To register, please call (206) 634-1662 or email music@dustystrings.com!


Welcome!

Whether your child has never played an instrument before or is already taking private lessons in our Music School, these programs are an excellent opportunity to engage musically with peers and develop new friendships, learn skills not taught in school, and grow their confidence as both musicians and individuals. We believe that above all, playing music should be fun and enjoyable, and these programs are designed to be supportive both personally and artistically.

At any time, please feel free to ask our friendly retail staff for more information. In addition, we hope to expand our offerings in 2020, adding several other musical instruments and musical styles. If you have suggestions, I want to hear them! I can be reached at school@dustystrings.com or (206) 634-1662. Here’s to the next generation of musical artists!

Jonathan Shue
Education Director
school@dustystrings.com


June 24 – 28, 2019

Each morning, both camps will gather for a half-hour group warm-up consisting of fun theatre games, light yoga, or group singing. Each afternoon, they’ll gather to create and rehearse a concert-style performance for the final day. The rehearsal portion will be led by piano and ukulele teacher Audrey Goodman.

Guitar Camp Session 1

M-F, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, ages 11 – 14
Teacher: Papa Josh

For total beginners! Students will start with the basics of how to hold, tune, and care for their guitar and by the final day be able to strum basic chords used in thousands of popular songs. Along the way, they’ll start reading sheet music and TAB (guitar notation), learn the basic scales upon which chords are built, and a few “riffs.” Songs by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Billy Eilish, Sam Mendes, and more make-up the learning material. The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working six-string guitar of an appropriate size (Dusty Strings staff can help you and your child find the right size guitar), which may be purchased or rented through our store. A tuner, music stand, and recording device are also recommended.

Register for Guitar Camp Session 1, June 24 - 28

Fiddle Camp

M-F, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, ages 7 – 13
Teacher: Kat Bula

For total beginners! The foundation of this camp is old-time fiddle tunes from North America and Europe. In addition to learning how to hold, tune, and care for their instrument, students will learn to play classic old-time fiddle tunes by ear, such as “All the Pretty Little Horses” and “Shady Grove.” The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working fiddle appropriate to their size (¼, ½, ¾, or full), which may be purchased or rented from Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah. A music stand and recording device are also recommended.

Register for Fiddle Camp, June 24 - 28


July 8 – 12, 2019

Each morning, both camps will gather for a half-hour group warm-up consisting of fun theatre games, light yoga, or group singing. Each afternoon, they’ll gather to create and rehearse a concert-style performance for the final day. The rehearsal portion will be led by piano and ukulele teacher Audrey Goodman.

Ukulele Camp Session 1

M-F, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, ages 7 – 13
Teacher: John Leder

For total beginners! Students will discover the foundational concepts of music consisting of rhythm, tempo, pitch, melody, and major and minor keys as they learn to play one of today’s most popular musical instruments. They’ll learn chords and strumming, start reading music, and play while singing along to a variety of folk and pop/rock songs from the 1920’s (“Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”) to today (“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz). The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor) tuned GCEA, which may be purchased or rented through our store. A tuner, music stand, and recording device are also recommended.

Register for Ukulele Camp Session 1, July 8 - 12

Bluegrass Camp

M-F, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, ages 8 – 14
Teachers: Jason Stewart & Kat Bula

For advanced beginner to intermediate players, or students who can solo or accompany in the keys of G, C, D, E, and A on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, cello, or upright bass. Students will learn how to play and sing bluegrass music with others in a lively, encouraging setting. They’ll play classic bluegrass tunes such as “Salty Dog Blues” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by first playing them very slowly then building up to speed. Along the way, they’ll discover the roles of each of the instruments in an ensemble, how to take a solo, and how to jam with others. The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, cello, or upright bass (Dusty Strings has one upright bass available in the school). Fiddles (violins) and cellos may be rented through Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah. A tuner, music stand, and recording device are also recommended.

Register for Bluegrass Camp, July 8 - 12


July 15 – 19

Each morning, both camps will gather for a half-hour group warm-up consisting of fun theatre games, light yoga, or group singing. Each afternoon, they’ll gather to create and rehearse a concert-style performance for the final day. The rehearsal portion will be led by piano and ukulele teacher Audrey Goodman.

Guitar Camp Session 2

M-F, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, ages 11 – 14
Teacher: Erie Jones

For total beginners! Students will start with the basics of how to hold, tune, and care for their guitar and by the final day be able to strum basic chords used in thousands of popular songs. Along the way, they’ll start reading sheet music and TAB (guitar notation), learn the basic scales upon which chords are built, and a few “riffs.” Songs by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Billy Eilish, Sam Mendes, and more make-up the learning material. The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working six-string guitar of an appropriate size (Dusty Strings staff can help you and your child find the right size guitar), which may be purchased or rented through our store. A tuner, music stand, and recording device are also recommended.

