What a week! Once again, the Sounds Good! Music Summer Camps went down a blast. We got some wonderful feedback from kids and parents alike.
She has not stopped talking about the friends she made and how wonderful all the teachers were.
The kids learned how to play boomwhackers, ukulele and guitar during the camp. They also formed bands and wrote their own songs; some sang about minions stranded on a desert island, others sang about the joys of summertime!
Thanks for a brilliant summer camp! [Z] and [R] had a ball!
The FAM team of Fergus, Aoibhinn and Rhys supported Academy co-Directors Dónal and Michael during the week. Prioritising high-energy musical activities and educational games, the team's sole focus was to fit in as much fun as possible between 9am and 2:30pm each day. Their efforts were certainly not in vain.
Thanks to all those who facilitated the camp. [A] absolutely loved it!
During the week, the kids sampled various musical styles. They practised hits from the charts, musical theatre pieces, Each child had several workshops in ukulele and percussion throughout the week, progressing to the next level every day. By the end of the week, most of the kids had purchased a ukulele to get extra practice in at home!
Thanks for organising a brilliant camp, guys. [K] had a great time and learned a lot in a short time.
Continued musical engagement is very important to FAM co-Directors Dónal and Michael. According to Dónal: "If we can empower children - and their parents - to introduce music into their life at this young age, it is much more likely that they will be comfortable later in life in "team performance" situations; such as public-speaking or collaborative teamwork. Creativity is a skill that can (and should) be encouraged, and music is a fun and social way to do this!"
In the final lunchtime performance on Friday 5 July, the campers did a brand-new Sounds Good! arrangement of "Shotgun" by George Ezra using boomwhackers, ukuleles and vocal harmonies. Amongst other songs, they also performed "A Million Years" from The Greatest Showman and "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles, complete with choreography.
Super super job on the camp. A lot of hard work. Very happy kiddies. Thank you.