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Hillsboro Arts Summer Class Descriptions

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Hillsboro Arts Summer Major (Choose One):

  • Art - Giant Size Ink Painting
    Using pencil drawing, india ink, brushes, pastels and tempera paint, campers will learn how to draw and paint large patterned designs onto big paper. Either by themselves or with friends, the young artists will create sketches that transform into posters and banners filled with design and drawings. The end art pieces will be painted in bold ink strokes with fine details added with colored chalk and paint tools.
  • HAS students rehearsing.Concert Band 
    Primarily for students entering grades 6, 7 and 8. We will break kids into skill level groups, ensembles, and full bands. Students will have an opportunity to rehearse and perform many styles of music. Students should have one year or more experience. Brass, woodwind and percussion.
  • Film/TV Production
    Get ready to make some movie magic as you learn how to wield a video camera, draft a storyboard, and master video editing software. If you've ever been interested in making movies, TV shows, or even better videos for your YouTube channel, this is the major for you!
  • Guitar
    Learn to play acoustic or electric guitar. Whether a beginner or advanced, we will make you a better player. Guitarists need to bring their own guitar and instrument cable (if electric) to plug into an amplifier (provided).
  • Jazz Studies
    Students will be placed into two jazz bands by skill level (intermediate and advanced). They will work with professional jazz musicians and give a performance at the end of two weeks. Instruments include: bass, guitar, drums, piano, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Students must bring their own instruments. Piano, drum set and amps are provided.
  • Musical Theater
    Students will learn how to use their acting, dancing and singing skills in an effective way.  We will put together a few numbers to help learn the importance of the three arts in musical theater.  Wear clothes you can move in.

10:35 am Electives (Choose One):

  • HAS Student practicing the guitar.Art - How to Make Comic Pages
    Campers will begin with quick story ideas and simple pencil layout drawings and learn how to transform their words and ideas into a short comic inked in black and white. Lots of learning how to draw, revise, and work on sequencing of images to tell a good story.
  • Bass 
    Work with a professional bass player to improve your bass guitar skills. Whether you're just starting or have been playing for years, this class is for all bassists.
  • Digital Music Production (Limited to 12)
    With today's advancements in music, one no longer needs to know an instrument in order to be a musician! Most songs made and produced in the modern era have synthesized components, and more and more musicians get their start on programs like GarageBand. In the digital Music Production elective, students will get the introduction to computer music and how to create drum beats, soundscapes, pop songs, and synthwave.
  • Guitar
    Learn to play guitar, acoustic or electric, beginners to advanced. We will make you a better player.
  • Intro to Drums (Limited to 16)
    This class is designed for the beginner student who has never played a drum set or for the student who has played only a few times and is interested in learning more. If you have ever wondered what it takes to play a basic beat, you'll love this class. Limited to 16 students.
  • Intro to Keyboarding
    Are you interested in learning how to play the piano? This class will teach piano basics, including note reading, simple chord reading, and basic songs. No experience necessary, but always welcome.
  • Jazz Improvisation - Beginning
    Explore the indispensable skill of improvisation and expand your musical knowledge and performance skills through participation in a small jazz ensemble or "combo." Beginning Jazz Improvisation will introduce important basic scales, musical forms, rhythmic feels, and types f chords. Most importantly, you'll have many opportunities to try out your solo skills. All students (even those who have never improvised before!) are welcome.
  • Jazz Improvisation - Advanced
    Explore the indispensable skill of improvisation and expand your musical knowledge and performance skills through participation in a small jazz ensemble or "combo." Advanced Jazz Improvisation will encourage the development of fluency in the vocabulary (scales and chords) and grammar (harmonic progressions) of jazz in order to tell individual musical stories (melodic and rhythmic themes and structures). Studying the masters of improvisation through focused listening and transcription will provide context and inspiration.
  • Mariachi Band
    Students will sing and play Mariachi, a traditional music of Mexico. Students will evaluate, practice and perform songs from the traditional Mariachi repertoire which includes several genres (Ranchera, Son, Bolero, Polka, Huapango, etc.). Students will develop individual instrumental and vocal skills in order to contribute to the ensemble. Instruction will include introductions to Spanish pronunciation, historical and cultural foundations, and instrumental techniques for vihuela, guitarron, guitar, trumpet and violin.
  • Songwriting
    This class will look at lyricism, chord function, creating melodies over chords, and modern forms. We will also work with the editing process, and approach writing songs from many starting points.
  • Theater - Every Movement Counts
    During the first week of camp, we will use theater exercises and games to explore drama.  The next week, we will select and rehearse pieces which will be performed at the concert at the conclusion of camp.  Wear clothes you can move in.
  • Tips & Tricks for Digital FX in Film
    Learn how to make "movies for the ears" with voice recording, sound effects and music editing. This is used in film to create an audio environment that both supports on screen action and engages the audience.
  • Vocals  - Performance
    If you love to sing but may lack confidence, learn to sing and perform in a small group. Emphasis in this group will be on conquering "stage fright" while learning to blend with the group and possibly solo work. We will discuss song interpretation and how to deliver an effective, powerful performance and ways to make a song "your own." Please bring your own bottled water to this class.

