American Folk Music Summer Day Camp (Ages 5 to 9)
Register a friend or a sibling and both take 15% off. Use code: Uke Friends
A comfortable and fun way to expose your child to music at our Summer Music Day Camp right here at Harmony Music House in Boulder, Colorado.
Hey kids! Are you interested in playing music? This 4 day camp will introduce you to playing Ukulele and singing at the same time. You will learn to play some classic kid's song that you already know the words to, and some new songs too. You will also get to play hand drums and in a group with other kids. In the middle of the day we can take a break from music and walk to the park that is right up the street and play at the playground. When we get back to the house we can play some more music and finish the day with some fun games.
Info for Parents:
The primary focus of the camp is to get your child playing ukulele, hand-drums, and singing. There will be direct instruction in all three areas which will all relate to American Folk Music. In between these lessons, the day will be filled with games and activities that are music related and incorporate basic music theory.
Ukulele: The children will learn basic chords and strumming patterns. These techniques will be applied and used while singing songs. We have developed a Ukulele method for children that requires no prior musical experience. We tune the Ukuleles to an open C tuning, which makes it much easier to make chords with the left hand. Regular Ukulele tuning requires much more complex hand shapes. We have found that our method allows children to begin playing on the first day.
Singing: The children will be introduced to a variety of singing songs. Formal voice training will not be a part of this program. We will just allow singing to be free and FUN.
Each day we will meet at Harmony Music House for morning circle. We will have a chance to spend time together and share what we are doing for the day. We will decide, weather pending, if we will walk over to North Boulder Park and continue our day under the trees and the playground, or stay in the cool air-conditioning at the house.
Deluxe Camp: (Private daily piano lessons)
In addition to day camp we are offering a daily private piano lesson, which can be scheduled before or after our regular camp hours. We are offering these lessons at a discounted rate of $30 per 30 minute lesson. This option will give your child a more in depth opportunity to study music with their own private teacher. The lessons will take place on all four days, giving them the opportunity to explore another instrument privately. Since these are daily lessons, it is not necessary to have your own piano at home to practice on. The cost for piano lessons will $120 in addition to the regular camp rate. You can sign up for this option below under Deluxe Camp. There are only two spots available per session. One before and one after camp.
Ukulele Camp Session Schedule
Besides an awesome camp experience, we will provide:
- Musical instruments- Ukuleles
- Water cooler and refrigerator
Please pack the following:
- Packed lunch (please let us know about any allergies or dietary restrictions)
- Sunscreen, please put sunscreen on your child before drop-off (sunscreen waiver with registration )
- Water bottle
About the instructor: Monica LaBonte
I have felt so many times that music is a friend that has never and will never abandon me. Once you have music, it's always with you.
I am from Colorado Springs, born and raised in a deeply musical family. My mother (who sings like an angel and plays guitar and piano) put a guitar in my hands when I could first hold one and has been singing to me since I was in the womb. I think my musical spark comes from those early moments and the early exposure to music that my mom and family gave me. Since that time I have had a colorful history with music: years of competitive choral singing; playing and recording with a pop Christian band; running music programs through an Easter Seals camp for kids and adults with an array of physical and mental disabilities and abilities; and, most recently, playing stages big and small around Colorado with my own original projects. Today, you can find me tucked away singing solo at a coffee shop or local open mic, singing and strumming in one of the many awesome pickin' circles in and around Boulder, or writing, playing, recording and performing with the awesome Monocle Band!
Monica is the music teacher at Jarrow Montessori, and also teaches Guitar, Ukulele, and Voice at Harmony Music House