Piano Camp – The Daily Plan

Since many of you were interested in more specifics from my piano camp, I’ve copied my daily schedule below to give you a better idea of how I structured each day. I had 2 1/2 hours with each group (usually I do 2 hours a day and meet Monday through Friday, but since Friday was the 4th, I just increased the time for each of the other four days) and the students were grouped primarily by families. Since I have several sets of 3-sibling groups I knew it would make it easier on their parents to only have to schedule in one chunk of time for all of them. I’ll answer all the other specific questions in my next post.

MONDAY
Inspirational Reading and Discussion – Small Things Done Well
Warm-Ups – neck rolls, shoulder rolls, torso twists, arm stretches, finger O’s
Ensemble Practice – have all students sit in circle and count out loud while clapping the rhythm for their parts
Flag-Making – have all students draw design concepts
Team Competition Practice – Assign teams, explain rules, train for scale relays
Game Time! – Music Forte
Game Booth Design – Discuss and write down ideas
Rhythm Skills Development – Introduce conducting patterns, place 4 rhythm cards across the piano music rack, have all students clap and count out loud together
Wrap-Up

TUESDAY
Inspirational Reading and Discussion – Spiritual Muscles
Warm-Ups – neck rolls, shoulder rolls, torso twists, arm stretches, finger O’s
Ensemble Practice – split the groups between the piano and Clavinova and begin playing parts together
Flag-Making – discuss favorite ideas and combine into one flag design
Team Competition Practice – train for scale relays
Game Time! – Tic-Tac-Toe (group one); Key Signature Dominoes (group two)
Game Booth Design – Finalize ideas, assign responsibilities
Rhythm Skills Development – Review conducting patterns, place 4 rhythm cards across the piano music rack, have all students conduct together while using designated vocal sounds for the rhythm
Wrap-Up

WEDNESDAY
Inspirational Reading and Discussion – Perseverance
Warm-Ups – neck rolls, shoulder rolls, torso twists, arm stretches, finger O’s
Ensemble Practice – work separately on parts, then move pianos together and run-through with balloons
Flag-Making – start drawing design on canvas
Team Competition Practice – train for scale relays, work to improve speeds; train for arpeggio laps
Game Time!Affirm-a-Term
Game Booth Design – Start making pieces
Rhythm Skills Development – Review conducting patterns, place 4 rhythm cards across the piano music rack, have all students clap and count together; let students take turns conducting
Wrap-Up

THURSDAY
Inspirational Reading and Discussion – Here Today
Warm-Ups – neck rolls, shoulder rolls, torso twists, arm stretches, finger O’s
Ensemble Practice – work separately on parts, then move pianos together and run-through with balloons
Flag-Making – finish drawing and coloring design on canvas
Team Competition Practice – train for scale relays, work to improve speeds; train for arpeggio laps; have observing students be judges
Game Time! – Treble Clef Game (group one); Stinky Sox (group two)
Game Booth Design – Finish making pieces
Rhythm Skills Development – Use rhythm sheets; go through all applicable levels; have students clap and count out loud together
Wrap-Up

REFERENCE NOTES
Inspirational Readings taken from The Courage to Run by Jim Ryun

Look inside this title
Balloon Pop Polka - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Balloon Pop Polka By Ruth Ellinger. For Piano. This edition: 2 copies included. Piano Quartet (2 Pianos, 8 Hands). Keyboard Ensemble Series. Late Elementary level piece for the Piano Quartet event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin 2008-2009-2010. Level: Late Elementary (grade 2). 12 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (PA02202)
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Ensemble Piece – Balloon Pop Polka by Ruth Ellinger

Supplies
* Dowel rod
* Canvas
* Fabric markers/paint
* Rhythm cards
* Paper and pencils
* Clipboards
* Games

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