Cello Boot Camps

Group classes focusing on technique, listening, ensemble, and theory with a healthy dose of snacks and fun
FOUNDATIONS

  • Ages 7-12 (suggested)

  • August 12-16

  • 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Location: Snoqualmie Middle School (pending)

  • $300 through May 14th
    $350 May 15th – start of camp

  • Swag bag and music included

  • Open Recital Friday afternoon

-have learned where to place your left hand

-know how to hold your bow

-can play your cello for 30 minutes with guidance

-can sit quietly and listen to others perform

-playing multiple notes in one bow

-major scales in first position

-first position arpeggios

-4th position

9:00 Set-up/Tune

9:15 Warmup

9:30 Scales/Arpeggios

10:00 Break and snacks

10:15 Listening/Theory

10:45 Technique

11:00 Ensemble piece with Intermediate group

12:00 Lunch! (stay and eat with us or get picked up) 

-have learned where to place your left hand

-know how to hold your bow

-can play your cello for 30 minutes with guidance

-can sit quietly and listen to others perform

-playing multiple notes in one bow

-major scales in first position

-first position arpeggios

-4th position

9:00 Set-up/Tune

9:15 Warmup

9:30 Scales/Arpeggios

10:00 Break and snacks

10:15 Listening/Theory

10:45 Technique

11:00 Ensemble piece with Intermediate group

12:00 Lunch! (stay and eat with us or get picked up) 

INTERMEDIATE

  • Ages 12-17 (suggested)

  • August 12-16

  • 11:00-4:00pm

  • Location: Snoqualmie Middle School (pending)

  • $475 through May 14th
    $525 May 15th – start of camp

  • Swag bag and music included

  • Open Recital Friday afternoon

-know all of your first position notes 

-are beginning to shift

-are learning to use your whole bow incorporating various bowings

-know several major scales

-using the whole bow
playing multiple notes in a bow with various rhythmic patters

-shifting into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions

-vibrato

-major and minor arpeggios in first position

11:00 Ensemble piece with Foundations group

12:00 Lunch!

12:45 Warm-up routine

1:00 Scales/Arpeggios

1:45 Break

2:00 Listening/Theory

2:30 Technique

3:15 Ensemble piece

4:00 Pack up!

-know all of your first position notes 

-are beginning to shift

-are learning to use your whole bow incorporating various bowings

-know several major scales

-using the whole bow
playing multiple notes in a bow with various rhythmic patters

-shifting into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions

-vibrato

-major and minor arpeggios in first position

11:00 Ensemble piece with Foundations group

12:00 Lunch!

12:45 Warm-up routine

1:00 Scales/Arpeggios

1:45 Break

2:00 Listening/Theory

2:30 Technique

3:15 Ensemble piece

4:00 Pack up!

ADVANCED

  • Ages 15-17 (suggested)

  • July 22-26

  • 9:30am-3:30pm

  • Redmond (exact location TBA)

  • Cost: $475 through May 14th
    $525 May 15th – start of camp

  • Swag bag and music included

  • Open Recital Friday afternoon

-know several major and minor scales

-are comfortable shifting

-consistently produce a good sound

-are beginning to learn thumb position

-have begun to learn vibrato

-bow distribution

-spiccato and legato

-sound production

-vibrato in every position

-shifting in upper positions

-thumb position

-major and minor arpeggios in multiple positions

9:30 Set-up/Tune

9:45 Warmup

10:00 Scales/Arpeggios

10:45 Break and snacks

11:00 Technical work

11:45 Lunch and games

12:45 Listening

1:30 Technical work

2:15 Break

2:30 Ensemble piece

3:30 Pack up 

-know several major and minor scales

-are comfortable shifting

-consistently produce a good sound

-are beginning to learn thumb position

-have begun to learn vibrato

-bow distribution

-spiccato and legato

-sound production

-vibrato in every position

-shifting in upper positions

-thumb position

-major and minor arpeggios in multiple positions

9:30 Set-up/Tune

9:45 Warmup

10:00 Scales/Arpeggios

10:45 Break and snacks

11:00 Technical work

11:45 Lunch and games

12:45 Listening

1:30 Technical work

2:15 Break

2:30 Ensemble piece

3:30 Pack up 

ADULT

  • Ages 18+

  • Summer date TBA

  • 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • Fauntleroy Church, West Seattle

  • Cost: $300 through May 14th
    $350 May 15th – start of camp

  • Swag bag and music included

  • Open recital Friday evening

-know several major scales

-have learned 2nd and 4th position

-bow distribution

-spiccato and legato

-sound production

-vibrato

-major and minor arpeggios 

-Brahms 2nd symphony adagio cello excerpt

6:00 Set-up/Tune

6:15 Warmup

6:30 Scales/Arpeggios

7:00 Technical work

7:30 Break and snacks

7:45 Technical work

8:15 Brahms Second Symphony Excerpt

9:00 Pack up

-know several major scales

-have learned 2nd and 4th position

-bow distribution

-spiccato and legato

-sound production

-vibrato

-major and minor arpeggios 

-Brahms 2nd symphony adagio cello excerpt

6:00 Set-up/Tune

6:15 Warmup

6:30 Scales/Arpeggios

7:00 Technical work

7:30 Break and snacks

7:45 Technical work

8:15 Brahms Second Symphony Excerpt

9:00 Pack up

What to expect…

When you come to the first session, you may be a little anxious about playing with/for other people. That’s ok and normal!

You’ll quickly settle in and realize that everyone has room to grow. Which is exactly why we’re there.

Warm up

We’ll start our day with some easy stretches and playing long, slow open strings.

Scales/Arpeggios

After we are tuned and warmed, we’ll learn a new scale or arpeggio as well as try new bowings and fingerings on scales we know well.

Technique

I’ll teach the new technique and everyone will get a chance to try it and then we’ll troubleshoot any issues together. The goal during the boot camp isn’t necessarily to master the new technique, but to lay a foundation on which you’ll be able to improve in the weeks and months following.

Listening

Listening well is crucial to playing our instruments. We’ll spend this time listening to well known players and discussing their sound, approach, articulation, and musicality.

Theory

As we learn scales, arpeggios, and the ensemble piece we’ll discuss pertinent topics relating to harmony and structure.

Ensemble

For each group we’ll have a piece(s) that we learn and will perform together on the last day. The ensemble piece will also be our sand-box where we can experiment incorporating the techniques we’re working on.

FAQ’s

What should I bring?

Bring your cello, bow, and an endpin holder. I’ll provide music as well as any scale/arpeggio/technique sheets we use in class. 

Should my student be in ‘Foundations’ or ‘Intermediate’?

Great question! Send me a message and we can discuss which would be the best fit.

 

 

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