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Don't Practice...PLAY!
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Cultural & Community Services
Summertime” MEANS playing and having fun. Playing a musical instrument should be fun too – after all, that is the word we use to describe what you are doing!
At The Shedd we expect students to leave their lesson wanting to play their instrument at home. Too often going home and being required to practice implies sheer drudgery. (Our professionals are the ones who need to practice—we’ll be paying to hear their proficiency!)
A student – youngster or adult – isn’t typically gearing up for a major performance, and, if they aren’t thoroughly enjoying making music, something is wrong. It’s a critical moment for an adult student or a parent of a younger one to examine why not. There are many changes that can be made to maintain that enthusiasm that was the reason they wanted to learn in the first place.
Granted, for a mature student, there indeed can be intellectual and emotional satisfaction from deliberate practicing – the reward of accomplishing something that was difficult, or even, as author Stephanie Judy noted simply observing “ourselves in the act of learning.” But these are more self-reflective and sophisticated enjoyable moments than the broader reasons that most people say they like making music.
As a Shedd music student, you will change over time – and as you do we want you to keep the playfulness and joy of making your own music first and foremost in your experience.
Term Announcements
- Summer session 2022 begins Monday, June 20
- Begin private lessons anytime!
- Monday, July 4 (Independence Day) The Shedd is closed.
- Summer SongFest! (4 one-week camps!) (Aug 1 - 27)
- The Music Box (4 options) (Jun 21-Aug 26)
- The RevueThe Gershwins (July 5-22)
- Mariachi Camp (Jul 11-22)
Courses
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The Music Box
Is your child interested in music, but isn’t sure what instrument they want to play? Not sure where to start with their music education? Come to The Music Box! Students get hands-on experience in a variety of instruments, movement styles, songs, and music crafts!
This summer The Shedd is offering 4 sections of Music Box, all limited 15 students, and full-term enrollment: two 55 min sections which meet 2x per week: (Mon/Wed, 4:30-5:25 pm) and (Tue/Thu, 4:30-5:25 pm) and two 1 hr 25 min sections which also meet 2x per week: (Mon/Wed, 3-4:25 pm) and (Tue/Thu, 3-4:25 pm).
Focus on Summer Camps
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Summer SongFest 2022!
Every year, elementary school children enjoy The Shedd Institute’s Summer SongFest, one-week music enrichment camps with kid-friendly themes. This year's themes are:
The Oregon Trail! (August 1-5)
At The Theatre! (August 8-12)
Beyond The Sea! (August 15-19)
All About Animals! (August 22-26)
Each camp introduces children to the world of American sounds through song and instrumental music, dance, visual arts, rhythm games, folktales, and much more! Campers will learn about, listen to, and sing a wide range of American songs related to camp themes ("It's Only A Paper Moon", “Freight Train”, “I'm An Old Cowhand”, "When You Wish Upon A Star", "I've Been Working On The Railroad", "Crocodile Rock", and “A Bicycle Built For Two” to name just a few!). Read more...
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Mariachi Camp 2022
Fernell López Fernell López will lead a 2-week mariachi camp at The Shedd. If you are a teen or adult trumpet, guitar, harp or violin player (and or want to sing in Spanish), join us for the most exciting music camp in town! Read more...
The Revue
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The Revue: Summer 2022
The Shedd Institute's intensive training camp for young adults returnsly 5th. Taught by actors, singers and dancers at the top of their profession, this 3 week camp affords the dedicated thespian a compact, serious course in what it really takes to be a "triple threat". Read more...