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Announcing our summer Choir Camp!

Headwaters Music and Arts holds Choir Camp for youth ages 8-18 who love to sing! This summer day camp, led by vocal instructors Annalise Aakhus and NikkiLee Nolden, will be held from 9 am to noon, August 7-11. Participants will find camaraderie with other young singers while learning new skills such as harmonizing two part melodies, counting, reading music and learning proper breathing and open singing techniques. Family, friends and community members are invited  to the final performance at noon on Friday, August 11.

Choir Camp will be held at Headwaters’ downtown location, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. The cost to attend is $200 per participant. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all. Registration deadline and full payment are due  August 2.

Register for Choir Camp here.


Headwaters Scholarship options available for this program. Read more here.


 

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Headwaters Music and Arts holds its second annual Rock Band Boot Camp

Headwaters Music and Arts holds its second annual Rock Band Boot Camp for young musicians. Rock Band Boot Camp will be held 1-4 pm July 24-28 and is a ‘group performance’ class for musicians ages 10 to 17 with one to two years of experience playing guitar, drums, piano, bass or voice. Participants are welcome to bring a secondary instrument as well if they would like to learn how to improvise with the band.

Rock Band Boot Camp is a condensed version of Headwaters’ after school Rock Band Program held throughout the school year. The summer camp focuses on learning covers, songwriting, chord progressions, scales, singing harmonies, soloing, band communication, and how participants can thrive with their fellow bandmates in a live setting all over the course of 5 summer afternoons. The young rockers will find a supportive environment to try out other instruments if they choose. Participants will work together as a band to pick what tunes their unique group will practice and learn, drawing from the many rad decades of rock ‘n roll. The week will culminate with a live rock show for family and friends.

Rock Band Boot Camp will be held at Headwaters’ downtown location, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. The cost to attend is $200 per participant. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all. Registration deadline and full payment are due July 19.

Register for Rock Band Boot Camp here.


Headwaters Scholarship options available for this program. Read more here.


 

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Musical Theater Camp Set to Happen the Week of July 17 at Headwaters (this event has been cancelled)

This event has been cancelled for this year. Love to act, sing, and have fun with others your age? Headwaters Music and Arts will hold its week-long Musical Theater Camp July 17-21,  9 am-3 pm. The day camp is for any young person ages 8-15 who would like to gain the skills and confidence to take part in community theater, or simply get creative with friends. Directed by Kari Ekhoff, this camp prepares participants to take part in community theater or school productions by exposing them to the entire process of musical theater, including character development, set construction, and working off-script for a final public performance. The day camp has breaks built in for lunch, games, art activities, and team building challenges.

Musical Theater Camp will be held at Headwaters’ downtown location, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. The cost to attend is $200 per participant. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all. Registration deadline and full payment are due July 12.

Register for Musical Theater Camp here.

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Headwaters Holds Its Annual Summer Fiddle Camp

Calling all fiddlers, strummers and pickers! Headwaters Music & Arts’ week-long Fiddle Camp is set for 9 am-4 pm, June 26-30. The string camp is for all string players, ages 8 to adult, with at least one year of experience. Guitar, fiddle, cello, bass, uke, banjo or mandolin are all welcome. This year’s camp also welcomes players of the tin-whistle. Participants will get to jam with instructors Brian Miller, Mary Vanorny, Eric Carlson, Carrie Dlutkowski, and Sawyer Corcoran during both small and large group sessions. Campers will showcase all their hard work with a public show put on by attendees on Friday afternoon.

Headwaters Fiddle Camp focuses on learning tunes, songwriting, improv and playing by ear as well as other aspects of traditional fiddle music. This year participants can expect to learn the basics of Ottawa Valley step dance, how to build their own tin whistle or bodhran (Irish hand drum) and chording. The camp will also feature activities exploring the history of fiddle music in Bemidji and northern Minnesota and will get a chance to take a field trip to the Beltrami County History Museum and jam at the waterfront.

The cost to attend Headwaters Fiddle Camp is $100 per participant. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all. Registration deadline and full payment are due June 21.

Headwaters Music & Arts is an independent non-profit multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts. They offer a variety of summer camps for all ages.

Register or find out more about Headwaters Fiddle Camp here.

Headwaters Fiddle Camp is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Headwaters Offers Two Suzuki Day Camps the Week of June 19

Julia Anderson with some music students.

Headwaters Music and Arts plans for a week of fun and music with two camps focused on the Suzuki method for young violinists! The short day camps will be held June 19-23 and will be led by Suzuki trained Headwaters instructor Julia Anderson and assisted by instructor Chloe Knott.

The first of the two will be Suzuki Jump Start Camp, an introduction to violin for ages 4-13 focusing on beginning skills using the Suzuki method. Jump Start Camp will be held 9 am to noon daily and will include games and crafts along with violin practicing and playing. This camp uses Suzuki’s “Mother Tongue” approach to teaching music which builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read (Laurie Niles, editor violinist.com).

For violin players with a bit more experience Headwaters will offer Suzuki Step Up Camp for ages 5-16 with one year of playing experience. This weeklong camp will be held daily June 19-23, 2-5 pm. The camp is centered around words from Shinichi Suzuki: “Don’t hurry, don’t rest – without stopping, without haste – carefully taking one step forward at a time will surely get you there.” Beginning to early intermediate players will have the opportunity to take a step forward, practice their skills through playing with others, and learn to play by ear.

The cost to attend either program is $200 per participant. Violin rental is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Company. Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming in an effort to make their programming accessible for all. Registration deadline and full payment are due June 14.

Headwaters Music and Arts is an independent non-profit multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts. They offer a variety of programs for all ages.

Register or find out more about their Suzuki camps as well as other programs here.

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Bemidji Sings! Call for Vocalists

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers to take part in Bemidji Sings!, an annual vocal competition celebrating the musical talents of youth and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji.

Amateur singers 13+ who are interested in taking part must register to audition by 5 pm Monday, June 6. Auditions are scheduled for noon-6 pm Saturday, June 11 and and 10 am-2 pm Sunday, June 12, 2022. They will be in person, with the option to meet with judges via Zoom and will take less than one hour.

Bemidji Sings! is separated into two age divisions: 13-20 and 21 and over and up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the July 15 Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition.

Singers will be chosen based on their audition performance where they will be asked to sing one song. Auditioning vocalists will be evaluated based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Only individual contestants are eligible – no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Those that do move on to the July 15 Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will compete for cash prizes and the chance to compete at the Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition in October. The top two finalists in each age category will represent Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition October 1-2 in New Ulm, MN.

Bemidji Sings! is sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Supple Studios.

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Announcing Block 2 of Headwaters Jam Band

Headwaters Music and Arts is in the midst of it’s first block of Jam Band. The 8 week program, which is dedicated to exploring instrumental improvisation and composition in a group setting, started at the beginning of April with a group of talented and aspiring teen musicians. The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 5-7 pm, at Headwaters Music and Arts (519 MN Ave NW, Bemidji) and is for all instruments and genres – a fact the teens, who come from varying musical backgrounds, have been learning as they work together to create their own music in a format that they all enjoy. As the teens have been digging in and exploring beyond the basics of music theory they have found new skills and techniques while learning to play in a group and as a band. Each participant has been challenged to add their own parts to the mix, coming up with their own rhythm and melody lines on their preferred instrument. Block 1 of Jam Band ends at the end of May, but Headwaters is already taking registrations for Block 2 which runs June 3 through July 22. There will be a total of 4 Blocks of Jam Band this year so if you know a teen who is interested but can’t make it to Block 2 they have opportunities at Block 3 (August 5 – September 23) or Block 4 (October 7 – December 2).

Headwaters Jam Band is for teen musicians ages 13-18 with prior experience with their instrument. The group is led by Cassidy Jay, a professional musician, composer and audio engineer with 20 years of experience playing in bands and writing songs. Cassidy teaches the group how to use their senses and intuition to identify and apply patterns, rhythm, scales and phrasing to compose and improvise. Participants learn how to play in a group setting with a band and how to fit into the mix as an individual with their instrument.

