Hillsboro Arts Summer Class Descriptions

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Hillsboro Arts Summer Major (Choose One):

  • Art
    Students will use a variety of materials (clay, chalk pastel, paint, and more!) as they learn about color, texture, and unity. We will focus on observational drawing, combining aspects of these drawings to create new "creatures," do some self-portraiture with clay, and work on a few mix-media pieces that incorporate many different materials.
  • 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 guitar, acoustic or electric, beginners to advanced. We will make you a better player. Guitarists need to bring an 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 your acting, dancing and singing skills in an effective way. We will put together a few numbers from "Matilda the Musical" to help learn the importance of the three arts in musical theater. Wear clothes you can move in.

10:35 am Electives (Choose One):

  • Art - Book Art
    Students will learn a variety of art book bindings, including the accordion book, the pamphlet and the Japanese stab binding. We will also decorate papers, illustrate and write (though students not up for writing can always use images instead). The books will focus on unity and the interests of the individual student, creating beautifully personal artist books.
  • 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.
  • Guitar
    Learn to play guitar, acoustic or electric, beginners to advanced. We will make you a better player.
  • Intro to Drums
    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.
  • 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 - Beginning 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.
  •  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.
  • Music Production & Technology
    Students will use programs like Garage Band, looping software and other audio recording programs to produce multi-track sound files. Students need to bring their own earbuds. (Limited to 20)
  • Theater - Body Movement
    Students will learn and understand the way body language works. We will explore how to use body posture, gestures, and movement across the stage to interpret a story. 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.
  • Ukulele
    Learn how to strum chords, play fun traditional and modern songs on the ukulele. Learn rudimental reading and playing techniques. Student must bring his/her own ukulele.
  • 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 - Fiber Art
    Students will get an introduction to the world of fiber arts by learning to needle felt, embroider, knit and more! We will immerse ourselves in the global history of fiber while creating wonderful and functional works of art.
  • 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.
  • Beginning 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 - Beginning 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.
  • 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 - Speech for the 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 - Technique
    Learn proper singing technique that will keep you from harming your voice while expanding your range so you can safely and effortlessly sing from low notes through high notes smoothly. Do you ever wonder if you are singing with your best voice? Learn to discover your sound in this class. We will also explore some famous licks, trills and runs of well-known pop songs and experiment with rock singing (growling, rumble, creek and vocal fry technique). Please bring your own bottled water to this class.