Summer Music Camps & Programs

 

Coming Soon: 2023 Summer Music Camps & Programs

Summer music programs help improve your proficiency, deepen your understanding of music theory, prepare for auditions, and much more. Many of the 2022 programs shown on this page will be offered again in ’23, so you can start checking them out now!


Featured Programs – Summer 2022

Find and click to learn more:

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




2022 Geographical Listings by State

Additional programs, including International listings, will be added regularly through Spring 2022. 

Leeds Conservatoire Summer Academy (Leeds, England)
Focus: Recording & production; performance (classical, jazz, popular music)
Dates: August 1-5 for both programs

Spoleto Study Abroad (Umbria, Italy)
Focus: 10-day residential summer vocal intensive, portfolio required. For high school and college students. Lessons, coaching, movement, performance, Italian diction, movement/postural alignment, audition prep.
Dates: July 11-20

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute (Vancouver, Canada)
Focus: Virtual and in-person summer programs for ages 14-28. Young Musicians Program, Chamber Program, Professional Training Program. All orchestra instruments including harp, saxophone; conducting, composition.
Dates: July 4-15

Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival (Lucca, Italy)
Focus: Piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber music
Dates: July 18-31

Arizona State University Music Programs
Focus: ASU Performing Arts Camp; Songwriting, Performance and Production Intensive.
Dates: Performing Arts: June 5-10; Songwriting: May 31-June 2

Amplify Sleep Away Camp
Focus: Tracks focusing on guitar, keyboard, vocals, drums, DJ, photography, music video making/filmmaking, music production/sound engineering, journalism +/or podcasting, skateboarding. For girls and womxn.
Dates: Four 2-week camps from June-August

Coast Music Summer Programs
Focus: Jazz, chamber music, songwriting, production, guitar and voice intensives and musical theatre.
Dates: 8 specialty programs from June 20th through August 19th

Summer Music at Concordia
Focus: Summer Chamber Music Camp; Concordia Summer Piano Camp.
Dates: Chamber Camp: June 20-30; Piano Camp: July 5-15

Idyllwild Arts Summer Teen Programs
Focus: Chamber festival, chamber music, jazz, piano performance, songwriting. In-person with safety precautions in place.
Dates: July 3-30

Los Angeles College of Music
Focus: Vocal performance, production, songwriting, rap, hiphop, music entrepreneurship, composing for visual media, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, music business. All levels.
Dates: Vary by program; 1-3 week programs June-July

Stanford Jazz Institute
Focus: Improvisation, jazz repertoire, arranging, ear training, jazz theory, combo performance. Open to vocalists and instrumentalists.
Dates: July 24-29

Summer@SFCM
Focus: Brass; guitar; harp; technology; composition; voice. Admission by audition.
Dates: Vary by program, June-July

USC 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: Improvisation & Technique Intensive; Jazz in the Sangres Camp; CCJA Summer Institute.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 6-July 23

CSU Jazz Summer Workshop
Focus: Small group jazz playing & improvisation; jazz history; jazz theory; instrument-specific masterclasses.
Dates: June 9-11

CU Boulder College of Music High School Summer Music Academy
Focus: Band, orchestra, piano. Wind and band ensembles, chamber music, electives.
Dates: June 12-17

CU Denver LYNX Camps – Ableton Live/Audio Production Program
Focus: Audio production, Ableton Live, electronic music. Ages 14-18.
Dates: June 13-17

CU Denver LYNX Camps – Music Industry Program
Focus: Music Industry: songwriting, contemporary performance, music business, recording arts. Residential & commuter options. Ages 14-18.
Dates: June 19-July 1

Lamont Summer Academy
Focus: Performers and composers study privately, and participate in chamber music, master classes, wind ensemble, orchestra, and modern music groups. Classes also available in theory and musicianship, conducting, music technology, music entrepreneurship and musician wellness.
Dates: June 19-July 2

Rafael Méndez Brass Institute 
Focus: Brass (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba), performance career, chamber music. For high school juniors & seniors and beyond. 
Dates: July 10-16

Rocky Ridge Music
Focus: Flute oboe, English horn, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, piano, collaborative piano. For advanced and college level students.
Dates: Session 1: May 31-June 12. Session 2: June 14-June 26

The Hartt School of Music, Community Division
Focus: American Saxophone Academy, Music Industry (includes songwriting), Young Composers Project, Suzuki violinists.
Dates: Vary by program,  June-August

Frost Young Musicians’ Camp
Focus: Classical, jazz, rock, voice, music production, songwriting.
Dates: July 5-16

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 12-July 8

Atlanta Rock ‘n Blues Camp
Focus: Voice, guitar, bass, drums, keys, sax, trumpet, trombone.
Dates: June 13-17; June 20-24; July 11-15; July 18-22

