Class Descriptions
Music and Arts Camps

I.Q Music- This class is specifically designed for children ages five to six years old that are interested in music! Students will learn basic music skills and theory concepts.  Spend the week exploring rhythm, instruments, and fun! Dance with the beat, play a new song, and grow in music. We will learn songs as a group and have daily activities designed to keep everyone involved and moving. From a bubble song, to a tree in the woods, a rhythm stick, to an ocean drum, we will explore all aspects of music in a fun fast paced environment.  Donald Betzold will be the instructor for our July Camp and Joanna Klett will be the instructor for our August Camp!

Discovery Violin- Do you want to learn an instrument that is just your size? Experience the violin first hand! We will work on a proper holding position, bowing, producing good sound and how to play a simple melody or two. We will also learn a few things about pitch and rhythm along the way! A faculty member of Adventures in the Arts, Sandy McDonald has been teaching violin to children and adults for as long as she can remember. You have probably seen her in the Arkansas Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in the many concerts they perform each year. Because of her passion in teaching young children, Sandy has attended training sessions and has obtained her certification in the Suzuki method of violin instruction. One of her greatest joys in life is being surrounded by music!  This class is offered in both our July and August Camps!

Just Stomp It!- Just Stomp it is a unique drum class offered to children ages five and up! In this class we will learn and play basic rhythms with unconventional percussion instruments. Some of these instruments include plastic buckets and pot lids as well as body percussion (finger snapping and foot stomping!). Come STOMP STOMP STOMP with us! An Arkansas native, Melodie Breeding began her percussion career at the age of five, when she won a child musician’s showcase featuring a piece on drum-set. During her collegiate career, she studied with percussionist, Charles P. Law, former principal percussionist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and current director of percussion studies at U of A – Little Rock (UALR). She has been teaching privately for over ten years and has been teaching youth groups for three years. Inspired by the Broadway group, “Stomp”, her groups have consisted of conventional and unconventional percussion instruments. Her past performances are with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, U of A – Little Rock percussion ensemble and steel drum ensemble, U of A – Little Rock guitar ensemble, U of A – Little Rock Community Orchestra, Natural State Brass band and various local churches. She currently performs with The Michael Eubanks group and at a local church. She is completing a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with an emphasis in music and psychology and an associate degree in welding technology. This class is offered only in our August Camp!

Art Sampler- Children will learn how to do basic lines, shapes and how to color and texture in an encouraging atmosphere. Projects will include both 2-D and 3-D projects, all using a wide variety of traditional and “fun” art materials! If your child is the artistic type, this class is for them! Our art sampler class is under the guidance of Leslie Mangiamele. Leslie is a college art instructor at UALR, former Director of the Community School of the Arts at UALR and a professional artist!  This class is offered both in our July and August Camps!

Twisted Sculpture- We will explore the possibilities of bending, shaping, forming and attachment for creating sculpture. We will be entertained by using a variety of materials while sculpting. This class is instructed by Sally Jones and is offered both in our July and August Camps. Sally was an art teacher for Catholic schools in Little Rock for nine years. She has developed the art program for pre-k through eighth grade. She has also been an art teacher for the Arkansas Arts Center and Little Rock Racquet Club’s summer camps. She is actively involved in community work in the Little Rock area.

Nifty Needlework- Learn, hands on how to make awesome accessories that you can wear or use to decorate your room! You will find new ways to use yarn and fabric! This fabulous class is lead by Linda Todd and is being offered in both camps! Linda is a retired Spanish teacher, who loves to travel and has even taken students to Europe! Now, Linda can be seen doing a lot of volunteer work as well as many hours knitting. She has always loved creating things with her hands and has done many types of crafts and sewing throughout her life.

Yoga- is a practice of strengthening, mobilizing, healing, and integrating all areas of the body and learning to release stress and tension in the mind. In these yoga classes, students will learn fundamental poses and sequences and their benefits, and have fun exploring new forms of movement. We will also practice stilling the mind and finding deep peace in meditation. We will work from the ground up, learning warrior poses that flow in a sequence as well as popular animal poses. This class is both fun and beneficial to the mind, body and soul for all ages!

Rachel Newell, RYT 200, teaches at Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock. She studied Hatha yoga with elements of qi gong, calligraphy yoga, 5 Rhythms movement, and nature-based healing practices in Costa Rica with Adya Conte and Velan Cadden. She credits a sixth-grade teacher for introducing her to yoga and has been teaching for the past two years. She works with students at Robinson Middle School in weekly yoga/meditation classes; there, the students attend during their advisory period or as part of the behavioral program and practice key poses and guided meditation. Many students have reported learning about emotional control and body awareness and increasing their self-esteem from practicing yoga. Rachel also works with Arkansas Circus Arts, a Little Rock based circus style entertainment troupe and studio. In addition to performing at events in Arkansas and across the region, she holds an aerial arts certification from American Circus Educators and teaches aerial classes for kids and adults at ACA’s studio. This class is offered in both our July and August Camps!

Hip Hop- This fun and energetic class offers students a chance to learn hip hop moves and will be learning kid friendly routines to the music of Christian Hip Hop artists like TobyMac, Lecrae, and Andy Mineo. Along with choreography, they will be working with rhythm and timing and will also have an opportunity to create some of their own dance moves. Participants will need to wear loose comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Hip Hop class will be taught by Kayla Derrick, who is a company member of New Creation Dance Company. Kayla has experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop.

Kayla's passion for dance began in her hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas, where she performed and taught at local studios and participated in liturgical dance at her church. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance with a minor in American Sign Language from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During college, she was a dance instructor at the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Kayla is currently in her fifth season with New Creation Dance Company. This class is offered in both our July and August Camps!

Pound Rockout- Pound Rockout uses lightly weighted drumsticks called, Ripstix®, which will be provided.  POUND® fuses movement and music to improve the students focus, coordination, and physical fitness.  It is a Full-body workout that is for all ages and all levels. POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for students to MOVE, ROCK, PLAY, and MAKE NOISE!   Kayla Derrick is so excited to be introducing this brand new class and this class is offered in both our July and August Camps!

Discovery Young Chefs- Come experience the joy of learning to be a young chef!! In this class we will learn about fun snacks and how to create them. Learn how to make a “Pizza Snake,” “Rice Crispy Animals,” edible “Mountains,” a “Bird’s Nest Pocket,” “Sweet Biscuits” and “Tortilla Wraps.” All edible projects will be subject to eating and having fun.  This class will be taught by Carol Isom. Carol is not a professional chef, but is an exceptional cook who loves to share her many wonderful dishes with her friends and others. All projects will be safe with no sharp objects used. Come and create. This class is for ages six and up and is offered in both our July and August Camps!!

Masters of Illusion- Let’s enter the wonderful and fascinating world of Magic where you will discover the mysterious secrets of some truly baffling illusions. As a beginner magician, you will learn basic performance technique and stage presence. Best of all, you’ll learn how you can amaze your friends with some really cool magic tricks! The Arkansas Masters of Illusion is lead by illusionist, Paul Carlon. In the past twenty years, Paul has had the opportunity to perform magic shows professionally in schools and for special events in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and California. Paul’s team of instructors are all members of the Arkansas Masters of Illusion. Members include Bill Fulton, Jimmy Rhodes, Blayk Puckett and Richard Knoll. All of them have teaching as well as professional performing experience. This class is offered in both our July and August Camps!