Good grief! It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with this blog! It has been such a super busy year, I haven’t had time! There is so much to share, and hopefully as summer settles in, I’ll find more time to write. However, with summer starting, it’s time to start thinking about SUMMER CAMPS!!
I actually enjoy writing, and one of the great parts about blogging is it helps me to organize everything- so it is the perfect way to plan activities and lesson plans. By blogging, I am also able to share with parents and kids what they can expect whenever they sign up for a class at The ARK. So... here is what you can expect for Moana’s Musical Island Ukulele Camp this summer!
Camp will be Monday-Friday, August 13-17 from 10am-1pm with a luau/cabaret style performance on August 18th at 2:00pm. The cost is $180 and includes a new ukulele which the kids can take home with them! If your child already owns a ukulele, send them to camp with it, and tuition will drop to $150. This really is a great camp for kids who are interested in the ukulele, but have never tried it at all- but it will also be fun for more experienced ukulele players.
Interested in registering? Visit: thearksnohomish.com/summer-camps.html to register
Monday, August 13
So, the plan is to learn two of the group numbers from Moana- “We Know the Way”, and “Where You Are”. Monday and Tuesday, we’ll be working on “We Know the Way”, and Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be learning “Where You Are”. For those kids who have already worked with me, you all know how much I love foreign languages and dialects, and I am so excited to break down the Tokelauan and Samoan lyrics with everyone.
Throughout the week, we’ll be learning four different ukulele songs- two Bob Marley (I’m a total sucker for Bob Marley), and two John Cruz tunes. On Monday, we’ll be learning 3 Little Birds on the ukulele.
We’ll also be learning two different simple hula dances. This will be a challenge for me, I am not a dancer, but I found some great videos on youtube (how did I ever live before youtube!), and I have no problem with making a complete fool of myself in the name of fun! We’ll be doing “He Mele no Lilo” on Monday and Tuesday and “How Far I’ll Go” on Wednesday and Thursday.
For our craft on this day, we’ll be making pui’li rhythm sticks which we’ll hopefully be adding to our music throughout the week- “We Know the Way” in particular has some fun beats going on- I’m excited to pull out my gathering drum!
Tuesday, August 14
On Tuesday, we’ll be reviewing “We Know the Way” and adding our rhythm sticks and we’ll also be reviewing our “He Mele no Lilo” hula dance.
For the ukulele, we’ll review our chords, “Three Little Birds” and start working on John Cruz’s “Island Style”.
For our craft, we’ll be making grass skirts- because it’ll be fun to hula in these for the rest of the week!
Wednesday, August 15
While we’ll probably still be reviewing “We Know the Way” (it’s pretty difficult), we’ll also add the other ensemble song from Moana- “Where You Are” (which is much easier).
For our ukulele song, we’ll be learning “One Love/People Get Ready” by Bob Marley- I taught this song along with the sign language to my preschool class two years ago- my 5 year old son still sings it.. I am so excited to be teaching it again!
For our hula portion, we’ll be reviewing “He Mele no Lilo”, but we’ll be starting a new hula number for “How Far I’ll Go”.
Our craft for the day will be making paper turtles which will be used to decorate the tables for our Saturday luau performance.
Thursday, August 16
We’ll review our two vocal songs- “We Know the Way”, and “Where You Are”- primarily focused on “Where You Are”.
For our hula, we’ll review “He Mele no Lilo” and “How Far I’ll Go”, focusing on “How Far I’ll Go.
Our new ukulele song will be “Shine On” by John Cruz. We’ll also be reviewing “Three Little Birds”, “Island Style”, and “One Love/People Get Ready”.
The craft for that day will be tiki masks which will also decorate the tables for our Saturday luau.
Friday, August 17
This last day of camp will be spent reviewing all of our music and dances. We'll spend the first part of the day working through any difficulties/kinks in our various pieces, and spend the afternoon running the cabaret straight through. We'll also be setting up tables and decorations for Saturday's performance.
We'll be doing two different crafts on our final day- Heart of Te-Fiti necklaces to wear (or gift) for the performance, plus leis for all our guests.
Saturday, August 18... PERFORMANCE!!
Last year at the end of our Rainbows STEAM camp, we did a cookout and performance/display of our week’s activities... in keeping with our Hawaiian theme, we’ll be doing a similar performance/display, but in the style of a Hawaiian luau with lots of pork and pineapple and other tropical food and drink. It is such a great time to celebrate with the kids, and enjoy our outdoor space. I hope to see you there!
Register by visiting thearksnohomish.com/summer-camps.html, or by calling Amy at 206.390.9479.
is a professional pianist, teacher, singer, and Music Director currently residing in Snohomish, Washington. She is the Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in Monroe, WA, and also teaches private piano, voice and ukulele lessons at The ARK in Snohomish, WA.