Summer 2021 – This year’s Kids Crescendo programs will run onsite!
Important Note! All Kids Crescendo participants must present either a certificate of COVID vaccination, or a negative PCR test result at check-in on the first day of the program. For children under 10, a negative test or vaccination from a parent will be sufficient. Complete COVID safety guidelines for students will be shared with participants at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.
Read our full list of COVID protocols here
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!
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 2021 Program Information:
Yas Ishibashi, Kids Crescendo Artistic Director
All sessions will have a 20-student capacity this summer.
Session 1: June 28 – July 2
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Billy Goat Gruff”
Session 2: July 6 – 16
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Rats! Pied Piper of Hamlin”
Session 3: July 19 – 30
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Final performance on Friday of “Hina and the Sea of Stars”
Sessions 1 Sample Schedule:
- 8:30 – 8:45 am Morning Meeting
- 8:50 – 9:30 am Small group Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard
- 9:35 – 10:15 am Small group Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard
- 10:15 – 10:30 am Snack Break
- 10:35 – 11:15 am Singing or Acting
- 11:15 – 11:55 am Singing or Acting
- 11:55 – 12:15 pm Lunch
- 12:20 – 12:50 pm Arts and Crafts
- 12:50 – 1:00 pm Goodbye Circle
Sessions 2 & 3 Sample Schedule:
- 8:30 – 9:00 am Check-in / Yoga
- 9:00 – 9:40 am Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard or Percussion/Voice
- 9:45 – 10:25 am Eurhythmics or Piano/Keyboard or Percussion/Voice
- 10:30 – 10:45 am Snack Break
- 10:50 – 11:30 am Singing / Vocal Coaching
- 11:35 – 12:15 pm Drama / Acting
- 12:15 – 12:45 pm Lunch
- 12:45 – 1:30 pm Arts and Crafts
- 1:30 – 2:00 pm Story
Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. (Application will be available soon!)
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.
Summer 2021 Financial Aid
Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only.
All returning financial aid students should reach out to Tristan Bouchard directly for instructions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will consist of updated financial documents to be submitted via email.
All new financial aid applicants must complete the following steps:
- Fill out the Music Scholarship Information Sheet (Google form).
- Submit your confidential financial documents to Tristan Bouchard at email@example.com with secure information blacked out (or mail to Powers Music School, PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478). These documents include:
• Copies of latest Federal Tax Returns and W2s – mandatory for all applicants. If parents are married but filing separately, copies of financial information for both parents must be submitted.• If applicable, records of non-taxable benefits such as veteran, social security, AFDC or ADC, and welfare or non-taxable income from pastoral work.• Documentation of other pertinent financial information you wish to have considered.
- Ask two people to fill out a confidential reference statement (Google form).
All applicants currently studying at Powers Music School must have a reference from their private instructor at Powers. It is preferred that the second reference also be from a music teacher. However, a reference from an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schoolteacher is acceptable.
Some new scholarship applicants are required to audition with exception for those enrolling in Kids Crescendo. Applicants will receive notification by telephone or mail concerning the exact date and time of their potential audition following a successful application. These times are dependent upon faculty availability and, in most cases, cannot be changed. Those applicants who do not appear for an audition forfeit consideration for possible funding.
Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank and Cityside Suburu for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!
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.
- Be 13 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, 2021:
Once we receive and review your application, a Kids Crescendo Artistic Director or Powers staff member will contact you.