Jazz Drumset

Jazz Drumset lessons

Jazz Drumset lessons are available in the form of one-on-one, private instruction to students ages 9 and up.

Students under the age of 18 may participate in group ensembles as part of Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-fee Conservatory.

 

Summer 2017 Jazz Drumset Course Offerings

  • Intro to Jazz
    • For students grades 7th-10th with a minimum of three years playing experience required.
      • Intro to Jazz is designed for students who have played their instrument for a minimum of three years, but who have very little to no jazz training. Students will learn the basics of improvisation, style, song forms, and other jazz fundamentals through listening and performing. No audition is required for participation in this camp.
  • Private lessons
    • For students ages 12 and up with varying levels of experience

Register for Classes

Registration dates will vary depending on the course you wish to register for. See below to view the registration dates and deadlines for each class. Fall registration will open in August 2017.

  • Intro to Jazz
    • Registration opens: March 20th (returning students), April 3rd (new students) |Deadline June 17th
  • Private lessons
    • Registration opens: March 20 (returning students), April 3rd (new students) | No Deadline

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Upcoming Events

Conservatory: Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center

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Conservatory: Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal

Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm

Location: Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Dress Rehearsal

Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm

Location: Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center

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GRADES: 5th - 9th

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Students will further their individual instrument skills in a more intensive 55 minute group class and will join a more experienced ensemble.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys
  • use of the full dynamic range of the instrument
  • to count complex rhythms
  • to identify common intervals aurally and visually
  • to sight read
  • to recognize music from various genres and periods

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week and includes ONE 60 MINUTE BAND CLASS AND ONE 55 MINUTE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CLASS (30 weeks)

Details
$735
GRADES: 6th-10th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required, or by teacher recommendation

Practice and perform great music with your peers this summer at Merit's Band Camp. Brass, woodwind, and percussion students will build skills together in large ensemble rehearsals and sectionals. Change gears with your choice of engaging elective classes to round out your day. Students will work closely with merit's highly qualified and engaging faculty to prepare for an informal concert presented on the final day of camp.
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Camp meets Monday-Friday from July 24-August 4 (2 weeks), 9:30am-4:30pm
Details
$580

Grades: 4th - 7th

Beginner classes introduce young musicians to their choice of woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments in a small group setting with like instruments. Additionally, students will come together and rehearse as a band.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • to play the instrument with proper posture, hand position, embouchure and articulation
  • to recognize the parts of the musical staff, note names, and time signatures
  • to count simple rhythms
  • to recognize common musical symbols and define basic vocabulary

Classes meet once per week and includes ONE 55 MINUTE BAND CLASS AND ONE 60 MINUTE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CLASS (30 weeks)

Details
$735

GRADES: 1st - 6th

Beginning Piano students learn to define basic vocabulary terms and begin performing a variety of pieces.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • proper posture and hand position
  • to recognize parts of the musical staff
  • to read rhythms and notes in treble and bass clefs

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week for 55 MINUTES (30 weeks)

Details
$630
Grades: 5th-9th

Student have the opportunity to develop their voice as an instrument and deepen their musical studies through Merit's unique Vocal Curriculum. Students will also attend Mixed Chorus which is a mandatory class for all Merit voice students (see Mixed Chorus for more details).
Students will learn:
+ to sing selected intervals and scales
+to identify different time signatures, key signatures, dynamics and musical vocabulary
+to identify the passagio (or break) in their voice
+to produce a good vocal tone at all ranges and dynamic levels
+to sing repertoire in two part harmony
+to sing English, Latin, Spanish, and Italian
Details
$735

Grades 4th-7th

These classes provide the building blocks for beginning guitar players. Each student will require a classical guitar with nylon strings.

Students will learn:

  • to play the guitar using proper posture and strumming technique
  • to recognize the parts of the musical staff, note names and time signatures
  • to count simple rhythms
  • scales, arpeggios and chords in 1st and 2nd positions

Students will showcase their progress to family and friends at an informal concert at the end of the class.

Classes meet twice per week (7 weeks).

Details
$300

Grades: 1st-5th

These classes will introduce young musicians to the piano in one of Merit's state-of-the-art Clavinova labs. The multi-unit curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. Beginning piano students learn to define basic vocabulary terms and begin performing a variety of pieces.

