W.O. Smith Music School offers a weeklong resident music camp every June at Hillmont Camp and Retreat Center in White Bluff, Tennessee.  Seventy students (aged 12 -18) are able to participate in this program, which features a daily schedule of required activities including private instrumental lessons, music history classes, instrumental ensembles, chorus, recreational activities, and a performance. A staff comprised of past and present W.O. Smith Music School faculty members and guest teaching artists from around the country instruct all classes.

Requirements to attend:

Campers are required to attend the entire week, all semester fees must be paid before application, and students must have a “B” or higher on their Spring performance evaluation and be in good standing with the school in regards to attendance and behavior. Students must have had 1yr of lessons on their instruments to participate.

W.O. Smith Resident Camp es para estudiantes de 12-18 años y tiene lugar en Hillmont Camp y Retreat Center en White Bluff, Tennessee.  Este campamento ofrece una semana de experiencias musicales para 70 estudiantes actuales cada año.  El programa diario contiene lecciones privadas, clases de historia musical y teoría musical, conjuntos, y tiempo libre.  Al fin de semana, hay un gran concierto en que todos los estudiantes participan y demuestran cosas aprendidas durante el campamento.  Los empleados son miembros de la facultad de W.O. Smith y otros artistas pedagogos invitados.

Woman are either alto(lower) or soprano(higher) Men are either bass(lower) or tenor(higher)
Age as of June 9th, 2019
Grade Level as of Fall 2019
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Music Track Choice - Rank these in order of the student's preference. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Do not select the same thing more than once.
Please Note**** Although there is no guarantee that all campers will be placed in their 1st track choice, every effort will be made to accommodate each camper's request.
“The 60s Blues: The Foundation of Rock & Roll - Gospel Music as the Birth of Soul - The Growth of R & B” In the beginning, the Blues was a music performed by poor African Americans for audiences of poor African Americans, and a reflection of their common experiences in the Jim Crow South. Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith and Leadbelly were notable singer-songwriters of the early 20th century. With the determination to better their lives, many African Americans moved north and took their blues with them. Through the 1950s and 1960s, recordings of many blues standards were made in Chicago at Chess Records, merging sounds with artists such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The Blues were imitated in the music of Elvis Presley and BB King. American Gospel music as an outgrowth of the black church left a lasting mark on the sound of Rock and Roll, influencing artists such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.
The 60s
“The 60s : Rise of Girl Groups/Boy Bands – Folk Rock – Motown Sound – Civil Rights Movement and Music” From its raucous beginnings to the time of its mainstream acceptance, Rock and Roll was youth music. And Rock and Roll was an expression of the rebellion that defined the generation gap. From the teen surf culture heard through the Beach Boys to the mini-melodramas of the Girl Group sounds, from the teen dances of the Twist, the Stroll, the Mashed Potato and the Watusi, the world of the teenager was made larger and more powerful through the music itself. As young people faced the troubling facts of a war that included them and a country that refused them the right to vote, music now offered, among other things, a megaphone through which their disillusionment could be voiced. Songwriters Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and James Brown used music to express feelings of frustration about war, civil rights and the excitement of change. Musicians such as Peter, Paul and Mary led civil rights marches. A new youth culture emerged from California, and the era of the “hippie” was born set to music by Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and the Mamas and the Papas.
The 70s
“The 70s : Singer-Songwriters – Prog Rock/Country Rock – Funk & Social Soul” Singer-Songwriters such as James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen used their music to express their views on the changing role of women in American society, the concerns about the polluted environment, and the division between races. The world of Rock and Roll was becoming fragmented into audience-preferred genres such as Punk Rock (The Clash), Glam Rock (David Bowie) and Heavy Metal (Led Zeppelin). Much of the black music of the 60s era reversed the path taken by popular Soul and established its own territories of Funk (Earth Wind & Fire), Reggae (Bob Marley) and Disco (Donna Summer).
Personal Best Choice - Rank these in order of the student's preference. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Do not select the same thing more than once.
Please Note**** House Band is for Rhythm Section instruments only
Health and Wellness Choice
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