Digital Music Design: Virtual Edition
Digital Music Design Camp has moved online this year! Choose from four sessions.
Quest for the Creativity Crystal! Learn. Play. Compose. Perform. A musical adventure through the stars!
Session 1: June 22-26
Session 2: July 6-10
Morning group 10-11:30 am
Afternoon group 1-2:30 pm
Office hours 3-4 pm
Boys and girls ages 9-13 (rising 5th-8th graders)
Space is limited to 8 campers per group. Minimum of 3 per group required.
Quest for the Creativity Crystal!
The Creativity Crystal – the source of all musical power on the planet – has gone missing! Humans are unable to make music. Something's got to be done!
Journey with Captain Sarah and her crew to the far flung reaches of the universe. Explore new worlds. Give musical performances to aliens and obtain the three musical gems – the Rhythm Gem, the Theory Gem and the Gem of Song – needed to form a new Creativity Crystal. Are you ready to be a hero?
Quest for the Creativity Crystal is an immersive adventure that leads students through the basics of music fundamentals – rhythm, theory, composition and performance practices. In addition to online Zoom classes, students will have access to a wealth of supplemental learning materials, including instructional videos, activity workbooks and live office hours with their instructor. Throughout the week, students will work individually and together to develop a final performance that they will present to their peers.
Digital Music Design is an interdisciplinary approach to learning music through the five modules of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Campers will learn music and rhythm fundamentals as well as how to play and compose on electronic, midi and virtual instruments that pair with mobile devices.
|Science||Understanding sound as waves|
|Technology||Using current tech to make music|
|Engineering||Learning how to use music production software|
|Math||Mastering rhythm and meter|
|Time||Morning Group||Afternoon Group|
|flexible||1 hour of supplemental videos and workbook activities to be completed before class||1 hour of supplemental videos and workbook activities to be completed before class|
|10–11:30am||90-minute group online class||N/A|
|1–2:30pm||N/A||90-minute group online class|
|3-4pm||Live teacher office hours||Live teacher office hours|
|flexible||30 minutes of instrument software practice and music composition||30 minutes of instrument software practice and music composition|
Course Duration & Time Commitment
Digital Music Design sessions are one week long. Expect a weekly time commitment of 20 hours:
- 7.5 hours of class time
- 5 hours of self-paced instructional support videos and workbook activities
- 5 hours of available live teacher help
- 2.5 hours of practice and composition time
- Desktop or laptop computer equipped with a microphone and webcam
- iOS device: iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
- Reliable internet connection
- Roli Ltd.’s free NOISE Application for iOS
- Printer or journal to complete workbook assignments and activities
Sarah Caleb directs Digital Music Design Camp. Sarah is a classically trained pianist and composer with more than 10 years of experience teaching music to children and adults. While a student at Penn Charter, Sarah won the Philadelphia Classical Symphony’s Young Composers Competition. The symphony performed her “Fanfare in G Minor” at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah was awarded a fellowship with the Network for New Music’s Young Composers Workshop at West Chester University. She graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2011 with a degree in fine art. Sarah has taught piano, composition and ukulele at the Meridee Winters School of Music in Ardmore, Pa., where she was introduced to teaching music through storytelling and games. Sarah’s interdisciplinary method of teaching music is for children with active imaginations – curious and interested in the world.