Summer Music Camps & Programs


Additional programs, including International listings, will be added through Spring 2023. Check back often!

Featured Programs – Summer 2023

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1. Geographical Listings – U.S. and International

2. How to Choose a Summer Music Program – for students and parents

3. Summer Jobs Section – for college students

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2023 Geographical Listings (U.S. & International)

Berklee Valencia Summer Performance Program (Spain)
Focus: Performance, theory, production, and technology skills for ages 15+.
Dates: July 17-28

Leeds Conservatoire Summer Academy (UK)
Focus: Summer programs in Performance (classical, jazz, popular) and Music  Production.
Dates: July 24-28

The Conducting Institute (Bulgaria)
Focus: 3-week fully immersive conducting program in Vratsa, Bulgaria for musicians wanting to develop their conducting skills. Classical, studio & contemporary conducting; related recording technologies. For ages 18+ and all levels of conducting skills and experience.
Dates: July 30-August 20

Virtuoso & Belcanto (Italy)
Focus: Chamber music; violin; viola; cello; piano.Video audition required. Festival program is in the Renaissance-era city of Lucca, in Tuscany, Italy.
Dates: July 17-30

Focus: Performance, songwriting, production, engineering and music entrepreneurship at Arizona State University. For ages 14-18. 
Dates: June 11-17

Coast Music Summer Programs
Focus: Classical, Jazz, A Cappella, Songwriting, Music Production, Musical Theatre and more!
Dates: 10 Programs: June 19th – August 18th

CSSSA at CalArts
Focus: Instruction in music theory, music history, African drumming and dance, Indonesian Gamelan, individual instruction, and collaborative efforts with dance, theater, and creative writing. For California residents entering grades 9-12 in fall 2023.
Dates: July 8-August 4

Fried Music Summer Intensive Programs and Courses
Focus: Two-week sessions for middle to high school students who are taking private lessons on piano, violin, viola, cello or classical guitar.
Dates: Session 1: June 19-30; Session 2 – July 10-21; Session 3: August 7-18

Idyllwild Arts Summer Teen Programs
Focus: Chamber festival, chamber music, jazz, piano performance, songwriting.
Dates: July 2-29

Mendocino International Summer Music Academy
Focus: Professional music programs in guitar, piano, and saxophone meet mindfulness practices.
Dates: July 9-22

Summer at LACM
Focus: Performance, production, jazz, composition, songwriting, music business, artist development.
Dates: June 19-July 7 (1, 2 or 3 week options)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Focus: Brass; guitar; harp; technology; composition; voice. Admission by audition.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

SJW Jazz Institute
Focus: Jazz improvisation, combo performance, jazz theory, ear training, career development.
Dates: July 30-August 4

USC Summer Musical Theatre
Focus: Voice, movement, acting plus college audition support for rising high school sophomores through seniors. Audition required.
Dates: June 19-July 16

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA)
Focus: Jazz Boot Camp (improvisation and technique); Jazz in the Sangres Camp; CCJA Summer Institute (ensembles and classes).
Dates: Vary by program, between June-July

CU Boulder College of Music High School Summer Music Academy
Focus: Band, orchestra and piano options. Private lessons, ensembles, sight reading, electives
Dates: June 11-16

CU Denver LYNX Camps – Ableton Live/Audio Production Program
Focus: Mixing, mastering & recording; music production.
Dates: June 12-16

CU Denver LYNX Camps – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry: songwriting, contemporary performance, music business, recording arts. Residential & commuter options.
Dates: June 18-30

Lamont Summer Academy
Focus: Summer music intensive for voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, composition. Private lessons, music theory, audition preparation, master classes. Also entrepreneurship, music wellness, chamber ensembles, recitals.
Dates: June 18-July 1

Jazz & American Improvised Music Summer Music Camp
Focus: Songwriting, music production, group lessons for guitar, keyboards, drums. Ages 12-17; at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Dates: June 5-9

Rafael Méndez Brass Institute
Focus: Brass instrument summer camp with focus on career seminars, master classes, chamber ensemble coaching, competitions, and faculty recitals and concerts.
Dates: July 16-22

