Monday, April 22, 2019

Help your child choose the right summer camp singing experience!


PAW explores the difference between 

Musical Theater and Voice Recording camps!


If a summer camp offers multiple vocal programs, they’ll typically include two varieties: musical theater focused on singing for live staging, and the recording arts focused on voice and technology. Learning to be a musical theater standout and learning to be a recording artist offer two very different perspectives on singing camps.

PAW'S Rock The Mic Camp
On a typical day of PAW’s Rock the Mic camp, campers stand in front of a microphone and sound filter, guided by their teacher through the complex runs and beats of a pop hit or the soulful emotion and harmony of a rock ballad, riffing off the styles of the other campers in their duet or trio.  On a typical day of PAW’s Musical Theater camp, on the other hand, campers learn how to blend their voices in ensemble songs, project their voice to an audience for their solos, and hold a note while landing dynamic dance moves. 

Of course, both camps have the same core curriculum, like any reputable singing camp, including vocal warm-ups, pitch, proper breathing techniques, scales, and phrasing. In fact, the main difference between Rock the Mic and Musical Theater camps is style!

Often parents call into the PAW office to ask, “My child loves to sing—which camp would you recommend?” In order to offer the best advice to parents, we explore what kind of passion for singing their child has.  Sometimes kids love to sing, but aren’t ready to go live—Rock the Mic would be a great option for them to develop their voice and confidence as singers.  Sometimes kids have tons of experience with stage work and want to enhance their technique and create something tangible to take home and share with their friends—Rock the Mic would be a great option for them, too, because they can focus on their individual aptitude, and bring home a CD of their vocal stylings! 

PAW's Musical Theater Camp

If we were to offer one piece of advice to parents of eager vocalists, it would be to discuss with your child the different opportunities in vocal studies, and see what most excites them. Whether it’s Musical Theater’s teamwork and excitement, or Rock the Mic’s focus on how to make every unique voice shine, they’ll know what decision is right for them—or whether they want to round out their singing summer and try both!

PAW’s award-winning camps for kids ages 5-14 include Rock The Mic, Musical TheaterFilmmaking, Guitar,  Magic, Photography, Stage F/X Makeup, Camp LOL & Camp WOW – a debate camp for kids!

Trusted for over 30 years, PAW has 9 camp locations to choose from including; Brentwood, West LA, Manhattan Beach, RPV, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Pasadena, Northridge, and Studio City.  For camp information call us at (310) 827-8827 or check out our website at www.PerformingArtsWorkshops.com.

Performing Arts Workshops ~ the ultimate ARTS experience.
Part Art…Part Play…ALL FUN!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Laughter Is the Best Medicine…and PAW’s Camp LOL Enriches Academic Skills, too!

PAW delves into the personal and educational benefits 
of a Comedy Camp Curriculum!

The beneficial outcomes of summer camp programs often range from social skill development, to academic and educational improvement, and even to independence and confidence building, however there are often specific enrichment goals in place depending on the type of summer camp program offered. PAW’s Camp LOL thrives on bolstering confidence, promoting identity exploration and self-esteem, and even developing language arts and critical thinking skills that can then be applied to children’s academic lessons and assignments throughout the school year.

Traditionally, comedy camps provide campers the opportunity to work directly with seasoned comedians. It is under their instruction and leadership that children have the opportunity to explore the foundations of comedy as a craft, including the importance of voice, speech, and diction. These communication skills transcend the comedy camp experience when kids are back in school participating in class and preparing for an oral report, presentation, or group project.

Campers immersed in a comedy camp will learn about specific styles of comedy, such as the difference between Improv and Sketch Comedy, as well as what it takes to create their very own unique set that they can perform! Everything from joke writing, structure, and character development, to joke delivery, stage presence and performance is taught, demonstrated, and practiced over the course of a session of camp. These skills translate directly to Language Arts Curriculum by engaging children in the creative writing process, challenging them to think critically about their jokes, sets, and performances, and teaching them to constructively critique their own work so that they can improve not only a particular joke, but their language arts skills in general.  The value of a child using the skills that they work on every day in the classroom to achieve something that they love doing, such as comedy, is truly priceless!

