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.

Program Highlights
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
Art Visualizing sound
Math Mastering rhythm and meter


Daily Schedule 

 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

Materials Needed

  • 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

Camp Staff

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.

Check out the intergalactic fun!

2020 Enrollment Information for Virtual, Online Camps

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child and is nonrefundable. We accept credit card, money order or check payable to William Penn Charter School. If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card or money order. 

Welcome letters for our virtual camps are available here or on our registration site:

Digital Music Design
Robotics Camp 
SurvivalCraft Academy
DesignCraft Academy
Drone Camp 
Junior Robotics Camp
Tumble-tastic Camp 
Yoga Camp 
Chess Camp 
Dance Camp 
Ukulele Camp 

Contact Information
If you have questions, contact:

Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364