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Mini Musicians offering summer programs in Truro

The joy on their faces says it all for kids who have attended past Mini Musicians summer camps. The program will re-offer the program, beginning in early July for kids age five to 11.
The joy on their faces says it all for kids who have attended past Mini Musicians summer camps. The program will re-offer the program, beginning in early July for kids age five to 11. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S.

Summer camps, art and drama have now joined music as part of the Mini Musicians program.

“It’s not just classes for toddlers,” said Beth Terry, who created, and runs, Mini Musicians. “When I started I was offering a couple of classes; now there are over 10 programs.”

Terry, who grew up in Corner Brook, NL, was always involved in music, and has been on stage since she was five. She moved to Truro in 2005, and set up her music program for children in 2011.

“I know music has been important in shaping who I am,” she said. “I let kids know it can be fun and joyful, and doesn’t have to be competitive.”

Summer camps begin in early July, and are for ages five to 11. They include drama, art, tie dying, flower planting, trying out a wide variety of musical instruments, field trips to places in the community, and writing and recording songs.

“The focus is on physical and mental health, and artistic expression,” said Terry. “It’s about creating a community where young people can express how they’re feeling through music and art.

“They’re kept busy and happy, and it’s a lot of fun seeing what they do. One of the things I really like is that it gives me permission to be a kid again.”

This summer, a couple of students, including one who is heading to university to study music in the fall, will be helping with the summer camps.

Terry is also working on plans for a children’s rock and roll choir, for ages seven to 12, to form in September.

Other programs include African drumming, guitar, ukulele, songwriting, baby and me, and xylofun.

For more information on Mini Musicians programs, people can contact Terry at

mini_musicians@hotmail.ca or 902-890-2509.

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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