XYLOPHONE CAMP is a week-long seminar for college students, advanced high school, enthusiasts and professionals run alongside Marimba Madness at Richardson High School. The camp faculty, Jonathan Singer, has previously taught summer programs at the University Delaware Xylophone Institute, Xylophest in New York City and at Marimba Madness in 2018.

The camp focus is on historic performance practice of solo xylophone playing by virtuoso performers from the early 20th century. Participants each have their own instrument provided in order to practice improvisation, technical exercises, and repertoire throughout the week.

A rudimentary understanding of music theory is highly recommended. Extensive previous experience playing xylophone is not required.

Camp Curriculum:

  • George Hamilton Green, Jr.’s Instruction Course (please bring your copy to camp, which may be purchased at https://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/Green-Instruction-Course-For-Xylophone/mallet-books

  • Discussion and performance of transcriptions of performances by George Hamilton Green, Jr., Joe Green, Sammy Herman, Billy Gladstone, Harry Breuer, Joseph Hoffman, Red Norvo, Kenny Clarke, and others.

  • Emphasis on improvising and arranging in various styles.

  • Two and four-mallet performance of solo repertoire and popular songs from the “Golden Age” of the xylophone.

  • Listening sessions and lectures on topics from xylophone and music history.

Camp Fee: $250

Classes runs from 10am-6pm, June 17-21, with a break for lunch (lunch not provided). Affordable housing options are available through Airbnb.com.

Please email xylopholks@gmail.com for more information or to register.

Tuition can be mailed to Jon Singer 572 Ocean Parkway #3B Brooklyn, NY 11218

*Please make checks payable to Jon Singer.