Students will learn:

  • proper posture and hand position
  • recognize the parts of the musical staff, read notes in the treble and bass clefs
  • to recognize common musical symbols and define basic vocabulary
  • basic piano repertoire
Details
$300
AGES: 4 - 7 years
Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2016

This class requires students to register for weekly private lessons in addition to the 45-minute group class.

These classes provide the necessary building blocks for young musicians interested in playing stringed instruments. Classes are large enough for students to play as a group, yet small enough for beginners to receive the individual attention they need. Parent attendance is required. It's a fun, collaborative environment!

Students will learn:
  • the proper way to hold their instrument and bow, while beginning to play their first notes
  • basic ensemble and listening skills
  • to apply their instrumental technique and musical knowledge through Suzuki repertoire and Latin folk music
Requirements:
New Suzuki- Alegre Strings families are required to participate in a training class held during the weeks of September 12th AND September 19th. These training classes will take place from 5:15pm - 6:00pm on the day of their student's class (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday).

Note: Children should not attend the training session, but a fun musical activity will be available to those who have parents attending. Children are not required to attend this activity.
Details
$530
Grades: K-5th

These classes provide the necessary building blocks for young musicians interested in playing stringed instruments. classes are large enough for students to play as a group, yet small enough for beginners to receive the individual attention they need. It's a fun, collaborate environment.

Students will learn:
  • the proper way to hold their instrument and bow, while beginning to play their first notes
  • to read notes and rhythms on the staff
  • to apply their instrumental technique and musical knowledge through basic repertoire

Details
$630
GRADES: 7th-12th
+Open to current Merit students who have been accepted into Merit Philharmonic or Wind Symphony
+New students must have minimum of four years playing experience and schedule an audition before registering for this camp.

Spend a week with other students playing chamber music in small ensembles at Chamber Music Camp. Receive individual coaching from Merit's faculty as you focus on important chamber pieces from the standard repertoire and prepare your performance music. The one-week camp will culminate in an informal concert for family and friends. Current Merit students who have successfully auditioned into the Wind Symphony or Merit Philharmonic may register without an audition. Students who are new to Merit must schedule an audition. Spots for piano students are extremely competitive and limited. Participation in Merit chamber camp is not guaranteed at the time of registration and contingent upon availability for each ensemble.

Classes meet Monday-Friday from July 17-21 (1 week), 10am-3pm
Details
$485
Grades: K-4th

Merit's Children's Choir is grat for students who want to begin using their voice as an instrument. Children's Choir does not require prior singing experience and can be added to any program or purchased as a stand-alone class.

Students will learn:
  • to use proper vocal technique including posture, breathing and vowel shape
  • to sing in solfege (do-re-mi)
  • to count rhythms
  • to sing in unison and harmony
Schedule: Classes meet once per week for 60 minutes (30 weeks)
Details
$175

GRADES: K - 4th
Students must be at least 6 years old as of October 1st, 2017.

Merit's Children's Choir is great for students who want to begin using their voice as an instrument. Children?s Choir does not require prior singing experience and can be added to any program or purchased as a stand-alone class.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:
+ to use proper vocal technique including posture, breathing and vowel shape
+ to sing in solfège (do-re-mi)
+ to count rhythms
+ to sing in unison and harmony

SCHEDULE: Classes meet twice per week (7 weeks)


Details
$170

GRADES: 7th-12th

Merit's Summer Conservatory Choir is open to voice students in the Alice S. Pflaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory and non-Merit students with a minimum of two years choral experience. All Conservatory voice students are encouraged to participate in this one-week intensive summer session. Non-Merit students, especially those interested in the Conservatory Voice Program, are invited to join us for what is sure to be an exciting and fun-filled week.

Conservatory Choir
Under the direction of Aaron Albin, this choir is an auditioned ensemble open to students in the Conservatory who are 8th grade and older. Students will sing a variety of challenging accompanied and a cappella literature.

