Program Information

Instructors are musicians and artists who are skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of styles and genres. Participants will not only develop their own skills and technique, but benefit from the instructors interactions with each other. 

Depending on the instructor, participants may learn by ear or note…..maybe both.  Participants can expect to learn new music, improvisation and accompaniment skills, creative approaches to music, and writing/composing strategies.  They will also have many opportunities to experience music in new ways by playing and working with others in small and large groups, pairs, and on their own.

The Camp program is comprised of two morning classes that participants are assigned based on their registration information and two afternoon electives participants choose on their own. The goal is to support musicians in specific areas they want to develop, while also exposing them to new opportunities to explore and discover new talents and interests. With so many musicians, artists, experts, and musical resources in one place, the hope is that participants can benefit in as many ways as possible.

The fiddle program is intended for people who want to improve their technique, learn new music, and expose themselves to new styles and ways of playing. Participants will work with a variety of instructors who each specialize in one or more styles of music. Participants will learn in a group classes with others who are at the same general skill level and have a chance to play in a variety of other settings of their choice (ensembles, jam sessions, band performance, solo, recording studio, etc.).

Depending on the background of each instructor, participants can expect to focus on:

  • new music, tunes and styles
  • ornaments
  • bowing
  • practice tools
  • writing, arrangement, improvisation
  • live performance & stage presence
  • group performance

The piano program is intended for those who would like to expand their world on the piano. Participants will work with a variety of teachers who all play different styles. Special focus will be placed on technique, accompaniment strategies, writing, arranging, improvisation, and more. Students will learn tools that will open up a world of possibility when playing by themselves or with others.

Instructors strive to help students develop their own voice and personality on this instrument and at the same time, expand their knowledge of the piano. The goal is for participants to become more comfortable creating and experimenting on their own, and playing music with others.

The guitar program is intended for those who want to improve their skills on the guitar and expand their versatility with this instrument. Instructors will focus on technique and share expertise with different styles and approaches to playing. Depending on the instructors each year, students will be exposed to different styles of music and ways of playing the guitar.

Focus will be given to:

  • specific tunes & styles
  • chords, melody picking & guitar lines
  • accompaniment strategies
  • rhythm skills & strumming patterns
  • fingerpicking
  • improvisation
  • strategies for practicing
  • writing, arrangement & interpretation

The vocal program is intended for those who want to become stronger vocalists for personal or professional reasons. Participants will have the chance to sing and learn a variety of styles as well as gain tools that will give them longevity as singers. Instructors aim to help students find, develop, and strengthen their true unique voice.

Focus will be given to:

  • Personal coaching
  • Group/choral singing
  • Voice technique & conditioning
  • Harmony
  • Songwriting and interpretation
  • Solo singing and performance
  • Recording
  • Live performance – stage presence, microphone technique

Students are asked to come with at least one song to sing and work with.

The step-dancing program is intended for those who are new to the world of step-dancing and for those who are experienced and want to take their dancing even further.

Focus will be given to basic technique and style as well as to new steps, routines, and creative approaches to this very rich traditional style of Canadian dance. Participants can expect to be challenged in new ways and have a lot fun!

In addition to fiddle, piano, guitar, singing, and step-dancing classes, instruction is also offered in the following areas:

  • accordion
  • bass
  • drums
  • tenor banjo
  • mandolin
  • writing/composition
  • recording
  • bodrhan
  • and more depending on the instructors at Camp each year