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MUS Summer Programs

2018 Academic Adventures

2018 ACADEMIC ADVENTURES

Academic Adventures Director: Mr. Judd Peters

(901) 260-1379

Academic Adventures are designed to be short enrichment opportunities taught in a fun, relaxed environment. 
  • Techie offerings include coding and programming, music recording, robotics, video game design, and videography.
  • Math camps help students brush up their skills in pre-algebra, algebra, or geometry.
  • Essay workshops reinforce the writing fundamentals necessary for students to be successful at the high school level (some classes coed).
  • Foundations in Public Speaking and Leadership camp prepares students to "talk like a boss."
  • Drum Corps Camp teaches the fundamentals of drumming, reading music, and proper technique (coed).
  • Grade-level Reading and Writing Enrichment bolsters summer reading for MUS students.
  • AP History Prep teaches skills necessary for exam success (coed).
  • La Tertulia provides basic practical skills in Spanish.

All programs will be listed by the grade the student will be in during the 2018-19 academic school year. On the first day of camp, students should report to their designated camp locations.


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AP HISTORY SKILLS

AP HISTORY SKILLS  

Session 1: 06/11/2018 - 06/15/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The AP History prep class is for rising 10th-12th graders enrolled in either AP United States History or AP European History for the 2018-19 school year. During the course, students will be introduced to the AP exam format and develop the necessary skills to succeed on the exam and in the class.

Cost: $180 per session 

BANG A DRUM! – MUS DRUM CORPS CAMP

BANG A DRUM! DRUM CORPS CAMP

Session 1: 06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 207/23/2018 - 07/27/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Students will be taught the fundamentals of drumming, reading music, and proper technique. This camp is for experienced and beginner drummers.

Cost: $200

CODING AND PROGRAMMING

CODING AND PROGRAMMING

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018; M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Designed for students who are new to coding, this camp will use multiple platforms to teach coding basics. Campers will start with drag-and-drop applications and then move to line-by-line coding with JavaScript.

Cost: $180.00

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY WRITING

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY WRITING

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 3:  07/16/2018 - 07/20/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course is for rising seniors interested in getting an early start on writing college essays. The purpose of this workshop is to help students write a college application essay that will get and keep the attention of a college admissions counselor via a well-considered, well-crafted response to one of the five Common Application essay prompts. At the end of the course, students will have at least one completed college essay suitable for submission to college.

Cost: $200 per session

ESSAY-WRITING WITH STYLE

ESSAY-WRITING WITH STYLE

Session 1: 07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course focuses on taking the basic architecture students have developed over years of writing formal, academic essays and introducing the element of style to their compositions. By studying the writing styles of contemporary sports writers, travel writers, science and nature writers, and pop culture writers, attendees will learn how to make their own writing more compelling and more effective. Each day participants will play a variety of writing games designed to help them develop their own unique voice – a voice that readers want to hear. Though fundamentals such as strong sentence structure, proper punctuation, and correct grammar will be expected, the course will center on what makes for an interesting story and how to best communicate it to an audience.

Cost: $180 per session

ESSAY WRITING ESSENTIALS

ESSAY-WRITING ESSENTIALS

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

Session 206/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 307/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course focuses on reinforcing writing fundamentals necessary for students to be successful at the high school level, including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, paragraph structure, self-editing, and proofreading. The curriculum allows students to strengthen their foundational writing skills at a level that recognizes their maturity.

Cost: $180 per session

LA TERTULIA: GETTING BY IN SPANISH

LA TERTULIA: Getting by in Spanish

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This course aims at providing basic, practical knowledge to students who want to learn Spanish, regardless of their language abilities. The conversation activities will provide students with the basic language skills needed to get by and "survive" in Spanish. No textbook is required. The teacher will provide all materials needed for the class.

Cost: $180 per session

MATH ENRICHMENT 1: INTRO TO PRE-ALGEBRA

MATH ENRICHMENT 1: INTRO TO PRE-ALGEBRA

Session 1: 06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 207/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic pre-algebra, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet. Topics include operations with integers and solving equations.

