Date: July 17-21
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Age Level: Elementary age
Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell, GA 30076
Camp Description: Movie Music Camp is a half-day camp that will teach your camper skills such as team building, how to play various percussive instruments, how to play music in a group setting/ensemble, songwriting and basic music theory. Each day will have a different theme, such as Disney, Star Wars, Lego and Super Hero Day. On the last day of camp, parents will be welcomed for a performance by the campers. The activities for the camp will be based on the Orff method and instruments. Orff combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child’s world of play. Off instruments include boom whackers (pitched pvc pipes), djembe (drums), hand bells, hand percussion and more!
Date: July 24-28
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs; 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday (performance day)
Age Level: 7 -13 years old
Location: Bridgeway Christian Academy, 4755 Kimball Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30005
Camp Description: It’s a summer full of magic and imagination at Metro Music Makers, and we’re excited to produce the original musical play, A Game Called Neverland. Our campers will have the full theater experience as they act, sing, choreograph and design the production of this never-before-told story about a boy named Peter and his journey to a mystical, faraway land. Did we mention there will be fairies?! Friends and family are invited to discover the magic of a boy’s imagination at our performance on the final day of camp.
Melanie teaches piano, guitar, ukulele and voice at Metro Music Makers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Georgia College and State University, where she received several awards and scholarships, including Outstanding Sophomore in Music Therapy and the Department of Music Therapy Technology Award. She was also a member of the Music Therapy Society, Salsa Club, Swing Club, Lifeline Voices and the Bridge Scholars Program. Melanie teaches her students using various styles, bringing additional instruments to the lessons (especially for those students interested in playing in a group setting) to teach students how to listen to others and play well with their peers.
Michael Needleman has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and years of music performance and teaching experience, including performing with the GCSU Wind Symphony, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and the Wellston Winds. He was music director of the Eta Alpha chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, and has worked as a teacher, tutor and clinician of numerous students and marching bands. At Metro Music Makers, Michael teaches guitar, piano and saxophone, as well as beginning woodwind, brass and percussion. He teaches in various styles, including classical, jazz, pop and rock.
J.T. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Georgia, and his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. He is an Atlanta-area session artist who has performed on the Winterfest tour with Joe and Christian Leaphart. J.T. has six years of full-time private instruction experience, and has worked with kids of all ages through daycare and after-school programs. He is the Music Director and Youth Worship Leader at Cross Church Atlanta. A rare teacher that offers in-depth, attainable improvisational studies, J.T. can arrange music to fit any instrument. J.T. teaches guitar, piano, bass and woodwinds at Metro Music Makers, in styles as varied as jazz, country, worship, rock and classical. It’s his personal mission to show kids that music is not just something else to study, but rather is a fun art for expressing oneself.
Chelsea Smith is a charismatic coloratura soprano, stage director and music educator who began coaching students at Metro Music Makers in 2013 upon completion of her Master of Music degree at Georgia State University. Chelsea’s work in Opera Theater is considerable with dynamic roles in Turn of the Screw, Little Women,Le Nozze di Figaro and The Medium. In addition to her onstage roles, Chelsea has been a frequent winner of national competitions including NATS, Brumby Concerto and Aria Competition, Las Savell Competition and Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. During her tenure with Metro Music Makers, Chelsea has developed young artists who have achieved high accolades such as the Shuler Hensley Awards. Chelsea strives to inspire a freedom of voice, personality and authenticity while on stage.
Before moving to Atlanta, Mark was a staple of the Los Angeles music scene for the last decade, playing in numerous bands, devoting countless hours of session work, and developing a full-time teaching studio. He currently performs, records and teaches here in Atlanta. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar from Florida State University and a vocational degree from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Mark teaches guitar, bass, piano, banjo, mandolin and ukulele at Metro Music Makers.