The Hartt School Music Summer Study
Focus:American Saxophone Academy; Music Industry (production, recording, music business); Young Composers Project (media scoring and writing music for film, tv, gaming industry); Summer Vocal Institute.
Dates: Vary by program, July-August

Exploring Vocal Arts Summer Intensive
Focus: Voice, chamber music, lute, baroque instruments.
Dates: June 11-24 (can attend one week or two)

FSU Summer Music Camps
Focus: Choral Ensemble; Treble Choir; Jazz Ensemble; Piano Institute; Senior Band Camp; String Orchestra; Marching Band Leadership.
Dates: Vary by program; from June 11-July 7

University of Miami Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Performance programs in classical music, jazz, rock, and contemporary voice. Songwriting programs for beginners to highly advanced students. Music Production & Recording programs for middle school and high school students. Honors programs in classical, jazz, and rock, for middle school and high school students. Audition required for Honors and Songwriting programs.
Dates: July 5-15

Focus: Bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, voice. Check guidelines for proficiency on website. New drummers may need to audition.
Dates: June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; and July 10-14.

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Focus: Performance workshops in conducting and wind music; classical guitar; vocal performance; violin; piano; trombone.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July

Wheaton College Summer Institute Music Intensive
Focus: Voice, strings and piano track; winds/brass/percussion track. For rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Application and audition required.

Dates: June 18-July 1

Butler University Summer Camps
Focus: Pre-college camps – Arts Camp (includes music production and sound design); upright bass; chamber; double reed; jazz; percussion; piano; strings.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Clinic
Focus: Intensive band and orchestra experience for intermediate to advanced string, wind, and percussion students grades 8-12.
Dates: June 11-17

The Songbook Academy
Focus: Pre-professional vocal music training for high school students who love to sing. Includes Broadway, jazz, pre-college training.
Dates: July 15-22

Coming Soon

Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Focus: Strings, voice, piano, dance, guitar, chamber music, BeatLab (virtual DAW instruction, composition)
Dates: Vary by program; between June-August

ArtsBridge Summer
Focus: Classical Voice, Dramatic Acting, Musical Theater, College Audition, College Preparation
Dates: July 21-August 4

Berkelee College of Music – Summer Programs
Focus: Programs available in instrumental and vocal performance, electronic music production and sound design, musical theatre, songwriting, film scoring, gospel, composition, music production. Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: On-campus intensives in music composition, vocal/choral, brass performance, dance, and theater for high school- and college-aged students.
Dates: Vary by program; between June–July

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Focus: Workshops for advanced high school students in composition; harp; percussion; piano; strings; voice; winds & brass. Young Artists Orchestra, Winds Ensemble, Vocal Program, Piano Program, Composition Program, Harp Program.
Dates: Workshops: June 18-July 1; Young Artists Programs: July 2-August 12.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts 
Focus: Jazz Lab (for ages 13-19) with lessons, master classes, concerts, ensembles, electives. String Quartet Intensive for day and residential students.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

Interlochen Arts Camp
Focus: 1-6 week programs for high school students studying woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments including harp; piano; organ; classical voice; voice & opera; singer-songwriting; jazz performance & improvisation; jazz piano. Also composition; popular music; production & engineering.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-August

Lawrence Music Camp
Focus: At Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, for advanced high school string and piano players. Private lessons, workshops, coaching.
Dates: July 14-19

MPulse Performing Arts Institutes at University of Michigan
Focus: Clarinet; flute; harp; jazz; percussion; saxophone; strings including harp; saxophone; vocal arts; musical theatre. Also “Girls in Music Technology” day program.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
Focus: Composition, musicianship, pedagogy, chorus, electronic music, performance. For ages 18+, early-career musicians, more established professionals, and serious amateurs.
Dates: June 10-18

The Walden School Young Musicians Program
Focus: Composition, musicianship, improvisation, chorus, electronic music, performance. For ages 9-18, beginners to advanced musicians, and all interested in creating new music. 
Dates: June 24-July 30

Coming Soon!

