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Summer Music Camps

June 4, 2011

Summer is a great time for your child to have a week filled with musical fun.  Many, many camps incorporate some sort of music into their regular day.  But some children can really enjoy (and benefit from) a week that is primarily about music.  “School of Rock” type camps are becoming more and more popular for school-aged children and up, and can be a great time to experiment with playing in a band.

For middle school and high school students, music camp may even be required for school participation in band, orchestra or choir.  Such a week of strong focus can really result in a boost in skill, advancement in theory understanding and increased confidence playing alone and in different ensembles.

There are many, many types of music camps.  Here’s a sample of music camps (and specialized camp sessions) from   Many more camps of all types are listed on the website, so make sure to browse there too.   For additional ideas, particularly for older children and teens, check with your local schools and music schools.  This article about some prominent music camps may give you some ideas of what to look for.

San Francisco Bay Area Music Camps

La Playa Music Summer Camp, San Francisco
Offers children and youth 5-16 years of age an opportunity to explore their creativity, meet new friends, learn to play an instrument and develop skills through fun activities.

Jingle Jamboree: Exploring Music, Albany
This camp features music reading and writing, new folk music games, simple piano lesson,instrumental performances on some or all of the following instruments: violin, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano.  Grades K-5th.

JAMCamp with Charity Kahn, San Francisco
Created and guided by award-winning family musician and educator Charity Kahn of “Charity and the JAMband,” JAMcamp offers music, dance, art, yoga and creative drama experiences for kids aged 4-9.

Jam Camp West, Loma Mar
This is a 7-day co-ed sleep away music and dance camp held in the stunning redwoods of Loma Mar California. JAM CAMP WEST offers a creative and fun  experience for youth ages 10 through 15 exposing them to contemporary musical trends along with  the cultural underpinnings of jazz.

Bay Area Discovery Museum: Summer Time Rock Out, Sausalito
Together with professional musicians and entertainers Brian Gorman and Marcus Stoesz (aka Rainbow Beast) campers will form a rock band, write an original rock song, and get creative with fun music and performance related games and activities.  Grades  1st-5th.

Delaware Valley (Philadelphia Area) Music  Camps

School of Rock, Fort Washington and Berwyn, PA
Summer Performance Camp  focuses on improving performance and musical skills by covering music theory, instrumental and rehearsal techniques and performance practice.  It’s a great way to learn a lot in a short amount of time but is meant for students who, at a minimum, are able to play basic chords and rhythms.   Grades 6th-12th.

Summer Spree at Community Art Center:  Rock and Roll Summer, Wallingford, PA
This program is an introduction to rock band performance, open to musically-inclined students ages 10-17 who are interested in developing multi-instrumental skills.  Some previous experience is necessary and the goal is for each student to work toward performing one song on every instrument (vocal, guitar, bass and drums).

Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Music instruction in keyboard, percussion, voice, dance and recorders with weekly camper performances. In the afternoons there are chess tournaments, Scrabble, swimming, cultural trips and recreational activities.  Sliding fee scale and scholarships available.  Ages 5-13 years.

United Friends Summer Camp: Born to Drum, Quakertown, PA
Got a kid who loves music? Let them embrace their “inner Ringo” at Drum Camp. From Tito Puente to Ringo Starr, learn to play at the beat of your own drum. Campers will create their own percussion instruments and take several walking field trips to explore the hidden music all around them.  There’s also a performance by guest African Drummers.  Ages 4-9.

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