Preparatory Division

Bard Music Camp

Class Descriptions


Chorus is for all children to sing and make music together! No singing experience is necessary and students will not be required to sing solo. Students explore the fundamentals of singing including proper posture, breathing techniques, intonation, and phrasing. Repertoire will include simple choral pieces in unison and with harmony.  The joy of singing is what this experience is all about!

Music & Movement

Music & Movement classes are based on the pedagogical theories of Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. Students explore musical elements through movement, folk songs, games, and other hands-on activities. 

Some of the skills emphasized in Music and Movement include:
  • Matching pitch with the voice
  • Keeping a steady beat
  • Reading and understanding rhythmic notation
  • Sight-singing from the staff
  • Improvising
  • Composing

String Ensemble

All string instruments - violin, viola, cello, double bass - are invited to participate in the string ensemble.  Students will rehearse standard string ensemble repertoire each day with a conductor and will give a performance on the final Saturday of the program.

Vocal Ensemble

Students work on vocal performance topics while learning and performing small ensembles (duets, trios, or quartets) from classical and musical theatre repertoire. This class is specifically for voice students since it will deal with the challenges and creative challenges that arise while singing in harmony and performing with other singers.

Chamber Music Class

Students are placed in small groups (2-4 students) according to age and level and are coached by the faculty on chamber repertoire. Students learn the skills of ensemble performance and explore the roles of other instruments. This class is for intermediate to advanced students.  Students must receive permission from the faculty in order to enroll.

Performance Class

Students perform for their peers and a faculty coach in a relaxed and informal setting and, in the process, work on performance skills such as proper preparation and stage etiquette.

Musicianship Class

Musicianship includes the study of many aspects of music. Musicianship class will consist of rhythmic ensemble, conducting, composing, music history, theory, ear-training, and note-reading.  Students will also be introduced to other genres such as folk and jazz.

After-camp Tennis Mini-camp

Bard Tennis Coaches will be working with interested Bard Music Camp students daily (Monday-Friday) from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Space is very limited and open only to Bard Music Camp students.  This is a great chance for the kids to get some exercise, burn off steam, and hone their tennis skills after a stimulating musical day.