Strings Music Camp

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Strings Music Camp

July 11 - 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
For ages 9 - 14 (entering grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Led by 317 Main Music Instructors, Melissa Bragdon and

Andrew Martelle with Merriconeag German Teacher, Oliver Kinzer

$225 per week

Summer Camp Afternoon Program Note: We have increased interest in an afternoon program for the morning summer camps. We will be designing a relaxed afternoon with lunch, restful activities, art projects, and games. The cost for extending the program to 3:00 will be an additional $50. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch.
As we are shaping this afternoon program and the staffing around the age groups, we encourage interested families to contact Kathy Watko,, as soon as possible.

     Strings Music Camp is for students who have at least one year of stringed (guitar, violin, bass, viola, mandolin, etc) instrument instruction. 317 Main Music instructors, Melissa Bragdon and Andrew Martelle will team up with Merriconeag teacher, Oliver Kinzer to share their passion for cooperative play, expressed through music and outdoor games.   

      Melissa and Andy will lead the small group instruction, with some individualized attention, for two one-hour sessions per day. Students will be divided into groups by ability, with the goal of building passion and skills for playing music in a small group, refining technique, and learning about improvisation, jamming, and all the skills needed to play as a group, as they learn new tunes.

     Merriconeag teacher, Oliver Kinzer will lead cooperative outdoor games (or indoors, in inclement weather), for the one hour break in between the music sessions, mirroring the creative and cooperative fun of working and playing as a group.

     The last day of class will be "open" so parents can witness how much fun it all is!



Melissa Bragdon hails from Windham, Maine, and has been playing the violin since the age of nine. Classically trained, Melissa went on to study music education at the University of Maine at Orono. While in college, Melissa studied classical violin with Dr. Anatole Wieck and also became interested in the fiddling styles of celtic music. She joined up wth ‘Jerks of Grass' and has been a part of the band since 2006. Melissa has been teaching at 317 Main Street since the beginning, where she continues to spend her days surrounded by talented musicians and great people.


Andrew Martelle  TBA

Oliver Kinzer is a native of Germany. He came to Maine in 2001. Oliver has been the German teacher for Kindergarten through 8th grade at Merriconeag since 2005. Oliver teaches woodwork to the 4th grade, and he is the cross-country running head coach for the middle school. Since 1990, Oliver has been working with children and teenagers in various settings in Europe and the US. Through his many years of experience in arts, language, nature studies, athletics, social work, culinary arts, crafts, and music - as well as being a father, Oliver feels at home in creating exciting, inspiring, and versatile activities for children of all ages.


Register Now:
1. Download, print and complete the 2011 Summer Camp Registration Form.

    If your child has a medical condition you will also need to download and complete the

    Medication Administration Release Form.

2. Calculate your total payment.
3. Mail your completed form, along with a check made out to Merriconeag Waldorf School to:

    Summer Programs at Merriconeag Waldorf School

    57 Desert Road
    Freeport, Maine 04032