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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, April 20, 2009


The PMC Quick Note is a service provided to all area directors. It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest. The Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


Looking for help on a particular topic? Be sure to check out our Quick Note Catalog of back issues!

Music enhances the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.

-- Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000

Great Concert Tuba Deal

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Summer Music Camp Opportunities

There are a growing number of choices for summer music opportunities throughout the Midwest. If you know of any additional camps, please let me know and we will post the information!

  Missouri State University Bands Alive Summer Music Camp
The Auxiliary Camp runs from June 16-19. The Concert Band Camp runs from June 15-19. Fees for the concert camp are $309 and the auxiliary camp costs $259. Campers will be housed in the University residence halls. Meals will be served in the University dining centers. Campers will receive a Bands Alive 2009 t-shirt. Breathing Gym creators Pat Sheridan and Sam Pilafian will be special guests duing the camp. Registration deadline is June 1, 2009. For more information, view the MSU Band Website, view the camp brochure or camp application, or call (417) 836-5454.

Click to go to the MU Band Camp website

University of Missouri-Columbia Summer Band Camp
The Mizzou Junior High Band Camp will be held on June 7-12 and the High School Band Camp will run June 14-19. Ninth graders may attend either or both camps. Residential cost includes tuition, a camp t-shirt, rooming in the residence halls, and all meals. Commuter cost includes tuition, a camp t-shirt and lunch. Fees are $415 for JH residents and $275 for JH commuters; fees are $465 for HS residents and $275 for HS commuters. Click for the application. Application deadline is May 25, 2009. For more information, visit the Mizzou Band Camp website.
Click to view the UCM summer band camp website.
University of Central Missouri Music Camp
The 50th Annual UCM Music Camp runs from June 7-12. The on-campus fees are $375 and commuter fees are $200. A UCM Music Camp t-shirt is complimentary. Enrichment classes in music technology, music fundamentals, theory, conducting, and more are available. Private lessons are also available. For more information, visit the camp website or view the online registration form.
View the Drury Jazz Camp brochure

Drury University Jazz Camp
The Drury University Jazz Camp runs from June 14-19. It is the oldest jazz camp in the state of Missouri and is celebrating its 22nd anniversary. Tuition is $295 and room & board is $240. Room and board includes five nights of lodging on campus plus 15 meals in the Findlay Student Center. For more information, visit the camp website or view the camp brochure.

Click to view the Midwestern Music Academy website.
University of Kansas Midwestern Music Camp
The Midwestern Music Camp offers many different tracks of study including junior high band and orchestra camp from June 14-19, senior high band and orchestra camp from June 21-26, and the KU jazz workshop from July 12-17. Elective classes including music theory, music appreciation, rhythm techniques, conducting, and improvisation are available. Private lessons are also available. Early bird deadlines are May 25th for the junior high camp, June 1st for senior high camp, and May 25th for the string camp. For more information, check out the detailed camp website or jump directly to the registration forms.

Click to view the U of A camp application.
University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp
The 52nd annual Arkansas Summer Music Camp will be held this summer featuring a junior high band camp from July 12-17, a senior high band camp runs July 19-25, and a junior and senior high orchestra camp from July 19-25. Regular resident rates are $365 for the junior high camp, and $395 for the senior high band and orchestra camps. Regular commuter rates are $270/295. Earlybird discounts apply for applications postmarked before May 22nd. For more information, view the camp application.
Click to view the UMKC Summer Jazz Camp website.
University of Missouri-Kansas City Jazz Camp
Designed for instrumentalists and vocalists from middle school through adult, this day camp features bass player and bandleader, Jim Widner, and UMKC Conservatory jazz faculty. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of jazz through master classes, ensemble work, theory and improvisation training and concerts. The camp runs from June 21-26. Tuition runs $400 and the deadline is June 5, 2009. UMKC room and board is available for a reasonable price. For more information, view the camp brochure.
Jefferson College Viking Band Camp
Jefferson College is located in Hillsboro, Missouri is hosting a band camp from July 6-10, 2009. The cost for resident campers is $235, which includes four nights lodging in the residental complex, all meals, activities and everything in the commuter option. The cost of commuter campers is $135, which includes master classes, instruction, music education classes, lunch, recreation, t-shirt, and the concert. For more information, view the camp website, the camp application, contact the camp office at (636) 797-3000, ext. 372 or email the camp director at

Click for more information on the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony.
Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony String and Piano Camp
The Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony String and Piano Camp is located in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas and runs from July 19-26. The camp is for grades 7-12 plus graduating seniors. The cost is $275 and more information can be found on the camp website. For additional information, contact Jim Swiggart, General Director, Opera in the Ozarks at (479) 253-8595..

If you know of any additional camps, please let me know and we will post the information!

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Mike Brown, and Jeromy Pope (417) 882-7000
Columbia Robert Pitts and Stephenie Algya (573) 256-5555
Liberty Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock (816) 792-8301
Joplin Wayne Blades, Scott Frederickson, and Zach Houser (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Mark VanVranken and Tiffany Hanson (918) 770-6827


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