Category Archives: Designing Summer Workshops

3 Teaching Tips for Summer Camp Planning

It’s that time again.

I know it’s not even officially spring yet, but March is the month when I normally start planning my summer camps. This year I’ve got some different ideas up on my sleeve for summer. (I’ll be blogging about those soon.)

3 Easy Teaching Tips:

First and foremost: Don’t get overwhelmed… here are 3 simple steps that you can take to start planning your summer camp: Continue reading

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5 Tips to Create Workshop Schedules

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I create daily schedules for my workshops and camps. So I’m here today to “talk” to all my fellow camp-planning maniacs out there 😉

Creating and using a daily schedule doesn’t have to be difficult!

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about designing daily schedules. Today I thought I’d take it a step further and actually show you what some of my daily schedules look like.

Read on for some daily schedule examples and tips! Please feel free to chime in with questions in the comment area.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Music Blast Camp Plans!

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Summer Camp Podcast with Tim Topham

Final-Podcast-Artwork-300x300-1Alright, summer camp teachers… I’ve got another bug to put in your ear this week. 😉

This podcast comes all the way from Australia! (And Texas and Pennsylvania, of course.)

Tracy Selle and I had a wonderful time talking with Tim Topham about all things summer camp.

HOW TO LISTEN: Check out TTTV039: Fun Piano Camp Themes & Games with Tracy Selle & Sara Campbell. You can also listen on iTunes. Just search for “Tim Topham TV” and look for Episode 39.

In this episode, you’ll learn all about:

  • How to choose the type of camp that suits you and your students
  • Creative ideas for themes and focuses for your camp
  • Games that are perfect for when you have extra minutes to fill
  • The top mistakes that teachers make on with first camp
  • Legal and liability considerations when running  a camp
  • How to start scaling up your Summer camps
  • How to market your camp and get your students excited to attend

Looking for more Workshop Inspiration?

static1.squarespace.comLast week I posted about my Full Voice Podcast interview with Nikki Loney. We chatted ALL about running vocal workshops… be sure to read the show notes… there’s a cool freebie download for voice teachers!

And don’t forget to check out the Free Resources page! Last week they shared an adorable Recital Reminder Card that’s shaped like an iPod.

Do you have questions about the podcasts above? Feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll be sure to answer! Want some advice about something really specific? Use the CONTACT link above and send me an email.

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Group Lessons 101 Opens March 7th

 We’ve got a wonderful guest expert lineup for our Group Lessons 101 – Registration will officially open on March 7th. Join our emailing list to get sneak peeks, freebies, and the chance to win cool stuff!

Interested in learning more? Join us for a FREE Live Webinar on Wednesday, March 2nd at 12pm EST as Tracy Selle and I discuss 5 Creative Tips to BOOST Income with Groups & Camps. Can’t attend live? No problem, we’ll send you the link to watch over the weekend. You won’t want to miss our exclusive announcements!

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Did you miss out on yesterday’s post? Make sure you check it out!! This app is excellent for young beginners, and you’ll want to get it before it disappears! Click on the image below to check it out.

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Upcoming Group Lessons 101 Webinar!

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Some of you might have noticed a hint here or there on my blog or FB page about a project I’ve been working on with Tracy Selle. I’m so excited to finally be able to announce our new webinar series!

It’s no secret that I’m all about helping teachers design summer workshops. Well, this spring I’m co-hosting  Group Lessons 101: A Creative Guide to Teaching Group Lessons and Summer Camps. In this webinar, you’ll be guided by 6 amazing guest experts who know all about groups and camps.

I don’t want to give it all away just yet, but I can tell you this: You will not want to miss out on this educational opportunity! This webinar includes:

  • Interviews from everyday teachers just like you. These amazingly creative teachers are experts at running group lessons and camps, and they’re going to share their secrets with you!
  • Coupons and gift certificates for books, songs, and other materials.
  • Worksheets and downloadables that will make your planning a breeze!
  • Pssst… I’m even going to teach you step-by-step how to run some of my most creative camps! I don’t sell my camps individually yet, so this is the only way you’ll get the inside scoop on how to run my Music Blast Camp, Movie Magic Camp, and Composition Camp!

Interested in learning more? Click on the image to sign up for my Group Lessons 101 emailing list. I promise, you won’t be spammed with tons of emails… just a couple announcements with info about our release date, some exclusive sneak peeks, and the opportunity to get some AWESOME freebies!

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(Note: Since I am a wordpress.com website, I cannot embed the email list above.  Clicking on the image will bring you to a different page. Sorry for the inconvenience! I’m slated for a huge site overhaul in the future so that this will no longer be an issue.)

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