Summer music programs help improve your proficiency, deepen your understanding of music theory, prepare for auditions, and much more.
New programs added through Spring 2021. Program formats will be updated to reflect any pandemic-related safety changes.
Featured Programs – Summer 2021
Find and click to learn more:
2. How to Choose a Summer Music Program – for students and parents
3. Summer Jobs Section – for college students
2021 Geographical Listings by State + International
Additional programs will be added regularly through Spring 2021. If programs change due to the pandemic, those changes will be reflected here.
Berklee College of Music – Spain Summer Performance Program
Focus: Music performance instruction, music theory, production, technology.
Domaine Forget de Charlevoix International Music and Dance Academy
Focus: Advanced programs in brass, chamber music, dance, new music, guitar, orchestra, strings, woodwinds, voice, conducting. Onsite and online. Video audition required – advanced level.
Dates: May 31 to August 22, 2021
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Focus: Online programs for ages 13-18: ChamberFest; Jazz in the Pines; Songwriting; Musical Theatre Intensive. Also – ESL & Arts Summer Intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, July
Pacific Music Camp
Focus: Jazz, piano, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, voice, and music business. Virtually or in-person as conditions permit. Students grades 8-12.
CU Boulder High School Summer Music Academy
Focus: Online summer programs for talented band, orchestra and piano students
Dates: June 14-17
CU Denver: LYNX Camp Ableton Live/Audio Production Program
Focus: Online program for Audio Production, Ableton Live
Dates: June 7-11
CU Denver: LYNX Camp Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry: songwriting, performance, music business, recording arts.
Dates: June 13-25
Lamont Summer Academy
Focus: Performers and composers study privately, and participate in chamber music, master classes, wind ensemble, orchestra, and modern music groups. Additionally, students can take classes in theory and musicianship, conducting, music technology, music entrepreneurship and musician wellness.
Dates: June 20–July 3
Florida State University
Focus: Band camp; various choir camps; double bass; guitar camp; honors chamber wind ensemble; jazz ensemble; marching leadership; piano camp or institute; string orchestra; tuba and euphonium; online classes.
Dates: Vary by program, mid-June – July
Chicago College of Performing Arts Summer Programs
Focus: Virtual summer programs: Acoustic music composition; Chicago Saxophone Institute; American Music Institute; Chicago International Music Institute (strings and piano).
Dates: Vary by program, June-July
DePaul University School of Music Summer ChamberFest
Focus: Chamber Music – Strings, Woodwind (including Saxophone), Brass, Percussion. Open to rising high school junior and senior student instrumentalists.
Dates: July. Check back for specific dates
Wheaton College Summer Music Camp
Focus: Private lessons, master classes, theory, Alexander Technique, chamber ensemble, Bible study, chapel services. For vocal, string chamber, piano, woodwind chamber, brass chamber, and percussion.
Dates: June 20-27
Butler University Summer Camps
Focus: Pre-College Camps: Upright Bass; Percussion; Piano Scholars ; String Scholars; Woodwinds. Over 18: Jazz
Dates: Vary by program, June and July
DePauw University-Vocal Arts at DePauw 2021
Focus: Virtual program with a focus on voice, opera, musical theatre and theatre. For high school students with some singing experience.
Dates: July 11-17
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Focus: Piano; saxophone; guitar; strings; percussion; composition.
Dates: Vary by program, TBD
Berklee College of Music – Summer Programs
Focus: Aspire, 5-week performance intensive; Bass Workshop; Global Jazz Institute (at Newport Jazz Festival); Brass Workshop; Gospel Performance; Guitar; Piano/Keyboard; Drums & Percussion Workshop; Global String Program; Vocal/Choral Intensive; Vocal Summit.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: Brass Workshop; High School Composition; Musical Theatre; Vocal Choral Intensive
Dates: Vary by program, June-July.
University of Michigan MPulse Summer Institutes
Focus: Center Stage Strings; Clarinet; Dance; Flute; Girls in Music & Technology; Harp; Jazz; Musical Theatre; Percussion; Saxophone; Theatre & Drama; Vocal Arts.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July. Check back to see if in-person or virtual.
Eastman School of Music – Summer@Eastman
Focus: Offered Online: Classical, Jazz, Cello, French Horn, Organ, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Voice. Intermediate/advanced.
Dates: Vary by program, June 28-August 6
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Focus: Vocal and instrumental music (all orchestral instruments + piano), various genres. Additional opportunities include audition preparation, theatre, dance, magic, fitness, culinary arts.
Dates: June 10-19; June 29-July 19; July 19-Aug. 8; Aug. 8-29.
Manhattan School of Music
Focus: Online classes in: Arranging & Jazz Composition; Audition Techniques for Classical Singers; Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre; Composition; Pop Music Production; Classical Music History; Ear Training; Female Composers; Film Scoring; Guitar; History of Musical Theatre; History of Opera; Improvisation; Jazz (History; Standards; Theory; Transcription; Piano; Pop Music Production; R&B; Songwriting; Studio classes for Brass, Classical Percussion, Guitar, Jazz Vocalists, Musical Theatre Singers, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds; Private lessons; Ukele; Video Game Sound Design; World Music.
Dates: Vary by program, July 12-August 13
Carnegie Mellon University Online Music Programs
Focus: 3- and 6-week online programs provide private 1-hr weekly studio lessons, music theory, Solfege, music history, résumé & portfolio workshop, college audition support.
Dates: June 26-July 24 or June 26-August 14
Penn State Honors Music Institute
Focus: Immersion into music making with focus on Chamber Choir; Jazz Combo; Wind Ensemble; Music Technology; Composition; or Piano.
Dates: July 11-17
University of the Arts
Focus: Online 2-week program: Instrumentalists and vocalists – Technique, audition preparation, masterclasses, music technology and home recording, notation software.
Dates: July 26-August 6
Young Women Composers Camp
Focus: Two-week online program at the Temple University Boyer College of Music, for high school/undergrad students identifying as female or non-binary and who are interested in pursuing a career in music composition.
Dates: July 12-23
2021: How to Find the Best Summer Music Program
First, answer these 6 questions. This will help you create your criteria for determining which summer music programs will meet your needs.
Then read “Advantages of Different Types of Programs” (below).
Now you’re ready to look at all of these programs and see which ones match your criteria to help you choose the best music program for you.
1. What do you need from a summer music program?
Which of these are true for you?
- Take private lessons with a specific teacher
- Learn to practice more efficiently and effectively
- Find opportunities to perform with others
- Learnt compose
- Meet music mentors
- Learn music production
- Learn music theory
- Increase your sight-reading proficiency
- Enhance your 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
- Where in the U.S./where outside the U.S.
- In-person (if possible) vs. commuter (if possible) vs. virtual
- Able to learn more about a specific college-level music school while studying music
4. What’s your current proficiency level? Are you willing to audition to be accepted?
5. Length of program
- How long of a program are you able and willing to commit to?
- What dates are you available?
- 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
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.
- If possible: participate in traditional camp activities: water and land sports, hiking, social events, overnight excursions, crafts, etc.
2. Programs on college campuses
- Experience the campus, faculty, and dorms more directly 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.
- If possible: 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.
Summer Camp and Program Jobs
Summer jobs opportunities will be posted throughout the winter and into the spring as they become available.