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 June and run through July. Check out our full listing below. For more information or help registering, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-806-7062.
Rock Out with Devon and Matt! Experience the fun of writing and recording songs in a group setting. Students brainstorm, edit, and record original tunes, picking up a variety of creative tools and skills along the way. This camp introduces songwriting through story-telling, poetic imagery, rhyme, meter, basic chord/music theory, jingle writing, and simple recording skills. Last year we had music makers from a wide range of genres including bluegrass, rock, and pop — all working together! Students of all skill levels are welcome, though some experience with an instrument or singing is required.
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. In addition to being a musician, Devon 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. In general, Devon’s teaching approach is intuitive and revolves 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 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 and at The Front Porch, while playing shows, and being dad to his very stubborn, stylish, shimmying daughter Harper.
4th 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! 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 designed to be affordable for families— some of the songs will be taught across all of the classes so that they can be played together and enjoyed for years to come. 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!
Music Explorers Camp for Kids
Music Explorers Camp is a great opportunity for kids who are music lovers but haven’t chosen their main instrument! Campers explore musical concepts by experimenting with a variety of instruments, including xylophones and ukuleles. Each day will include a key lesson, and plenty of time for exploration, movement, and play. Children will compose their own music and improvise. We frequently incorporate stories with our songs, inviting the imagination to travel with us on our musical journey. Join us for this sweet opportunity to try new instruments, make new friends, and play together! Special guests are frequent — in the past we have hosted professional musicians who demonstrated cello, violin, bass, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, and banjo!
Debby Norton has taught children in Charlottesville for 25 years. She holds an MEd from Loyola College in Baltimore with a concentration in Montessori education. She has AMI diplomas for 3-6 year olds and 6-12 year olds. She has taught at Mountaintop Montessori for ten years, where she has a class of 6-8 year olds where she has been teaching hula hooping and creative movement in after school programs and camps as well. Debby is currently the instructor of Instrument Exploration at The Front Porch for ages 4-6 and 6-8. She is certified in Orff-Shulwerk music and movement education Levels 1 and 2 as well as in Hoopnotica hoop dance. She is also certified as a 5 Rhythms Sweat Spaceholder and is in training as a teacher for 5 Rhythms dance, a movement meditation practice. Debby has facilitated movement for adults in the area for 6 years, teaches a class for adults in 5 Rhythms at the Front Porch, and loves to explore movement as an expressive medium.
Live Electronic Looping Camp
Looping allows a performer or group to record and layer sounds during performance. We will introduce ideas and overview of looping technology and how looping applies to writing music, improvisation, and expressing ideas. We will learn how to loop instruments and voice, creating improvised music in small groups and individually. This camp will be part songwriting and improvisation, part experimenting with cool technology, and the rest layering loops upon loops upon loops.
Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, songwriter, and composer. His musical journey began as a four-year-old violinist when he developed a life-long appreciation for classical music. He later found his true musical love in playing and composing for cello and voice while studying classical studies in college. Wes currently tours nationally and internationally with his band, combining looping cello technology and voice with synthesizers and electronic beats. His music is featured regularly on NPR and by several modern dance companies.
Music! Yoga! Art! Camp
Kids are naturally creative explorers. At Music! Yoga! Art! Camp we will make space for them to express themselves just as they are, enjoying each moment as it comes. 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 various materials and mediums. The afternoon will include yoga, stories, popsicles, and singing, and we’ll end each day playing outside at McGuffey Park.
Matt Curreri is a Charlottesville-based songwriter, band leader, and teacher. His “catchy rock-and-roll chanteys capture the warm joys and cold sweats” of life. (The New Yorker) A graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a degree in literature, his melodic songs are melancholy or silly, dark or playful, but they always have a significant poetic content. Matt is currently the Program Director for The Front Porch’s Roots and Wings program, which offers free music education opportunities to kids throughout the Charlottesville region. He also teaches math and music at The Charlottesville Waldorf School, and he plays regular local shows, both solo and with his garage rock band, The Exfriends. Last summer Matt led a songwriting camp and a recording camp at The Front Porch followed by a performance of the groups’ original works at Tomtoberfest. Visit www.mattcurreri.com to listen and read more.
Susan Northington is an elementary educator and contemporary artist living in Charlottesville, Virginia. She blends personal expression and her visual surroundings. Her work represents where she has lived or traveled. Susan is a native of south Georgia. The flat horizon line is highly featured in her art as well as the blue ridge mountains that surround her in Virginia. Her paintings are represented through the use of texture and colors and they represent the state of emotion rather than an actual location.
Robin Albertson-Wren has been teaching elementary age children for over 20 years in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is a classroom teacher, author, workshop leader and public speaker. Her passion is teaching mindfulness techniques to executives, educators, parents, adolescents and children. She has presented “Mindfulness in Schools – Educating and Empowering Our Children” to many local, statewide and national audiences. She has received her mindfulness training through Mindful Schools, having completed a year-long certification course with 100 other people across the globe. She is currently teaching full-time and in addition, is a mindful instructor at the Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA.
Monday, July 22, 2019 – Friday, July 26, 2018
9am – 3:30pm
$350, includes all materials
Siblings receive 20% discount
*Aftercare available from 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Ukulele Camp for Kids
Uke Camp invites young musicians and beginner ukulele enthusiasts to have fun making music together
and to make some new friends. We will incorporate creative play, listening activities, body awareness,
movement, instruments, and singing into this two-day camp. Students should bring ukuleles, no experience required.
Molly Murphy’s love of music came at an early age, singing in choirs from age 4, participating in all the school musicals, and making music with her family for as long as she can remember. She attended Stuart Hall School in Staunton VA as a music student in the Visual and Performing Arts program from 1999-2003, and attended James Madison University where she continued to study music.
Her performing career in music began with her first band, The Bourbon Specials, based out of Charlottesville, VA in 2005. A few years later, she and a group of friends formed The Judy Chops, and have been performing regionally, as well as up and down the east coast since 2007. “Molly’s solid musicianship and dedication have been the background for the band’s solid arrangements.” She plays rhythm guitar, sings, writes, and arranges. Molly also performs in a duo ensemble, The Marvelous Murphy Sisters with her sister Sally Murphy, in which their mother (Lorie Lichtenwalner) and younger sister also occasionally join.
August 19th – 20th
1pm – 4pm
*Aftercare available from 4pm – 5:30pm, $40/student