Horizon Strings Program
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
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.
"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.
Below are highlights from summer 2018.
SAVE THE DATE: Next year's camp (our third year!) will be held August 5-9, 2019
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.
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.
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!
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
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!