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. Many programs already plan to be offered virtually so you can access them from any location – check the 2021 Geographical Listings by State + International to learn more.
To learn more about the benefits of online summer music programs, read this article: Virtual Summer Music Programs – Again for 2021?
Featured Programs – Summer 2021
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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.
Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival (Lucca, Italy)
Focus: Piano, violin, cello, chamber music – for college students and young professionals.
Dates: July 19 to August 1, 2021
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 (Quebec)
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 Teen Programs
Focus: Chamber, jazz, songwriting. In-person with safety precautions in place.
Dates: July 3-24
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.
SFCM (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)
Focus: Online programs for ages 10-18: Coding for Composers; Intro to Composition; Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes; Harp Camp; Improvisation; Piano Seminar: the Well-Tempered Clavier; Strategies for Success.
Dates: Vary by program, June & July
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. Offered as hybrid option – in person or virtual.
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
Rafael Méndez Brass Institute
Focus: Brass – trumpet, tenor/bass trombone, french horn, tuba, euphonium; orchestra/military band musicians, audition prep, career seminars, master classes. Recommended for HS seniors on up; no audition required.
Dates: July 11-16
Rocky Ridge Summer Programs
Focus: Students receive private lessons, chamber ensemble, coaching, master classes, score study, mock auditions, professional development, professional mentorship program, and more.
Dates: Varies by program, June through August
Hartt School Community Division
Focus: American Saxophone Academy; Young Composers Project; Music Industry (song writing, mixing, mastering); Meet the Masters Jazz Program (instrumentalists & vocalists); Musical Theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, July-August
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
Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Music production, voice, jazz, rock, classical music. Intermediate to advanced entering grades 9-12.
Dates: July 5- July 16
Frost Contemporary Songwriting Camp
Focus: Contemporary songwriting, songwriting. Studio level – little or no experience; advanced level – by audition.
Dates: July 5- July 16
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 Summer Music
Focus: Summer Residency for New Music (for composers); Instrument Intensives; Voice; Music Education..
Dates: Vary by program, July-August
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.
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Focus: Orchestral Instruments, Voice, Piano, Composition, Harp, Wind Instruments, Workshops, Young Artists.
Dates: Two-Week Workshops, June20-July 3; Young Artists Programs, July 11-July 31
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.
Ithaca College Summer Music Academy (CSMA)
Focus: Programs for orchestra; vocal; wind ensemble (band); jazz. Large ensembles, chamber ensembles, masterclasses, and an array of music and non-music courses designed to prepare students to enter college. For intermediate and advanced music students entering grades 10-11-12. Offered in-person for participants within a one-day drive, or virtually.
Dates: July 11-24
Long Lake Summer Music Camp
Focus: All instruments including voice; all genres; song writing; composing; plus traditional camp activities.
Dates: Vary by 3-week or 6-week programs
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; Ukulele; Video Game Sound Design; World Music.
Dates: July 12-August 13
UNCSA Music Summer Intensives
Focus: All programs offered virtually. Composition/music technology; double bass; guitar; harp; horn; organ; piano; voice. Composition/technology and voice will also be offered as in-person programs for day students.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
CCM College-Conservatory of Music
Focus: Arts Immersion Program: Emerging Composers Workshop; Online Musical Theatre Workshop; Band – Making of a Music Major (audition prep); Jazz Academy.
Dates: Vary by program; June-August
Oberlin Summer Programs
Focus: Programs offered virtually – Baroque Performance Institute; Advanced Flute Intensives for high school; Voice Intensive; Organ Workshops; Sonic Arts : Electronic Composition & Production Workshops.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July
Otterbein Summer Music Experience
Focus: Winds, brass, percussion, strings, piano, voice, guitar, composition. Rising 9th graders-12th; audition required.
Dates: June 14-18
Schmidt Vocal Institute at Miami University
Focus: Serious high school singers: lessons, coaching, master classes, audition prep, lyric diction, vocal health. World-renowned faculty and performers.
Dates: June 21-July 4
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
Philadelphia International Music Festival
Focus: In-person and virtual sessions available for all instruments. Five program options: symphony, solo performance preparation, chamber music intensive, college audition preparation, and piano studies. Auditions are required for all programs.
Dates: June 19-July 2; July 17-30. One week sessions available.
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
Savvy Arts Venture Challenge
Focus: Annual workshop for performers and other artists to learn entrepreneurship and other skills for careers in music and other areas of the arts.
Dates: June 6-12
Southeast Piano Festival (SEPF)
Focus: Festival of rigorous piano lessons and master classes.
Dates: June 12-20
Decoda Chamber Music Festival at Lawrence University
Focus: 8th Annual summer intensive for advanced string, woodwind, brass and piano. Daily rehearsals, coachings, lessons, master classes, and workshops relating to life as a musician. In-person unless safety precautions require it to be virtual.
Dates: July 25-August 6
Shell Lake Arts Center Camps & Workshops
Focus: Jazz, Rock, Concert Bands; Music Production; Bass; Guitar; Piano; Saxophone; Trombone.
Dates: Vary by program, June 13-August 6
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.
Long Lake Summer Music Camp (New York)
Rocky Ridge Summer Programs (Colorado)
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Massachusetts)