All summer long Grosse Pointe Music Academy will have a tent set up at the Village Associations Music on the Plaza events and also the West Park Farmers Market in Grosse Pointe Park. During each event we will have games, prizes, and other chances to win. Stop by to get information on our programs or just to hang out and say hi!
Music Camps are popular during the summer months because it gives students a chance to immerse themselves in a musician’s lifestyle of practicing and learning new things. Grosse Pointe Music Academy is offering 2 weeklong camps designed to give budding musicians the space to learn, practice, and be creative in music. With extended class times students can make very big strides in their practice habits and abilities.
At the Grosse Pointe Music Academy Summer Music Camps students will learn more about their principle instrument by practicing and playing with others. Students will also learn more about the following musical subjects:
Music Theory isn’t really a theory. It is essentially a system of what to call things in music. Notes, chords, scales, rhythm patterns, and other things in music all have names and functions. Learning music theory is great for musicians who want to write music or communicate musically with others.
Writing music your own music is something that is within reach for anyone taking up music. The fundamentals of songwriting are a great tool for players of all instruments and vocalists.
Yes we are talking about practice. Anyone who is serious about anything will stare this word in the face and not try to run from it. The inevitable practice is what makes makes our rough edges smooth and turns effort into the effortless. Practice, Practice, Practice should always be done for those that want to me good. Since it is inevitable then sit back and enjoy the process.
The presence of an audience and having to perform is enough to make some people want to run away and hide. For whichever reason there seems to be a fear of public performance for speakers, singers, and instrumentalists. Learning to keep cool and stay focused under pressure will certainly help in most situations.
So much is learned simply by doing nothing but listening. Knowing a little about the musicians of our past can be very enlightening. Music has clearly evolved dramatically over the years but the influences from the past continue to show.
Improvisational skills are great for all musicians. Making quick decisions on what to play and when to play it can be very useful to musicians.
Grosse Pointe Music academy will host summer camp for students of all instruments aged 9-17. Spend 1 or two weeks this summer getting better with your instrument and becoming more complete musician. Students involved in private lessons currently as well as new students will have a great time learning new things and playing with other young musicians. Music camps give students the space to study and learn in great detail what it means to be a musician. All students will learn more about their instrument and also, music theory, ear training, composition, improvisation and so much more. Each camp will have a maximum of 20 students with max 5-1 student-teacher ratio. The goal will be to learn as much as possible and have fun doing it! Learning with other aspiring students and having teachers that are absolutely passionate about music will ensure a great experience for everyone involved.
In 2002 I began offering guitar camps for my guitar students and new students that were looking to get started playing. After the first camp it became absolutely clear that guitar players benefited strongly from the process of immersion that the camp experience brings. When a student becomes completely involved with the process of learning music it is hard to become a lot better even in a short amount of time. Students who fully participated in all of the processes of camp were gaining in ability before their own eyes. Simply put, when you are in music camp for 5 hours per day, you will get better.
by Henry Bahrou
GPMA School Director
Grosse Pointe Music Academy
19443 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI