Pow-Wow summer day program

Kids Crescendo (formerly Pow-Wow): Creative Music, Arts, and Movement

Age: Ages 5-11 (Full day); Ages 5-8 (Half day); CITs ages 13-15

Cost: Summer Registration Fee: $15. Tuition: Session 1 or 2 - $345, Session 3 - $845, Session 4 - 945. CIT students will receive a 50% tuition discount.

You’re scrambling to find the perfect summer program for your child, the one who’s always humming “Moana” in the backseat, drumming on any nearby surface, and kicking the dinner table in rhythm. The sports, art, and theatre camps around don’t seem quite right. What kind of summer experience will allow him to express all of that musical energy?

The Kids Crescendo program (formerly known as Pow-Wow) has provided a unique, immersive music experience for students just like yours for 26 years. For 1 or 2 weeks, kids can understand and experience music through movement, story, and song, with activities rooted in the popular Dalcroze Eurhythmics method of learning. They listen to and participate in live music, translating their energy into percussion by stomping, clapping, and tapping. They learn basic pitch-matching and melodies, hearing and expressing the music with their voices. Then they put it all together by learning the basics of violin and keyboard.

Skills build up day by day until the final performance, where students showcase what they’ve learned in an operetta arranged by the faculty, the culmination of the goals they’ve worked towards as a group. Students play the overture themselves with percussion instruments, then sing, move, and act out the music through story (usually based on a familiar classic tale).

Students leave Kids Crescendo at the end of the session wanting to continue with piano, violin, voice, or even another instrument. It’s a fun and creative way to feel the rhythm inside of them and start them on their music journey!

Half-day Program

The one-week half-day program provides younger students with an introduction to our very popular full-day program. Students will meet for half a day to learn piano, violin, and singing, as well as art and movement. On Friday, students will give a concert followed by a pizza lunch with their parents.

Summer 2020 Information:

Yas Ishibashi, Kids Crescendo Artistic Director

Session 1 (half-day):
June 15 – 19, 2020
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (late pick-up available)
Featuring “The Little Red Hen”
Final performance on Friday, June 19

Session 2 (half-day):
June 22 – 26, 2020
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (late pick-up available)
Featuring “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
Final performance on Friday, June 26

Session 3 (full-day):
June 29 – July 10, 2020
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (late pick-up available)
Featuring “Rats: The Pied Piper of Hamlin”
Final performance on Friday, July 10

Session 4 (full-day):
July 13 – 24, 2020
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (late pick-up available)
Featuring “The Nightengale”
Final performance on Friday, July 24

How is this different from the youth theatre camps nearby?

Kids Crescendo encourages kids to feel and express the music that’s already inside of them. We still learn pitch matching, singing, acting, improvisation, teamwork, and confidence, but we listen to, play, and sing all of the songs and arrangements live instead of learning or practicing from pre-recorded tracks. In addition, your child receives high-quality instruction on keyboard, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments. Our focus is on the music, first and foremost.

Do we need to buy a keyboard or violin to participate?

No. We will provide onsite instruments for these introductory classes.

Will my child get to be with his/her friends?

For the majority of the session, yes! We split into smaller groups for a short part of the day to learn keyboard and violin, but we spend most of our time together working on eurhythmics and acting exercises, singing, making set pieces and other crafts, and rehearsing for the final performance.

Full-Day Sample Schedule

  • 8:30-9:15 Eurhythmics & Movement (GroupA+B) or Piano & Violin (Group C+D)
  • 9:15-10:00 Eurhythmics & Movement (GroupC+D) or Piano & Violin (Group A+B)
  • 10:00-10:20 Snack
  • 10:20-11:00 Vocalization
  • 11:00-11:45 Singing and Staging
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 Drama
  • 1:30-2:30 Art
  • 2:30-2:45 Circle Games
  • 2:45-3:00 Story

Half-Day Sample Schedule

  • 8:30-9:15am Eurhythmics & Movement (GroupA+B) or Piano & Violin (Group C+D)
  • 9:15-10:00am Eurhythmics & Movement (GroupC+D) or Piano & Violin (Group A+B)
  • 10:00-10:20am Snack & Recess
  • 10:20-11:20am Singing and Drama
  • 11:20-11:50am Lunch
  • 11:50am-12:50 pm Arts & Crafts
  • 12:50-1:00pm Pick-up

Counselors-in-Training

Once they “graduate” from the full-day program, teens ages 13-15 can return as Counselors-in-Training to assist the younger participants and experience the activities and final performances in a whole new way!

CITs assist faculty at instrumental lessons and art lessons, and will perform in the final operetta. Students will help faculty and staff in rehearsals and other activities during the day.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of two students per session.

Applicants must…

  • Be 12 years of age by September 1 of the school year following the Kids Crescendo program
  • have past experience working in a leadership role with children, in settings such as summer programs, school clubs, tutoring, babysitting, etc.
  • possess and attitude of cheerful enthusiasm, leadership, and self-motivation
  • have 3+ years experience playing a musical instrument

How to apply:

Submit a CIT Application form online by May 1, 2020 (link will be available shortly!).

Once we receive and review your application, a Kids Crescendo Artistic Director or Powers staff member will contact you.

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