At the NSU jazz camp, you'll have the opportunity to play in various jazz groups, take lessons, learn about improvisation, enjoy social and recreational activities and participate in nightly jam sessions.
All students will have a chance to be part of a jazz big band. Rehearsals will be held each day, with a final concert Saturday. You'll learn to play a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin and funk/rock.
Each student will have one lesson, with the option of taking more. Lessons will help you improve tone, technique, style and improvisation.
Improvisation classes will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. This is a great time to just get your feet wet or improve the improvisation skills you already have.
NSU Campus Band students entering grades 6-9 are welcome to attend the Rushmore National Junior High Music Camp on Northern's campus in Aberdeen. Guided by camp counselors, students stay in Northern dorms and enjoy meals in NSU's dining hall, the Wolves' Den.
The camp offers many performance opportunities and individual lessons from music educators and professionals, as well as daily recreational activities. For details, follow the camp on Facebook.
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The Northern State University Music Department's Instrument Day takes place at the beautiful Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., after which students will work side by side with experienced, expert clinicians and instrument groups will rehearse. Large and small ensembles will perform at a 3 p.m. final concert.
Registration is open to high school and advanced middle school students who play flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone (alto, tenor, or bari), horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba or percussion. The fee is $20 per person and includes lunch and a T-shirt.
For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Miller.