As we get close to Django in June we’ll post a detailed schedule of classes and other activities. In the meantime, we hope this overview will answer basic questions you may have about how we organize things at Django Camp.
- This year, for the first time, we will be hosting an optional additional day of workshops on Tuesday, before Django Camp officially begins. You can learn more about those here.
- Django Camp Orientation is on Tuesday night, 7:30 in the Davis Center.
- Wednesday through Saturday at 9 in the morning there’s a 50-minute warm up on Core Repertoire tunes. (For more on that, see Get Ready Musically.)
- Wednesday through Saturday there are three 90-minute class periods (at 10, 1:30 and 4 o’clock.)
- The last class period of the day — from 4-5:30 — is devoted mostly to facilitated jams and special topic offerings. All the facilitated jams are for mixed instrumentation, so everyone will want to check out those offerings on the schedule. These jams are organized by level of ability, so to get a sense of where you’ll likely best fit in, check out the Level Guides.
- In addition to formal instruction, our days are scheduled with plenty of time for jamming and informal guidance from the artists on our staff and the many experienced musicians who attend.
- Most guitarists follow a daily schedule that is pretty straightforward: one rhythm class, one lead class and one facilitated jam session or special offering per day. For those who want to focus on rhythm only, we always have a rhythm specialist on board, so you can get in an extra rhythm class if you wish during the second class period.
- Guitar classes are organized into 4 levels of ability, ranging from intro to expert. See the Level Guides here.
- You choose with whom you would like to work from class to class, so in theory you have the opportunity to attend a class with anyone listed on our guitar staff. Since classes are organized by level, however, you’ll probably want to chose your classes on the basis of level first, teacher second. If you really want to attend a class by a teacher offering classes at a level beyond your own, we ask that you audit (that is, observe, without an instrument in hand) rather than actively participate.
- We shoot for an overall student/teacher ratio of around 9/1 during camp. If you find yourself in a class with many more students than that, chances are someone else is getting a semi-private lesson. We schedule all the guitar lessons at the same level near one another, so if class size is a priority for you, go find that under-employed teacher!
For other instruments, the class times and suggested daily repertoire are the same, but the structure and content is different (since, for example, violinists don’t need a daily rhythm class.) For the first two periods of the day classes are organized by instrument, and all the lessons devoted to a given instrument are in the same building. Typically, all we’ll provide on the schedule is an indication of where you’ll be meeting and leave any further organization and discussion of class content to the teachers. For the third period of the day, check out the Facilitated Jams (all of which are for mixed instrumentation and organized by level) and Special Topics.