Safari Music Camp


Summer Music Camp includes Recorders

Summer Safari Music Camp 2020

Summer Safari Music Camp:  Online

Summer Safari Music Camp supports readiness for more formal, school-year music participation and ignites enthusiasm for ongoing learning.  We’ll be singing, playing games and more.

  • Dates:  August 3 to 7, 2020.  Monday to Friday
  • Ages 5, 6 and 7; for children entering Gr. 1 and 2 (K – must be age 5 as of 9/15/20).
  • Time each day:  9:00 to Noon.
  • Online or In-Person to be decided by Monday, July 13th:  We’re now confirmed to remain online.
  • Tuition:  $260 (First Child)  /  Sibling Tuition:  $240.  $10 non-refundable deposit requested to hold your space.
Summer Safari Registration Page


Summer Safari Music Camp supports readiness for more formal, school-year music participation and ignites enthusiasm for ongoing learning.

Through singing, instrument exploration*, expressive movement and games, we’ll be building sensory awareness, strengthening motor and language skills, and encouraging creativity.

Children must be entering K and be age 5 by no later than September 15, 2020; or be entering Grade 1 or 2 in September.  Please see more information regarding readiness below.

Sarah Okerlund leads our Summer Safari music class.  Sarah will be joined by faculty member Tammy Kaye.

Safari Music Camp is made possible in part with support from the Price Chopper Golub Foundation, working to improve quality of life for communities in the Price Chopper service area.

Online or In-Person, We’ll be Interactive, Creative

Summer Safari will go remote if needed, according to local and state government guidelines.

What to Expect if Online

First, we recognize that 3 hours by screen would be way more than any of us would want to commit to!  With each hour split into roughly 20 minute activity blocks, we intend to keep children moving both physically and mentally.

This is a difficult time for families.  Research over many decades shows that music engagement, in addition to being a great tool for learning, also supports overall health and well-being.  By making music part of your child’s skill set, whether through in person or online learning,  you set the stage for long-term engagement with and through music.   We hope you will make music learning part of your summer schedule.

  1. More About Our Online Plans

    Active Learning

    While we will always prefer the opportunity to teach and learn in person, remote learning is still effective – just different.  Here’s what to expect if we’re online.

    Our daily morning schedule will be broken up into segments to allow time on-screen with teachers and new friends,  balanced with breaks to allow free, creative learning time at home.  We’ll include some show & tell time every day so all of our students can gradually get to know each other.  We’ll provide a few “ice-breaker” activities early in the week so students can get to know each other.

  2. Daily Schedule

    Each day will include roughly 4 to 5 segments, including:

    • Musical games, including some singing and creative movement
    • ‘Discover Great Music’ Time and ‘Meet The Composer’ Time
    • An at-home craft activity (we’ll provide the supplies)
    • Introduction to the recorder; also the keyboard via “Keyboard Geography” .  Keyboard Geography is about guiding students in exploring the keyboard using a home keyboard or online keyboard.
  3. You Will Need…

    At Home

    At home you will need:

    • Internet access.
    • A computer, i-pad or laptop (something bigger than a phone) with video and microphone, fully charged each day before we begin.  If you only have a phone, please let us know.  We’ll see if we can help.
    • Some open space for free movement close by to your device of choice.
    • A craft space – can be a kitchen table or floor area protected with an old sheet or shower curtain.

    Parents do not need to be present for  the entire class time, but we will assume you can be on hand to assist during craft time and available if a student needs a short break.

In advance of Day No. 1, we’ll ask you to pick up a bag of supplies which will include a recorder and materials organized for each day that we meet.

If we are not in person, teachers hope (assuming state/local guidelines allow) to team teach from the School’s home location at Irving Street, Worcester.

Schedule & Location for Safari Music Camp

  • Dates:  August 3 to 7, 2020.  Monday to Friday
  • Time each day:  9:00 to Noon.
  • Online or In-Person to be decided by Monday, July 13th.

In-Person Location:

  • 10 Irving Street, the School’s primary home in Worcester.
    Drop off * and pick up is via the back parking lot of All Saints Church accessed via Pleasant Street.  2nd and 3rd floors**
  • We’ll have a 15 minute snack break each day.  Please bring a non-refrigerated snack and drink.

* Comfortable waiting area is available in the 2nd floor offices if desired. Wireless internet available.
** If your child has a disability which precludes use of stairs, please let us know in advance so we may review whether alternate space arrangements might be possible.

If online:

  • You’ll need a well-lit space with access to internet
  • Some open area to allow for creative movement
  • A space for a daily craft activity.  Craft time can be on the floor with plastic tablecloth or in a second space with table.

Readiness for Safari Music Camp

If this class is in-person, child/ren should be comfortable separating from parent.

Students should be at a typical developmental stage for this age range.  If your child has any learning delays, please let us know in advance of registering.  We can then advise if this class is right for you.

While we do not require any specific pre-requisites, prior enrollment in early childhood Music Together classes for between three and five years provides a solid foundation for music success during the school years.

Check out the Education Corner web page which provides helpful development information.

Tuition & Registration

Tuition:  $260 (First Child)  /  Sibling Tuition:  $240.  $10 non-refundable deposit requested to hold your space.

Interested?  Submit registration form and $10 non-refundable tuition deposit to reserve your space.  The balance of outstanding tuition will be charged to your card on July 16, 2020.   Your deposit will allow us to reserve a space, as well as plan ahead.

Not sure? If you decide not to participate after submitting for space to be held, please let us know prior to Monday, July 13th.  We will remove you from automatic final payment.

After July 15th, we are otherwise unable to refund tuition for group classes.

What If I want In-Person only or Online only?  We will assume that anyone registering for this class can attend in-person or online, as the situation requires.  If you are only interested in one of those options, we suggest checking in with us after July 15th.  We can let you know final plans and whether we have any open space.

To register, click below and you will be directed to a web-based registration form (step 1); when you click ‘submit’ you will be redirected to the payment portal to complete registration (step 2) with deposit or tuition in full.

Summer Safari Registration Page

The Role of Parent or Caregiver:  In-Person v. Online


In-Person Summer Safari Music Camp is a drop off program.  Parents are welcome to stay for the first five minutes to assist with child transitioning.  We encourage you to ask open ended questions during the week.  This will allow your child to verbalize – or sing — what they are learning.


Online Summer Safari will bring music exploration and learning into your home.  You do not need to be on hand for the full duration of the class, but we will offer several breaks as part of each morning’s activities, as well as a craft time.  For these breaks and craft time, we suggest you be on hand to guide your child’s “free time”.

What You Can Expect at Week-End

At the end of our week together, students will have a small repertoire of music games they can play with friends.  Children will recognize a variety of instrument sounds and names.  Each child will also be able to create changes in beat and pitch (e.g., fast /slow, heavy /weak, high /low) when singing, moving or through basic instrument* play.

  • Students entering K and Grade 1 can assess interest and readiness for our school-year Music Safari:  Introduction to the Keyboard class.
  • Students entering Grades 1 and 2 can assess interest and readiness for traditional piano lessons, violin, cello, recorder or fife.

*Instrument exploration will focus on how to use a recorder:  finger placement, use of tongue and air, and audiation.  Audiation is a developmental music skill of hearing sounds in one’s mind and then reproducing those sounds vocally or with an instrument.  We’ll also introduce keyboards to illustrate the basics of high /low and to teach pattern recognition visually and aurally.