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GRADES: 6th-12th
+ Minimum of two years playing experience required

Spend a week mindfully deepening your flute skills at Flute Camp. Students will learn how to properly maintain their body alignment and strengthen their fundamental technique. Learn how to make practice fun and engaging as well as further developing the ability to collaborate with others in ensemble playing. This week will culminate with an informal concert for family and friends.
The following areas will be focused on at Flute Camp:
+Body/breath awareness through yoga
+Tips on how to maintain and elevate good flute technique
+Positive, practical approaches to preparing for performances and/or auditions
+Experiencing joy in your daily flute routine
+Masterclass with special guest artist

Camp Meets Monday-Friday from July 10-14 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
Details
$330
GRADES: 7th-12th
+ Minimum of two years playing experience required

Build your guitar skills through work on scales, chords, and arpeggios. You will learn more about the core elements of guitar study including note reading, technique, solo and ensemble playing, as well as have opportunities to explore the sounds of the electric guitar and write your own songs. Guest artists will join the camp to perform and share their expertise. An informal performance will be held on the final day of camp.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from June 26- June 30 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
Details
$330

GRADES: 6th-9th

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

After additional time in the program, students advance to expanded 90-minute classes in order to deepen engagement and further develop technique, musical skills and knowledge.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • to play scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys
  • to play, major, minor, diminished, augmented and seventh chords
  • to count complex rhythms
  • to play guitar repertoire in a variety of styles from different genres of music
  • to improvise melodies over a series of chord changes
  • to identify common intervals aurally and visually

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week for 90 MINUTES (30 weeks)

Details
$855

GRADES: 2nd - 9th

This class requires students to register for weekly private lessons in addition to the 90-minute group class.

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Our faculty challenges students in these classes with more complex piano repertoire and musical concepts. Students learn musicianship and instrumental technique, while building knowledge and discipline on their way to becoming a poised musician. An average of five to six students per class provides a group experience while allowing for individual attention. High intermediate students may be encouraged to audition for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • major and minor key signatures and to incorporate their knowledge through scales and arpeggios
  • complex rhythms
  • the use of pedals

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week for 90 MINUTES (30 weeks)

Details
$855
Grades: 3rd-9th

This class requires students to register for weekly private lessons in addition to the 90-minute group class.

Most students will have completed at least 4 years of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

In these most advanced classes, students will continue learning together through the Suzuki method and prepare to audition for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. Students continue their orchestral training each week, while attending a longer, more intensive instrumental music class designed to enhance instrumental technique, musical knowledge and musical skills. Class sizes remain small and personal while students work closely with our highly qualified and energetic string teachers. Students will showcase their skills in the winter and spring concerts as well as Merit's annual StringTacular Concert in the spring. Parent attendance is required.

Students will learn:
  • scales and arpeggios in major, natrual minor keys
  • effective vibrato and advanced fingerings and positions
  • a more advanced approach to bow technique that incorporates double stops, multiple-note slurs and off-the-string articulations
Classes meet once per week and includes a 90-minute group class and one 60-minute orchestra (30 weeks).
Details
$960
Grades: 3rd-9th

Most students will have completed at least 4 years of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Final preparations for entry into the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory! Students continue their orchestral training each week, while attending a longer, more intensive instrumental music class designed to enhance instrumental technique, musical knowledge and musical skills. Class sizes remain small and personal and students work closely with our highly qualified and energetic string teachers. Students will showcase their skills in Merit's winter and spring concerts.

Students will learn:
  • scales and arpeggios in major, natural minor keys
  • effective vibrato
  • advanced fingerings and positions
  • a more advanced approach to bow technique that incorporates double stops, multiple note slurs and off-the-string articulations

Details
$960
GRADES: 7th-12th
+ Minimum of two years playing experience required

This summer, our focus is on two of the greatest composers for horn - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss. Students should prepare at least one movement of a solo work by either composer or one of these composer's fathers who also wrote well for our instrument. Every day will begin with warm-ups and practice techniques for the whole group. Additional time will be set aside for visits from guest artists. The week concludes with a concert of ensemble pieces prepared throughout the week.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from June 26-30 (1 week), 10 am-2:30pm
Details
$330
Grades: K-8th

This class requires students to register for weekly private lessons in addition to the 55-minute group class.

Most students will have completed at least 1 year of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

In these performance-based classes, students will continue learning together through the Suzuki method in instrumental music classes in preparation for playing in large ensemble. Students will showcase their skills at Merit's annual StringTacular Concert in the spring. Parent Attendance is required.