Bard Prep Summer Music Camp
Focus: Instrument lessons; ensembles; chorus; composition; musicianship. Chamber music and Advanced Piano Program for serious, advanced students with recorded audition required. Day program, ages 10-18.
Dates: July 10-15

Eastern U.S. Music Camp
Focus: Jazz, contemporary rock, symphony and chamber orchestras, wind ensemble, choirs. Composition, conducting, improvisation, musicianship, music production, theory. Private lessons, workshops, guest artists, weekly concerts and recitals, recreation. Ages 12-18.
Dates: June 25-July 23: 2, 3, & 4-week sessions

IC Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College
Focus: Orchestral, vocal, wind ensemble (band) and jazz programs plus college prep and electives for students entering grades 10-12. Band, orchestra and voice programs for intermediate students.
Dates: July 9-22 high school; July 23-29 intermediate

MSM Summer (Manhattan School of Music)
Focus: Non-residential day program for ages 8-17 with focused programs in musical theatre, instrumental jazz and classical, and contemporary composition.
Dates: Vary by program, July

Long Lake Camp for the Arts
Focus: Private lessons, vocals, rock bands, orchestras, jazz, singing, songwriting, ensembles, guitar, performances. All levels accepted.
Dates: Between June 25-August 27: three 3-week sessions; two 6-week sessions; one 1-week session

Summer@Eastman – Eastman School of Music
Focus: Eastman Experience residential programs in classical music and jazz (full college experience for high school students), plus institutes and online workshops for: cello, composition, flute, horn, organ, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba/euphonium, viola, and voice. For advanced students. Some programs require audition.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 26-August 4

See Eastman School of Music – Summer@Eastman listing

East Carolina University Summer Programs
Focus: Band Camp; Choral Workshop.
Dates: Band Camp: June 18-223; Choral Workshop: June 29-30

UNCSA Music Summer Intensives
Focus: American Harp Academy; Composition/Music Technology Intensive; Piano Intensive; Pipe Organ Intensive; Strings Violin Adventure; Voice Intensive. 
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

CCM (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)
Focus: Summer Jazz Academy for grades 5-12; Musical Theatre Workshop for high school students; Guitar Workshop (classical) for high school thru adult.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Focus: Baroque Performance Institute; Flute Boot Camp; Organ Academy; Piano Festival; Sonic Arts Workshops; Trumpet Workshop; Viola Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

Songwriting & Music Production Camp
Focus: Songwriting, recording studio production, beatmaking, vocals (pop, rock, musical theatre), guitar, bass & drum set, a cappella. Options for teachers to study commercial music voice pedagogy, recording, popular music arranging. Offered by Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH.
Dates: July 16-20

Coming Soon!

Carnegie Mellon University
Focus: 3- and 6-week programs (commuter and residential) for high school sophomores and juniors with emphases in instrumental performance; composition; music technology/electronic music. Private lessons, ensembles, college audition prep.
Dates: July 1-21 or July 1-August 11

Gettysburg Jazz Camp
Focus: Immersive experience for beginner and experienced jazz students grades 7-12, featuring jazz performance, improvisation, theory, arranging, and transcription. With guest artist Christian McBride.
Dates: June 20-23

2023 Kutztown Summer Music Festival
Focus: Comprehensive approach to core chamber music repertoire for strings, piano, percussion and winds. Includes daily private lessons, coaching, audition preparation, body alignment, dealing with performance anxiety, entrepreneurship. For ages 12-18+.
Dates: July 1-8

Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University
Focus: Music Technology Intensive; Summer Jazz Experience; High School Vocal Workshop.
Dates: June 26-30 (Music Technology and Jazz); July 12-14 (Vocal Workshop)

Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival
Focus: Five program options for all instruments and varied ages/skill levels.
Dates: June 17-30 & July 15-28

Susquehanna University Summer Pre-College Music Programs
Focus: Wind Ensemble Institute; Music Production; Choral Institute.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July

University of the Arts
Focus: 3-week programs for both residential and commuter students in Music Composition & Songwriting, Music Industry, & Music Performance (instrumental and vocal; techniques and repertoire with an emphasis on improvisation and performance).
Dates: July 10-28

