Frequently Asked Questions
We are the only summer music camp addressing relevant women’s issues and looking to fill a specific hole that we perceive in music education, which is the lack of female representation in marching percussion. Our world-class staff is comprised of influential, inspirational women in the marching arts. Between the Women’s March, #Metoo campaign, and more women running for public office than ever, we believe the last year signals a national trend, and so we are inspired to be the catalyst for female empowerment in the marching arts.
Girls are underrepresented in percussion sections. The typical middle school or high school girl does not have a female band director or percussion instructor. If young women do not see or have access to successful female role models, they may not be aware of the musical opportunities available to them.
Yes, transgender girls are girls!
If a non-binary student feels comfortable attending a camp with feminine focus like ours, of course! We are providing a space for people who often are not afforded the same opportunities or normalcy other percussionists might be awarded, so non-binary youths may identify with these struggles.
Middle school and high school girls ages 12-18 years old.
Yes, we will require all attendees and staff to follow CDC guidelines about COVID safety protocols. Everyone will wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times when not eating or drinking.
Yes, if a student is unable to attend the camp in person there will be a virtual option. We are aiming to make the virtual schedule manageable so students are not online all day. Additionally, since the in-person portion is a day camp, there will be evening events where all attendees will get online to for virtual activities together.
We are accepting both battery and front ensemble students! We know there aren’t enough camps for front ensemble kids, and we want to advocate for the coherence of the entire percussion section. Battery and front ensemble sections work together and are often scored in the same category at band competitions, so we want to foster the idea of front ensemble and battery as a family. We envision a possible future where we can expand to include other male-dominated instrumental sections… like brass. 🙂
All battery and front ensemble instruments will be provided at the 2021 Coppell High School camp in Texas.
Since this is a day camp, meals will not be provided. Please plan on packing a lunch every day and bringing some snacks if you need more food.
Do I need to have previous battery or front ensemble experience to attend this camp? Do I need to be able to read music?
No, prior front ensemble or battery experience is NOT required to attend! However, it is recommended that attendees have at least one year of band under their belt so they have experience reading music or marching. Middle schoolers are the exception to previous marching experience, of course!
THAT’S OK! Have you always wanted to drum? Then NOW is your opportunity to try it! The only skill we highly recommend is being able to read music.
No, everyone who applies will be involved.
Yes! There will be a short presentation at the end of the week to showcase what we’ve been working on! All parents and the local community are invited.
One of the primary goals of our program is to provide femme mentorship for young women, so our teaching staff and guest artists are women or non-binary folks. This doesn’t mean that men cannot be involved, though! We have plenty of behind the scenes allies and supporters.
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