Summer Music Academy

Summer Music Academy

Contact SMA 

Summer Music Academy 
c/o Beth Bronk 
Texas Lutheran University 
1000 W. Court St. 
Seguin, TX 78155 

Phone: 830-372-6045 
Fax: 830-372-6832 
sma@tlu.edu

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For Band & Orchestra
July 6-11, 2014

Registration for SMA 2014 is now closed.

Level of Study   |    Electives   |    Costs   |    Checklist  |    2014 Packets

About the Summer Music Academy

Faculty

All faculty and housing directors will be Texas certified educators and/or professors from premiere universities and colleges. All faculty are selected based on outstanding performance professionally and their personal commitment to the Texas Lutheran University Summer Music Academy philosophy. Activity leaders are college students hand-selected to assist with SMA.

Performances

All performances are open to the public. Professionally made compact disc recordings will be available for purchase at the time of the performances.

Housing

Students will be housed in separate residence halls based on age and gender, two students per room.

Social Activities

Activities may include swimming, socials, tournaments, casino night, movies, recreational sports, recitals, Schlitterbahn, etc. All activities will be supervised by professional camp personnel.

Environment

A student's performance depends on many things, among them, challenging instruction, highly qualified and supportive faculty, a camp culture that builds community, accessible facilities, and opportunities to grow in every dimension. At the Texas Lutheran Summer Music Academy, students will find the ideal conjunction of all these factors and more. The camp is conveniently contained within the borders and safety of the TLU campus. Seguin is located 35 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio and 50 miles south of Austin. It is easily accessible from any direction via major thoroughfares.

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Level of Study

Middle School Bands & Orchestras

Designed to provide an encouraging, supportive learning environment with appropriate challenges for students with at least one year of formal school instruction and entering grades 6-8.

Senior High Bands & Orchestras

Provides a dynamic, challenging experience that allows each individual’s strengths to be developed. Enrollment will be in one specific area or students may elect the General track, in which students are allowed to choose a combination of courses from any offerings in any area.

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Electives

Electives will be offered in a variety of interesting and applicable areas including jazz band, choir, leadership skills, conducting, music composition, chamber music, music theory, rhythmic studies, music history, jazz history, improvisation, double reed making, marching fundamentals, drum majoring, and world percussion.*

*Electives subject to change.

High School Electives

High School students will have three electives. You will be asked to choose your top 5 preferences on your application. Not all electives may be available, depending on demand and faculty availability. Requests will be filled in the order in which they are received. Jazz Band and Reedmaking (for double reed players) each take two electives spots.

If you are coming to camp on the drum major track, all 3 of your electives will be drum major electives, so you will choose only ONE elective – drum major track (see below).

  • Drum Major Track – All the aspects of being a successful drum major will be covered during your daily electives periods. If you choose this, mark no other electives.
  • Choir – like to sing? Try your talents out in our SMA show choir! This vocal group is for all levels! No previous experience necessary!
  • Conducting – The introduction of basic beat patterns, cueing and more for the future maestro! Bring a conductor’s baton if you like!
  • Drumline – Learn marching percussion skills and cadences! (for percussionists only)
  • World Percussion - An introduction to concepts and practices of various international ethnic drumming idioms, including steel drums (for percussionists only)
  • Future Music Educators – Thinking about music education as a career? Career exploration for grades 10 - 12 only!
  • Instrumental Ensembles – String, percussion, woodwind or brass chamber ensembles! Work with a group and a coach on a musical selection for possible performance! Potential Ensembles: Flute Choir; Clarinet Choir; Woodwind Trio or Quartet; Sax Quartet; Brass Trio, Quartet or Quintet; Brass Choir; Trumpet Choir; French Horn Choir; Trombone Choir; Low Brass Ensemble; String Quartet
  • Jazz Improvisation (open to all students on any instrument) – Learn how to improvise your own music and to understand chord progressions! Improvisation is for players of any level on any instrument!
  • Jazz Band (by audition) – Love jazz band? Audition for a place in one of our jazz bands! No previous experience necessary! (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, piano and drum set players only) (TAKES 2 ELECTIVES SPOTS)
  • Jazz History – Ragtime, Dixieland, Be-bop and more! Familiarize yourself with the jazz greats!
  • Leadership – What skills make a successful student leader? Develop the attitude and character needed to be a leader of your peers! Great for those interested in becoming an officer or section leader, or even drum major!
  • Music History and Literature – An overview of some of the greatest classical music compositions of all time!
  • Music Theory – The nuts and bolts of scales, chords, and intervals and how they work together to make music!
  • Music Technology – Heard of Finale, Sibelius, Smart Music and Garage Band? Learn about one or more of these computer programs! (Limited enrollment due to computer availability) (Bring a set of headphones or earphones for this class)
  • Marching – Polish your marching skills, learn new techniques, and perfect your style! Become a better marching member of your band!
  • Sight-reading Skills – Improve your rhythmic skills! Be a better sight-reader!
  • Rock and Roll History – Explore the development of Rock and Roll styles from R & B to today’s popular music!
  • Reed making (for oboe and bassoon players ONLY – this takes up two elective spots) - work on the skills needed to make your own playable reeds – materials provided. (HIGHLY recommend for double-reed players!)

Middle School Electives

Middle School students will have three electives. You will be asked to choose your top 5 preferences on your application. Not all electives may be available, depending on demand and faculty availability. Requests will be filled in the order in which they are received. Jazz Band and Reedmaking (for double reed players) each take two electives spots.