WCU High School Summer Music Institute
Focus: Large and small ensembles for winds, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice. Private lessons, master classes, ear and theory training, college and audition prep. Resident and commuter options for students grades 9-12 at West Chester University Wells School of Music.
Dates: July 10-15

University of South Carolina School of Music
Focus: Advanced summer music conservatory for brass, jazz, percussion, guitar, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds. Also conducting; musical theatre intensive.
Dates: Vary by program; between June-July

Scheidt Music Camp
Focus: Choir and Band & Ochestra Camps for middle and high school students. Hosted at Scheidt School of Music at University of Memphis. Electives include leadership; movement; songwriting; digital content creation; conducting; improvisation.
Dates: Choir – June 5-10; Band & Orchestra – June 12-17

SMU Musical Theatre Boot Camp
Focus: Prepare for audition season – audition techniques, resources, coaching, mock auditions.
Dates: June 19-22

Decoda Chamber Music Festival at Lawrence University
Focus: Summer intensive for advanced high school musicians (11th grade +) and college-level performance majors for strings, woodwinds, brass and piano. Lessons, coaching, master classes, career-building. 
Dates: July 23-August 6

Find the Best Summer Music Programs!

Answer these questions to help figure out which summer music programs will best serve you:

1. Which of these do you want from a summer music program? Check as many as necessary.

  • Receive private lessons.
  • Study with a specific teacher.
  • Meet new people to perform and jam and collaborate with.
  • Learn to practice more efficiently and effectively.
  • Gain opportunities to perform with others.
  • Learn to compose.
  • Meet music mentors.
  • Learn music production.
  • Learn music theory.
  • Increase sight-reading proficiency.
  • Enhance songwriting proficiency.
  • Learn aural skills.
  • Prepare for auditions.
  • Deal with performance anxiety.
  • Take master classes.

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?

  • Competitive vs. relaxed
  • Location: In the U.S.? Where? Outside the U.S.? Where?
  • In-person? Residential? Commuter? Virtual?
  • Is there a specific school you’d like to learn more about by attending their summer program?

4. What’s your current proficiency level?  Are you willing to audition if necessary to be accepted?

5. Length of program

  • How long of a program can you commit to?
  • What dates are you available?

6. Finances

  • Any financial constraints?
  • Will you apply for scholarships and other financial aid if needed? (Note that financial support often requires applying early.)

7. Other considerations or limitations that will affect your decision?


Advantages of Different Types of Programs

Look at various programs to see which ones match your criteria. Check the colorful banner ads AND the geographical listings. 

1. Performing arts camps

  • Get lessons, practice, and performance opportunities in a well-rounded summer experience.
  • Meet other musicians wanting a strong music program within a full camp experience.
  • Participate in traditional camp activities such as water and land sports, hiking, social events, overnight excursions, crafts, etc.

2. Programs on college campuses

  • Experience the campus, faculty, and dorms at a school where you may want to apply.
  • Take lessons from faculty you may end up studying with – and have them get to know you and give feedback about your proficiency before you audition.
  • Meet students who may also end up applying to the school.
  • Experience the location – how do you like the area? Would it work to be there for four years?
  • Gain college planning and audition skills.

3. Instrument and genre-focused programs

  • Immerse yourself in your area of musical focus and passion.
  • Meet lifelong friends and mentors in your field.

4. Programs associated with music festivals

  • Meet faculty who perform all over the world as well as a select group of students with shared interests.
  • If possible: stay on a college campus, see #2 above.

5. International summer music programs

  • Immerse yourself in another culture.
  • Discover how a different culture informs your playing or singing, your compositions and your arrangements.
  • Meet mentors and fellow students from around the world.
  • Do some traveling while you’re away.

Summer Camp and Program Jobs for College Students

Additional jobs will be listed through Spring 2023

Decoda Chamber Music Festival at Lawrence University (Wisconsin)

Lamont Summer Academy (Colorado)

Atlanta Rock ‘n Blues Camp (Georgia)

Long Lake Camp for the Arts (New York)

Philadelphia Int’l Music Camp & Festival (PA); email

Rafael Méndez Brass Institute (Colorado)

Virtuoso & Belcanto (Italy)

Coast Music Summer Programs (California)

Stanford Jazz Workshop (California)

University of Miami Frost Young Musicians’ Camp (Florida)

Echoing Air (Florida)

Los Angeles College of Music (California)

Mendocino International Summer Music Academy; email

Idyllwild Arts Summer Programs

Fried Music Summer Intensive Programs and Courses

Photo Credits: 

Lead/second photos – Robert King,  LYNX National Arts and Media Camps

Third photo: Alora Griffiths

Fourth photo: Dave Walter, CU Denver LYNX Camps

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  1. Thea

    Can I in any way participate in any of these programs virtually? I play the piano and I’d like to learn a lot more about music theory.

    • The beauty of virtual programs is that anyone, anywhere can access them without traveling from home. Look at the programs offered – we’ll be adding more every week – and decide which ones look like they’d work for you. Email the programs with any specific questions. The biggest obstacles may be your connectivity and the time the programs are offered. So check all of that as well. Note that some of these programs may end up being offered virtually instead of in person and others may be offered in hybrid fashion (both live and virtually).

  2. Brooke

    This is perfect for me because I LOVE music with a passion but, I need to work on writing my own songs. I love all these opportunities.

  3. Dana

    I play Tuba and I really want to be in a summer program where I’ll be able to play a lot better and learn more about music. Currently a sophomore in college majoring in music ed and I feel like I should learn new things outside of home so I can come back with a motivated mind set.

  4. Kobe

    I am 19 and am a freshman. I’ve played guitar for 8 years, drums for 4, but have only studied with a teacher for the last three months. How much skill is required to enter most summer music programs for drums? I’ve played rock up until I switched to jazz for the last couple months. Since I’ve started studying with a teacher I’ve been practicing on average 2 – 2.5 hours everyday. Any recommended programs?

    • Definitely worth checking with the programs you’re interested in. Explore the many options on our list of summer programs, both close to home and in other states. Make a list of those that seem to be a good fit and compare. You eventually may have to call individual programs to fully understand what they can do for you. Many offer different levels of instruction to accommodate students of varying proficiency, with the goal of helping them rise to the next level. Your commitment to practicing will help you establish a solid foundation.

    • MajoringInMusic

      We don’t know of any country music-specific programs but we suggest you check out songwriting and summer guitar programs – the skills learned will likely serve your student even if the program doesn’t focus specifically on country music.

  5. Travis

    Hello, my son will be 17 and he has had private lessons for about 8 years on drum set and has been playing in the schools jazz band for the last 5 years. He is looking at Berklees 5 week summer program. What are your opinions on Berklees program. He has done CWU jazz camp the last 2 summers and is really wanting an intense program going into his senior year as he will start auditioning for college. He is going to major in music performance or jazz.


    • Rather than rank or evaluate programs, provides a wealth of information to empower students and parents to make smart choices and decisions based on their personal criteria. This is far more likely to result in a good fit. Look at the criteria listed on this section to get started. Also take a look at some of the articles under “Choosing Music Schools” – some of the same criteria apply for summer programs.

    • Bruce

      My son has done the Berklee 5 week last summer as a Drum Performance major. It was overall a positive experience (he was an incoming 9th grader). He was put into two ensembles, one was not so challenging and less than stimulating, the other was with more experienced players and he found that one challenging and lots of fun. My biggest criticism was that each ensemble rehersed only twice per week. The rest of the time he was in elective classes, all important stuff (jazz history, music theory, musicianship training), but what he really wanted to do was rack up hours of ensemble experience with players that were at or above his level. He got to do this twice per week, 9 times total during the 5 weeks. That said, the experience of living in a dorm, having to advocate for himself, practice, play, etc, was amazing.

  6. Sarah

    I’m 19 and play piano organ and piano, but both at beginner level, in comparison to the best pianists/organists. I am DYING to study both INTENSELY over the summer. I also sing a lot and have very good choral technique but don’t have vibrato – I would also love to study voice intensely over the summer.

    Are there any programs that would take beginners pianists/vocalists?

