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 ActivityHero.com. For additional ideas, particularly for older children and teens, check with your local schools and music schools.
Kid Stock, several locations
Kids experience the confidence-building magic of musical theatre in this three-week day camp, participating in workshops of song, dance, drama and art, all culminating in an original musical.
San Francisco Rock Project, South of Market, San Francisco
Rock Music loving 7-17 year olds. Camps include daily 1-on-1 private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, or vocals, plus fun group rehearsals to prepare for a final show at a local venue. This non-profit Music School offers programs and classes year round also.
Inspire Music Center, The Sunset District, San Francisco
One of the most popular music schools in the Bay Area, with over 800 students participating in private lessons, classes, and choruses. Rock the Sunset program is offered in the school year and week long sessions in the summer.
Mr. D’s Music and Arts Summer Camp, Oakland
A summer camp that will get kids ages 8-13 movin’ groovin’ singin’ dancing, booty shaking, and laughing. With a mixture of today’s top hits as well as classic pop from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, professional choreographers, professional singers, and an amazing art director kids will produce lot’s of cool art and music. DJ Workshops, Belly dancing workshop, spoken word workshop and more.
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.
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.
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