Starting with building their very own personalized baton out of chopsticks and wine corks, over 700 Bay Area children learned the basics of orchestral conducting at Magik's summer program, developed by Annie Phillips for Stern Grove. Kids learned about how to lead groups of musicians using their hands: how to control dynamics and volume with their left hand, and how to keep a beat with their baton in their right hand.  To close the camp, they got to practice on the Magik*Mini Orchestra as their teachers picked up their instruments to play. 

 A class of young conductors watches Amy to learn how to lead the Mini Orchestra with their brand new batons.

A class of young conductors watches Amy to learn how to lead the Mini Orchestra with their brand new batons.

 Matthias showcases LOUD dyamics!

Matthias showcases LOUD dyamics!

 Amy and Lucas show how to use your hands to communicate with other musicians

Amy and Lucas show how to use your hands to communicate with other musicians

 Young conductors practice on the Magik Mini Orchestra

Young conductors practice on the Magik Mini Orchestra

 Rule #1 of conducting: No touching others with your baton. 

Rule #1 of conducting: No touching others with your baton. 

 Annie and Matthias teach a costumed young camper

Annie and Matthias teach a costumed young camper