friday, August 11th
Ages 7-12
1pm – 4pm
Teens/Adults
5pm – 7pm
$200 Individual / Family Rate: $200 for first family member, all others $100
Individual Kids Rate: Register Here
Individual Teens/Adults Rate: Register Here
Family Rate: Register Here

2nd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

Lovers of old-time string band music, fiddle tunes, songs, square dances, and jam sessions are invited to gather for Front Porch String Band Camp, July 17-21, 2017, located at the Front Porch, Charlottesville, Virginia! First family member, $200 and each additional family member, $100. We encourage families to attend!

The 2nd annual Front Porch String Band Camp  will be held July 17-21, 2017, 9AM- 12:00PM, located at the Front Porch, Charlottesville, Virginia.  The camp is open to musicians of all ages who would like to gain experience playing in a string band.  Students should be already familiar with their instrument and able to play some simple tunes or chords.  Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and string bass will be featured, and players of autoharp and mountain dulcimer are also welcome.  Tunes and songs in a variety of styles will be offered.  Adults will have their own classes, with skilled instructors and exciting music to learn; younger students will be divided depending on age and skill level and will learn music which is challenging and consistent with their abilities.  Our camp is affordable for families— some of the songs will be taught across all of the classes so that they can be played together and enjoyed by the whole family.  Students will be formed into several string bands to obtain a good mix of age and instrumentation; on Friday, each band will have an opportunity to perform a tune or two for the rest of the campers and our guests in a short concert, followed by a traditional square dance.

Our teachers:

Pete Vigour:  Pete is a familiar face at jam sessions, concerts, and music classes around central Virginia.  Pete teaches music full-time at Stacy’s Music Shop and the Front Porch, plus classes at several local schools, and performs with Uncle Henry’s Favorites and Zuzu’s Hot 5.  He has organized music camps for many years, and has taught at Augusta Heritage, Blue Ridge Old-Time Week, and Pinewoods.  VigourMusic.com

Ellen Vigour: plays mandolin with Uncle Henry’s Favorites and is well-known as a square dance caller, able to engage students of all ages in music and dance.  She has played old-time fiddle since her teenage years.  Ellen is happy to be focused full-time on her music, having recently retired from her public school teaching career!  She will focus her teaching this week on the younger campers.

Tom Marshall: Tom teaches social studies and is Dean of Students at the Field School in Crozet.  He has been been a performing guitar and banjo player for as long as he can remember and loves nothing more than digging up old tunes and sharing them with like-minded stewards of homegrown music.  Tom is an engaging personality with a knack for working and playing with young people.

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
Kids – Adults
9am – 12pm
$200 Individual or $200 for the first family member and $100 for each additional family member
Individual/First Family Member Rate: Register Here
Additional Family Member Rate: Register Here