Children's Music

Music & Arts Camp 2017

August 7-11

"You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees."  Psalm 119: 68


The theme this year is "God Is Good". In a world of uncertainty, we will create joy and hope through drumming, ukuleles, xylophones, dancing, singing and visual arts. Campers will be encouraged to create the beauty of the goodness of God. There is hope in this world despite our fears. This Psalm is proclaiming the goodness of God. In it he also expresses his trust in God and willingness to learn from from God's law. God is good! We can trust Him. Sometimes it is hard to see the hope, creativity and joy that is around us.


Campers ages 6-11 (going into grades 1-5) are invited to join us as we celebrate God's goodness. The camp will take place at Hilltop, 8:45-1:30. We will have guest artists such as Alphornes, a Marching Band and other performances.


Registration Fee: $80; $60 for sibling. $30 deposit due with registration; full payment due July 31st. Deposit refundable before July 17th. Payment can be made with a credit card online (preferred) or by check. Make check payable to HUMC with M&A Camp, Camper's name on the memo line. Send to HUMC, 985 East 10600 South, Sandy 84093


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. Please contact Michele at Please describe the need in your email.


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Other Music Opportunities for Children

Hilltop Children's Choir

What: Hilltop Children’s Choir

Who: Children 1st-5th grades

When: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm (Sept  19 – May 22)

Where: Hilltop United Methodist Church

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*Increased awareness of music literacy


*Experience the joy of singing


*Prepare for leadership in worship



Participation in performances is part of the choral learning experience. Dates and times will be given in advance; it is expected that children will participate in scheduled choral activities.

*Hilltop Children’s Choir will participate in worship services at Hilltop United Methodist Church every four to six weeks.

*Hilltop Children's Choir will participate in the Chancel Choir Christmas Concert Sunday, December 18, 2016

*Hilltop Children’s Choir will participate in the Music & Arts Ministry Concert Sunday February 26, 2017 6:00pm



The children’s choir is based on two teaching music educational philosophies.

Zoltán Kodály was a composer and music educator from Hungary. He believed strongly that music should be for all children. He with colleagues developed a method of using folk songs to teach music literacy leading to the music of master composers. Using the child’s own instrument, the voice as the vehicle of musical development and masterful musicianship. He defines the characteristics of a good musician to be: a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand.

Carl Orff was a composer and music educator from Germany. He too had a strong desire for children to learn music and sought to utilize the most natural response children have to music. This method utilizes movement and creative expression and music making using instruments specifically designed for children; glockenspiel, xylophone and metallopones as well as other percussion instruments.

It is our hope to encourage a love for singing and music while using a sequence of musicial literacy instruction. We will strive to foster musicianship in the students who participate in the program. Recognizing that music is from God, we will foster and develop the vision of God’s church being a place of community where the body of Christ seeks to belong, believe, and become.


Children's Music Director, Michele Starcher

Michele is a Lower School Music Specialist at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree from Capital University and a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from the Ohio State University. She also holds Kodály Certification from Capital University and one year training in Orff-Schulwerk methodology from Miami University. Michele is the Staff Accompanist for Hilltop United Methodist Church.


Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers are needed to help with camp and choir. No musical experience necessary just a love for children. Please email Michele at the address below if you would be willing to volunteer.


If you have any questions please email Michele at

Or call 801.571.5777 x9

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