K12 outreach enlivens campus during summer quiet

first_imgJEFF FITLOW  MICHAEL SIROIS  Local high school students attended the Rice Summer Business Institute to gain first-hand exposure to the fundamentals of money, financial markets and business. Musical expressions More than 100 children ages 2-9 explored music through hands-on activities during day camps at the Shepherd School of Music. The children learned rhythm games, built percussion instruments and created musical stories that encouraged creativity and taught them about the science of sound,“Since children learn by doing, we structure the camps in such a way that kids can develop natural musical instincts through joyful participation,” said Rachel Buchman, lecturer in music. “When children experience music physically, they understand the basic language and fundamental concepts of music. Those building blocks encourage confidence and inspire expression in many aspects of their lives.”The weeklong camps culminated in performances for family and friends featuring the campers’ newly acquired music skills.For more developed musicians, the Shepherd School offered piano and vocal camps through the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program. The program’s mission is to prepare K-12 music scholars for a lifetime of study and enjoyment.In the Summer Institute for Piano, 17 students spent a week in June developing their talents in one-on-one sessions with master teachers, group lessons and performances. That same week, 20 students enrolled in the Summer Vocal Camp enhanced their singing and performance skills through private lessons, theatrical events and scene rehearsals. Although the students varied in age and came from many different backgrounds, their love of music quickly emerged as a unifying factor. COURTESY PHOTO  JEFF FITLOW  Long Description Long Description Middle school students apply computer science principles to their robotics lab. More than 40 female students attended the five-day camp. Long Descriptionlast_img