Music Camp FAQs

What programs are you offering in 2016?

Rock Band: For guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, and vocalists who want to learn and play great rock songs together.

Songs & Guitars: For acoustic guitarists and vocalists who want to play and sing great pop, jazz, roots, and rock songs together.

Chamber Music: For string players, wind players, and pianists who want to learn and play great classical chamber works together.

Solo Piano: For pianist and keyboard players who want to explore their favorite instrument with others who share their enthusiasm.

When are these programs offered?

ProgramStart Date (Monday)End Date (Friday)
Rock BandJune 20June 24
Songs & GuitarsJuly 11July 15
Chamber MusicJuly 18July 22
Rock BandJuly 25July 29
Songs & GuitarsAugust 1August 5
Solo PianoAugust 8August 12
Rock BandAugust 15August 19
Songs & GuitarsAugust 22August 26

How many campers attend each weekly program?

A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12. There is one teacher for every 3 campers.

How old are the campers and do they need prior music experience?

Participants are between 10 and 13 years old.  Yes, we expect campers to have some familiarity with playing an instrument and/or singing.  If your child is a beginner or outside our camp age range, please inquire about weekly private lessons or small group classes.

What does a typical day look like?

Here is a typical daily schedule of events.  Each event includes from 4 to 6 campers led by one teacher.  Each camper is excused from a different daily skills class in order to receive his/her private lesson.

ActivityDescriptionStart TimeEnd Time
Music BasicsDevelop pitch recognition, sight-reading, and other skills.9:009:50
SingingLearn vocal techniques and group singing.10:0010:50
Instrumental EnsemblePlay in a group and prepare for performance.11:0011:50
LunchEat a nourishing meal!12:0012:50
RhythmDevelop pattern recognition, explore beats, and build counting skills.1:001:50
EnrichmentExplore a new topic each day: Songwriting, improvisation, recording, practicing, and more.2:002:50

Do campers perform?

Yes, on Friday afternoon, the campers perform in their ensembles for each other and their invited guests.

Where do the camps take place?

Classes and lessons are given at the Marin Community Music School, 55 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, California.  End-of-week performances are given at a nearby location.

Are you able to provide special meals?

Yes; let us know if your camper has dietary restrictions so we can provide the right ingredients at lunchtime.

Do you offer extended hours?

Yes, campers can arrive as early as 8:00 am and stay as late as 5:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

A week at camp costs $750, which includes a full schedule of events, one 30-minute private lesson each day, lunches, and all materials.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, the Marin Community Music School’s scholarship program is available to campers.  Please request an aid application when registering for camp.

What is the application process?

Here are the steps and deadlines to apply.

Submit applicationMarch 15, 2016Include financial aid application (optional).
Make deposit paymentMarch 15, 201620% of weekly fee ($150 per week). Refundable up to final payment date.
Conduct camper interviewApril 15, 2016Camper meets with a teacher to review his/her music experience and goals.
Make final paymentMay 1, 2016Non-refundable.

How do I receive an application form?

Please submit the information requested below and our Program Coordinator will send you an application form.

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