Songleading Immersive

Regardless of the students’ experience leading music prior to camp, the songleading immersive allows teens to engage with experts in the field of Jewish music to gain the skills related to planning musical programs, teaching songs, and facilitating musical religious/ spiritual moments and experiences.  

"I learned the skills I need to engage a room in song, how to play guitar, and how to lead and not just help out. We had so much fun in the immersive." - Emma, Charleston, South Carolina

Read about more of our teens experiences in the immersive here! 

This is for the teen who...  

...wants to apply what they learn and practice at camp to collaborating and planning with peers, and ultimately, to leading the wide variety of musical moments at camp alongside teachers and visiting songleaders from across the Reform Jewish movement.

5 Key Takeaways 

Five things prospective participants should know: 

  1. From body language, to volume levels, to the organization of content, teens will be prepared to lead in front of groups ranging in size and age.  
  2. Students will be exposed to a wide range of musical repertoire relevant to songleading -- from contemporary to traditional Jewish music, secular music, spiritual music/chants, camp favorites, and more.   
  3. From clergy to contemporary Jewish songwriters and musicians, visiting faculty share expert tips and techniques as well as give participants feedback on their progress throughout the summer. 
  4. Immersive teachers will work with teens one-on-one and in groups to fine-tune relevant areas: from vocal techniques, to guitar playing, to basic music theory, and performance methods. 
  5. Students will not only learn to be comfortable both planning and leading both weekday and Shabbat services, they will also have the opportunity to explore the meaning of both the melody and text of the prayers. 

Curriculum Description 

Regardless of the students’ experience leading music prior to camp, the song-leading immersive allows teens to engage with experts in the field of Jewish music to gain relevant skills related to planning musical programs, teaching songs, and facilitating musical religious/ spiritual moments and experiences.  

The curriculum is geared towards giving teens the opportunity to apply the skills, methods, and techniques discussed, practiced, and unpacked in class through collaborating and planning with peers, and ultimately, leading the wide variety of musical moments at camp alongside the immersive teachers and visiting faculty.  

Additionally, teens will explore areas of songleading relevant to their professional and communal lives outside of camp. Throughout the summer, students will not only study song-leading techniques relevant to the camp setting, but they will thoroughly examine and be prepared to song-lead for early childhood groups, religious school classes, and congregants of all ages. Specific takeaways include: