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Aug. 20, 2013
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Two Northwest Missouri State University students, Brittany Terwey and Rachel Maday, gained leadership skills and teaching experience this summer at two of the country’s premier fine arts camps.
Terwey worked at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, in Interlochen, Mich., a fine arts camp for aspiring artists in grades three through 12. Maday worked with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, located in Manistee National Park, Mich. Both students are senior instrumental music education majors at Northwest.
Terwey, from Omaha, Neb., was responsible for scheduling student events and ensuring a positive camp experience for the Interlochen campers. She mentored a group of 12 high school women.
Each summer, approximately 2,500 students head to Interlochen to train in areas such as dance, music, theater, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts.
“As a camp counselor, I learned how to be respected by students,” Terwey said. “Every day, I am practicing how to balance the line between an authority figure and a friend, which is an important skill for educators.”
She took advantage of networking opportunities with established professionals at Interlochen, too. After graduating from Northwest, Terwey hopes to teach a variety of grade levels.
Maday, from Independence, was a cabin counselor at Blue Lake and is responsible for ensuring a fun and beneficial experience for campers. She also taught at Camp Bernstein, a branch of Blue Lake targeted to younger students.
Blue Lake welcomes more than 5,400 campers a year in grades five through 12. The camp hosts more than 175 music, art, dance and drama performances during its public Summer Arts Festival.
“Northwest has helped prepare me for this job by offering observation and experience,” Maday said. “Being able to observe and help teach the Horace Mann band has helped prepare me for the type of music and lessons that I can use here.”
Maday’s career goals are to become a music teacher and a middle school or high school band director.
For more information about Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, click here.
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