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 June and run through July.  Check out our full listing below.  For more information or help registering, contact us at info@frontporchcville.org or call 434-806-7062.

Rock Out! 

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.

Our instructors:
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.  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 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 and at The Front Porch, while playing shows, and being dad to his very stubborn, stylish, shimmying daughter Harper.

 

Monday, June 10, 2019 –  Friday, June 14th, 2019 (Week One: Songwriting)
Kids Ages 10-18 (students will be divided by age 10-13, 14+)
9am – 12pm
20% sibling discount (email us for a discount code to use at checkout)
$175
 
Monday, June 17, 2019 – Friday, June 21, 2019 (Week Two: Recording and Performing)
Kids Ages 10-18 (students will be divided by age 10-13, 14+)
9am – 12pm
20% sibling discount (email us for a discount code to use at checkout)
$175
*Students are able to attend one week or both weeks of camp

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!

Our instructors:
Pete Vigour – Pete is a familiar face at jam sessions, concerts, and music classes around central Virginia. Pete teaches music full-time at the Front Porch as well as at Stacey’s music shop. He also 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.
 
Adam Hurt (Guest Instructor) – Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and fiddle workshops at many venues around the country and abroad, and been featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter. Since moving south in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at Clifftop, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships. 
 
Beth Hartness (Guest Instructor) – Raised on a tobacco farm in Caswell County, North Carolina, Beth Williams Hartness taught herself to play the guitar at age twelve to accompany her singing. She eventually developed her own unique finger-picking style. Beth was a founding member of the Charlotte, NC Folk Music Society. She has been a member of numerous prize-winning bands at Clifftop and other fiddlers’ conventions. Her playing is featured on various recordings of old-time music, including The Young Fogies II. For the last decade, Beth has been performing with Adam Hurt throughout the United States as well as in Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

July 15, 2019 – July 19th, 2019
Kids – Adults
9am – 3pm
$350
20% Sibling/Family Discount (email us for a coupon code to use at checkout)
 
*This camp will be held at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, directions emailed once registered
 

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!

Instructor Bio

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. 

 

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Friday July 12, 2019
Kids Ages 4-6yrs
9am – 11:30am
20% Sibling Discount (email us for a discount coupon to use at checkout)
$175
 
*This camp will be held at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, directions will be emailed once registered

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.

 
7/8/2019 – 7/12/2019
Ages: Middle – High School
Instrument: Any and all
Experience: Some musical experience required
9am – 12pm
$175

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.

Our instructors:

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
Ages 8-12
9am – 3:30pm
$350, includes all materials
Siblings receive 20% discount 
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*Aftercare available from 3:30pm – 5:30pm
$100/week

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.

She has performed  and/or recorded with several musicians including Michael Glabicky of Rusted Root, Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G-strings, Acme Swing Mfg. Co, Pete Stallings,  Lost Indian, Sally Rose Band, Sarah Lynna and the Misfit Toys, Brian Patrick Band, Ludwell Joseph, and Den Fruman. She loves to share in making music as a jam host in Staunton, as well as in old time/ neo-trad gatherings such as at the Appalachian String Band Festival, and will be attending the Swannanoa Gathering as a camp counselor for the children’s camp for the first time this year.

August 19th – 20th
1pm – 4pm
Ages 6-8yrs
$75
*Aftercare available from 4pm – 5:30pm, $40/student

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