BKCM Summer Strings, Guitar & Piano Camp

Project Info

Project Description

Age: 8-14
Type: Camp
Term: Summer
Schedule: July 24–28 and July 31–August 4 (Monday – Friday)
Duration:  9:00am – 3:00pm (8:30am drop off)
Term Length: 1 or 2 Weeks
Class Size: 2-4 students in semi-private lessons; 8-10 students in ensembles
Price: $750 | $1400 for two weeks (save $100 for 2 weeks)
Prerequisite: minimum one year of experience in private lessons and/or school music program
Instructors: BKCM strings, guitar and piano faculty + special guest faculty


Call 718-622-3300 to register over the phone.

Note: Registration is closed for Piano Students

Sharpen your instrumental skills this summer!

This camp is recommended for strings, guitar and piano students who have been taking private lessons for at least one year. Each morning includes workshops, semi-private lessons and small ensembles and chamber groups. In the afternoons, students choose from a wide range of fun electives, such as Bluegrass, Composition, Global Beats and Groove Lab. Students who attend more than one week may have the opportunity to try a different elective each week taught by an expert guest teacher.  

Sample Schedule:

9:00am – 9:45am – Musicianship Workshop
10:00am – 11:00am – Semi-Private Lessons
11:15am – 12:00pm – Ensembles and Chamber Groups
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch Break

12:45pm – 3:00pm – Afternoon Electives
*Bluegrass Summer Jam (Guitar and Strings)
*Composition Club (Write an original piece for your ensemble!)
*Global Beats
*Groove Lab (Electronic Beat Making)

Electives (Subject to change)
Bluegrass: Taught by expert bluegrass musicians in a fun, supportive, jam-style approach, students experience the joys of leading, improvising and accompanying traditional folk songs and old-time music.
Composition: For the aspiring composer or songwriter, each students’ composition will be performed live by a professional ensemble at the end of the camp. Students learn online notation software so they can continue to compose all summer long. No prior experience in composition is necessary, however we recommend that students have one to two years experience in private lessons.
Global Beats: Students will learn the basics of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, South American and African drumming traditions through call and response, language, repetition and layers. They will connect with the rich history and culture of various musical drumming traditions and learn basic hand drumming and percussion techniques.
Groove Lab: An interactive deep dive into the study of beats, rhythms and grooves from different cultures around the world. Students will have the opportunity to create, collaborate and experiment with rhythm production using tablets, drum machines, beat-making, drums and body percussion.

Registration Info

For more information and to apply for this camp online click here. Call 718-622-3300 to speak with a registrar.

BKCM Summer Camp Policies

There are no refunds or credits at BKCM for the Summer term. Students have until June 30, 2023 to request changes to existing summer registrations. Please visit bkcm.org/registration for a complete list of policies on withdrawals and refunds.

BKCM Covid Policies

BKCM currently requires all students age 5 and up to be fully COVID vaccinated in order to attend. For more details on our COVID policies please visit bkcm.org/covidpolicies.

Click here for our Summer 2023 policies. For complete information on our registration process and policies, click here.

Financial Aid is Available for qualifying students.

Current Financial Aid recipients can email kris.mandapat@bkcm.org.