SUMMERSIDE – Staff at the summer music camp in Summerside, known as Inspire, believes that every child has a gift that could use some encouragement and training in order to develop that gift. Inspire Music Camp takes aim at the musician inside the child.
Inspire is led by camp director, Peter Gallant, (director of music at Summerside Intermediate School). Instructing alongside Gallant are his wife Christine and daughters Alexandra and Courtney - all credentialed music educators and three of whom are P.E.I. Teachers Federation members.
"We provide instruction (beginner and intermediate) in voice (singing), guitar, bass, drum set and keyboard - among other things. We use the very best in contemporary Christian music to teach the techniques on the instruments and have a lot of fun while we're at it," says Gallant.
"This type of instruction and training is a rare thing to find anywhere in our region in this day and age, but we are offering it right here in Summerside. It's a faith-based music camp."
The camp runs from Aug. 4 to 8 and is held on the premises of the Nazarene Church on Fitzroy St. in Summerside. Sessions run daily from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Students in the Inspire camp will form a band(s) as well as perform in the mighty Inspire Choir with staff.
The Inspire staff will also perform for the students and with the students to provide encouragement, goals and direction for their developing skills.
"We start the day with Inspire Fire (motivational session), then go to Inspire Wire (announcements for the day) then off to Tool Box (instrument/voice training) which is followed by Chill and Spill (snack time) and finish the morning with Inspire Choir and Inspire Band, after which the camp Expires for the day," explains Gallant.
The Inspire Music Camp Concert will be held at the Summerside Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. All Inspire Music Camp participants will be performing and the public is invited.
For further information, schedule, staff bios, cost and contact, visit the website at inspiremusiccamp.wordpress.com or email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.