“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.”
MusiCamp Philippines offers an immersive musical experience. It is a nice activity to cap my summer adventure. It is my first time to attend a music camp. And I am so grateful and honored to be chosen as the representative of Light Network Bloggers Group at the MusiCamp for 4 days and 3 nights in 4 houses in Tagaytay City last May 31 to June 3, 2017. This summer music workshop are both for kids and adults alike.
For once, I felt the vibe on how to be a MusiCamper. If you’re wondering why it is spelled with only one C, it is because it is a Christ centered music camp.
The MusiCamp Philippines faculty were comprised of world-class singers and performers. Most of the teachers were from either UST or UP College of music. Other teachers were from professional ensembles who work to cultivate music artistry, discipline and an appreciation of music. In fact, MusiCamp Philippines is now on its 10th year, founded by Pastor Jewpeter Vidad in 2007. He is also the owner of JV music school at V.Luna in Quezon City. Go visit his music school if you want to learn how to play any instruments or if you want to enhance your singing voice by taking up music lessons.
MusiCampers who has a basic instrument knowledge brought with them their guitars and violins. Some of the participants were really gifted, they could compose songs in an instant. Most of them play by ear and only learned note reading at the MusiCamp.
MusiCamp Philippines has a big impact on some MusiCamper’s transformation that can last a lifetime. Just like what happened to one musicamper from last year who used to play the piano and returned this year playing the violin. Reason? She got so inspired with the Music Campers who played the violin last year! And she’s only 13-years old. Wooot! That is awesome! I myself would like to learn how to play the violin.
The MusiCampers were divided into three teams the yellow team, the red and the blue team.
Each team were assigned with a leader and assistant staff.
The MusiCamp has practice time, teacher concert, choir classes, English comprehension, song writing classes, bible reading, master classes, guitar classes, drums classes, violin classes, organ classes and voice classes all of these and more within 4 days and 3 nights.
At the MusiCamp, I observed that everybody were inspired to show off their God given musical ability and were very industrious partaking in rehearsals even until the wee hours of the morning. The performances of both the teachers and MusiCampers plus the organized recreational activities headed by American missionaries JR and Zack completed the camp experience.
I can say that the MusiCamp went beyond my expectations. I am glad to have met all of these passionate people.
The teachers encourage musical creativity in everyone. I super love the experience! Each teacher made each musicamper felt important.
In a fun and practical way, campers were introduced the aspects of songwriting, like harmony, hooks, riffs and rhythmic accompaniment, basic chord progressions, intros, chorus-verse format, rhyming and even joke and storytelling, which is a very useful skills for even the more experienced song-writers.
I learned that song composition is as easy as counting 1 to 3. All you have to do is to choose a genre of the song that you want to sing. And share a story that you want to tell. The MusiCampers were thought about composition and form, explore and recognize a variety of verses/choruses, beat, accompaniment and other essential basic knowledge on song writing. After a series of musical games, exercises, songwriting workshop and the study of different elements of music, the MusiCampers a.k.a. aspiring songwriters and singers were asked to put their ideas to music. The MusiCampers were subdivided into a smaller group and each one were asked to participate to build and write lyrics, compose and arrange their own songs. By the end of the 4 days and 3 days the Music campers had not only tried writing and collaborated with fellow MusiCampers on the creation of original songs and arrangements.
The MusiCampers got to present and perform their original compositions in front of the crowd and guests during the banquet on the final night at the MusiCamp.
The Chief of Police of Tagaytay City even attended the teachers concert on Day 1.
MusiCamp comprises a variety of music and worship activities. MusiCampers not only learned how to perform in front of the crowd, they also learned to be more Jesus centered. There’s a guest pastor each night who shared their wisdom and words of God from the bible. Each day, the campers sing spiritual truths and learn cool dance moves too during their morning exercises activities.
The MusiCampers got to explore not only music making in a positive environment, but also learned English prowess, tips on public speaking. It is filled with activities that build the musiCampers musical skills and challenges their creativity in intuitive and fun ways.
I decided to sit-in and study voice lessons with Teacher Sharon and on day 3 with Teacher Delight. No instrument is needed. No formal musical training. All that’s needed is an enjoyment of music, the willingness to explore one’s voice which would served as your very own instrument. I especially like how everybody cooperates on all the voice exercises. During our voice lessons, you could feel and see the beauty and rawness and the readiness of each and every MusiCamper to be a part of an exciting and affirmative team!
I brace myself to get wet during the recreational activity on day 3 and change to my used clothing. Good thing, no one dared to get me wet. Whew! Thank Goodness! It was a ton of fun. I got to watch them on the sidelines.
Campers learned valuable lessons such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. I was amazed at what the MusiCampers had accomplished in just four days and 3 nights.
Besides the tonne of musical lessons and other fun-in-the-camp activities the campers got to met new friends and also learned more about Jesus!
Congratulations and thank you to the founder, Pastor Jewpeter Vidad, his brother Pastor Dr. Chris Vidad our over-all Camp Director, and of course Teacher Sharon, my voice teacher and also Teacher Delight, Teacher Tracy, Teacher Andrea, Teacher Monique, Teacher Khayil, Teacher Kaleb, Teacher Zaren, Teacher Ezra, Teacher Froilan, Teacher Louie, Sir Nestor and to the staff and crew. Wishing you more MusiCamp’s to come!
Happiness depends on happenings; joy depends on Jesus.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”- Plato
To God be the glory!
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