This class, designed specifically for young campers, provides a rich, varied, and age-appropriate experience with plenty of hands-on music making. At Walker Creek we believe the best way to learn music is to get inspired, make connections, and become engaged through fun activities that teach basic musical skills. When students are connecting with friends, teachers, and a musical environment, they are likely to be inspired and want to improve their musicianship. The connection between music and play is natural; kids love to play, playing music is fun, and we encourage a combination of both. All kids will participate in fun musical activities: jamming, singing, percussion, dance, band skills, crafts, art, dress up, nature walks, etc. Some activities will be for the whole group, and others will be tailored to specific skill levels. The class is taught by the teacher with a team of assistants, with specialists in art, fiddle and other instruments, dance, nature walks, and more.
Beginning students will get instruction on their own instrument, or on a borrowed one. The focus for this group is on basic skills such as technique, tone, scales, and simple melodies.
Intermediate/Advanced kids will get more challenging melodies, functional theory, ornamentation, advanced techniques, simultaneous playing/singing/dancing, band arrangements, and improvisation.
Preschoolers are welcome if their parents attend class with them.
Older kids (pre-teens) are welcome to come as teacher’s assistants.
If a child requires a lot of extra attention, regardless of age, we may ask that a parent or guardian accompany him/her.
All instruction will be tied to a central theme, relating to the general camp, that helps connect the kids to the rest of the camp. Since the theme for each camp is different, each session is unique, though all camps strengthen overall musicianship. In addition to the morning program, several exciting, fun electives will be offered in the afternoon, such as hambone, musical games, clogging, musical art, family sing-a-longs, etc. M&Ms kids and their attending parents may also attend the evening activities (dances, concerts, and jams). The class will perform in the student concert.
Krishna Feeney is a professional musician, educator, and school administrator in the Bay Area. She has been devoted to public education and teaching for nearly 15 years, with experience teaching and supporting students TK-8th grade. Krishna has been singing her heart out and playing her guitar for over 25 years, during which time she has dabbled in many other instruments, most consistently ukulele. She plays and sings a wide variety of musical styles from bluegrass to blues, jazz, and swing, but her true passion is for songwriting. Krishna is looking forward to bringing her joy and passion for singing and all things musical to our youngest musicians at Walker Creek with a focus on meeting students wherever they are right now in their musical development.
Krishna has been a favorite elective instructor and jam leader at Walker Creek, and we're delighted she'll be teaching our Music and More class this spring!
Rebecca Richman has played fiddle since she could hold the instrument, focusing primarily on the music of Ireland and Scotland. Several years ago she dove head first into the deep pool of traditional Appalachian fiddling and brings a refreshing perspective to the old tunes. With a degree in Music Theory and History from Mills College, Rebecca brings a deep knowledge of musical practice combined with a gentle love of playing to her work with students young and old.