    • Every program is different – some offer beginner lessons, while others are geared toward those much higher levels of expertise. Also look at programs offered by community music schools in your area – most offer programs for children and adults at all levels.

  7. Wendy

    My daughter plays French horn and trumpet. We are interested in a summer music camp/ program in the southern California area.

    • This page of Summer Camps & Programs is updated starting every December, but you can get a head start by visiting any of the links/programs on the right side of this page. For now, look under the California listings in the right column.

  8. Mary

    Hi! I’m interested in doing summer program in piano but I don’t actually have any idea about the procedure and which courses to choose since I’ve just recently starting to play. My intentions are doing a course in a good university/college in Manhattan or maybe Chicago or Boston. Can you pls suggest any also keeping in mind that I’m 15. Thanks!

    • You’ll have lots of options. Summer programs offered on college campuses are a great way to get a taste of what a college environment is like and to familiarize yourself with a particular college setting. Pick a few programs in the list provided on this page from colleges that interest you. Get in touch with them a ask questions to start the ball rolling. We suggest you consider a program that will also give you theory training, and opportunities to perform at whatever level you’re at.

  9. Mary

    My daughter plays piano, drums and sings. She is just starting guitar. We are looking for an opportunity for next summer with a rock/pop emphasis. Camps are okay, but college based would be better. Suggestions. International options would be great too. She will be 15 next summer.

    • We assume you’ve already looked at the programs offered for this past summer – many of these will be offered again next summer. We’ll post next summer’s Music Camps & Programs page in late December. Programs will be added throughout winter and early spring, so be sure to visit often.

  10. Steve

    My daughter is interested in taking a term or year “away” from her high school. Do you know of schools offering music-voice-theater programs serving HS juniors? Thank you.

    • Steve,

      Our first thought is to look with your daughter at the boarding arts high schools that offer programs in which she’s looking to immerse herself. They’re known for doing an excellent job of preparing students for their next steps. And she wouldn’t have to lose a year of high school since she’d be taking her academic classes there as well. Two of those schools are participating on so you can easily view what they offer: Interlochen Arts Academy and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Please let them know we referred you if you do follow up. They’ll be happy to talk with you. Other options are non-residential after school programs, non-residential arts high schools, and, of course, summer programs.

  11. Theresa

    Love the list of possibilities! However I noticed Georgia is missing from the state listings, so I thought I would share that the University of Georgia provided a fabulous band camp experience for my daughter, an experiemced trumpet player this past summer. She will be returning next year.

  12. Lisa Buck

    My son is a high school junior and interested in studying music composition in college. He would like to attend a summer program specifically for music composition that will give him the opportunity to start composing and recording his own pieces.

    Do you have recommendations on any programs?

    • Programs we work with that offer composing in the summer include: Lamont School of Music Summer Academy, Long Lake Camp, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Interlochen, The Walden School Young Musicians Program, Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, U of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Music Programs, Cornish College of the Arts. If your son is interested in popular music and songwriting, have him check Leeds College of Music, Interlochen, U of Colorado Denver Summer Music Industry Program.

  13. Tina

    My son would like to go to a residential music camp this summer. Where can I find comments or reviews by participants so that we can help him select tht one that best fits him and guide him as to what to expect?

    • We suggest you start by looking at the various camps and programs on this page to see what interests your son. Some of their websites do have testimonials from former campers and families. You and your son can also contact any of the programs that interest him, and ask them any and all questions that aren’t already answered on their websites. Also get some names and contact information for recent attendees. Then contact the parents and see if their kids would be willing to have a conversation with your son.

      Remember that no two people will have the exact same reaction to a program, but you can glean good information by asking the kinds of questions that will help you both in the decision-making process.

  14. lorraine

    I have a 16 year-old Saxophonist. Do you have any classes in Phoenix. She’s in marching band for 3 yrs, jazz for 2 and elementary band for 4 yrs. She reads music and would like to learn more about jazz. Thank you

    • Some suggestions as to where to look for summer jazz programs in your area:

      1. Jazz in Arizona/The Nash ( – look for their summer jazz programs by mid-April.
      2. Community colleges in the area (Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Scottsdale).
      3. Community music schools in Phoenix, such as Phoenix Center for the Arts.

