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Rocky Ridge Music Center

Founded in 1942, RRMC provides music education at both our historic campus in Estes Park and our year-round community music schools in Boulder and Denver. Our programs give students of all ages and levels opportunities to work with exceptional teachers and colleagues from around the world.

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Music Academy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Located in Boulder and Denver, our community music schools provide year-round private and group lessons for students of all ages, early childhood music, topical courses, and ensembles of various sizes. Private lessons and classes are available for orchestral instruments, piano, voice, saxophone, fiddle, guitar, ukulele, theory & composition, songwriting, and more. In summer 2017, we began offering summer day camps for elementary and middle school students. As at our Longs Peak site, these programs are supplemented with an ongoing series of public events, including open house performances held as a part of the NoBo Arts District First Fridays and free public participatory performance events.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

Junior Artist Seminar

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

The Junior Artist Seminar is designed to meet the needs of advanced young musicians (ages 13-17). The curriculum includes two private lessons per week on a primary instrument and one optional lesson per week on a secondary instrument. An extra secondary instrument lesson can be added for an additional fee.
In two weeks of intense immersion in music, students hone their skills and develop their unique musical voices through composition, ensembles, performance, and private tutorials. Additionally, students collaborate to compose a new orchestral work for the final concert. Opportunities for growth are unparalleled: students may elect to explore jazz improvisation or fiddling, and can challenge themselves further through advanced classical repertoire or participation in the concerto competition.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

Jazz Camp

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

This program offers one week of immersion in the performance, theory, and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from those whose study of jazz is just beginning to experienced improvisers. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork, and musicality; performances in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. String players delve into the unique challenges of performing jazz in string-quartet settings. Students also have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

American Roots

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

American Roots is a four-day immersion in traditional Southern music. Now in its second year, this broad reaching program welcomes singers, banjo pickers, fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolinists-- players interested in many facets of roots music. Along with private and group instruction, students learn to craft vocal and instrumental music arrangements of their own. The program probes blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Creole, old-time mountain ballad and song styles, honky-tonk fiddling, and works by newer singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw their inspiration from traditional music. Events include a live dance with caller, a banjo seminar, a student and faculty sing-around, and a workshop on Rio Grande fiddle tunes from Native American and Spanish colonial traditions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

Junior Music Camp

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

Junior Music Camp is designed for young musicians (ages 10-15) who want to advance their musical skills in an intense, creative, and fun environment. The Junior curriculum includes two private lessons per week on a primary instrument and one optional lesson per week on a secondary instrument. An extra secondary instrument lesson can be added for an additional fee.

In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their musicianship through composition, chamber music, studio classes, string techniques class, wind ensemble, orchestra, choir and performance class. All students participate in creating an original musical theater piece by working together as composers, cast members, pit musicians, and visual artists.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

Young Artist Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Females
Males
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Young Artist Program is a leading comprehensive 4-week residential music program for college-age students that allows them to immerse themselves in rigorous music study. Students receive two 45-minute private lessons per week on their primary instrument and an optional 30-minute lesson per week on their secondary instrument. Their studies also include chamber music, orchestra, studio/performance classes, recitals, history lecture series, and master classes. In addition, the program offers leadership training and environmental enrichment.

Students may choose from the following applied areas of study: all orchestral instruments, piano, voice, and composition. Students are encouraged to participate in the concerto competition for an opportunity to perform with the orchestra. All students share community service assignments to build relationships and help with the daily running of the camp.



YAS Composer Workshop

Now in its third year, the Composer Workshop for YAS students is hugely popular with a limited number of openings. Students will study with Composer-in-Residence Robert Paterson and attend master classes with distinguished visiting composers, Sydney Hodkinson and David Ludwig. The workshop offers a small program that provides an ideal setting for artistic exploration and musical growth. Composition students are also encouraged to minor in another instrument to create additional opportunities for performance and study. Check out the full Composer Workshop brochure for other details.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rocky Ridge's evaluation process has provided consistent evidence of positive impact. In addition to documenting student satisfaction and growth in musical ability, survey results have shown that students have benefited from their participation in our programs across a range of personal development measures. For example, 87 percent of our 2016 Young Artist students indicated an improved sense of self-efficacy, and 85 percent reported increased motivation. Similarly, among 2016 Junior Music Camp students, 80 percent reported an increase in self-discipline, 77 percent reported improved time-management skills, and 75 percent reported a greater sense of self-efficacy. Correspondingly, parents of these students also noted seeing benefits to their children, with 94 percent reporting improved confidence, 88 percent reporting increased motivation, and 81 percent reporting greater creativity.

Adult Piano Seminar

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Adult Piano Seminar provides a high level of instruction while giving participants the freedom to establish comfortable goals for themselves and interact with other pianists from around the world. Students will have the opportunity for private lessons, many hours of uninterrupted practice, master classes and lecture-recitals by the resident faculty.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A large proportion of past students return each year, and the program doubled in the last year. Participants say that it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their adult lives, giving them the opportunity to pursue long-held dreams of playing music seriously in a nurturing yet challenging environment.

Chamberre in the Rockies

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Chamberre in the Rockies is a program for mature amateur and professional musicians. It provides a magical setting and opportunities for the participants to play string chamber music, often in sessions pushing late into the night. The participants develop lasting friendships, forged in five days of music, great food, and finish with a public concert. Many players have returned from around the world for more than two decades. Chamberre and Rocky Ridge have been partners since 1957. In 2008, the partnership was formalized, with a merging of the organizations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

People gather each year to enjoy chamber music together, build friendships, and push themselves as musicians. The program has recently made a point of attracting new, younger participants to grow the base of attendees and ensure that the program continues well into the future.

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