Sophie Olshthoorn graduated from Music in UCC in 2015, and this year is starting her new business venture with a Summer Camp, Summer Music with Sophie. Picture: Miki Barlok
New Summer Camp Summer Music with Sophie hits Ballyneety
by ilovelimerick correspondent Chloe O’Keeffe
Sophie Olsthoorn graduated from Music in UCC in 2015. Her background in music began from a very early age, learning the tin-whistle at only 5, as well as the traditional Irish Flute. Sophie has completed all ABRSM grades (8 levels) in classical piano, and music theory. Currently, Sophie works for Club Ceoil Music Schools in Cork, during the week teaching piano, flute, tin-whistle, musical theatre, and choirs. She is very passionate about music, and the learning of music, and believes that it is of huge importance to a child’s development and contributes greatly to their overall confidence.
This Summer Sophie is starting a new business venture and is starting off with a Summer Music Camp, Summer Music with Sophie.
Sophie’s aim with the new camp is to bring more music to the area, “Music is not always accessible to everyone, and hopefully, this camp will provide an opportunity for kids in Ballyneety and surrounding areas to participate and learn instruments they usually would not have the chance to,” Sophie said.
The camp offers individual classes in a huge range of instruments including piano, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, bodhran, flute, tin whistle, and many more instruments.
In addition to this, kids will be provided with an introduction to music theory class. A wide range of genres will be covered in this theory, such as classical, rock, jazz, trad, and pop. Music through the decades will be explored, all the way up to the present chart hits!
Summer Music with Sophie will also have group classes on topics such as creative song-writing, drumming, ensemble, trad band, recording studio, choir, musical theatre, pop group, “The recording studio is particularly exciting as kids get a chance to go home with something, a professional recording of themselves to have forever,” commented Sophie.
Kids will learn not only how to play an instrument or use their voice, but will also learn how to be interactive in a group environment. The camp will give children the confidence to play with others and is designed to introduce children to melody and rhythm in a fun and easy way.
The camp is offered to children of all musical levels as there will be classes to cater for each individual level. The camp is offered to kids with NO previous musical knowledge and who always wanted to try out some music!
The camp will continue on in September as a music school in Ballyneety, and Sophie is hoping to look to expand in the near future.
Summer Music with Sophie will take place July 23, 24 and 25 from 9.30am to 2 pm each day, at the South Liberties GAA Club. Phone 0851423022 with your email to reserve a spot.
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