      Also check the state-by-state list of programs on this page to also learn about excellent jazz programs outside your area.

  15. Pam

    My 16 year old son would like a camp where he will get vocal and songwriting instruction. He is also interested in recording. Mostly this summer he wants to go someplace where he can grow his skills. He made the ACDA honor’s choir at the State level this year and he writes music/songs on a regular basis but he wants to be better at both. He taught himself guitar and he took piano lessons for years and does mostly improv and piano to supplement his singing now. We live in California but aren’t opposed to traveling. Any ideas?

    • Programs we’re working with this year that offer what your son is looking for include: Idyllwild Arts (CA), Interlochen (MI), Stanford Jazz Workshop Jazz Institute (Songwriting, CA), University of the Pacific (Pacific Music Business Camp. CA), University of Colorado Summer Music Industry Program (Songwriting, CO), Cornish College of the Arts (WA).

      Check them out on this Summer Music Camps & Programs page!

  16. Mellisa

    My son wants to go to a music program in Italy this summer but doesn’t know any one else who wants to go with him. Can you help me think this out? Would he be better off waiting until he can maybe go with a group of students from his school?

    • Summer music programs in other countries offer wonderful opportunities for students who are ready for them. There are some advantages to not going with a school group and your son will certainly meet people wherever he goes. Find out everything you can about supervision, lodging, language support, private instruction, cultural opportunities, etc. Ask for contact information for a few families whose children have attended the programs your son is interested in so you can get some more objective feedback about those programs.

  17. I am looking for a summer music program for my middle schooler who plays saxophone. He will be going into the 8th grade next year. I would like to find a place that is in the Southeast that also offers Graduate for musicians. I have my bachelor’s for the University of Memphis. I would like to get started on my Grad degree on saxophone. May not be possible to pull this off, but I thought I would ask. Memphis does not offer a summer program.

    • Stay tuned for the 2014 Summer Music Camps & Programs information! Posting of programs will start mid-December and will be accessed from the homepage.

      And…how far are you willing/able to travel?

      Note that if you’re interested in blues, check out Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp for your son. He’ll bring a blues camp your way if you can facilitate the process.

  18. Andy

    I know summer is almost over but maybe for next year… Summer camps other than the ones listed for a High School Student in Los Angeles? Thank you!

    • Thanks, Andy, for your comment. If you’ll give us an idea of what type of music and what kind of programs would interest you, we’ll do our best to scout them out for next season.

  19. Nick

    Hi! I was wondering what information you had on summer programs in Pennsylvania or relatively close to it. Thanks!

    • Nick,

      In the state-by-state listing over on the right of this page, you’ll see excellent music programs with different focuses, in Pennsylvania (at Temple and Penn State) and surrounding states (Ohio, New York). You’ll notice that several programs are offered through the music schools and departments at universities.

  20. Ingrid

    I am interested in summer programs in music for high school students in New York City. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.

    • Ingrid,

      We’re honored to be working with excellent programs in New York. You don’t state what area of music you’re looking for, but check these out:

      • The New York Jazz Academy (Manhattan) is a place for jazz – all instruments, all level. Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music has a great Summer Vocal Institute.

      Other NY programs outside the city but worth looking at:

      • Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University
      (wind & chamber ensembles, jazz, voice, orchestra, piano, guitar (jazz, rock, classical)

      • Fredonia Summer Music Festival (SUNY Fredonia – Fredonia, NY)
      (winds, brass & percussion high school students

      • French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts (Catskills)
      jazz (all instruments, voice), Classical (all instruments, voice)

      • Ithaca College Summer Music Academy (Ithaca, NY)
      (wind ensemble, orchestra, voice, jazz, classical guitar)

      • Long Lake Camp for the Arts (Adirondacks)
      (all instruments, all styles + rock)

      • Skidmore Jazz Institute (Saratoga Springs)
      (jazz performance, recording)

      • Syracuse Summer Programs (Syracuse, NY)
      (recording studio tech., musical theatre, girls leadership academy)

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