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                                                                                                            drum camp

MJ's Summer Drum and Rhythm Camp 2017

June 26-30   9:30am-1:00pm at MJ's Music School
Cost: $210.00
Led by Dave Fox and Matt Salvo, MJ's Music School faculty
All Levels are welcome. NO prior drumming experience is required

Open to drummers, percussionists and instrumentalists of all levels, our camp will offer large group ensemble learning and performance as well as individual and small group instruction based on ability level.

Topics covered during the week will be:

Co-ordination and styles for drumset 
Tuning and stick selection


 Each session will cater to students of different ability and will include:

  • Warming up/Stick Control exercises and Rudiments
  • Reading, singing and playing basic rhythms
  • Performance Exposure/Group Playing
  • Playing along with recorded tracks a well as individual solo performance
  • Individual Lesson Time


Using music of various styles including Pop, Rock, Funk and Jazz, campers will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of technique including grip, stroke and posture.
  • Learn musical foundations of percussion including rhythm, dynamics, melody, listening and notation.
  • Learn the fundamental co-ordination exercises in control of hands and feet.
  • The week will culminate in group and individual performances showcasing achievement

Younger campers (ages 5-7) will benefit both from individual and group instruction as well as an ensemble performance opportunity with older and experienced campers. Activities will include:

  • Sticking exercises using R and L Notation.
  • “Animal Rhythms” and basic pattern recognition
  • Bucket Drumming
  • Introduction to the drumset and instruments of the percussion family.
  • No prior drumming required, but students should be able to participate in a classroom and individual learning environment for sessions up to 45 minutes at a time.

Campers will receive a pair of  Vic Firth Drumsticks to be used throughout the week and several handouts of music and exercises.


Sample day schedule

9:30-10:30         Group Warmup. Stick Control and Rudiment review

10:30-11:00        Individual or small group time. Technique focus

11:00-11:15        Snack

11:15-11:45        Co-ordination and Drumset style of the day

11:45-12:05        Individual or small group time. Performance focus

12:05-12:15        Break

12:15-11:50        Group Ensemble rehearsal

12:50-1:00         Wrap up and review  

Please note, this camp is not appropriate for children who require physical support or restraint and/or exhibit intensive behavioral or functional needs and significant challenges.  Parents are encouraged to stay with their child in the sessions and participate with us!


For Registration, contact Molly Jo Rivelli at mjsmusicschool@yahoo.com or 781-642-1181    www.MJsMusicSchool.com          www.facebook.com/mjsmusicschool

































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Our staff of instructors consists of professional musicians and music school graduates from such schools as Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and Arizona State University. All have extensive training on their instruments and years of teaching experience. Instructors are hired for their flexibility in dealing with students at different age and ability levels. Our teachers strive to help students play as musically as possible, as soon as possible, while focusing on the fundamentals of music.