2021 Summer Camps & Workshops

COVID UPDATE FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS

Due to the ongoing COVID outbreak, MLE has made changes to our summer camp protocols. In line with the Florida Department of Health and CDC recommendations, we are implementing the following safety precautions for our 2021 camps:

  • Daily temperature screenings for staff and campers using contactless thermometer
  • Mask requirement for staff and campers
  • Increased disinfecting of all equipment and common surfaces
  • Increased ventilation throughout studio and outdoor meal times when possible
  • Limited capacity to allow for 3 feet of space in between campers

Students who must unenroll from the camp for health reasons will receive a full refund prior to the first day of camp. Students who must unenroll mid-week will receive a partial refund. 

Drumming Workshops
July 10-11, 12PM-3PM & July 17-18, 12PM-3PM

This workshop is designed to help young drummers elevate their craft as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Students will develop a better understanding of their role in ensemble playing, learn how to use drums creatively and musically, and experience other drummers’ styles. This weekend course gives students a chance to work with other musicians in a small group setting (capped at five participants), build confidence, and improve weaknesses in their playing

Who: Open to students ages 13-17, one year drum experience recommended (exceptions considered with instructor approval)

How Much: $50

Sample Schedule (subject to change): TBA

Register Online: Fill out our online form HERE.

Instructor: Alaundre Jefferson, lead instructor

Rock Band Camp
July 12-16, 9AM-3PM

Jam out at our summer Rock Band Camp 2021! Students will hone their music skills under the guidance of professional performers through small ensemble coaching, daily lessons, and jam sessions.The program ends in a concert showcasing the students performing rock and blues music. Students must provide their own instrument (except for keyboard and drums).

Who: Open to students ages 12-17 with at least 2 years instruction on their instrument or a teacher recommendation. Basic proficiency on their instrument is expected. Students outside the age range considered on a case-by-base basis.

How Much: $199 for one student, $150 for additional siblings

Sample Schedule (subject to change): TBA

Register Online: Fill out our online form HERE.

Instructors: Christopher Minami, lead instructor, Lyndon Thacker, guest artist

A Capella Workshop                                                                                                                                                                        July 19-23, 9AM-3PM

This weeklong camp is designed for students interested in exploring the world of a cappella! Students will learn and perform several a cappella pieces as a group, audition for solos, receive individual voice coachings, and work on ensemble musicianship skills.

Who: Open to students ages 13-17, ability to sing and match pitch, previous experience in choir or voice lessons preferred, but not required

How Much: $199 for one student, $150 for additional siblings

Sample Schedule: (subject to change) TBA

Register Online: Fill out our online form HERE.

 

Instructors: Brianna Martin, lead instructor

Intermediate Guitar Camp
July 24-25, 9AM-12PM

This weekend camp will give young guitarists a chance to learn and play in a supportive, fun environment. Students will work with top instructors, learn new pieces, and even have a final mini-performance.

Who: Open to students ages 7-11 with at least 1 year of instruction on guitar. Students falling outside the age range or years of study considered on a case-by-case basis.

How Much: $50

Sample Schedule (subject to change): TBA

Register Online: Fill out our online form HERE.

Instructors: Dr. Ben Lougheed, lead instructor

Advanced Guitar Camp
July 26-30, 9AM-3PM

This week-long camp is designed for intermediate to advanced guitar students interested in improving their classical guitar playing. The week will consist of workshops, large and small ensemble playing, private lessons, along with other fun activities and will culminate in a final performance on the last day of camp.

Who: Open to students ages 12+ with at least 3 years of instruction on guitar. Students falling outside the age range or years of study considered on a case-by-case basis.

How Much: $199 for one student, $150 for additional siblings

Sample Schedule (subject to change): TBA

Register Online: Fill out our online form HERE.

Instructor: Dr. Ben Lougheed, lead instructor

Preschool Violin Camp  
July 31-August 1, 9AM-3PM

Details TBA!

How Much: $50

Sample Schedule (subject to change): TBA

Instructor: Dr. Erin Heidrick, violin instructor, Natasha Marsalli, violin instructor

Instructors

Alaundre Jefferson
Drum Instructor

Alaundre is a drum instructor and performer based in Crawfordville, Florida. He enjoys performing a wide range of styles including rock, funk, country, jazz, and gospel music. He is currently pursuing degrees in music education and performance from Tallahassee Community College.

Dr. Ben Lougheed
Guitar Instructor

Ben is a longtime instructor at Music Lessons Express where he is currently the Program Director. He is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed six levels of teacher training with them, including the Guitar Practicum. He holds a DMA in guitar performance from Florida State University.

Christopher Minami
Guitar Instructor

Christopher is a recent addition to the Music Lessons Express studio, where he teaches classical and electric guitar, bass, and ukulele. He is currently pursuing a degree in guitar performance at Florida State University.

Cody Switzer
Guitar Instructor

Cody Switzer is a long-time instructor at Music Lessons Express where he teaches classical guitar and ukulele. He is the President of the Classical Guitar Society and Assistant Director of the Florida Guitar Festival. Cody is also a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he is pursuing his doctorate in guitar performance.

Erin Heidrick
Violin Instructor

Erin Heidrick is a violin instructor at Music Lessons Express where she teaches private violin lessons and PreTwinkle group class. She is a registered teacher and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and holds three levels of teacher training from them. Erin is a doctoral candidate in violin performance at Florida State University.

Frank Kuhny
Piano Instructor

Frank is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Florida State University. He holds degrees in piano and electrical engineering from Notre Dame and is also a proficient organist. Frank is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed all seven levels of their teacher training. He holds additional training in piano pedagogy from University of Illinois.

Jeremy Avalos
Guitar Instructor

Jeremy is a longtime instructor at Music Lessons Express where he teaches classical guitar. He is currently a doctoral candidate in guitar performance at Florida State University and holds additional degrees in guitar performance and creative writing.

Lyndon Thacker
Guest Instructor

Lyndon is a lifelong musician and keyboard, guitar, and percussion instructor at Music Lessons Express. In addition to teaching private lessons and rock band, he is an active performer in the Central Florida music scene and can be seen playing with Garnet and Soul, Mind Medicine, and HighTest, among others.