From ukulele and piano to oboe and cello, you can learn how to play it at Pecknel Music of Greenville — no matter your age or experience level.
The 60-year-old music company rolls out its six summer camps this June with drum circle, ukulele, band, orchestra, rock band, and songwriting.
Pecknel president and owner Jeremiah Manriquez, who’s a parent, understands the struggle to find summer activities that are fun AND educational for kids. So, Pecknel summer camps offer just that — a fun, educational experience.
“I like the idea of something that can actually enhance and enrich the lives of not just the children but the families,” he says. “I think we all live and breathe music.”
The value of music is almost indescribable, according to Manriquez. “It’s the opportunity to actually communicate with other people and share this experience with other people, which is something that brings a strong sense of community and self-worth to someone that’s playing music,” he says.
Calling music therapy, Manriquez considers music beneficial on personal, physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
“It brings people together and gives us this commonality that we can share and talk about, this dialogue that we can talk about or sing about or connect with,” he says.
All camps meet at Greenville’s Pecknel Music at 1312 N. Pleasantburg Drive. Each camp ends with celebratory musical finales at local venues for students, families, and friends to enjoy.
Drum Circle ($10/class; Wednesdays and last Saturdays of June and July)
The drop-in drum circle classes are perfect for entire families. Drum circle is facilitated by multi-ethnic percussionist Jeff Holland. No prior experience is needed, and instruments will be provided.
Ukelele Camp ($59-$139; June 17-21)
Students will learn how to play different songs and chords throughout the week. This camp is also open to all ages and experience levels.
Band Camp ($200; June 24-28)
Targeted toward kids who are currently in band, this camp allows students the opportunity to grow their musical skills throughout the summer. Tyler Goodwin is the band camp coordinator. He holds degrees in music composition and music performance from Furman University.
Orchestra Camp ($200; June 24-28)
Like band camp, orchestra camp intends to give orchestra students an outlet to continue playing in summer. Camp coordinator Susan Wines graduated from Converse College with a degree in instrumental music education. She’s also the lead strings teacher of Greenville County.
Rock Band Camp ($200; July 8-12)
Students can be rockstars for a week by learning famous rock hits, choosing band names, and headlining a concert. Musicians are needed on drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard. Local musician Charles Hedgepath will lead the camp.
Song Writing Camp ($150/week or $40/class; Aug. 5-9)
New this year, the songwriting camp teaches students the craft of lyric- and melody-writing as well as arrangement. This camp will also be led by Charles Hedgepath along with fellow local musicians Kelly Jo, Jef Chandler, and Darby Wilcox.