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The DMMC is excited to announce a collaboration with the Des Moines Parks & Recreation department to host two summer music camps for middle school-age students (ages 11 – 15 yrs.)! Working as a team under the guidance of experienced, local musicians and educators, students will create music in a fun, creative environment. They’ll learn the skills needed to play in a band, write lyrics, record music and perform live! No prior music experience required.
The thoughtful and robust curriculum has been developed by leading music education specialist, Mary Anne Sims, who will also manage each camp. Working along the DMMC and DSM Parks & Rec team, she’s brought together several community partners and musicians to help shape the camp activities. This new summer camp joins other education-focused programs, developed by the DMMC like the Music University conference and our newest addition in 2017 the DMMC Music Fellowship program. The DMMC also provided startup funding in 2013 to the inaugural Girls Rock! camp.
“Opportunities to support music education and programming for young students aligns with our mission to support and sustain a thriving music scene in central Iowa,” said Mike Thibodeau, DMMC Immediate Past Board President. “It’s been fun to work alongside Mary Anne as she’s developed the camp activities and we’re excited to see it all come together for the kids.”
Announcing our 2017 Summer Music Camps!
Each camp runs for two weeks (June 19-22 and 26-29) and will be located at Goodrell Middle School (E 29th St, Des Moines, IA 50317). The morning camp will focus on Hip Hop (9am-12pm) and the afternoon camp will focus on Rock & Roll (12:30-3:30pm). All instructors and students will then perform live after camp ends and will have an opportunity to play 80/35 music festival!
Each camp is open to 24 students, $40 per student/per camp with GRASP scholarships available.
Hip Hop Music Camp – REGISTER HERE!
Ages: 11 – 15 yrs.
When: Mon., June 19 – Thurs., June 22 (9am-12pm) & Mon., June 26 – Thurs., June 29 (9am-12pm)
Activities: The Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have a FUN and educational music experience – join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on LIVE performances at the end of camp! Brief history of hip hop including iconic performances, intro to stage and mic technique, hip hop composition, live/electronic and beat creation, plus collaborate on a live performance.
Rock & Roll Music Camp – REGISTER HERE!
Ages: 11 -15 yrs.
When: Mon., June 19 – Thurs., June 22 (12:30-3:30pm) & Mon., June 26 – Thurs., June 29 (12:30-3:30pm)
Activities: The Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have a FUN and educational music experience – join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on LIVE rock shows. Students will learn a brief history of rock & roll including iconic performances, intro to stage and mic technique, song structure/melody and songwriting, plus collaborate on a live performance.
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