Crowden School Summer Music Camps (Berkeley, CA)
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Our son takes a music class at Crowden School and I'm
wondering whether to enroll him in the one-week music camp
Scrape, Squawk and Bang. He loves the music class (it's
general music not instrumental) but I'm worried he won't be
ready for a week of instruments or that the other kids will
be way more experienced with instruments.
Would love to hear from anyone whose kid has taken this
camp. The school is very friendly but I couldn't wrangle a
very assertive or detailed explanation about the summer camp
and the activities in it from the woman in charge at the
school's office. It's a lot of money for a maybe good program.
Go for it -- the camp is definitely appropriate for
entering 1st graders and tends to draw plenty of kids with
little or no experience playing an instrument. My son has
gone twice, choosing a different instrument each time, and
enjoyed it very much. The kids spend part of the day on
choral singing and part on outdoor play and other
activities, so it's not overly intense, and for the
instrument lessons they are divided into small groups with
other kids at a similar experience level. (My son was
intrigued by the fact that his group included kids older
than he with less experience and kids younger than he with
more experience -- a valuable thing to know, that age does
not necessarily equal expertise!) We found that the
musical expectations were right on target for what
beginners could learn in a week.
My daughter (now in 4th grade), did the ''Squawk'' camp with piano emphasis for
a week when she was your child's age. She had a great time and was ready to
begin regular piano lessons at Crowden that fall. During camp she was in a
small group of 6 kids, and she joined up with larger groups of kids during the
day for dance, drumming, and singing. There was even a little recital on the last
day. We also signed up for the extended aftercare, which she remembers with
much joy, especially the part where she ran through the sprinklers. I think it's a
great way for kids to get introduced to music; there were also many kids who
already played one instrument and were there to try something else.
Re: Music camp for 7-year-old
My son has attended Crowden's Scrape, Bang, Squawk camp twice
now and enjoyed it immensely. The camp is well-organized and we
were impressed by how much the kids learn in a short time, as
evidenced by the recital on the last day.
Re: Crowden Scrape, Squawk summer camp
Our daughter attended this camp for a week when she was 5 or 6,
and she had a great time trying out different instruments. Since
she could speak, she had told us that she wanted to play the
violin, so this was a good opportunity for her to try it out --
and she now takes violin lessons. We thought it was great, and
would definitely recommend the camp.
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