Summer Jam Camp

Plans for Summer Jam Camp 2019 are underway.  Please check back later for details.  In the meantime, read about what was offered at Jam Camp 2018.

Summer Jam Camp is a one day camp offering five musical classes. Each class is offered at three different levels: Beginning; Intermediate; and Advanced.  Students must enroll in the same level for all of the classes.

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Discover Christian Church
2900 Martin Road
Dublin, OH 43017

Posted 3/14/18

We have had a lot of interest – and a lot of questions – about our new Summer Jam Camp. So we hope the following information will be helpful.

There are no refunds after the registration deadline of June 16. The only refunds that will be made after this date are the additional Performance Track audition fees.

Clarification on Regular vs. Performance Tracks
Students must enroll for the Regular Track. They then have the option to add the Performance Track. You can’t audition for the Performance Track unless you enroll for the Regular Track. (This is similar to Special Performance Auditions within Pianorama.)

If students do not pass the audition for the Performance Track, they are still enrolled in, and expected to attend, the Regular Track classes. Only their Performance Track audition fee be will refunded, which is $25.00 for members and $37.00 for non-members.

Class Levels
Students are enrolled in the same level for each class. The guidelines given include years of study, levels in other events, etc. These are only guidelines. Students are not expected to have all of the experience listed!

Thank you for your patience as we strive to make our first Jam Camp a success! We will continue to post updated information as it becomes available.

There are two “tracks” available for Jam Camp: Regular and Performance.
The Regular Track is for students who wish to attend all five classes. The Performance Track is for students who wish to attend all five classes AND perform a piece with a drum and string bass ensemble. The student will receive a 15-minute rehearsal and instruction period with the ensemble and an opportunity to perform in the final recital. The piece does not have to be memorized but must be performance ready. Students must submit a video performance of their potential piece to be performed with their application. Pieces must be no longer than 3 minutes. The camp chairmen based on first come, first serve and also quality of performance will choose students. Only 20 students will be chosen to perform in the performance track. All decisions are final and the performance fee will be refunded if the student is not chosen. Students enrolled in the Regular Track are encouraged to attend the recital.

The three Class Levels are:

Less than two years of study. Up through level 2B method book. Limited sight-reading skills. Scale Olympics Levels Prep, 1, 2. Guild Levels EA, EB, EC. Pianorama Levels 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B.

2-5 years study of study. Good music reading skills. Level 2B-5 Method Book. Scale Olympics Levels 3-5. Guild Levels ED, EE, EF, IA, IB. Pianorama Levels 3A, 3B, 4.

Studying standard literature like Bach, easier Chopin, Schumann, Kabalevsky. Excellent music reading skills. Usually more than 5 years of study. Scale Olympics Levels 5-8. Guild Levels IC and above. Pianorama Levels 4 and above.

Here are the classes being offered.  To learn more about the presenter, click on their name.

1) Taiko Drumming – Deborah Graham-Gibson and Angela Brooks
This class will offer students a chance to explore rhythms through the ancient art of taiko, Japanese drumming. Students will use words and rhythms to learn authentic music written for taiko. They will also use those principles to guide them toward improvisation in that style. The class will be tailored to meet the needs of each class level.

2) Music and Movement – Julie Chambers
Beginner track: Students will use their voices and bodies to make music in a fun atmosphere, while learning valuable beginning musicianship skills. Basic beat and rhythm skills will be used while discovering patterns in folk dances, listening examples, and musical games.

Intermediate track: Students will use their voices and bodies to deconstruct the building blocks of music. Sight-singing, dictations, ear-training, and rhythm skills will be used in this class.

Advanced track: Students will use their voices and bodies to deconstruct the building blocks of music. Sight-singing, dictations, ear-training, and rhythm skills will be used in this class. This class is a more advanced version of the intermediate track.

3) Notation Creation: Learning to Compose Creatively – Jeanmarie Strawbridge
Go beyond playing music and learn to write your own! As a group, students will learn how to compose an original piece. They will “take note” of basic musical structures and learn how to choose various aspects of a composition to make their own music come to life.

4) Key Concepts: The Mechanical Evolution of the Piano and Its Predecessors – Megan Colleen Rainey
This class gives students the opportunity to look inside the piano and discover exactly how it works. We will be discussing the history of the keyboard family of instruments, mechanical innovations that led to the development of today’s piano, and how modern pianos are constructed and maintained.

5) Come On, Get “App”y – Lizbeth Atkinson
Come explore apps that will make learning music fun and engaging. Students will have the opportunity to try the latest apps that focus on note reading, rhythm, sight reading and more. Students will have the opportunity to work on their own and in groups as they challenge themselves and discover creative ways of learning while meeting new friends. Each level is carefully graded to ensure maximum confidence while still allowing students to want to reach the next level.

For students participating in the Performance Track, the ensemble will be string bass player Chad Greenwald and drummer Michael Yonchak.

Age and Lesson Requirements:
Students must be at least 6 years of age by the day of camp to attend and have had at least 6 months of formal lessons.

Fees and Registration:
Regular Track
$75.00 for students of members; $113.00 for students of non-members
Performance Track
$100.00 for students of members; $150.00 for students of non-members


For teachers who have a Google Account, please register all students online at:

For teachers who do NOT have a Google Account, please register all students online at:

If you do not have a Google account, you will need to email your video, consent, and copyright forms (if applicable.)

Teachers must also submit the “Video Consent” form for each student:

-Registration opens April 1, 2018.
-Students may choose from the performance track or the regular track.
-All registration forms are due (postmarked) by Saturday, June 16, 2018.
-No late forms will be accepted. Late registration forms will be returned.
-If students are using photocopies of music, you must have the “Copyright Representation and Indemnification Agreement for Use of Downloaded/Computer-Generated Music” form filled out for each student:

-Registration begins at 8:30 am.
-Classes begin at 9:00 am and run every hour until 3:00 pm.
-One-hour lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
-The recital begins at 3:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

-Parents will provide a bagged lunch.
-No refrigerated items please.
-No peanut or peanut butter items.
-Bottled water will be provided.

Teachers, please submit one check payable to OhioMTA Central East District and mail to:
Lizbeth Atkinson
2118 Farleigh Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221


Updated September 6, 2018.