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Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts Summer Camps

Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts offers a wide and exciting array of performing arts and instrumental camps:


Elefante Musical Theater Camp: Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance! This super-popular performing arts camp is for students entering grades K-12. Elefante Musical Theater campers include all skill levels, from beginners to Broadway performers — literally!

Camp is held at the incredibly spacious, state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal facilities at The Pingry School’s upper school campus (131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge)!

Choose 1, 2, or 3 two-week sessions. Since each camp session is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!

Each of the two-week sessions culminates in a different, original show — a FREE Friday night performance (7:00pm) in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. The show is a multi-act theatrical revue highlighting the talents of all of our campers. It features a live professional band backing the performers!

GRADES: entering K-12
TIME: 9:00-3:00; the camp day can also be extended to include before- and after-care
DATES: Choose 1, 2, or 3 two-week sessions for up to 6 full weeks of camp.
Monday-Friday on the following dates:
SESSION 1: July 1-July 12, 2019 (no camp on Thursday, July 4th)
SESSION 2: July 15-July 26, 2019
SESSION 3: July 29-August 9, 2019
LOCATION: The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ


The New Jersey Jazz Academy Camp: This two-week jazz band intensive is for the advanced player. Recommendation from the student’s school jazz band director or private teacher is required. This camp offers daily rehearsals with jazz instruction in a big band setting, weekly sectionals with well-known jazz musicians, and an exciting Friday night performance for family and friends at the end of the intensive.

This New Jersey Jazz Academy camp is open to students who play: alto/tenor/bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums/percussion, vocalists, flute, and vibes/xylophone.

GRADES: entering 7th-12th grade, teacher recommendation required
TIME: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
DATES: June 24th-July 5, 2019 (no camp on Thursday, July 4th)
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Jump-Start Instrumental Camp: prepares students for their first year of studying an instrument at school. Kids enter their school band or orchestra feeling confident and ready to make music! Many band and orchestra teachers in the local schools have reported that our “Jump-Starters” enter the school instrumental program with a marked advantage. There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class at Elefante in New Providence!

GRADES: first-year school instrument students
TIME: 9:30am to 12:30pm
DATES: August 19-August 23, 2019
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Just Strings Camp: This week is dedicated to violin, viola, cello and bass players who have just completed their second year of study. Students will review and reinforce what they have learned at school and play fun, simple pieces in an ensemble setting. Students will return to school in September ready to play! Performance on the last day of camp.

REQUIREMENTS: At least 2 years of playing experience
TIME: 10:00am to 11:30am
DATES: August 5-August 9, 2019
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Broadway Beginners Camp: is an exciting camp exclusively for younger students! This 1-week, 1/2 day camp is just perfect for the budding performer in every child! This camp can help build self-confidence and aims to make young children aware of the positive effect that strong communication skills can have on themselves, their peers, and adults.

3 & 4 year-olds meet from 9:00-12:00, and 5 & 6 year-olds meet from 12:30-3:30. Many of our most successful older performing arts students began their Elefante training as Broadway Beginners. Students are introduced to singing, dancing, acting, and all things musical theater, sprinkled with a heavy dose of fun! There will be a “sharing” of what the students learned at the end of the classes!

AGES: 3 & 4 (am session), 5 & 6 (pm session)
TIME: Session 1: 9:00am-12:00pm (ages 3 & 4). Session 2: 12:30-3:30 (ages 5 & 6)
DATES: August 26-August 30, 2019
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Dance/Acting Camp: In the Dance Intensive Camp, students will learn a variety of dance styles, improve overall technique, and take classes in ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern hip hop, musical theater dance and more! There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class at Elefante in New Providence!

In the Acting Onstage Camp, students will explore acting and improvisation games, character development, timing, vocal projection, nuance, stage technique, script work, set design, costumes, and props as they prepare a short play in which each participant has a part. There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class at Elefante in New Providence!

You may opt to take just one camp for a 1/2-day, or combine both camps for a full camp-day experience. Combining camps results in a $50 savings. Students who combine camps bring a nut-free bagged lunch and eat here from 12:00-12:30.

GRADES: entering 2nd-12th
TIME: Dance: 9:00am-12:00pm entering grades 6-12; 12:30pm-3:30pm entering grades 2-5
Acting: 9:00am-12:00pm grades 2-5; 12:30pm-3:30pm grades 6-12
DATES: August 12-August 16, 2019
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Jump-Start to Piano Camp: is a small-group class to prepare and lead young children to true music literacy in a natural and creative environment.Jump-Start to Piano Campers will learn and explore the following concepts in a fun and interactive group setting: Posture and Hand Position; Keyboard Geography; Musical Staff; Solfeggio; Rhythm; Note Values; Music Symbols; Note Recognition.

At the end of camp, hear your child play a song, They are now ready for the next step—private piano lessons!

AGES: 5 to 7
TIME: 9:30am to 11:00am
DATES: July 15-July 26, 2019
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ

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