At the end of the day, PAW’s Camp LOL spreads the joy of comedy and laughter to children and provides them with a meaningful experience that has plenty of positive take-aways. Comedy camp is place where kids can have fun exploring their identities while also engaging in meaningful curriculum and activities that will make a difference in their lives for years to come!

PAW’s award-winning camps for kids ages 5-14 include Camp LOL, Rock The Mic, Musical TheaterFilmmaking, Guitar,  Magic, Photography, Stage F/X Makeup & Camp WOW – a debate camp for kids!

Trusted for over 30 years, PAW has 9 camp locations to choose from including; Brentwood, West LA, Manhattan Beach, RPV, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Pasadena, Northridge, and Studio City.  For camp information call us at (310) 827-8827 or check out our website at www.PerformingArtsWorkshops.com.


Performing Arts Workshops ~ the ultimate ARTS experience.
Part Art…Part Play…ALL FUN!




Monday, February 18, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

PAW’s Biannual Camp Story Contest Is Here Once Again!


Get out your pencils and notebooks, find your favorite camp photos ~ 
It’s time to start preparing your story to enter the Camp Story 
Contest for a chance to win free camp!

Every year as the PAW Team gets ready for another exciting season, we love to stop and take a moment to remember and reflect on all of the fun of past seasons of camp! 
We also love to celebrate our campers’ special moments and memories and there is no better way to do this than through your own firsthand storytelling! Plus, who doesn’t love a chance at free stuff – especially free PAW Camp! 

The story can be written by a PAW camper, Mom, Dad, or even Grandma & Grandpa, too!  Your story can be a page or just a few simple paragraphs that range from funny, inspiring, or sweet, to just plain adorable. 


Your story can be…


…Adorable!

When the big moment came for us to step out of the big black curtains that concealed us, I admit, I was a little scared. But when I looked to my right, I saw my friends next to me. I knew I was okay."                                                                                                                                                                                                              -Luiza, Camper, Age 9


…Exciting!

“…I asked my daughter what part she’d been given, while I distractedly eased the car out of the parking lot and checked for traffic in my side mirror. ‘Mommy, I’m an orphan,” she said. ‘That’s great,’ I said. ‘So I figure dirty, grubby clothes this time?’ ‘Well, kinda. I’m playing Annie.’ ‘What?’ I put my foot on the brake. ‘What? Annie? Like in, the lead?’ ‘Yes,’ she said, grinning.
                                                                                     -Suzanne, Melissa’s Mom, Age 10


…Creative!

“My PAW Song (Sing to the tune of Candy man from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
Who can take a Summer (who can take a Summer)
Sprinkle it with cheer (sprinkle it with cheer)
Add singing, dancing, and acting
Then it will appear
PAW Summer Camp
PAW Summer Camp”
-Lindsay, Camper, Age 9


…Inspirational!

“I had a solo, two lines that I still remember to this day. I sang those solo lines and I realized I didn’t want to be a popstar, I want to be a Broadway star. I want to be like Barbra Streisand, Natalie Wood, and Rita Moreno. This camp helped me realize that I want to perform.”
-Lila, Camper, Age 10


 …Or Even Just Plain Fun!

“After the camp ended she told me that she couldn’t wait to go back next summer. A big thanks to the staff for making her summer memorable and fun! She played one of the village girls in beauty and the beast and in my opinion she had perfected the Gaston faint scene ;)”
-Denna, Sienna’s Mom, Age 7 


Check out past Camp Story Contest entries, learn more about entering,
and submit your own story HERE!


Our Spring Contest is live from February 1st – March 1st.


All submissions we receive are eligible to be shared on our Facebook and other social media pages, accompanied by your child’s first name and age only.  

PAW’s award-winning camps for kids ages 5-14 include Musical TheaterFilmmaking, GuitarRock The MicMagic, Photography, Stage F/X Makeup, Camp LOL & Camp WOW – a debate camp for kids!

Trusted for over 30 years and with nine locations throughout Los Angeles, you can find one near you in; Brentwood, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Northridge, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Studio City, and West LA.  For camp information call us at (310) 827-8827 or check out our website at www.PerformingArtsWorkshops.com.

Performing Arts Workshops ~ the ultimate ARTS experience. 
Part Art…Part Play…ALL FUN!




Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day PAW Families!



The PAW Office Pixies would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Valentine’s Day!