The Music School of Delaware is your place to be for summer fun! Its Early Childhood Department offers creative summer camps and classes in July for youth ages 18 months to 8 years, highlighting two favorite themes for children: Animals and fairy tales.
This young-child camp experience allows children to immerse themselves in the themes through music, arts & crafts, dance, stories and drama. Even the free snacks are part of the theme! “Our daughter truly enjoyed the Music School’s ‘Jungle Beat’ camp last summer,” says one happy parent. “She even loved the snacks – especially the lion’s face and the elephant tusk! Her favorite camp activity was ‘jumping the fence’ over ‘the sleeping alligators.'”
In the Jungle Beat camp, the class uses drums to establish beat and create our own jungle rhythms throughout the week. Children also develop ensemble skills through use of tuned percussion instruments like xylophones. Accompanying home materials (drum & CD) allow children to hear the music outside of the classroom and continue creative music-making at home. “My daughter thoroughly enjoyed Jungle Beat at MSD last year. She remembered the activities even a year later and asked to do the camp again this summer!” announces another Music School parent.
“What I love best about our themed camps is that they allow children to imaginatively play and be creative within the music experience,” says Melinda Oriani, head of the Early Childhood Department. “Animals hold such a fascination for children; they love listening to and imitating sounds and interpreting musical stories about animals.”
“Camp was so much fun! ‘Jungle Beat’ was jammin’!”
– Ryan, Music School EC summer camp student
“Camp was full of fun and good times – I can’t wait to go this summer!”
– Jack, Music School EC summer camp student
New to its camp offerings this year, The Music School of Delaware collaborates with Drama Kids of Wilmington for a camp called Fairytale Music Theater. Every morning, children ages 5 to 8 will explore fairytale stories through singing, crafts, movement, dance and instruments. In the afternoon, children will learn about acting, speech, improvisation, theater games and script creation. By the end of the week, they will perform a fairytale of their own creation for family and friends.
“All children love folktales, which include both fairy tales and fables,” says Oriani. “In every culture, there are tales of good and evil told through stories and music. Animals and children are often characters in the tales, with predictable plots and clear morals. It is through these fairy tales and folk songs that we can connect children to past traditions and history.”
To learn more about what The Music School of Delaware can offer your child, please visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org or call 302.762.1132 for information on Wilmington-area camps and 302.422.2043 for Milford-area camps.