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Focus: Master classes in piano, trombone. Classical guitar workshop. Vocal performance intensive. Conducting and wind music symposium.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July

Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
Focus: Flute Symposium of Chicago 2022 (for high school, college & post-grad); Chicago Guitar Festival 2022 (classical, world & jazz guitar for all levels and ages).
Dates: June 9-12

Summer Music at DePaul University School of Music
Focus: Voice, composition jazz, chamber music, music education. For rising high school juniors, seniors, and all levels of undergraduate and graduate students. Working professionals encouraged to apply for music ed workshops.
Dates: Vary by program, late June-August

Wheaton College Summer Institute
Focus: Christian summer music intensive for rising high school juniors and seniors. Immersive performing arts experience with concentrations in string chamber music, vocal, piano, woodwind chamber music, brass chamber music, and percussion. Private lessons, master classes, and performances.
Dates: June 19-July 2

Butler University Summer Camps
Focus: Pre-college camps – upright bass; jazz; percussion; piano; strings; woodwinds.
Dates: Vary by program, 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.
Dates: June 12-18

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) at Valparaiso University
Focus: Large ensembles for band, choir or orchestra; private lessons; chamber music; musicianship; electives; performance opportunities. 
Dates: Full Session – June 26-July 24; Half Session – June 26-July 10

Camp Encore/Coda
Focus: Winds, brass, percussion, strings, vocal, piano, classical, jazz, rock, theater
Dates: June 29-July 23, July 24-Aug 14

Peabody Preparatory Program at Johns Hopkins
Focus: Allegro Strings; Chamber Week; Guitar Intensive; Peabody Piano Week; Vocal Academy; Wind, Brass, String & Percussion.
Dates: Vary by program; June-August

Berkelee College of Music – Summer Programs
Focus: On-campus and online programs available in areas such as music performance, music business, songwriting, production, and film scoring. Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance intensive.
Dates: Vary by program, June-August

Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Focus: On-campus intensives in music composition, voice performance, brass performance, dance, and theater for high school- and college-aged students, as well as professional development programs in vocal pedagogy and Alexander Technique.
Dates: Vary by program, June–August

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)
Focus: Programs for advanced high school students in composition; harp; orchestra; piano; string quartet; voice; wind ensemble; woodwind quintet.
Dates: Vary by program, June 19-August 13

Interlochen Arts Camp
Focus: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Double Bass, Drumset, Electric Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Horn, Keyboards, Music Composition, Music Production and Engineering, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singer-Songwriter, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice. High school, intermediate and junior level intensives.
Dates: June 18-August 7

MPulse Performing Arts Institutes at University of Michigan
Focus:  Clarinet; flute; harp; jazz; percussion; saxophone; strings; vocal arts; winds; woodwinds; musical theatre.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 5-July 30

North Shore Summer Music Experience Camp
Focus: Band, jazz, choral, strings or piano with ensembles and electives in music theory, musicianship, and college music preparation. Grades 7-12; residential and commuter options.
Dates: June 19-25

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 11-19

Young Musicians Program
Focus: Composition, musicianship, chorus, electronic music, performance. Ages 9-18, beginners to advanced.
Dates: June 25-July 31

Rider University Westminster College of the Arts Pre-College Summer Programs
Focus: Voice, musical theatre, organ, composition, game design.
Dates: Vary by program

Bard Music Camp
Focus: Instrumental lessons; ensembles; chorus; composition; musicianship. Ages 10-18, beginners through advanced.
Dates: July 11-16

Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University
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.
Dates: June 26-July 24: 2, 3, & 4-week sessions

IC Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College
Focus: Wind ensemble, string orchestra, vocal division, jazz institute. High school division and intermediate division.
Dates: July 10-23 high school; July 24-30 intermediate

Long Lake Music Camp
Focus: Private lessons, vocals, rock bands, orchestras, jazz, singing, songwriting, ensembles, guitar, performances. All levels accepted.
Dates: Between June 26-August 28: three 3-week sessions; two 6-week sessions.

MSM Summer (Manhattan School of Music)
Focus: Non-residential day program with focused programs in musical theatre, classical instrumental, jazz instrumental and vocal, classical and jazz composition.
Dates: Musical Theatre – July 5-29; Composition, Instrumental & Jazz Voice – July 11-29

NYU Summer Woodwind Programs
Focus: Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies – For high school and undergraduate college students on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and horn. Lessons and classes including reed making and in-home recording and production. Broadway Winds: For advanced high school and college-level woodwind players interested in woodwind doubling. Led by woodwind doublers of current Broadway shows.
Dates: Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies – June 27-July 1; Broadway Winds – July 11-14

Summer@Eastman
Focus: Classical, jazz, cello, flute, French horn, saxophone, trumpet trombone, tuba/euphonium, voice, composition. For intermediate and advanced students. Some programs require audition.
Dates: Vary by program, from June 27-August 5

East Carolina University Summer Programs
Focus: Chamber Music Institute; Band Camp; Choral Workshop; NC Suzuki Institute at ECU; Guitar Festival & Workshop; Piano Festival.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July

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

ArtsBridge
Focus: Classical voice, musical theater, songwriting.
Dates: ArtSong & Musical Theater 2: 7/23-8/6 (at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio). Songwriting: 7/11-7/15 (Online).

