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The camp piano teachers consist of FAU faculty, graduate students and middle school and high school music teachers.
Each student will receive two private lessons with a piano teacher a week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. At the first lesson, the student and teacher will the pieces that will be presented at the TOPS final recital on Friday. Teachers focus on pieces that are part of the classical repertoire for soloists, avoiding pop tunes, rock tunes, and/or reductions of orchestral pieces for piano.
If your child has a piece that he/she has been working on lately, and would like this to be polished for performance, please bring this piece to camp. At the end of each camp session, there will be a final recital on Friday at 6:00 pm. All family and friends are invited and a reception will follow the performance. Dress is formal concert attire: no sneakers, jeans, or open-toe sandals, or short skirts for girls.
New TOPS campers must attend a placement audition. The auditions are for evaluation purposes only. All students who desire to attend the TOPS camp sessions will be accepted. During the placement audition, campers will play one piece of their choice and then be asked to sight read an additional short piece. A short theory test may also be administered. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding place auditions go to the registration tab.

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Creative Writing

In collaboration with the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University, TOPS is proud to offer campers a class in creative writing. The campers will work with a fiction writer and poet from FAU's Master in Fine Arts program in creative writing. The 45-minute workshop will encourage campers to give voice to their imaginations through a variety of literary forms and techniques.


Creative Writings by Campers

TOPS Piano Camp by Alec Lubin, 2012

TOPS Piano Camp is so much fun,
It is an experience that is great
We don't stop playing until camp is done
It is something I anticipate
We play the piano

I'll be extremely sad when camp is through 
the whole entire day
This is definitely the best camp of all
We go to the pool after a lot of hard work and yell yay
One day I hope to perform in a concert hall
Practicing is one of the things that are great

TOPS Piano Camp is the best
The teachers are amazing
We don't get any tests

Next summer I'm sure to go to camp a week or two


Other Activities Include

Pool time on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Music Games

Talent Show 

Master Classes by FAU Faculty

Special Guest Speakers

Campus Tours

And so on...varies each summer!

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STAFF Summer 2015


Katarina Franjic-Emilcar  joins TOPS this year as a Piano Teacher. She was born in Nordhorn, Germany , started playing the  piano at the age of 7 and viola later at the age of 14. She won several prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition in piano solo and chamber music. After settling in the United States, Katarina Franjic-Emilcar  earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Florida Atlantic University under the tutelage of Dr. Irena Kofman. She was also a collegiate tennis player, ranked in the ITA/NAIA ranking and NAIA National Champion (2002). In addition to that she was a member of the Citrus College Quartet, Broward Community College Symphony Orchestra  and Florida Atlantic University’s Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 she was an invited performer for the Georgia Music Educator’s Convention with the Brenau University Chamber Choir. In 2009 she was a Young Collegiate Participant at the Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival. In 2012/2013/2014/2015 she toured with guitarist Karen Schonhals, performing a series of concerts in South Florida.  Mrs. Franjic-Emilcar maintains an active private piano studio in Greenacres and surrounding cities.

Creative Writing

Jaimee Slofkis joins TOPS this year as the Creative Writing Teacher. Ms. Slofkis graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida in 2010 where she was a recipient of Florida Bright Futures and scholarship for Minority Programs in Education. Ms. Slofkis graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a Master of Education in School Counseling and is currently teaching first grade at Sandpiper Shores Elementary.


DDDoris Dittrich joins TOPS this year as the Art Teacher. Ms. Dittrich is an observant traveller, navigating the fine line between finding intuitively and searching consciously. She is metaphorically, symbolically or blatantly interweaving collected visual details, personal encounters, socio-political realities and historical contexts. Dittrichs avid love for archaeology and mythology is a crucial source of inspiration, her art the cartography of a personal journey. For curriculum vitae click here.

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