Summer Youth Program

Youth Program - Summer 2017

Stillwater Music offers camps and classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Our summer program includes week-long camps as well as ongoing classes offered in two session. And be sure to check out our community classes - a great way for for older kids & adults to learn & do music together! Middle and high school students: want to take it up a notch this summer? Check out the Stillwater All Stars summer touring band!

Classes are taught by professional, real world, working musicians with years of experience touring, directing bands, recording, performing and writing music. Our teaching philosophy is simple: PLAY MUSIC, HAVE FUN and PERFORM LIVE!

Faculty members direct Stillwater classes as one would with a professional group: expecting professionalism while enjoying the process. We teach and implement musical lessons that carry over into daily life: respect, developing self esteem, working together towards a common goal, and learning to follow directions by listening and interacting appropriately with faculty and fellow students.

NOTE: Occasionally the actual instructor for a class may not be the one that appears in the class listings below, due to class enrollment and instructor teaching loads. Any instructor changes are made by the end of the first week of classes in any given term/semester.

AGE GUIDELINES: Though suggested, Stillwater does not emphasize age grouping within classes; we do emphasize placing students based on musical experience and maturity.  If you would like to discuss placement of your child in our program

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Students who already play an instrument are encouraged to bring their instrument to class. Stillwater instructors arrange songs to fit the students and instrumentation in each class. Instruments provided for in-class rehearsals: marimba, vibraphone, electric piano keyboards, steel drums, acoustic & electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit and percussion. Students are also encouraged and offered opportunities to sing.


WEEK-LONG CAMPS

Beginning Vocal Camp  *** This camp is full. ***
Dates: June 5 - 9
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Suggested age range: 6 - 10/grades 1 - 4 (see age guidelines above)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Bailey Barnes-Fagg

This camp is for younger students who have no experience singing in a vocal group. We will learn about basic vocal technique, solfege, microphone technique, and we will prepare some songs for an in-house performance at the end of the week.

*** This camp is full.***

Introductory Percussion Camps
Camp 1 dates/times: June 12 - 16, 12:30 - 2:30pm
Camp 2 dates/times: August 7 - 11, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Camps 1 & 2 are same camp being offered on different dates for scheduling convenience.
Suggested age range: 6 - 9/grades 1 - 3 (see age guidelines above)
Tuition: $140
Instructor: Steve Dejka


This is an entry level camp for students with little or no experience playing an instrument. We focus on having fun while learning to make music as a group. Students will be introduced to a variety of percussion instruments and rhythms. Many long-term Stillwater students started in this very camp. An in-house performance will take place during the last 30 minutes of the Friday class.


Intermediate Vocal Camp

Dates: June 12 - 16
Times: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Suggested age range: 10 - 14/grades 5 - 8 (see age guidelines above)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Bailey Barnes-Fagg

Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. This camp is for students who have some experience singing in a vocal group. We will learn about basic vocal technique, solfege, microphone technique, and we will prepare some songs for an in-house performance at the end of the week.


Orff Jazz and Blues Camp
Dates: June 19 - 23
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Suggested age range: 6 - 12/grades 1 - 6 (see age guidelines above)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Bailey Barnes-Fagg

This camp will explore the Jazz and Blues styles of American music through the Orff Schulwerk approach. Through singing, dancing, and playing games and instruments we will explore the rhythmic, melodic and historical elements of the roots of American music. We will also spend some time learning about Black American composers of Jazz and Blues music. This camp will culminate in an in-house performance for friends and family at the end of the week.


Sound Engineering Camp
Dates: June 19 - 23
Times: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Suggested age range: 11 - 18/grades 6 - 12 (see age guidelines above); no experience required
Tuition: $140
Instructor: Evan Suiter

During this week-long camp students will explore and practice various aspects involved in amplifying, mixing, and recording instruments and vocals in both live and studio settings. Subjects will include basic physics of sound, professional equipment use/care, Garage Band and Pro Tools, plug ins and effects, MIDI, professional mixing and console use, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to perform and engineer for each other and will produce finished recording samples to take home at the end of the week.


Creative Strings Camp
Dates: June 19 - 23
Times: 12:30 - 3:30pm
Suggested age range: 11 - 18/grades 6 - 12 (see age guidelines above); intermediate/advanced
Tuition: $205
Instructors: Jeroen van Tyn, Rusty Charpentier

String instruments are incredibly versatile and can be used in any kind of band setting. This camp is an opportunity for string players to learn about playing their instrument in a variety of musical styles including pop, bluegrass, folk, blues and more. Improvising, harmonizing, chording, rhythmic playing, basic arranging and technique will be covered in the context of learning a set of tunes. This camp will culminate in an in-house performance on the last day of class.


Ukulele Camp
Camp 1 dates/times: June 19 - 23, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Camp 2 dates/times: August 7 - 11, 1:30 - 3:30pm  **** THIS CAMP IS CLOSED ***
Suggested age range: 8 - 13/grades 3 - 7 (see age guidelines above)
Tuition: $140
Instructor: Bailey Barnes-Fagg

Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who are interested in learning to play the ukulele or improve their ukulele skills. Students will learn how to play fun tunes while focusing on musicianship skills such as chord shapes, strumming patterns, singing and playing simultaneously, and playing in an ensemble. The camp will culminate in an in-house performance for friends and family at the end of the week.

**Students will need to supply their own ukulele; either soprano, or tenor. Please make sure your ukulele makes a quality sound, and is in full working condition before the camp starts. For any questions regarding ukuleles, please email the instructor.


Steel Drum Band Camps
Camp 1 dates: June 26 - 30
Camp 2 dates: July 10 - 14  *** THIS CAMP IS CLOSED. There are still spaces available in Camp 1. ****
Camps 1 & 2 are the same camp being offered on different dates for scheduling convenience.
Times: 1:30 – 3:30pm
Suggested age range: 8 - 13/grades 3 - 7 (see age guidelines above); no experience required 
Tuition: $140
Instructor: Steve Dejka

No experience necessary! Playing steel drums, marimba, vibraphone, keyboards and percussion, students will learn a set of songs to perform in an in-house performance on Friday at the end of our final class. This is a great entry level camp for kids wanting to experience a "band" setting.


TV & Film Recording Camp
Dates: July 17 - 20
Times: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Suggested age range: middle/high school & adultsno experience required 
Tuition: $140
Instructor:
 Evan Suiter


This camp will give students introductory experience in creating sound for film and television video. Using professional audio software, students will work in teams to create all sound needed to complete a short film excerpt (sound effects, music, and dialogue) for a short video.  Students will have a copy of their completed project at the end of the week and we will schedule a screening of the video(s) for friends and family.


Blues Camp with Kirk James
Dates: July 24 - 28
Times: 1:00 - 3:30pm
Suggested age range: 11 - 18/grades 6 - 12 (see age guidelines above); intermediate/advanced
Tuition: $175
Instructor: Kirk James, Steve Dejka

A student favorite, this camp features guest artist and well known bluesman Kirk James. Students will focus on learning how to play and improvise the blues, as well as learning about a variety of blues styles, famous blues artists and the history of the blues. The kids will perform with Kirk James at Stillwater on the evening of the last day of classes, Friday, July 28. Exact time TBA.



Mixed-Ability Dance & Music Workshop with Spark Dance
Dates: August 7 - 11
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Suggested age range: 6 - 18/grades 1 - 12 (no experience required)
Tuition: $205
Instructor: Bailey Barnes-Fagg, Michaela Knox

Stillwater Music is excited to present this unique workshop in collaboration with Spark Dance. "Mixed-Ability" means this is a workshop designed to include ALL children with and without disabilities. Students will play instruments and learn songs and dances together.



ONGOING BAND CLASSES

Stillwater offers ongoing classes for youth year-round. During the summer these classes will hold two sessions; students may sign up for either or both sessions. New students are encouraged to join at any time.

"Summer Sounds" beginning band
Session 2 dates: Tue. & Thu. July 11 – Aug. 10
Times: 4:00 - 5:25pm
Suggested age range: 9 - 13/grades 4 - 7 (see age guidelines above); no experience required
Tuition: session 1 – $135; session 2 – $170
Instructors: Steve Dejka

Appropriate for students who have the social maturity to participate in a more complex band setting. Students in beginning combo classes begin to learn jazz & pop standards. They become familiar with basic music theory (chord/scale structure, basic improvisation) in the context of the songs the group is learning. Students have the opportunity to focus on several instruments if they choose, or to focus on a primary instrument. Students are required to practice at home in preparation for group performances. If you’re not sure if you child is ready for a beginning combo level class, we recommend that you check in with music director Steve Dejka before registering.


"Boom Sonic" - intermediate/advanced band
Session 1 dates: Tue. & Thu. June 6 – 29
Session 2 dates: Tue. & Thu. July 11 – Aug. 10
Times: 5:30 - 6:55pm
Suggested age range: middle/high school age (see age guidelines above); intermediate/advanced
Tuition: session 1 – $135; session 2 – $170
Instructor: Evan Suiter

Appropriate for middle school & high school students. Students will learn a variety of musical styles with an increasing emphasis on improvisation, and will begin to focus on one or two instruments. Students will continue to learn to read music, recognize and spell chords and play scales. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for practicing outside of class.


Stillwater All Stars - summer touring band
Dates: Mon. & Wed. June 6 – Aug. 10 (no classes the week of July 3)
Time: 4:00 - 5:25pm
Experience level: This is an advanced class. New students or returning students who have not previously been in the All Stars should contact Evan Suiter to determine suitability for this class.
Tuition: $395
Instructors: Evan Suiter (director) and other Stillwater faculty

The Stillwater All Stars band is a select group of advanced students playing alongside faculty members. This group tours and gigs during the summer months in the Four Corners Area. This summer the All Stars will have several performances in Durango and Dolores, and will once again perform on the main stage at the Telluride Jazz Festival in August.

The group will rehearse to prepare a 1-hour set of jazz, funk and Latin tunes. In addition to the experience of rehearsing and performing as a professional-level touring band with Stillwater faculty mentors, students in the band will receive a free 3-day weekend pass to the Telluride Jazz Festival, including back-stage passes and the opportunity to see and hear top-caliber jazz musicians play world class music.

For more information, visit the All Stars page.


"Batucada de Durango" - Community Samba Band
Dates: Wednesdays June 6 - August 10 (no class on July 5)
Times: 7:15 - 8:45pm

Recommended age/experience level: adults and youth 12 & up, no experience required
Tuition: $185
Instructor: Clay Lowder

A percussion based ensemble for adults and youth (12 & up) in the Durango community and surrounding areas. This ensemble consists of traditional Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms and percussion instruments including; surdu, caixa, repinique, tamborim, and agogo, among others. This group will schedule performances in the Durango area (TBA). No prior experience is necessary and all instruments are provided.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are available for just about any instrument.

Private lesson rates:
  • $25.00 per half hour
  • $37.50 per 45 minutes
  • $50.00 per hour

Please see our Policies and Procedures for our private lesson policies & guidelines. Group lessons are also available.

For more information, please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director, at (970) 769-0171 or sdejka@stillwatermusic.org.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Partial or full scholarships are available for youth students with financial need. Scholarships may be used for classes and/or private lessons through Stillwater. Stillwater Music uses federal free and reduced lunch income guidelines to determine scholarship eligibility and award levels. In addition, Stillwater offers partial or full scholarships for at-risk youth and for developmentally disabled adults. For more information about scholarships please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director (contact information is below).

Scholarships are awarded per term: Winter/Spring term (January-May), Summer term (June-August) and Fall term (September-December).

Download the Scholarship Application Form.


Deadlines for submitting Scholarship Applications (by term):


  • Winter/Spring term: December 1
  • Summer term: May 1
  • Fall term: August 1

For more information, please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director, at (970) 769-0171 or sdejka@stillwatermusic.org.

Youth scholarships are made possible by Durango Friends of the Arts, First United Methodist Church and the Daniel Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund.