Date and Time:
July 16, 2023 2:00 pm - July 21, 2023 - 5:00 pm
Shell Lake Arts Center, 802 First Street, SHELL LAKE, Wisconsin, 54871
AP Music Theory Bootcamp
Camp Dates: July 16-21, 2023
Final Presentation: Friday, July 21-Time 4PM Erika Quam Memorial Theatre
For students completing grades 9-12
Are you thinking of becoming a music major in college? Does your school offer an Advanced Placement course in Music Theory? Do you just want to learn more about the theoretical foundations of music? If so, have we got the course for you! This course will help you discover the WHY of music theory and its importance in the education of college music majors.
The study of music theory in college is the one course that every music major must take and pass. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a singer, instrumentalist, percussionist and you plan on becoming a teacher, performer, therapist, or musicologist, this course of study is the gateway to all other study of music in college.
This Camp is designed to give you an advantage in your study of music. The four components of the AP Music Theory Exam will be unpacked during this camp with many opportunities for individualized study and attention. The goal of this experience will be to help you discover what skills you will need to work on to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Board’s Music Theory Exam. More details to come!
Students should purchase the Barons AP Music Theory textbook. This will be the textbook for all work. It can be purchased on Amazon. In addition, students should bring a laptop or chromebook to complete online work. Finally, students should bring a supply of pencils and erasers to complete composition project.
7:15 Wake Up
9:00 Aural Skills/Ear Training
10:00 Written Theory/Analysis
1:00 Sight Singing
2:00 Written Theory/Analysis
3:30 Composition Arranging
4:00 Free Time
7:00 Evening Concerts/Camp Activities
10:30 Lights Out
Bradley Mariska was appointed Associate Director of Bands at Farmington High School in 2016. He conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz II, Blue Note Jazz, and is the Assistant Director of the Farmington Tiger Marching Band. He has served as the Membership Chair of the Minnesota Band Directors Association and as the President and Band Vice-President of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). He and his ensembles have received numerous awards. Under his direction, the Austin HS Wind Ensemble appeared at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic in 2013 and, while at Pine City, was three times named to the list of “Best Communities for Music Education in America.” In 2012, School Band and Orchestra Magazine named Mariska one of the nation’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” Mariska has served as an All-State Band Section Coach, enjoys adjudicating solo/ensemble music contest, and has served as Director on the boards of several community arts organizations.
Mariska earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Buena Vista University and an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, Mariska was the Manager of the American Bandmasters Association Archives and Research Center. His work at the Research Center spawned an interest in the history of early American bands and his scholarly paper “Opera Music as Repertoire for Band,” was accepted by the Society for American Music for presentation at their National Convention. His Master’s Thesis, “Who Expects a Miracle To Happen Every Day?: Rediscovering Me and Juliet and Pipe Dream, the Forgotten Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” is referenced in several scholarly texts, including “The Musical: A Research and Information Guide” (Routledge, 2011).
Questions? Feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Accommodations ~ Lodges are available for the duration of the camp session. They are supervised by a professional counseling staff on duty 24 hours each day and meals are prepared under the supervision of a state-approved dietitian.
Commuter students are expected to remain at camp until the day’s activities are completed (Typically 9:am-8pm).
Registrations ~ Online registrations are accepted until the camp is full. Students may be placed on a waiting list if desired. A camp registration form is sent after payment is received. All cancellations must be made in writing and received 3 weeks in advance of the start of camp for a full refund. A $75.00 fee will be deducted from your refund. Refunds less than three weeks before camp will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Residential Tuition~Our student tuition is $725 per student and includes instructional fees, room and board and a camp t shirt which will be worn at the final performance. Please refer to the registration materials found on our registration site at Ultracamp for complete details. A $100 down payment is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance can be paid at the time of registration or in equal monthly installments. All Tuition must be paid before arrival at camp.
Commuter Tuition~This option is for campers that want to attend our camps but not stay in our dorms, The $400 tuition covers instructional fees, a camp T-Shirt which will be worn at the final performance, meals, and evening activities. Commuters arrive for their first class by 9AM, and can be picked up any time after evening activities conclude (usually around 8pm).
Scholarships ~Each year, the Arts Center raises funds for the scholarship program. If you are interested in applying for an Arts Center scholarship, please visit our website
Check-in/Check-out~Check in begins at 2pm on Sunday of the week your camp begins. All medical, dietary, and consent forms must be completed in UltraCamp before arriving at camp. Additional information will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before camp begins.
Additional Information ~ To request disability accommodations, or other special requests, please contact the Arts Center at least two weeks in advance of camp. More information about camp and all of the opportunities available at the Shell Lake Arts Center can be found on our website.
Participants are admitted without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The Shell Lake Arts Center is an inclusive organization, and we accept all artists and musicians.