Students will learn:
  • Intermediate Suzuki-Alegre Strings repertoire
  • to refine their technique and facility on the instrument
  • to become acquainted with reading more difficult rhythms and key signatures
  • continued ensemble skills
Details
$630

GRADES: 5th - 9th

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Students will further their individual instrument skills in a more intensive 55 minute group class and will join a more experienced ensemble.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys
  • use of the full dynamic range of the instrument
  • to count complex rhythms
  • to identify common intervals aurally and visually
  • to sight read
  • to recognize music from various genres and periods

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week and includes ONE 60 MINUTE BAND CLASS AND ONE 55 MINUTE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CLASS (30 weeks)

Details
$735

GRADES: 5th - 9th

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

After roughly one year in the program, faculty challenge students advance to further develop technique, musical skills and knowledge.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • to play scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys
  • to play, major, minor, diminished, augmented and seventh chords
  • to count complex rhythms
  • to play guitar repertoire in a variety of styles from different genres of music
  • to improvise melodies over a series of chord changes
  • to identify common intervals aurally and visually

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week for 55 MINUTES (30 weeks)

Details
$630

Grades 5th-9th

+Available to student via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

After roughly one year in the program, faculty will challenge students to further develop technique, musical skills, and knowledge.

Students will learn to:

  • play scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys
  • play major, minor and seventh chords
  • count complex rhythms
  • play guitar repertoire in a variety of styles from different genres of music
If you are a new student that has taken guitar classes or lessons before, please contact Student Services to schedule a placement audition.
Details
$300

GRADES: 1st - 7th

Prices may vary depending on duration of the class (55-90 minutes). Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Our faculty challenges students in these classes with more complex piano repertoire and musical concepts. Students learn musicianship and instrumental technique, while building knowledge and discipline on their way to becoming a poised musician. An average of five to six students per class provides a group experience while allowing for individual attention.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN:

  • major and minor key signatures and to incorporate their knowledge through scales and arpeggios
  • complex rhythms
  • the use of pedals

SCHEDULE:

Classes meet once per week for 55-90 MINUTES (30 weeks)

Details
$630
Grades: K-9
Most students will have completed at least 1 year of instruction. Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

While Merit does not offer beginner level string classes during the summer session, we encourage interested families to register for classes in the fall. Fall registration will begin in August 2017.

Continuing Suzuki-Alegre
In these performance-based classes, students will continue learning together through the Suzuki method in instrumental music classes in preparation for playing in a large ensemble. Parents attendance is required.

Students will learn:
+ continued Suzuki-Alegre Strings Repertoire
+to refine their technique and facility on the instruments
+to become acquainted with reading more difficult rhythms and key signatures
+continued ensemble skills

Continuing Students
Suzuki-Alegre students are required to enroll in a minimum of 4, half-hour private lessons during the summer session if registered in a Suzuki group class.
Details
$125
Grades: K-8th

This class requires students to register for weekly private lessons in addition to the 55-minute group class.

Most students will have completed at least 2 years of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

In these performance-based classes, students will continue learning together through the Suzuki method in instrumental music classes in preparation for playing in large ensemble. Students will showcase their skills at Merit's annual StringTacular Concert in the spring. Parent Attendance is required.

Students will learn:
  • Advanced Suzuki-Alegre Strings repertoire
  • Advanced technique on the instrument
  • to become acquainted with reading more difficult rhythms and key signatures
  • advanced ensemble skills
Classes meet once per week and includes a 55-minute group class and one 60-minute orchestra (30 weeks).
Details
$735
Grades: 2nd-8th

Most students will have completed at least 1 year of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Students will continue to work on solo repertoire and basic skills while preparing to play in a large ensemble. A spring concert will be held to showcase the students' skills.

Students will learn:
  • basic scales and arpeggios
  • more advanced finger positions
  • to refine their technique and facility on the instrument
  • to become more comfortable reading notes and rhythms


Details
$630
Grades: K-9
Most students will have completed at least 1 year of instruction. Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

While Merit does not offer beginner level string classes during the summer session, we encourage interested families to register for classes in the fall. Fall registration will begin in August 2017.

Continuing Traditional Strings
Students will continue to work on solo repertoire and basic sills while preparing to play in a large ensemble. Classes are large enough for students to play as a group, yet small enough for students to receive the individual attention they need. It's a fun, collaborative environment.

Students will learn:
+basic scales and arpeggios
+more advanced finger positions
+to refine their technique and facility on the instrument
+to become more comfortable reading notes rhythms



Details
$300
Grades: 3rd-8th

Most students will have completed at least 2 years of instruction. This class is available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Most students begin string orchestra in the third year of study, when they come together to play alongside one another while continuing in their instrumental musical classes. The string orchestras will showcase their skills in the winter and spring concerts.

