Anyone who has ever performed in a band or choir knows that there is something magical about creating music. Souls can be united, spirits can be lifted, hearts can be touched and even changed.
Countless studies have been done that show us how much children benefit from being involved in music programs. Across the board, music students receive higher grades, have better comprehension skills, and are less likely to be involved in destructive behavior.
As life goes speeding by, parents and grandparents may only have a few chances to expose children to such powerfully positive activities that can build confidence and grow self-worth.
On Monday morning July 10, the Ileane Gonzales Summer Music Camp will begin for students who have completed kindergarten through the eighth grade. A variety of classes for beginners to advanced music students will be available for two weeks at the high school fine arts complex, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The classes being offered this year include beginning and advanced band, strings, guitar and choir; keyboard/piano; music theory and composition; and thanks to sponsorship from the Payson Fiddle Contest Committee and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department a unique Folk Fiddle Class. This is a rare opportunity for violin students with at least two years experience to take lessons from Tamara Whetten, two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion.
The cost of the camp is $40 per student. Scholarships are available for children who want to participate but who may not have the means. Even if your student does not have an instrument, arrangements can be made to provide them with one during the camp.
To register your child, contact Larry Potvin at 472-2157, or Greg Larkins at 474-5855. Or, simply come to the high school auditorium at 9 a.m. Monday morning, the first day of the camp.
The Roundup would like to thank the teachers who are working to continue the camp tradition after the passing of music instructor Ileane Gonzales. Like Ileane, they truly understand the magic of music.