2023 Feisty Music Camp for Kids

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Walnut Valley Festival invites you to take part in our Feisty Music Camp for Kids! The two-day event will give children the chance to take part in hands-on, music-related crafts, workshops and concerts.

Walnut Valley Festival thanks  Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance and Winfield Arts and Humanities Council for letting us borrow instruments again this year and for their support of Feisy Music Camp for Kids.

Kids dancing at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
Kids learning new instruments at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
A special concert for participatns of the Fesity's Kids Music Camp

Who

The camp welcomes kids from pre-school through 6th Grade

What

Each session will have a theme or focus to give kids a chance to choose which activity they want to do.

Where

Stage 6, in West Campground

When

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 16-17, 1-4:30pm

How

  1. PLAN ON ARRIVING 10 MINUTES BEFORE SESSION’S START.  You will be asked to sign a release for each child participating.  This gets the child into that session and any subsequent sessions desired.  Children can return later (with a parent or guardian) for a different session if desired.  Space is limited; first come, first served.
  2. Parents or guardians are required to remain onsite to observe the excitement first-hand.
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Directors

Music Camp Organizers Erin Mae and Aaron Fowler will be organizing and operating the camp, and all have a wealth of experience to draw on.

Erin Mae has brought American music education into public schools, home school co-ops, libraries, churches, foster care programs and summer camps. An accomplished musician, she won the national Mountain Dulcimer Championship at Winfield in 2004. She went on to study classical piano at Sterling College, KS, before pursuing a degree in commercial music, with an emphasis in bluegrass and acoustic jazz, through South Plains College in Texas. After graduation, she began touring full- time as part of the duo Scenic Roots.  Erin is now a full-time free-lance mountain dulcimer and kids folk music educator.

Aaron Fowler is a touring musician, storyteller and teaching artist. He has been making music since he was 16 years old! His greatest joy is getting folks to sing together. Whether a group of 4-year olds in a preschool classroom or a group of elders in a Hospice center, the world is changed when we make music together. Aaron is member of the Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, National training team (Vienna VA), a teaching artist with Arts Partners (Wichita, KS) a Young Audiences Affiliate and a national touring singersongwriter. Aaron is a member of Local 1000 and serves as the US Vice President of the American Federated Musicians Local 1000 Touring Musicians union. 

2023 Schedule

Friday, September 15 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Interactive Concert with Roz Brown
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Rhythm Workshop – Make an Instrument!
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Kids Concert with Haymakers
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Folk Dancing 
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Interesting Instruments Demonstration with Tina Bergmann 
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Dulcimer / Ukulele Playing (instruments provided)
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Kids Jam – bring your own instrument 

Saturday, September 16 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Interactive Concert with Les Gustafson-Zook
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Acoustic Kids with Andy May
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Instrument Petting Zoo (instruments provided)
  • 2:30 to 3:00 –Rhythm Workshop with Abby the Spoon Lady
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Songwriting Workshop with Elexa Dawson
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Kids Concert with JigJam
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Open Mic / Kids Showcase (bring a song to share!)2023 
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Office Hours

Monday-Friday

9am-Noon; 1pm to 5pm