Students will learn:
  • to use all four strings
  • advanced finger positions
  • to count basic rhythms and begin counting rhythms
  • to identify common intervals aurally and visually
  • to identify common key signatures
Details
$735
Grades: 5th-9th

Available to students via teacher recommendation or placement audition.

Students will continue to develop their voice as an instrument and deepen their musical studies through Merit's unique vocal curriculum. Students will also attend Mixed Chorus which is a mandatory class for all Merit voice students (see Mixed Chorus for more details).

Students will learn:
  • to sing repertoire in three and four part harmony
  • to learn to sight-sing
  • to refine aural skills
  • to take part in advanced small and large group repertoire
  • to refine tone and technique
Schedule:
Classes meet once per week and includes one 90 minute group class and one 60 minute large ensemble rehearsal (30 weeks).
Details
$960
GRADES: 7th-10th
+Minimum of three years playing experience required

Intro to Jazz is designed for students who have played their instrument for a minimum of three years, but who have very little to no jazz training. Students will learn the basics of improvisation, style, song forms, and other jazz fundamentals through listening and performing. No audition is required for participation in this camp.

Camp meets for one week July 17-21 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm

Details
$330

Grades 4th-7th

This four day program exposes students to each instrument in the Instrumental Music Band division - flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and percussion. Students will end the session by choosing an instrument for fall study and will have the opportunity to reserve a spot in band classes ahead of fall priority registration.

Classes meet Monday-Thursday from July 17-20, 4:30pm-5:30pm


Details
$50
Grades: 5th-9th

As part of Merit's voice curriculum, more advanced male and female students will participate in Mixed Chorus (see Beginner Voice and intermediate Voice for more details). Students will sing together in harmony and unison as a musical ensemble.

Students will learn:
  • to sing advanced repertoire in three and four part harmony
  • to sing ensemble repertoire in several languages
  • more advanced ensemble skills like group intonation and blending
Details
$350

Ages: 18 months - 3 years

Movers & Shakers puts toddlers' energy to good use with dancing, laughing and bouncing to the beat. Children begin to interact with others their age as they sing and play percussion instruments together. Toddlers will build sensory awareness and gross motor skills through music, and parents will enjoy being involved as their child starts to connect and interact in directed activities.

Classes meet once per week (10 weeks)

Details
$200

Ages: 18 months - 3 years

Movers & Shakers puts toddlers' energy to good use with dancing, laughing and bouncing to the beat. Children begin to interact with others their age as they sing and play percussion instruments together. Toddlers will build sensory awareness and gross motor skills through music, and parents will enjoy being involved as their child starts to connect and interact in directed activities. Students must be at least 18 months old by the 1st day of class to participate.

Classes meet once per week (7 weeks)

Details
$140

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Music Masters I is an imaginative class that introduces children to basic music literacy, using singing and dancing, percussion instruments and a and a broad range of musical activities from American and World traditions. Students will learn the components of music-timbre, rhythm, pitch and beat - through multi-disciplinary teaching that incorporates art, movement and literacy. A focus on matching pitch and other basic singing skills prepares students for long-term success in their musical lives. Both students and parents/caregivers are actively involved in this class.

Classes meet once per week (10 weeks)

Details
$200

Ages 3-5 years

Music Masters I is an imaginative class that introduces children to basic music literacy, using singing, dancing, percussion instruments and a broad range of musical activities from American and World music traditions. Students will learn the components of music-timbre, rhythm, pitch, beat and style through multi-disciplinary teaching that incorporates art, movement and literacy. Both students and parents/caregivers are actively involved in this class. Students must be at least 3 years old by the 1st day of class to participate.

Classes meet once per week (7 weeks)

Details
$140

Ages: 5 - 7 years

Music Masters II gives students a strong musical foundation and a head start in learning music theory and instrument study through singing games, and dances. creating compositions and participating in musical games and dances. Children learn to read musical notes and create short compositions, and play glockenspiel. Students will explore the instrument families and complete weekly homework assignments in preparation for future instrument study. Parents/caregivers will join their child for the last 15 minutes of class. We highly recommend Music Masters II as a prerequisite or co-requisite to our beginning instrumental programs. Students must be at least 5 years old by the first day of the session, September 26, 2016, to participate.

Classes meet once per week (30 weeks)
Details
$530
GRADES: 6th-12th
+Minimum 2 years playing experience required (students may be asked to play a brief informal audition when applying).

This camp explores many facets of the wide world of percussion. Student percussionists will improve their technique with daily warm-ups, develop hand drumming skills in a world percussion class, take center stage in percussion ensemble, and build fundamentals on everything from timpani and marimba to cymbals and tambourine in classical percussion class. The camp will conclude with an informal performance on the last day.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from July 10-14 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
Details
$330
GRADES: 3rd-9th
+Minimum 2 years playing experience required (or by teacher recommendation).
+Current Merit students will receive a piano camp recommendation from their group class or private lesson teacher.
+Students NEW to Merit should contact students services (studentservices@meritmusic.org) to schedule a placement audition

Spend a week with other pianists in Merit's Piano Camp to explore your love of the piano. Students will participate in piano ensembles and piano technique classes, working on scales, chords, harmonization, improvisation and ensemble playing composer, in addition to exploring the history of the piano, chamber music and renowned piano artists. Merit faculty members and guest artists will also perform and share their expertise.

Camp meets Monday-Friday (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
Details
$330
Private lessons are the key component to reaching one's full potential as a musician, especially when combined with Merit School of Music's instrumental Music or Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory programs. Merit School of Music's faculty provides students with one-on-one instruction that is necessary to advance their level of musicianship and allows students to explore their individual talents and interests, develop skills and overcome challenges. Students who take private lessons learn in-depth instrumental technique, practice methods, dedication, commitment and achievement. Feedback is a required part of the process.

Resources and opportunities included in private lesson tuition:
  • one on one instruction with tailored goal setting
  • Access to Merit's highly qualified and dedicated faculty
  • Financial aid for qualifiying families
  • Annual studio recital
  • Merit Young Musician's Competition (March)
  • Two written evaluations per year (February and June)
  • Access to Merit's library and audio/visual recordings
  • Free admission to most Merit concerts at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center
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Ages: 5-7 years

Recorders Rule! Provides an exciting and fun-filled class where your Music Master will have the opportunity to play the recorder, a woodwind instrument over 700 years old, and learn to read and write music.

Details
$265

Ages: 5-7 years

Recorders Rule! Provides an exciting and fun-filled class where your Music Master will have the opportunity to play the recorder, a woodwind instrument over 700 years old, and learn to read and write music.

Classes meet once per week (7 weeks)


Details
$260
GRADES: 7th-12th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required

Whether you are a high school senior getting ready for college auditions, or a middle school student looking to get in shape for school year, you will have fun with and be challenged by our dedicated faculty and your fellow musicians in Saxophone Camp. You will play in saxophone quartets, receive technique and repertoire classes and play in massive saxophone choir featuring rare saxophones such as the sopranino and bass. Saxophone students will also learn about sound production, altissimo playing, jazz style and improvisation. An informal performance will be held on the final day of camp.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from July 10-14 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
Details
$330

Ages newborn - 18 months

Stimulate baby's young mind exploring movement, rhythm, percussion instruments and the cause and effect relationships between instruments and sound production. Join parents and caregivers from the area in fun games and activities that introduce music for the first time.

Classes meet once per week (10 weeks)

Details
$200

Ages: Newborn-18 months

Stimulate baby's young mind exploring movement, rhythm, percussion instruments and the cause and effect relationships between instruments and sound production. Join parents and caregivers from the area in fun games and activities that introduce music for the first time. Active parent/caregiver participation helps adults learn along with babies so that activities can be continued at home.

Classes meet once per week (7 weeks)

Details
$140
GRADES: 5th-12th
+Open to violin, viola, and cello students only
+Current Merit Conservatory students must be recommended by String Department Chairs. All other students must schedule an audition (contact Student Services to schedule an audition)

The Solo String Workshop allows participants the chance to hone their practicing and solo performance skills in an intensive but fun environment. Advanced violinists and cellists will spend the week learning advanced practice strategies, technical pointers, and deepening their understanding of different musical styles, all while mastering the most challenging and exciting solo pieces in the repertoire. Students are required to bring two works to the camp a polished piece that they have learned and memorized, and a working piece that they will spend considerable time developing at the camp.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from August 7-11 (1 week), 9am-2:30pm
Details
$330
GRADES: 4th-9th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required, or by teacher recommendation.

