South Dakota MEA Choral Camp Teaches Kids to Sing, Sing a Song


Waiting for instructions at the SDMEA Kids Sing Camp


Board members of the South Dakota Music Education Association (SDMEA) wanted to supplement elementary music programs in the state with a vocally-focused day camp for young singers. Paul Schilf, SDMEA executive director, said the day camp, which drew 40 students this year, aimed

  • To develop a love for singing and an appreciation for music
  • To develop pitch matching skills
  • To develop rhythmic skills through clapping/singing rhythm patterns
  • To learn how to read music by singing with syllables (do, re, mi)
  • To sing quality repertoire that is age appropriate
  • To develop performance skills

“Kids Sing Camp was a wonderful experience that allowed kids to learn, experience, and grow through music, said Deb Rohrer, the camp director. She is also SDMEA Middle School Choral and General Music Chair.

“The kids were involved in many aspects of making music from learning theory to musical expression, and they worked very hard over the five days to produce a fantastic performance for their final concert.  The week was full of learning and fun,” she said. The students who participated were third, fourth and fifth graders.

Schilf said SDMEA was pleased with the turnout this year. The first year about 10 students attended camp. “It more than tripled in size, so we know it will continue to grow,” he said.

He is a member of the Augustana music education faculty, focusing on Instrumental Music Education and other areas.


Kids Learned to express themselves at Kids Sing Camp


Photos courtesy of Paul Schilf


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, August 16, 2013. © National Association for Music Education