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Horizon Strings

A summer program for violin, viola, cello and bass players ages 7 - 12. All ability levels welcome!

August 5-9, 2019

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown NJ

Authentic community, flourishing musicians, building character

The Mission of Horizon Strings is to cultivate an authentic community of string players, developing each child so that they may flourish in both musicianship and character.

Goals and objectives

  • to help each student flourish as a musician

  • to keep a small faculty-to-student ratio, giving each child space and attention

  • to introduce other instruments and art forms

  • to promote invention, creativity and innovation

  • to collaborate with teachers and other professionals

  • to further the Suzuki vision of global community within a common musical language

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Inspire your string student this summer

If you are new to the camp experience, Horizon Strings is a real highlight of the summer, as testified by those who have attended in previous years.

"There is no other similarly priced camp I know of that delivers this kind of high quality teaching." -Amanda R., parent

Research has shown that when students get to be around their peers, they are more motivated to practice. All activities are designed to promote interest in musical learning and increase positive association to music.

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"It was the best camp of the summer" Michael W., attendee.

Save hundreds or thousands compared to other camps and institutes, or supplement their sports and other activities for the summer with intensive music study in string playing. 

Students will also have extra practice in technique development, and add in lots of fun music theory and ear training, all designed to advance their musical skill.

"Really fun like group class but better because we get to play more games!" Elena D., 2017 attendee.

Students explore in-depth bow technique, methods for better tone, intonation and rhythm, AND get to learn music notation, theory, and composition.

Small ensemble class students are grouped according to age and ability into small ensembles, to play from both Suzuki and outside material for duet/trio/quartet experience.

2018 Highlights

 
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Quartet practice

Offered as an extension hour to the main camp, a time for more advanced students to be in a trio or quartet, and use their experience at reading music to challenge themselves. Ensemble class is rated highly by those who participate, because they take pride in the extra challenge.

 
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Guest instructors

Topics included conducting, composing, singing, and even clarinet!

Student feedback indicated strong positive feeling about learning from guest instructors, to learn outside their main instrument and be in the wider world of music.

 
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Outside time

Everyone loved marching around with our violins outside. Each person took a turn leading a piece.

Another favorite is the outside non-music time at lunch recess!

 
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Composition

The theme of the camp this year was invention. Students worked on basic note writing, inventing patterns on their instrument.

As a group we also wrote an A B A song form, performed at the final concert

 
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Artwork Time

One of the most popular “favorite things to do” was drawing and painting.

Some students skipped their snack in order to finish their poster design!