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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Our Previous Summer Families Told Us …

Young Actors

  • … fun, interesting, not competitive.
  • Unbelievable enthusiasm and professionalism.
  • Wonderful teachers. Well coordinated and talented.
  • It was a fantastic program in which my daughter was always excited and challenged. Just, please continue the program.
  • The staff was excellent. Teachers were knowledgeable and really cared deeply about what the students were learning.
  • Learned new concepts exposure to other kids with the same interest. Different abilities at the same age.
  • [My son] met a lot of new friends. He enjoyed the activities that helped improve his acting skills.
  • Everyone paid attention to me and answered questions. They made sure everyone understood what was going on and how to act in your character.
  • Program was really terrific … This should absolutely be continued.
  • Final performances were really wonderful.

Young Architects

  • This is an excellent class—a very professional look at architecture. My son loved it.

Young Artists

  • My daughter loved the projects—such creativity.
  • The [teacher’s assistants] were awesome and the artwork was fabulous.
  • It was good for [my daughter] to be exposed to an experienced instructor, who was clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject. My child really enjoyed the whole experience.
  • [My son] has enjoyed every minute of camp. I asked him his favorite part of camp and he said, “It’s too hard to decide, it’s all good.”
  • My child loved everything equally.
  • Most memorable moment—the art show!
  • Most memorable moment—helping [a friend] with the totem pole—it was fun …

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Young Bards

Now combined into the Shakespeare Workshop

  • Learning classics at such a young age—invaluable!
  • The staff was very good and open to everyone, which was great. I loved it. I liked rehearsing my lines and working with everyone the best.
  • I did like the program. I also liked the staff and the other classmates and how we all worked together and became fantastic friends.
  • The whole thing was the most memorable. It was just fun!

Young Filmmakers

  • My daughter really liked the content. She learned a great deal and enjoyed the program very much. The TAs were all very good.
  • [The staff was a] wonderful group of enthusiastic people, very supportive of the kids.
  • My daughter loved the program.
  • I liked practicing on Final Cut Pro.
  • My most memorable moment was filming the alien movie.

Young Photographers

  • I think listening to my daughter tell me that she was seeing the world differently and watching her take photos for class [was my best memory]. Also hearing her talk about saturation, etc., with confidence. The exhibition at the end was fun and nicely done.
  • [My child enjoyed] that it was tailored to the level to each student. Also, that it included Photoshop.
  • [The staff] was very friendly and helpful.
  • I liked working in the editing lab.
  • I like that we got to go different places and take pictures of different things. Also, it was cool that you could go on the computer and change it from colorful to black and white, and change it up.

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Youth Musical Theatre

  • What I liked best about this program was … the content; nurturing, cooperative environment.
  • There was a focus and they got the work done.
  • [My daughter] has enjoyed her experience. She says that “everyone is kind helpful and encouraging to all of us” and “I enjoy their company and they are not only teachers, but close friends … and almost family!”
  • I like everything! The dancing is different and challenging! The acting is also very creative and it allows you to become a totally new person. The singing brings out your inner voice and inner passion and always helps to cheer up your spirit!
  • We have not yet had the performance, but up until today [what I enjoyed most] would be making all my new friends and having the best summer ever, and I wish it was longer…
  • Outstanding in all respects. Meaningful content coupled with enjoyable process and congenial environment. Emphasis on teamwork and fun. Provided a supportive experience in an area where competition tends to get out of control.
  • [My daughter] liked seeing old friends and making new ones, having the chance to perform without the pressure of mounting an entire show, and learning more about dance.
  • High standards but encouragement every step of the way.
  • Love that everyone gets a chance to shine, like the improv games.
  • Enjoyed meeting a diverse group of students.
  • [Our daughter] liked performing “Big Spender”! ([We] thought the final performance for the families was better than ever and all the kids seemed very engaged.

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Creating Comic Books/Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels

  • What a treat to work with comic giant Carl Potts! Obviously he was extremely knowledgeable about the topic. He really tried to give us a lot of individual attention and was eager to impart his wisdom. TAs were very nice.
  • I liked working with the staff and I enjoyed the content of the class. I found it invaluable to get an inside look into the comic business.
  • I found it extremely rewarding to see people reading and having a laugh over my comic book.
  • [My son] is a pretty quiet kid and he is so happy when I pick him up. He has enjoyed this class so much, which makes a very happy parent. It is difficult to find something he really enjoys and is willing to stick with but he has been so happy in this program. He says everyone is really nice.
  • Excellent staff who knew the material and worked well with the children. They were also friendly to the children yet still maintained discipline.
  • [Enjoyed that] we got to use computers to color our comics.
  • Most memorable moment—when we were ”inking” our comics.
  • Most memorable moment—making the final personal comic for final presentation.

Creative Vocal Lab

  • The staff was excellent and very enthusiastic.
  • Great! Imaginative.
  • [I enjoyed] everything [about the program]—the freedom to explore and be creative.
  • My most memorable moment was harmonizing in the stairwell.

Vocal Intensive

  • I loved the way [the instructors] taught you to be louder.
  • The staff members were very supportive and caring and did their best to bring out the qualities and personality of my child. They went above and beyond what was required and their results at the final presentation represented this. My daughter had tremendous growth and built her self-esteem and confidence. This was an excellent summer for her, having been the only one of the group who registered for three concurrent sessions. A real trouper. She really gained a lot from her experience. Thanks to all for your hard work and dedication and talents.
  • Everyone was talented and had lot of enthusiasm.
  • My daughter enjoyed learning music theory.
  • I have memories of my daughter not being fearful about performing in front of audiences and gaining stage presence and courage.

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Songwriting Workshop

  • I really enjoyed being around people who share the same interests as me and help with my music.
  • It was very challenging. Allowed me to learn lots of new things.
  • I just want to tell you personally that this class has been the best experience [my son] has ever had. The teachers and their enthusiasm have made my child so happy. I’m so happy that I found this program and even more excited that he’s doing Teen Voices next week!!! Thank you so much. I will recommend this program to everyone I know.
  • Enjoyed the opportunity to be surrounded by such knowledgeable and enthusiastic music professionals.
  • I did enjoy the program and I liked that I learned a lot about harmony, melody, and lyric writing.
  • I learned a lot of valuable information and was able to discover my strengths and weaknesses to help me focus on what I need to work on for the future. It has also made me highly consider applying [to Purchase College].
  • I liked how we could learn to express our talents and collaborate together.

Video Game Creators and Animators

  • The instructors were all very nice, and they knew the program well and were very approachable.
  • I had a wonderful time and I’ll come back next year!
  • This program was lots of fun! The counselors were very nice and learning programming was a unique challenge.
  • I made a Simpsons video game. It was cool to play as my favorite cartoon characters.
  • It made learning about modern technology easier and very fun at the same time.

Minecraft™ Designers

  • I love my game that I made because I tried so hard to make it.
  • My favorite project was Minecraft, and I liked using world painter and MC Edit to download things into Minecraft.
  • I learned how to problem solve better and come up with creative solutions.
  • They were great, they kept us interested and focused with humor, charisma, and intriguing techniques to create our project.

Code Breakers and App Designers

  • I liked doing the impossible quiz, website, and playing with people with similar interests.
  • Being able to look at other programs (like Google) and thinking, “Oh, that’s how they did it.”
  • I learned how to create games using construct and the coding language HTML.
  • I learned how to use an engine called construct 2. Using this, it is very easy to create my games.
  • It was a great course that taught me the foundations of coding.

Posted Dec. 12, 2014

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