Choosing a Summer Music Program

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director

Around this time of year, parents and students often start to ask about summer music programs. As a music educator, I love the idea of sending kids to festivals and camps because it can help students bridge those summer months by gaining new skills and knowledge instead of losing what they have learned over the course of the year. And, did you know that there are summer music camps for adult learners too?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a summer program for you or your child. A few of these include: camp type, music content/genre, faculty expertise, affordability, and the unique needs of you or your child.

Kate Kayaian, former WCMS cello faculty member and guest artist at the Summer Chamber Music Festival, is our guest blogger this month. I enjoy reading her posts and she's done a deep dive into the benefits of summer music programs. Check out her "5 Ways a Summer Music Festival Will Change Your Life." It's classical music–oriented, but the concept truly applies to programs for any musical genre. Our own Summer Chamber Music Festival (2-week program) and Summer Piano Festival (1-week program) are very popular because they deliver many of the benefits described in Kate’s blog.

Additional resources for summer music programs:

  • Ask your private lesson teacher or school music teacher—they can often recommend great programs that their students have attended (or perhaps they attended when they were younger)
  • Check out programs at your local music school, such as those at Winchester Community Music School
  • BestMusicCamps.com
  • The Instrumentalist Summer Music Camp Directory (note: this is the summer 2019 version)