Summer program for 12-year-old?
I am looking for a good program for a 12yo. I'm still waiting to get recommendations from his teacher, but want to do my research.
Level wise he is pretty high. Current pieces are Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Bach Partita 2. He just played Zigeunerweisen solo with orchestra. He plays in an advanced high school level youth symphony.
He likes solo, chamber, and orchestra, but definitely needs a program where he will have at least some time to practice.
Most of the programs I am finding at his level are 8th/9th grade and up. The ones for his age group seem to be a step down from what he is doing during the year. For example, even the Intermediate-age orchestra at Interlochen is playing music way below the level he is used to. And there don't seem to be too many chamber/solo programs for his age.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
I just simply never participated in any groups until 8th grade honestly. I was their level but my mother thought the older children would be a problem. This is just my own case
We're lucky to have a great year-round chamber music program plus three different summer camp programs that assign to groups based on ability. Nothing like that there? Like you say the out of town camps tend to be older kids, and I probably wouldn't send my middle school girl off on her own anyway :-).
There are dorm based programs which accept children this age. Look into the Heifetz Institute program for exceptionally gifted youth, as well as California Summer Music, and Idyllwild ( not as high level ) I am sorry, but the idea that a 12 year old, especially without extenuating circumstances shouldn't go away for any length of time is utter nonsense. Kids around the world routinely attend boarding schools and sleep away camps of the non-music variety, and these programs are usually heavily supervised. Your child will probably be more supervised there than they are at home, as the programs usually are afraid of frivolous lawsuits. Spending a few weeks away from home will foster independence and confidence in a safe ( perhaps too safe ) environment, and will serve as good first preparation for independent living. If your child is operating intellectually at an older level, research demonstrates that being with intellectual peers is more beneficial than being with chronological peers. The case for keeping children with kids strictly their own age is mostly a wives tale, and is not how the world functions for the most part.
My son is routinely the youngest or one of the youngest in pretty much everything, so he is very used to working with older kids. He's usually pretty mature, so I am not worried about the being away from home thing.
Check out Jacobs School of Music, they have a summer program that invites kids as young as 12. That's probably a fairly high level program (i.e., very competitive). The teachers there are going to be phenomenal. Hard to get more "midwest" than Bloomington!
His level, while advanced, doesn't seem to be exceptional for a 12-year-old. And a glance at Interlochen's website shows the 2017 repertoire for this age group -- stuff like Tchaikovsky 2, which isn't trivial (although not as hard as the Tchaikovsky 4 being played by the top high school orchestra).
I am primarily looking for a program that will challenge and motivate him. I don't want him to go someplace where he is the top kid -- I want him to be with likeminded kids. He enjoys orchestra a lot, but he also loves chamber if he is with kids his level. I think he would do fine at Interlochen once he is at the high school level. But at the intermediate level he would definitely be one of the more advanced players there...it's just not as competitive for the younger kids. And he is playing rep like Shostakovich 1, Dvorak 8, Rachmaninoff 2 already...the stuff the top HS orchestra there is playing. I wish he could just go to the HS program!
I think I found your son’s videos. He has star qualities!
Thanks Kiki -- he likes to emote. LOL He's really rough around the edges still, but he definitely has an innate musicality that can't be explained. I don't think he's quite ready for the Perlman program -- maybe in another year. He just started with a new teacher who will hopefully get him cleaned up.
Lieschen -- that's pretty much a no go at Interlochen from what I have been told.
I remember your son's new teacher from my childhood in the Chicago 'burbs. :-)
There is something to be said about having "rough" edges; they can be reshaped and polished. :)