Embodying Rhythm’s Marimba, Rhythm and Music Summercamp with David Alderdice and Arlyn Alderdice – July 15th through July 20th, 2018
This year’s camp will be located on over 300 acres of private property outside of Crawford, CO at the modern Crystal Creek Lodge at the foot of Black Mesa. Experience the joy of making music in ensemble while learning fun, accessible, and applicable concepts about rhythm, melody, harmony, and groove. This camp is geared for students grades 6 through adult. We strongly believe that playing music in mixed ages groups brings both youth and adults to a higher playing level.
A typical day at camp will include a morning movement session, at least two marimba sessions and one drumming or percussion class, some rhythm games, three meals, and an evening campfire with music jams and group games. Part of the value of this camp is spending time out of cell phone range playing music at the edge of the wilderness. Another part of the value of this camp is the immersion into playing and learning music in a fun, safe, uplifting community oriented environment.
Sign-in will begin Sunday, July 15th at 3:00pm and orientation will begin around 4:30pm, please arrive or have your camp participants there, ready to participate in the group orientation by 4:30pm at the latest. The camp will end Friday evening by 9:00pm on July 20th. On that Friday evening, parents and families are invited to join us for an informal after-dinner concert and we will share the music that we’ve been working on throughout the week.
The camp fee (see below) includes simple mainly vegetarian meals, but participants should plan to bring supplemental food and snacks. Please let us know about any food allergies or special dietary requirements. Breakfast will likely be oatmeal, fruit, and hard-boiled eggs. Lunch will be sandwiches or wraps. Dinner will be simple one or two pot meals with salad and popcorn for snacks. We will provide the meal plan by request or after registration for your planning purposes.
There will be dormitory style sleeping arrangements inside the lodge. A couple couches or air mattresses might be available and there are four private bedrooms that can be rented, but most camp participants should plan on sleeping on the floor in the cabin or in a tent near the cabin. We would love to have all camp participants spend the night at camp for a fuller immersive experience, but if any camp participants really need to go home to sleep, please be back (or have them back) at camp by 8:30am every morning and they can be picked up at 9:00pm each evening. If you have special requests for a different time-frame schedule or scenario, we are happy to work with you but please talk to us about as far in advance as possible.
There is a land line telephone on the property so camp participants can call home to check in with their families or businesses.
We are planning a group hike up Bald Mountain, or a sit by the high mountain reservoir, on one of the days, which is an easy 3-4 mile round trip, class 1 trail hike that David, and Arlyn have hiked numerous times with their little one. This hike will be open to parents and families as well.
Camp Fee Information
$435 camp fee – with $100 deposit due upon registration.
New-to-Embodying-Rhythm-students – $495 camp fee – this fee includes an interview with David or Arlyn Alderdice as well as a person to person or video lesson. Personal recommendation/references required. $200 deposit due upon registration.
add-ons / optional fees
$120 additional for private room (one or two available)
$60 additional each for shared room (one or two available)
$45 additional for private cabin room, no electricity (two available)
$10-$500 donate to scholarship fund
Please add 3% if you would like to pay via paypal.
Let us know if you need to inquire about scholarship or work trade options to make this camp work for you or your family.
What to bring to camp –
sleeping gear – Unless you are renting a room, please bring a pillow, blankets, or a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad or air mattress (we will have a few pads and air mattresses to lend out if needed, please let us know). Tent and rain fly if you are wanting to camp outside.
clothing – please bring appropriate clothing for playing music and moving around comfortably, for playing outside in nature, and for sleeping. It will be warm to hot during the day and cool to cold at night, so it is advised to bring layers along with a jacket or coat for the evening camp fires. Make sure to bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes, sneakers or hiking boots and a sun hat.
kitchen – please feel free to bring a personal plate and bowl which is not easily breakable if you’d like to, all kitchen-ware will be provided. We will working as a group to prep-cook and clean-up after each meal.
food – please bring any specialty food items that would be nice to have around, any favorite unusual spices or condiments that would make the culinary experience nicer, as well as some snacks for in-between meals.
musical instruments – many musical instruments will be provided for music making sessions, classes, rhythm games, and jam sessions, but it can be nice to have an instrument that you are familiar with for games and jams. If you play a non-percussion instrument like guitar, clarinet, saxophone, mbira, or nose flute, please bring it along.
other – please bring any required medication, sunglasses, sunscreen, hiking poles, camp chair, bathing suit (there is a stream that runs through the property close to the cabin), a towel, tooth brush and tooth paste, and any card games or board games that would be fun to play with other participants.
Please do not bring cell phones or any electronic devices or anything with a screen. Cameras are okay to bring.