Pow-Wow summer day program


Age: Ages 5-10 (CITs ages 12-15)

Cost: Session 1 or Session 2 (Pow-Wow Prep): $335 Session 3 (Pow-Wow): $820 Session 4 (Pow-Wow): $920. Those selected for the CIT program will receive a 50% tuition discount. Summer Registration Fee: $15

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 Pow-Wow program 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).

Kids leave the Pow-Wow program 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!

Pow-Wow Prep

The one-week Prep program provides younger students with an introduction to our very popular music and theatre program, Pow-Wow. 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.

How is this different from the youth theatre camps nearby?

The Pow-Wow program 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.

Pow-Wow 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

Pow-Wow Prep 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

Early Drop-off & Late Pick-up


Once they “graduate” from PW, 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 Pow-Wow 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 Pow-Wow 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 Pow-Wow CIT Application form online:

Submit application

Once we receive and review your application, a Pow-Wow Artistic Director or Powers staff member will contact you.

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