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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:30 am

Ahwatukee’s very own Music Maker Workshops is hosting a variety of summer camps this year for children of all ages.

“Music camp is a great introduction to the instruments and helps the student to ‘feel’ and ‘hear’ the mechanics of the instrument in a unique way,” said Carissa Klopfenstein, who teaches both violin and piano at the studio. “The student is encouraged to experiment under the tutelage of a professional in a small group setting, which is both fun and informative,”

The studio is currently offering two four-day camps for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in early June. The children are placed in small groups and learn how to play piano with the Music for Little Mozarts program, designed specifically for preschoolers. During this course children will learn musical dynamics, quarter notes, finger numbers, the piano pattern and songs in the span of 45-minute daily lessons. After piano lessons the students participate in two hours of Kindermusik centered on a specific theme. The students also partake in arts and crafts and play games. The program focuses on reinforcing the idea that music is a universal language. At the completion of camp students will play what they have learned for their parents during “Show and Share.”

“I have so many neat memories of fun summer camps as a child. So, ever since we opened MMW we’ve made it a priority to provide fun educational camps that spark an interest and love for music.” said Shelley Yakubow, the studio’s co-owner and program director.

For students between the ages of 5 and 12, Music Maker offers a Morning Music Camp in which students pick three of their favorite instruments and activities and create their own camp. The students can choose from piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums or arts and crafts. During this four-day camp the students receive three 50-minute classes and are divided into groups based on their age and ability levels.

During their 40-minute break students listen to live music from a camp band. Students also receive various incentives such as pencils and tokens in order to encourage practice outside of the camp. On the last day of the camp students play in a concert for friends and family.

“Parents are always amazed at what they can accomplish in four days and the campers are always beaming with confidence afterwards,” Yakubow said.

During a special six-week session students 8 years and above can participate in the studio’s Summer Rock Band program. New students must audition for placement in a band. Band placement is based on the student’s age, experience and music preference. The students practice every week with their band for an hour and 15 minutes. The bands consist of members with differing skills such as vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or horns.

The final camp the studio offers during the summer is a unique Master Music Program. Students of all ages and experience levels can receive private lessons for two or four consecutive weeks based on their schedules during the summer.

The private lessons are provided for voice students and those who play piano, violin, viola, flute, saxophone, guitar (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, drums and percussion. The studio believes that the summer is a great time for students to devote more time and energy to their talents.

Private lessons are geared toward each individual student and include daily assignments, theory, ear training, fluency and learning practice techniques. Students also have the option to take their private lessons with a master teacher.

“A benefit of music camp is a child can try a new instrument. For the music camp we have a sponsorship from Milano’s music so campers can use a violin for the week. People love the fact that their kids can try a new instrument to see if they really like it before they make the commitment to purchase, rent, or sign up for lessons,” Yakubow said.

Music Maker Workshops believes its camps are very valuable to each one of their students and allows them to meet other musicians and friends that are excited about music. The staff makes an effort to know every single student and work with them on their individual goals. Each camp’s special concert at the end of their session provides students with a great sense of camaraderie. Many of the students who participate in the short camp sessions continue practicing at the studio in order to further their learning experiences.

For more information on Music Maker Workshop’s upcoming summer camps and registration information, visit http://www.musicmakerworkshops.com/summer-2012-camps.html.

• Arselia Gales is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047, www.focaz.org.


Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit http://magicaljourneylc.org or call (480) 703-3302.


Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month. www.dancestudio111.com, (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. www.dancestudio111.com. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105, www.azallstars.com.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com