11:20 am Electives (Choose One):

  • Art - Cardboard Beast Standees
    Campers will sketch and plan an original design for making a flat cardboard beast or monster that stands 18 inches tall and ready to impress. Involves lots of drawing, building, problem-solving and construction to make and intimidating or mysterious beastie.
  • African Hand Drums
    Learn to play drums with your hands (It's much different than a drum set!). Students will learn many drum rhythms from all over the world and will even learn how to drum a simple solo.
  • Animation
    Ever wanted to make your own cartoons? This class will teach you stop-motion and key frame animation techniques that you can use to make your ideas come to life.
  • Bass
    Work with a professional bass player to improve your bass guitar skills. Whether you're just starting or have been playing for years, this class is for all bassists.
  • Digital Music Production (Limited to 12)
    With today's advancements in music, one no longer needs to know an instrument in order to be a musician! Most songs made and produced in the modern era have synthesized components, and more and more musicians get their start on programs like GarageBand. In the digital Music Production elective, students will get the introduction to computer music and how to create drum beats, soundscapes, pop songs, and synthwave.
  • Guitar
    Learn to play guitar, acoustic or electric, beginners to advanced. We will make you a better player.
  • Jazz Improvisation - Beginning
    Explore the indispensable skill of improvisation and expand your musical knowledge and performance skills through participation in a small jazz ensemble or "combo." Beginning Jazz Improvisation will introduce important basic scales, musical forms, rhythmic feels, and types f chords. Most importantly, you'll have many opportunities to try out your solo skills. All students (even those who have never improvised before!) are welcome.
  • Jazz Improvisation - Advanced
    Explore the indispensable skill of improvisation and expand your musical knowledge and performance skills through participation in a small jazz ensemble or "combo." Advanced Jazz Improvisation will encourage the development of fluency in the vocabulary (scales and chords) and grammar (harmonic progressions) of jazz in order to tell individual musical stories (melodic and rhythmic themes and structures). Studying the masters of improvisation through focused listening and transcription will provide context and inspiration.
  • Keyboarding - Intermediate Jazz Improvisation
    Students will explore a variety of styles of Jazz, studying Blues, Afro Cuban, Bossa Nova, Funk, and straight ahead Jazz. This class will include learning Jazz chords, scales, and technical exercises. Many examples will be taken from the Mark Levine Jazz Theory book.
  • Songwriting
    This class will look at lyricism, chord function, creating melodies over chords, and modern forms. We will also work with the editing process, and approach writing songs from many starting points.
  • Switch Band
    Do you play one instrument, but want to learn a second or third? This class is for students who want to learn how to play a new instrument. Some instruments will be available.
  • Theater - Page to Stage
    During the first week of camp, we will use theater exercises and games to create original scenes and characters. The next week, we will rehearse these scenes and shape them into a cohesive performance piece which will be performed at the concert at the conclusion of camp. Wear clothes you can move in.
  • Vocals - Acapella
    Explore the power of acapella singing! Beginners welcome - no experience necessary. Discover a wide range of vocal styles as you dive into acapella music-making in a fun, no-pressure environment. Songs are selected from today's hits. Collaborate with others as you experiment with different vocal skills and approaches, beatboxing, and solo singing.