This page chronicles some of the most recent Camp Granada themes and lesson materials. Contact us for more information about hosting a Camp Granada session on your campus using the current theme or one of the themes described below.
Kids at Work: Summer 2017
In cultures around the world, music has been a central part of work from the beginning of time. There are records of songs that sailors sang to lift heavy sails in unison, songs that railroad workers sang to hammer together, cowboy songs to herd cattle, and many other examples. This year’s theme will teach campers about many types of work songs from different cultures, and other ways people have used music to do a job, pass the time during work, or just to make a tedious job a little more fun.
Unplugged: Summer 2016
Long before the invention of the radio, and around the world today where technology is not available, people have gathered with instruments and voices to entertain themselves after a hard day’s work, or to pass the time on long, cross-country trips. This year’s theme will take campers back in time and around the world to discover the ways in which children and adults have entertained themselves without relying on technology. The lessons encourage campers to unplug from their listening devices, and make their own music through play, creativity, and movement.
Campers learned traditional songs and games including tininking sticks from the Philippines, a Dutch top-spinning song (Sarasponda), rock-passing song-games from Ghana (Obwisana) and America (Down by the Banks), and many more. Campers also learned how composers have used traditional songs like these as starting points for many of the world’s best known orchestral pieces. Finally, campers made their own versions of folk instruments, and learned to accompany themselves using their voices, bodies, folk-toys, home-made instruments, and every-day house-hold items.
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2015 Spaced Out
This year’s theme, Spaced Out! will take students on a musical journey through outer space, studying the music of Gustav Holst, and folk songs from around the world. The closing ceremony will teach campers and audience members about the Voyager satellites launched in 1970, each containing a gold disk with songs and pictures from Earth to teach beings on other planets what life is like on Earth. The closing ceremony will include a parody of a 1938 radio broadcast that made listeners believe the world was being invaded by space aliens. In truth, the broadcast was the radio station’s Halloween prank: a dramatic reading of Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds. For the Camp Granada closing ceremony, the premise is that the golden recorders on Voyager reached Pluto where life forms on Pluto liked the music so much, they wanted to come to earth to hear some more.
Younger campers will perform an English folk story, The Strange Visitor, adding sound effects with voices and instruments, and will perform Sally Go Round the Sun with movement and non-pitched percussion. The middle group will perform a rhythm-stick and body-percussion accompaniment of Funga Alafia, a Nigerian greeting song (to welcome our visitors from Pluto), and will use boomwhackers to accompany Aiken Drum. The older campers will perform a French folk song, Au Clair de la Lune (by moonlight) on recorders and pitched percussion, The Car Song using non-traditional instruments to sound like a ratty space-ship about to fall apart, and will compose an improvisation piece using pitched percussion as a song for Pluto. All campers will also sing Sorida, a
welcome song from Zimbabwe, and our Camp Granada theme song, Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. In Connections class, younger campers will make a satellite-kazoo from a recycled toilet-paper tube, and a UFO ocean drum from paper plates. Older campers will create a self-portrait as if they are floating away in space. All campers will create a craft project to learn about Gustav Holst’s The Planets, design their own alien using spray foam, and will make their own solar system in the style of Eric Carle.
The Black Out theme teaches night-time musical and artistic concepts including nocturnes (night pieces), night-time landscapes, and games that simulate being in the dark, relying on sound rather than sight. All campers sing children’s and traditional songs that are traditionally sung around a camp fire. The youngest campers will perform an instrumental accompaniment to Robert Munch’s book Mortimer as the leader reads the story about a boy who does not want to go to sleep. The middle age group will learn about a Debussy nocturne, Clouds, and perform an ensemble arrangement of Star Light Star Bright as their own nocturne to perform as the leader reads It Looked Like Spilled Milk, by Charles Shaw. The oldest campers will learn an ensemble arrangement of a Japanese folk song, Firefly. Crafts and other activities in Connections classes will reinforce music’s association with art and movement. Younger campers will make a cloud craft to accompany their performance of Debussy’s Clouds. Younger campers will also make cave art based on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oexnbury and Michael Rosen. The older campers create an improvisation piece entitled Cage of the Winds based on Cave of the Winds by Russell Peck. All campers create their own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, create a fire-fly craft, and recreate ancient cave drawings using sand and glue.
2013 Way Out West
This year’s theme, Way out West, traces America’s cultural and musical development through many of the folk and traditional songs that have become staples of American music. Campers will accompany singing with pitched and non-pitched percussion as they explore the historical and cultural origins of This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, Working on the Railroad, She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, Clementine, Down by the Riverside, and Follow the Drinking Gourd. In Connections class, campers are introduced to well-known American artists including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Campers will create their own versions of classic American icons (people, places, events) in the style of these American artists.
2012 Exploring our Musical World
The 2012 program takes campers on a trip around the world to integrate familiar songs and stories with styles of musical performances that are more common around the world. Younger campers select a character from Carnival of the Animals and make a puppet of that animal in the style of Indonesian shadow puppets. Campers will also learn to play The Barnyard Song (I Bought Me a Cat) on a variety of Orff instruments to represent each character. Older campers will be introduced to Peter and the Wolf as they tell their own version of the original Russian folk tale in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppets. The story is accompanied by a camper performance of Sakura and sound effects written and performed by the campers.