Participants gather weekly to jam out and explore important aspects of song structure, song dynamics, song phrasing, band organization and the social dynamics of playing in a group. This, all while practicing how to be in the moment

when playing, and using the powers of intuition and personal expression. Headwaters Jam Band offers an open atmosphere and creative environment where musicians can collaborate, make new friends, grow together and forge a greater personal understanding of the musical world.

Cassidy has been a member of various bands as a multi instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. Through that and his solo work he has delved deep into the study and practice of creating and playing music with an emphasis on song composition, as well as the art of improvisation and using intuition as a guiding force for articulating musical expression. Of his work Cassidy says, “My goal as a musician is to distill everything I have learned from my experiences into writing and playing, in a pursuit to be a conduit for creativity and explore uncharted territory in the music realm.”

Participants are required to provide their own instruments and amps (if applicable) with the exception of the drum kit. The cost to attend is $75/ 8 week block. Advance registration is required – limited spots available. Register here.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Virtual Art with Diamond: Paper Patterns

This weeks video teaches a simple but fun technique for making lovely decorations. This video gives a few examples and ideas how to draw a shape and create a pattern to make a garland. The project can be adapted for creating stencils, paper puppets card decals, etc. I was inspired to make the paper garland in the video from seeing all the hearts hanging in everyone’s windows. I love making making paper snowflakes and other paper cutouts and I figured what a lovely addition to the colorful window displays folks are making for themselves/ neighbors/ strangers.

You will need:

• Paper
• Scissors
• Pencil or other drawing implement
• Possibly something to color with
• Possibly shapes to trace

Mothers day is this Sunday. I always made my own gifts during holidays, often using art class or other school projects to create the gifts. I know that it is probably harder for some kids to create those handmade gifts for the matrons in their life since they are not at school. Since this project only requires paper and scissors it is accessible and gives kids an opportunity to use their imagination to decorate their home environments for themselves and their family. Any paper can be used for this project and after the decorations come down they can be cut up for scrapbooks/ card/ mobiles/ fridge magnets/ etc.

Even though this week’s video is simple and aimed at a bit younger audience it is still for all ages. Cutting paper is pretty relaxing and turns out some awesome results. You can make the garlands as complex as you would like. In reality, paper cutting is actually a fine art form. Try Googling “paper cutouts as fine art” and look at all the phenomenal pieces 🙂 For now though I just encourage you to share your paper garlands with the world via your windows and then please send photos! If you you feel comfortable please share your creation in the comments or email to diamond.knispel@headwatersmusicandarts.org. Happy Mothers Day!

Diamond Knispel
Art Teacher | Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator
Headwaters Music & Arts

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Preschool Offerings Spring 2020

Headwaters Music & Arts is proud to announce their latest in preschool programming. Set for Spring 2020 Mini Musician and Lil Artist are both 8 session programs that will introduce pre-k children and their guardians to the very basics of music and art through fun, hands on, activities. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members)

Mini Musician
Mini Musician, an 8 session program led by experienced general music teacher Leisa Bragg, will be packed with singing, movement and dance. Held 4:45 – 5:30 pm on Monday, kids and adults will explore the building blocks of music together through play and experimentation.

Leisa Bragg is an instructor of piano, voice and clarinet at Headwaters Music & Arts with over 20 years experience in Colorado as a public school band, choir and general music teacher, theater and church music director, and private lesson instructor. Leisa brings her core belief that "music is a vital part of everyone's existence, no matter what the age" and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Bemidji area children and adults.

8 sessions held 4:45 – 5:30pm on Mondays, Feb. 3rd – March 23rd

Lil Artist
Lil Artist is an 8 session art program held on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:00. The program. Led by Diamond Knispel, will be filled with fun and messy art projects that will introduce pre-k children to basic art concepts such as color and texture while exploring age-appropriate media.

Diamond Knispel is a local artists and art instructor with 8 years of experience teaching art to various ages and abilities through tutoring and group classes. Diamond believes creating and learning about art is as much about the process as it is the outcome, and she brings this belief into her teaching, putting an emphasis on fun and exploration.

Tuesdays, 2:45-3:30pm | 8 Sessions, Feb. 4th – March 24th

Both programs take place at Headwaters (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji). Advance registration is required as there are Limited number of spots available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members).