Wondering how to choose a summer music program? Confused about finding the best fit?
Start by answering the following. This will help you create your own criteria for choosing a summer music program that fits your current needs.
1. What do you want from a summer music program?
- Private lessons with a specific teacher
- Learn to practice more efficiently and effectively
- Opportunities to play in ensembles, orchestras, bands
- Opportunities to jam with other students, faculty
- Music theory classes
- Audition preparation and support
- Help in reducing performance anxiety
- Master classes
- Something that will challenge you and help you take your music to the next level
- Great mentors
2. What in addition to music would you like to explore or participate in?
3. What kind of environment do you want to be in?
• A well-rounded camp experience or a more focused music experience?
• Where in the country – or world? Are you seeking a cultural experience in conjunction with a summer music program?
• Do you want to live at the program or be a commuter?
• Do you want to explore a specific college or conservatory while studying music?
4. What’s your proficiency level right now?
• Are you able and willing to audition to be accepted?
5. Length of program
How long of a program can you commit to?
• Any financial restrictions?
• Do you have time to apply for scholarships and other financial aid if available? (Note that financial support often requires applying early.)
For more information, types of music programs available, and a list of excellent summer music programs in the U.S. and abroad, link here: Summer Music Camps & Programs
Photo Credit: Robert King Photography for CU Denver LYNX National Arts and Media Camp