Register for Guitar Camp Session 2, July 15 - 19

Ukulele Camp Session 2

M-F, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, ages 7 – 13
Teacher: John Leder

For total beginners! Students will discover the foundational concepts of music consisting of rhythm, tempo, pitch, melody, and major and minor keys as they learn to play one of today’s most popular musical instruments. They’ll learn chords and strumming, start reading music, and play while singing along to a variety of folk and pop/rock songs from the 1920’s (“Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”) to today (“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz). The final day will feature a short performance for friends and family featuring the songs they’ve learned. Students should have a working ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor) tuned GCEA, which may be purchased or rented through our store. A tuner, music stand, and recording device are also recommended.
Descriptions and teachers subject to change.

Register for Ukulele Camp Session 2, July 15 - 19


Daily Schedule

Monday – Thursday

9:15 AM        Students arrive, tune-up, and ready themselves for the day 
9:30 AM       Morning warm-up with Jonathan Shue (Dusty Strings Education Director)
        Monday: Name game, light physical warm-up, rhythm game
Tuesday: Name game, light physical warm-up, singing game
Wednesday: Theatre game, light physical warm-up, rhythm game
Thursday: Light yoga, energetic theatre game, singing game
Friday: Light physical warm-up, energetic theatre game, rhythm and/or singing game
10:00 AM       First class with teacher
10:45 AM       Break
11:00 AM       Sectionals or continued class time
11:30 AM       Rehearsal with Audrey Goodman and teachers
12:15 PM       Afternoon run-down with Jonathan
        Recap of that day’s classes (what did you do?)
Reflections on that day’s classes (what did you learn?)
Strokes, announcements, miscellaneous
12:30 PM       End of day

 

Friday

9:15 AM       Students arrive, tune-up, and ready themselves for the day 
9:30 AM       Morning warm-up with Jonathan (see above)
10:00 AM       First class with teacher
10:45 AM       Break
11:00 AM       Sectionals or private lessons
11:30 AM       Dress rehearsal
12:00 PM       Friends and family are invited to attend, take video and pictures, and bring treats!
12:25 PM       Acknowledgments
12:30 PM       End of day

Teachers

Kat Bula (Fiddle Camp and Bluegrass Camp) holds a bachelor’s in music from Western Washington University, with emphases in ethnomusicology, classical violin, and electronic music composition. She has won awards at numerous fiddle competitions, including the Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest and the Washington State Fiddle Contest. Since 1996, Kat has worked with hundreds of private students, as well as teaching at such events as California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and the Bellingham Folk Festival.

Audrey Goodman (Rehearsal/Performance) trained on piano from the age of seven at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a published composer, songwriter, ASCAP affiliate, and performer. In addition to the wealth of experience she brings to Dusty Strings, she is also on the board of Songwriters in Seattle, a non-profit organization that fosters creative development, collaboration, music education, and performance opportunities for independent artists.
    
Erie Jones (Guitar Session 2) grew up in a musical household and has been playing music since junior high school. A former Seattle schoolteacher, he taught music the last several years of his career there. He’s excited to now be in the middle of a second career teaching young people (and adults too) the mysteries and joys of the various fret boards.
    
Papa Josh (Guitar Session 1) began teaching guitar while in high school and has gone on to lead master classes and ensembles and teach music theory and improvisation at high schools and universities. Josh has also worked extensively with beginner and intermediate students of all ages. His patient and playful approach imbues confidence that helps overcome any obstacle to musical development.
    
John Leder (Ukulele Sessions 1 & 2) is co-founder and current president of the Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA), where he shares his love of ukulele by teaching the skills needed to participate in monthly song circles. He also works with students at a Seattle elementary school, teaching basic chords, strumming, and performance techniques, with a focus on a performance at the end of each school year.
    
Jonathan Shue (Education Director) has performed in award-winning regional theatre, toured internationally, produced three albums, and either composed or arranged music for many plays and new works. For ten years, he taught music and drama as an artist-in-residence at public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor’s in theatre from UCLA and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.
    
Jason Stewart (Bluegrass Camp) has been playing the banjo since early childhood, growing up in East Tennessee. His musical experience has included performing at the Grand Ole Opry and performing and recording with Jim Lauderdale. He also was a sideman with James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. Currently Jason performs locally in the Pacific Northwest with the bands Prairie Flyer and Dysfunction Junction. He takes great enjoyment out of connecting with new folks and sharing all that he has learned.

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