CCM (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)
Focus: Emerging Composers Workshop; Jazz Academy; Musical Theatre; Making of a Music Major (Band & Choir); Voice Workshop.
Dates: Vary by program; all in June

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

TiffinMusic Songwriting & Music Production Camp
Focus: Songwriting; recording studio production; beat making, vocals; (pop, rock musical theatre); guitar, bass, and drumset; a cappella.
Dates: July 17-21

Look for 2023 programs during Winter/Spring of 2023.

Carnegie Mellon University Online Music Programs
Focus: 3- and 6-week programs (commuter and residential) facilitate musical proficiency while providing the experience of being a college student. Includes private lessons, music theory, Solfege, performance ensembles, music history, Eurythmics, résumé & portfolio workshop, college audition support.
Dates: July 5-22 or July 5-August 12

Honors Institute at Penn State
Focus: High school intensives in chamber choir; composition; jazz combo; music technology; piano; wind ensemble. Audition via video.
Dates: July 17-23

Kutztown University Summer Music Festival
Focus: Piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, percussion. Junior Division: comfortable with playing easy sonatas and etudes; able to read well. Senior Division: college level playing.
Dates: July 2-9

Philadelphia International Music Festival
Focus: All instruments, orchestra, solo, chamber, audition prep. For intermediate to advanced students.
Dates: June 18-July 1; July 16-July 29

Susquehanna University Summer Music Institute
Focus: A one week, residential program for talented high school musicians. Open to all band and orchestral instruments, keyboard players, and singers. Private lessons, master classes, chamber music, music literacy, audition prep and ensemble experiences.
Dates: Check back in Spring 2023 for more information.

University of the Arts
Focus: 3-week Music Industry program and 2-week Music Performance program.
Dates: July 11-29 (Music Industry); July 11-22 (Performance)

West Chester University Summer Music Camps
Focus: WCU High School Summer Music Institute – ensembles for strings, winds, vocal, and chamber. Summer Jazz Camp – performance, improvisation, arranging, orchestration, jazz history. Summer Leadership and Marching Band Camp – focus on drum major, percussion, or leadership.
Dates:  Vary by program, July

University of South Carolina School of Music
Focus: Band Summer Clinics; Carolina Summer Music Conservatory for advanced high school students of woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice, piano & strings; String Projects; Musical Theatre Intensive. Private instrument lessons; beginner guitar; professionals conducting. Southeastern Piano Festival.
Dates: Vary by program; June-July

Varna International Music Academy at Coastal Carolina University
Focus: Opera and oratorio; choral music; musical theatre. For college undergraduates, graduates and pre-professionals.
Dates: Vary by program; July-August

Coming soon

Decoda Chamber Music Festival at Lawrence University
Focus: 9th Annual summer intensive for advanced string, woodwind, brass and piano. Daily rehearsals, coaching, private lessons, master classes, and workshops. Performances throughout the Fox Valley.
Dates: July 24-August 5

UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic
Focus: Acapella; band; chamber strings; choir; drumline; fiddle band; gospel choir; hip hop; jazz; musical theatre; orchestra; piano; spoken word; rock band. 
Dates: Jr. Session – June 20-25; Senior session – June 26-July 1


How to Find the Best Summer Music Program

First, answer these 7 questions. This will help you create your criteria for determining 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?  If needed, are you willing to audition 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.
  • If possible: 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.

Summer Camp and Program Jobs

Summer jobs opportunities will be posted throughout the winter and into the spring as they become available.

Amplify Sleep Away Camp – California

Atlanta Rock ‘n Blues Camp – Georgia

Boston University Tanglewood Institute – Massachusetts 

Camp Encore/Coda – Maine

Coast Music – California

Interlochen Arts Camp – Michigan

Kutztown University Summer Music Festival – Pennsylvania

Long Lake Music Camp – New York

Philadelphia International Music Festival – Pennsylvania

Rocky Ridge Music – Colorado

Stanford Jazz Workshop – California

Walden School – New Hampshire



Photo Credits: lead/second photos – Dave Walter,  LYNX National Arts and Media Camps

Third photo, Kellie Smith for LYNX National Arts and Media Camps


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Comments

  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.

    Thanks,
    Travis

    • Rather than rank or evaluate programs, MajoringInMusic.com 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 MajoringInMusic.com 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 (www.thenash.org) – 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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