The Academy offers a wide variety of group lessons for students of all ages and abilities.
Here are some great events we have planned for you this summer!
Information about our Fall programs will be posted mid-August.
Music Camptastic: How Music Works
Monday to Friday
Join us at the historic Leir House this summer for our week-long How Music Works summer camp and explore what it takes to make music, with instructor Sam McNally. We’ll start off using the first instrument all of us learn to play: the voice! We’ll learn how to read the symbols and notations we see on paper and how to translate them to sound. During the week, we’ll explore how orchestras work and learn how to build our own instruments. We’ll even form our very own orchestra, and we’ll end the week with a performance of our own original composition. Come prepared to learn new things, experiment wildly, and have a generous amount of fun along the way! THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.
9am to 3pm (Please bring own lunch)
July 12 to 16, 2021
Campfire Songs: Adult Guitar Class with Maiya Robbie
UPDATE: This class has been postponed until the Fall.
Join guitar and voice teacher Maiya Robbie to learn some basic chords, strumming patterns, and campfire singalong favourites! This class is perfect for those who’ve had little to no guitar and want to learn the basics, AND/OR those who have some confidence with chords but are wanting the chance to practice and play with others.
Sitting beneath the beautiful shade trees at Leir House, we will cover: basic anatomy of your guitar, major and minor chords (and a few extras), some strumming patterns, and one (optional) fingerpicking pattern. And, by course end, we will have learned to play (and sing) 2-3 campfire songs! Register soon! Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.
Ages: 18 and up
7pm to 8:30pm
$125 (plus registration fees)
Summer Strings Adult Music Camp
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
10am to 4pm
Are you an adult student of the violin, viola, and cello looking to develop your skills? Then our Summer Strings Camp taking place at historic Leir House from Tuesday, August 31 through Thursday, September 2 is just the place for you. In three days, you will elevate your playing techniques while attending chamber music coaching sessions, masterclasses, private lessons, and stretching your hard-worked muscles through yoga.
Summer Strings Adult Music Camp is the perfect learning opportunity for musicians. Instructors Sandra Wilmot, John Suderman, and Olivia Walsh, all professional musicians with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, will lead you through chamber pieces and teach you techniques to help you progress on your instrument.
Treat yourself to three highly-motivated days surrounded by like-minded peers and positive instruction, in a fun and creative setting.
An informal performance will take place in the afternoon of the final camp day. Registration deadline is July 15, 2021. Enrollment is limited. THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.
Ages: 18 and up
10am to 4pm (Please bring own lunch)
August 31 through September 2, 2021
$195 (plus registration fees)