Every day is packed with learning and fun at Merit's String Camp. Build your skills in large ensemble rehearsals and sectionals, and take part in your choice of elective classes to try something new! Students will work closely with Merit's highly qualified and engaging faculty to prepare for an informal day of concerts presented on the final day of camp.
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Camp meets Monday- Friday from July 24-August 4 (2 weeks), 9:30am-4:30pm
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$580

GRADES: 5th-9th

It is important for students to continue playing throughout the summer months in order to maintain progress. For this reason, Merit encourages all of its young band students to consider enrolling in the summer band. This low intensity, once per week session, will be just the thing to help maintain their chops! Students who enroll in Summer Band will also be eligible for a Private Lesson Passport.

Classes meet once per week (7 weeks).

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$85
Tuition-free for current Conservatory students registered for the 2017-2018 year.

GRADES: 6th-12th
+Minimum of four years playing experience required

Summer String Orchestra is open to strings students in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory and non-Merit students with a minimum of four years of playing experience. Conservatory string students should participate in the one-week summer session to get a great start for the 2017-2018 school year. Non-Merit students are encouraged to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to study with Chicago's top string and orchestra faculty!

String Orchestra
Under the direction of Ben Bolter, the String Orchestra is comprised of up to 60 string students who are generally in 6th-12th grades. Repertoire consists of traditional string orchestra literature.

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Tuition-free for current Conservatory students registered for the 2017-2018 year.

GRADES: 7th-12th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required

Current Merit Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band students in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory are encouraged to participate in this 6-week summer session. Final concerts will take place in August, dates and locations to be announced at a later date.

Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is an advanced wind group. It is comprised of up to 80 wind, brass and percussion students who are generally in 8th-10th grades. Programming consists of challenging high-school repertoire.

Wind Symphony
The Wind Symphony is one of Merit's premiere ensembles. The Wind Symphony provides a consummate experience for talented and motivated young musicians, representing some of the finest wind playing in the country. It is comprised of up to 80 wind, brass and percussion students who are generally in 10th-12th grades. Programming consists of new commissions, and modern and traditional repertoire.

Classes meet Tuesday-Thursday evenings from June 27- August 8 (6 weeks), 6-8pm
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GRADES: 7th-12th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required

Now in its 16th year, Merit's Trombone Camp is a great place to meet up with more than 40 other fellow trombonists for a fun-filled week of music. Students participate in trombone quartets, one of two trombone choirs, and are treated to performances and master classes by world class guest artists. The camp will conclude with an informal performance on the last day.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from June 26 - 30 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
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$330
GRADES: 7th-12th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required

Join Merit's Trumpet Camp for a week of ensemble and orchestral section playing. Students will learn trumpet fundamentals technique, as well as participate in master classes by world class guest artists including, Steven Burns who will speak about "Mind, Body & Music: The Art of Practice" and James Moore presenting on "What it means to be a professional trumpet player." The one week camp will conclude with an informal concert for family and friends.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from July 10-14 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
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$330
GRADES: 7th-12th
+Minimum of two years playing experience required

Spend a week with fellow tuba and euphonium musicians to focus on large and small ensemble playing, with an informal concert on the last day of camp. You will learn about orchestral, band, solo and chamber music playing, and special guests will visit throughout the week to perform and work with students.

Classes meet Monday-Friday from June 26 - 30 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
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$330
One of Merit's signature programs, the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory represents the culmination of Merit's music education continuum with the most accomplished of the student musicians; entry is by audition only.

In return for students' hard work and dedication, Merit provides the Conservatory experience on a tuition free basis. Students' skills are showcased in concerts and performances throughout the year. instruction from Chicago's finest music educators is provided through a weekly curriculum that includes large ensembles, instrumental technique classes, music theory classes and a variety of elective classes, as well as live performances. World-class professional artists lead master classes.
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GRADES: 4th-9th
+Beginner to intermediate students. No prior experience required

Join Voice camp this summer and you'll have a great time learning the fundamentals of singing through a mix of classical and popular music. Students will be introduced to proper choral etiquette as well as learning to add movement to songs by some of your favorite current musical artists. This year's electives will include Musical Theater and Glee, along with "Gold & Platinum Stars" (Adele and Ed Sheeran) and "Retro Pop" (Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston).
Camp meets Monday- Friday from August 7-11 (1 week), 10am-2:30pm
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$330