  • Choir – Like to sing? Try your talents out in our SMA show choir! This vocal group is for all levels! No previous experience necessary!
  • Conducting – The introduction of basic beat patterns, cueing and more for the future maestro!
  • Drumline – Learn marching percussion skills and cadences! (for percussionists only)
  • World Percussion - An introduction to concepts and practices of various international ethnic drumming idioms, including steel drums (for percussionists only)
  • Instrumental Ensembles – String, percussion, woodwind or brass chamber ensembles! Work with a group and a coach on a musical selection for possible performance! Potential Ensembles: Flute Choir; Clarinet Choir; Woodwind Trio or Quartet; Sax Quartet; Brass Trio, Quartet or Quintet; Brass Choir; Trumpet Choir; French Horn Choir; Trombone Choir; Low Brass Ensemble; String Quartet
  • Jazz Improvisation (open to all students on any instrument) – Learn how to improvise your own music and to understand chord progressions! Improvisation is for players of any level on any instrument!
  • Jazz Band (by audition) – Love jazz band? Audition for a place in one of our jazz bands! No previous experience necessary! (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, piano and drum set players only) (TAKES 2 ELECTIVES SPOTS)
  • Jazz History – Ragtime, Dixieland, Be-bop and more! Familiarize yourself with the jazz greats!
  • Leadership – What skills make a successful student leader? Develop the attitude and character needed to be a leader of your peers! Great for those interested in becoming an officer or section leader, or even drum major one day!
  • Marching – Polish your marching skills, learn new techniques, and perfect your style! Become a better marching member of your band! Great for both new and experienced marchers!
  • Music History and Literature – An overview of some of the greatest classical music compositions of all time!
  • Music Theory – The nuts and bolts of scales, chords, and intervals and how they work together to make music!
  • Music Technology – Heard of Finale, Sibelius, Smart Music and Garage Band? Learn about one or more of these computer programs! (Limited enrollment due to computer availability) (Bring a set of headphones or earphones for this class)
  • Rock and Roll History – Explore the development of Rock and Roll styles from R & B to today’s popular music!
  • Reed making (for oboe and bassoon players ONLY – This takes up TWO elective spots) - work on the skills needed to make your own playable reeds – materials provided. (HIGHLY recommend for double-reed players!)
  • Sight-reading Skills that ROCK! – Learn to become a more confident sight-reader and strengthen your music-reading skills! Improve your rhythm! Make your time at band camp COUNT when you get back to school in the Fall!

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Costs 

  • Residential Students – $475 includes all instruction, housing, meals, activities and a camp T-shirt 
  • Commuter Students – $289 includes all instruction, two daily meals, activities and a camp T-shirt 
  • Private Instruction with a Specialist – Available for $15 for one lesson, $30 for two lessons (payable by cash or check at registration only) 
  • Schlitterbahn Evening Event - (optional) 
    • $55 without a season pass, $35 with a season pass, includes: transportation, all-you-can-eat buffet, and exclusive ride time

Achievement-Based Scholarships 

A limited number of scholarships are available based on individual student achievement through the TMEA district, region, area, and all-state process. Requests for scholarships must be made by June 1. Students should send an email to Beth Bronk at the SMA email address, sma@tlu.edu, briefly outlining their accomplishments and requesting consideration for a scholarship. You will be informed by return email of any scholarship awarded. If you are registering online prior to requesting scholarship, please pay only the deposit, and pay the balance due by check after notification of your scholarship.

The Patricia and Roy Norton Memorial SMA Scholarship is a new scholarship dedicated to the memory of Patricia and Roy Norton, who both dedicated their lives to teaching music. Roy ran the Summer Music Academy for many years when he served as the Director of Bands for Texas Lutheran, and Pat taught at the Summer Music Academy for more than 35 years. Roy was a fine clarinetist and Pat was a wonderful oboist. To continue to remember and honor Pat and Roy Norton, this scholarship will benefit one high school clarinet player and one high school oboe player each year. Applicants should demonstrate the following qualities: high achievement on clarinet or oboe, dedication to their high school band program, leadership in action, and intention to pursue a degree in music education. Applicants should email Beth Bronk at the SMA email address, sma@tlu.edu, outlining the ways in which they demonstrate the qualities that were so important to the Nortons. A letter of recommendation from the applicant's high school band director is also requested. Both the email and the letter of recommendation should be submitted by June 1. Applicants will be informed by email of any scholarship awarded. If you are registering online prior to requesting scholarship, please pay only the deposit, and pay the balance due by check after notification of your scholarship. 

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SMA Checklist 

Fill out an application 

Submit your nonrefundable $100 deposit 

  • Online applicants must use a credit card or e-check to pay the $100 deposit when registering for camp. The remaining balance can be paid using the Online Payment Form. Online registration will not be processed without $100 deposit. 
  • Applicants choosing to print out and mail in their applications must include a check or money order, for at least the $100 deposit, payable to Texas Lutheran University with application 

Pay your remaining balance by June 15 

  • Online Payment Form: Pay the remaining balance using a credit card or e-check by using the Online Payment Form.
  • If you would like to pay with a check or money order (payable to Texas Lutheran University), you must mail in the balance by June 15. 

Submit your required Agreement & Health Form 

  • Agreement & Health Form
  • Electronic signatures will not be accepted. Please print out and sign. It is preferable that you scan and email, fax, mail in the form by June 15. 

Bring your Schlitterbahn pass if you have one 

Pay for private lessons at check in (if you selected this option on your application) 

  • Please bring a check or cash with you. 
  • Checks must be made out to the instructor. 
  • Instructor assignments will be available at check in. 

Review your SMA Packet (contains information about schedules, emergency contacts and behavior guidelines) 

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