Music Camp Hits The Right Note

July 21, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

If you think a "super C" is a chronically mediocre student or the most average of average grades, you could learn a thing or two from students at the Arnold summer music camp.

According to 11-year-old trumpet player Ken Burdon, a "super C" is a note that is so high that it's not even on the music staff.

"My teacher can play it," he said. "You should see him: His face gets all red."

Ken has not mastered the astronomical C, but he has learned more about his instrument and music in general during his second year at the two-week camp.

The 50 to 60 students focus on band music and choral singing. The 9- to 14-year-olds have practice sessions together as a band and as a chorus, along with small group practices called sectionals.

They also learn the basic elements of music, such as the definition of a half note and quarter note, theory and composition.

Tomorrow evening at 7, the camp will end with a free concert at

College Parkway Baptist Church.

The choral performance will include "Drunken Sailor," "Boogie-Woogie" and "When You're Smiling." The band will perform marches, the theme from "Rocky" and a medley from "Aladdin," including "A Whole New World."

Founder and director Bill Sharkey said he began this camp last year as an extension of his job as a elementary school band teacher at several area schools.

"I had a lot of students who asked me for summer lessons, and I didn't want to teach summer lessons," he said. "But I decided that a two-week intense summer camp would be good."

It has been. Students don't seem to mind spending from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. learning about music and fine-tuning their instruments and voices.

"It gives me something to do in the summer," said Maresa Cash, a 10-year-old camp veteran who plays the flute and clarinet.

She came back for a second year, she said, because "I wanted to learn more things."

She said the camp is a lot of fun and that she might consider a career in music if her first choice, being a veterinarian, doesn't work out.

Erin Beaupre, 11, said she enjoys the camp but that there's more to it than fun and games.

"When you go back to school, you're so much better than the other kids," she said. "Last year I knew all the notes, so I didn't have to practice as hard as the others."

That kind of improvement is what Mr. Sharkey thrives on. He said the best part of the camp is "seeing the kids perform well and working with interested students who want to be here."

He added that he hopes to expand the camp next year to include stringed instruments.

Parents interested in being placed on the mailing list for next year's session should call Mr. Sharkey at 544-2618. The cost of the camp is $200.

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