Question: When and Where is Band Camp?
Answer: Band Camp is Monday – Friday, July 19 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 – 3:00. This year’s camp will be a local day camp meeting at the June Shelton School in Dallas.
Question: Is it a stay away camp?
Answer: Not this year. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Music Learning believes that the safest option for our students and staff is to host a local day camp for 2021 and return to the stay away camp experience in 2022.
Question: What ages participate in camp?
Answer: Band camp is open to all students who have completed the 4th grade on up through high school. Priority is given to those students who are currently enrolled with the Music Learning Band Program or who have attended band camp within the past two years.
Question: Do many of students who have just completed 4th & 5th grade go to camp?
Answer: Yes! About 1/3 of the camp is made up of students completing their first or second year of band. These kids do very well at camp and come away even better musicians after their week of camp.
Question: What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?
Answer: Music Learning will follow the guidance of the CDC, local government, and professional organizations regarding COVID mitigation strategies at the time of band camp. Music Learning and Shelton School will require that all students and staff complete a brief self administered health screening prior to arrival on campus each day. As of April, 2021, this includes social distancing, face masks when not playing a wind instrument, and the use of bell covers for wind instruments. If this guidance changes by the start of Band Camp, we will adjust our policies as well.
Question: What kind of classes are there at camp?
Answer: Band camp features a wide range of band and music classes. Every morning students will participate in a concert band, theory class, instrument master class, music history class, and a Second instrument class. In the afternoon, campers can play in a variety of small groups and ensembles. We also offer music & technology classes using GarageBand, Finale, and Logic. This year we will also offer Basics of Sound Engineering and Advanced Sound Engineering.
Question: What musical opportunities exist at camp?
Answer: The musical opportunities are endless at camp. There are 3 different levels of concert band, 4 levels of jazz ensemble, and as many levels of jazz improvisation, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, and small group jazz ensembles as we need. There are also 3 levels of drum set class, good for the beginner or the experienced drummer. All beginners will also get to take a Second Instrument Class.
Question: Can adults come to camp too?
Answer: Because camp space is so limited, band camp is primarily for the students. We do bring our own staff and chaperones to camp, however. The student to adult ratio at camp is about 8:1. We invite a few seasoned Music Learning parents to help supervise camp. These chaperones have been with the program for a long time and complete rigorous background checks. If you would like to be a camp chaperone, please notify a member of our staff.
Question: What is the food like at camp?
Answer: Band Camp 2021 includes individual lunch each day of camp. Lunches will be individually packaged and prepared by local restaurants. We are able to accommodate special dietary concerns.
Question: I’m not in a Music Learning School, what do I do?
Answer: You can still come to camp. While priority is given to Music Learning students and campers from previous years of band camp. Dont worry – there is still room for you.
Question: How much does Band Camp cost?
Answer: The cost for band camp tuition depends on when you sign up for camp and on how many installments you would like to make. You can register for camp with a small deposit today. Click here to register for Band Camp!
Question: What if I have more questions?