SUMMER 2020 INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY
MASON YOUTH VIOLIN CAMP
Mason Youth Violin Camp is a dynamic and holistic camp for young violinists to play violin, learn about music, and explore the artistic world with other musical children. In addition to Suzuki-style group classes that will help refine their instrumental skills, students will participate in a variety of creative activities to inspire their musical imaginations. Students will be divided into groups based on age and playing level, and the day will contain a combination of small and large group activities. Our faculty will draw from their varied pedagogical and musical training to create an exciting and engaging environment for our young violinists. This camp is not for very beginners. The minimum playing level expected is Twinkle Variations from Suzuki Book 1.
Ages: 6-12 years
Dates: July 22-26, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. (M-F)
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program
A typical day’s schedule at camp:
9 – 10 am Morning Games & Choir
10 – 10:45 am Violin Group Class (Scales and Suzuki review songs)
11 – 11:45 am Violin Group Class (Violin Technique & learning new repertoire)
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Music Explorations (Music History & Theory)
1:15 pm – 2 pm Creative Movement
2 – 2:45 pm Fiddle & Jazz
3 – 4 pm Violin Ensemble
Fiddle-Style Twinkle by Dr. Lillian Green:
Director: Claire Allen
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Before teaching for Mason Community Arts Academy, Claire was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. During her teacher training, Claire completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.
As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She is a founder of the Faculty String Quartet at Academy. Highlights from the 2016-2017 season include a solo recital at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, orchestral performances with the McLean Orchestra, and chamber music performances as part of Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.
Claire created a recital to promote the music of female composers in June 2016, in which she and her students performed with pianist David Norfrey and Cora Cooper, the editor of the Violin Music By Women Anthologies. She performed works by Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and Amanda Maier. In addition to performance, Claire co-taught a teacher training workshop on the Violin Music By Women Anthologies and awareness of gender issues in the modern violin studio. Her blogs on the subject have been featured on Violinist.com.
Claire holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.
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Ms. Green is an Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas; she teaches viola, violin, music theory, chamber music, and string methods, and directs the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra. Previously, she has served on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory, West Virginia University, the Montverde Academy Music Conservatory, the University of Delaware Community Music School, the Peabody Preparatory Department, the Baltimore School of Music, and elsewhere.
Ms. Green has a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University with an emphasis in viola, piano, and violin. She studied with Andrea Priester Houde at the University of Delaware for a master’s degree in viola performance. While serving as a graduate assistant at University of Delaware, she fulfilled duties such as performing in the University of Delaware Graduate String Quartet and teaching at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware. Ms. Green completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance at Peabody Conservatory with Victoria Chiang, as well as a Master of Music in music theory pedagogy. While at Peabody, she served as a theory teaching assistant with Dr. Joel Puckett.
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Since founding and performing with the award-winning Kalliope String Quartet, Drew has been an avid teacher and advocate for musical entrepreneurship and chamber music. In addition to playing countless gigs and concerts as both a violinist and violist, Drew coaches chamber ensembles and leads chamber music masterclasses. Drew’s passion is not only to inspire musical excellence in his students, but also to endow students with useful life skills such as professionalism, dedication, business acumen, and entrepreneurship.
Drew’s teaching career began at Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he led orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, and taught private lessons. While at CIM, Drew played and taught viola and violin with the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Additionally, Drew has extensively studied Suzuki Method, string instrument repair, Creative Ability Development, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Guided Imagery in Music. Drew consistently pursues further studies to improve his playing and teaching through institutes, conferences, and degree programs. Incorporating his background in psychology and music therapy, Drew is very aware of the developmental stages and learning styles of his students, and tailors lessons to each student while maintaining focus on standard classical curriculum. He keeps lessons and rehearsals interesting, diverse, and exciting by incorporating his experience in performance, music theory, music history, Suzuki pedagogy, improvisation, anatomy, physics, composition, and eurythmics.
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- All students will receive a Youth Violin Camp Welcome Letter 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.