Youth Percussion Ensemble
Sep
11
to Dec 18

Youth Percussion Ensemble

We will meet weekly to play music together using a set of pentatonic xylophones as well as drums and other percussion instruments. Each week will start with warm-up exercises focusing on rhythmic fluency, musicality, and listening. We will improvise and compose music together, over time developing a repertoire of known pieces. We will work with fundamental concepts like dynamics, tempo, timbre, rhythm, articulation, mood, and notation in order to develop music that is expressive, interesting, and fun. We will also study percussion music from around the world in order to ground our own endeavours. Goals include allowing students to see themselves as real musicians whose creativity and ideas are valued, to develop a sense of themselves as individuals functioning within a group, and to use music as a mode of personal expression. All of this would carry over to yield benefits in terms of any other instruments anyone is studying, but the main goal would be to enjoy making music together. No experience necessary.

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Unthings (Fall/Winter Session)
Sep
21
to Dec 14

Unthings (Fall/Winter Session)

Unthings provides children with the opportunity to explore, create, and learn — in groups and individually. Each week a team of two to three artists/mentors will provide materials, ideas, and guidance in a supportive and creative environment. Kids will have the space and time to engage with and explore their own ideas and questions, while learning and creating collaboratively.

Activities for upcoming sessions:
- Puppet making with crochet and scrap fabrics
- Branch weaving using driftwood as frames for plant-dyed yarns
- Spinning on the wheel
- Doll making- Sound-making circuits
- Making music together
- Musical instrument-making
- Cooking projects
- Permaculture in theory and practice
- Audio recording and editing - Art projects - Urban farming - Experiments with words
- Collaborative choose your own adventure story
- Word sculptures - Tinkering
 

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Drop Beats not Bombs
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Drop Beats not Bombs

The revolution starts with you! Make your own protest music using drum machines, synths and vocoders in this all-ages workshop and jam. You'll program beats and build tracks to create sonic protest art. No previous musical experience necessary.

Workshop leader - Barrett Jones

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Camp - Creative Kids! - Music, Movement, Art, and Play
Aug
7
to Aug 11

Camp - Creative Kids! - Music, Movement, Art, and Play

Each morning will involve an initial listening activity, singing/dancing, creative movement, an art project, and outdoor play at Takoma Urban Playground, a five minute walk away. Children should bring a healthy snack with them. This will be a noncoercive environment, so children will be able to opt out of any activity and read, draw, play quietly - anything that doesn't disturb the rest of the group.

Ages 5 - 8 // August 7 - 11 // 9am - noon // $150 plus $10 for materials (scholarships available)

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Camp - Build a Cigar Box Guitar and Shoe Box Amp
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Camp - Build a Cigar Box Guitar and Shoe Box Amp

A camp with a very specific project - to build a sturdy, working, nice-sounding 3-string guitar and amplifier. Participants will learn safe and effective techniques for using drills, saws, clamps, and other woodworking tools, as well as soldering equipment. Basic concepts of acoustics and circuitry will be covered. There will be time towards the end of the week for playing and recording the instruments together.

Ages 8 and up // July 10 - 14 // 1 - 4pm // $150 + $50 for materials (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Band Camp!
Jul
10
to Jul 14

Band Camp!

Play music together. Original music, other people's music, traditional music, improvised music,..... Open to all levels of experience, including none - we'll work with everyone where they're at. Bring an instrument or use one of ours. Performance opportunity if we all decide to go that route.

Ages 8 and up // July 10 - 14 // 9am - noon // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Healthy Living Summer Camp
Jun
26
to Jun 30

Healthy Living Summer Camp

LA BOULANGERIE "Healthy Living" summer camp aims to build a foundation for health and well-being. This summer camp provides participants with a fun, creative, educational and enriching experience through food preparation, yoga movement and mindfulness activities, relaxation, crafts, and outdoor time.

The food preparation component aims to introduce heart healthy whole grains, such as kamut, millet, teff, spelt, rye, emmer, einkorn, buckwheat, amaranth, and sorghum. Students mill the grains into flours and, then use the flours to prepare afternoon snacks. Participants also enjoy making fruit and vegetable smoothies for the morning snack, they learn about essential nutrients in fresh produce and how directly they affect our health.

June 26-30, 2017. Ages 8-15
9:15am–3:15pm

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Camp - Music Composition and Performance
Jun
19
to Jun 23

Camp - Music Composition and Performance

Using xylophones, drums, and other easy-to-make-sound-with instruments, campers will use structured group improvisation and other prompts as jumping off points for composing music together. Each day we'll listen to a variety of music, talk about its elements and how it makes us feel, and use that to inform discussions of musical decision-making in our own compositions. The camp will culminate in a performance for family members at the end of the week. No experience necessary.

Ages 8 and up // June 19 - 23 // 1 - 4pm // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Camp - Sound Machines
Jun
19
to Jun 23

Camp - Sound Machines

A week-long camp devoted to exploring the materiality of sound in fun and creative ways. Participants will design and build sound-producing machines and sculptures using wire, wood, and motors; collaborate on a junk sound sculpture; generally have fun learning about, listening to, playing, and recording sound. Campers will also gain experience with drills, saws, hammers, and other basic hand tools.

Ages 8 and up // June 19 - 23 // 9am - noon // $150 (scholarships available)
Students may bring lunch and combine morning and afternoon camps for a full day, 9-4pm.

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Unthings (New Session)
Apr
20
to May 25

Unthings (New Session)

Unthings provides children with the opportunity to explore, create, and learn — in groups and individually. Each week a team of two to three artists/mentors will provide materials, ideas, and guidance in a supportive and creative environment. Kids will have the space and time to engage with and explore their own ideas and questions, while learning and creating collaboratively.

In previous sessions we made collaborative sculptures using materials such as wire, small objects, magazines, and words; collected natural objects to make mobiles; made sound circuits and light boxes; harvested and planted crops at the nearby urban farm; wrote collaborative stories and poems; worked with natural/local materials to make eco-prints with steam bundling; made a harp; composed and performed graphic and text scores for vocal music; and drew and bound books with a visiting artist.

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