Cost: $180 per session

MATH ENRICHMENT 2: INTRO TO ALGEBRA

MATH ENRICHMENT 2: INTRO TO ALGEBRA

Session 1: 06/11/2018 - 06/15/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 2: 07/16/2018 - 07/20/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic algebra, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet. Topics include line graphing and factoring polynomials.

Cost: $180 per session

MATH ENRICHMENT 3: INTRO TO GEOMETRY

MATH ENRICHMENT 3: INTRO TO GEOMETRY

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 207/23/2018 - 07/27/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Students will practice math problems that ready them for basic geometry, including exercises similar to those in the required MUS Summer Math packet.

Cost: $180 per session

MUSIC CAMP: INTRO TO RECORDING ARTS

MUSIC CAMP: INTRO TO RECORDING ARTS

Session 1: 7/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This camp will consist of an introduction to modern recording practices, general recording equipment and environment, and studio etiquette. It will take place in MUS Bloodworth Studio, and it will cover how to record and produce music. Students must have some background in music performance on at least one instrument.

Cost: $180

ROBOTS AND MORE ROBOTS

ROBOTS AND MORE ROBOTS

Grades 7-9

Session 1: 07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 07/23/2018 - 07/27/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Two robots are twice as much fun as one. Seventh- through ninth-grade campers will use both LEGO Mindstorms NXT as well as the Dash robot to learn programming and coding. After building the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot, they will use sensors to complete various challenges including Robot Sumo. With the Dash robot, campers will compete in robot soccer and the catapult challenge.

Cost: $180 per session

READING/WRITING ENRICHMENT FOR GRADES 7-10

READING/WRITING ENRICHMENT

Grade 7

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 07/16/2018 - 07/20/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Grade 8

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 2 07/23/2018 - 07/27/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Grade 9

Session 1: 06/11/2018 - 06/15/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 207/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Grade 10

Session 1: 06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 207/16/2018 - 07/20/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

A summer reading program benefits the student in experiencing words and ideas and in building vocabulary, reading speed, and comprehension for the coming year’s work. During this course, students will read a book from the MUS Summer Reading List. Class time will include discussion and exercises designed to increase each student’s comprehension of the book and prepare students to take the Summer Reading tests in the fall. Students will also review basic elements of composition and practice pre-writing techniques. These classes are offered only to MUS students. Students enrolled in these courses must still take the summer reading tests in the fall during the regular school year.

Cost: $180 per session

TALK LIKE A BOSS: FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AND LEADERSHIP

TALK LIKE A BOSS: FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AND LEADERSHIP

Session 1: 06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 207/23/2018 - 07/27/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but this potential needs to be developed. This workshop enables participants to develop their potential through practical experience. Participants learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives, including the following: Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to speak before an audience. Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly. Listen carefully to others’ ideas. Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and leadership skills. Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings.

Cost: $180.00

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

Session 1: 6/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Grades 4th to 6th

Don’t just play video games -- learn how to make them! Campers will create and design two PC-based video games, including a multi-level game. They will learn to code objects with events and actions, design a room, and make a game with health, lives, and scoring. Campers will take home their games on a CD at the end of the week.

Cost: $180.00

VIDEOGRAPHY: SO YOU WANT TO BE ON YOUTUBE?

VIDEOGRAPHY: SO YOU WANT TO BE ON YOUTUBE?

Session 1: 06/04/2018 - 06/08/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 2: 06/11/2018 - 06/15/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 307/09/2018 - 07/13/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 4: 07/16/2018 - 07/20/2018, M - F, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This camp challenges students to tell a story with moving images and offers hands-on learning and instruction in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and production. While producing a group film, each student will experience several aspects of the creative process. Topics covered include story boarding, camera techniques, sound and music, and script writing. The camp culminates with a screening of the students’ films. The course does not require special equipment or skills.

Cost: $180 per session