Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Where is camp?
Camp takes place at 1015 Edgewood Ave NE in Inman Park (within Inman Park Church).

How early can I drop my child off? How late can I pick up?

You can drop off as early as 8:30 and pick up as late as 1:15 (for 9:00 to 1:00 camps) and 3:15 (for 9:00 - 3:00 camps). Aftercare is available until 5:30.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Your child needs to bring a lunch. We keep a variety of snacks on hand and can accommodate most dietary needs. We recommend that younger children bring an extra change of clothes in case of an accident.

Where do I park?
You can park in front or in our parking lot (the entrance is on Elizabeth Street).

What are some instruments my child might get to try?
We have bells, piano, ukulele, drumset, various hand percussion, harp, trombone, harmonium, recorder, ocarina, tin whistle, and others. 

What are some music skills my child might learn?
Preschoolers will learn new songs, music terms like Allegro and Lento, rhythmic and melodic patterns, musical symbols, and instrument skills. Older children will learn elements of music theory, how to play as part of an ensemble, and songs from a variety of genres and cultures. They may also receive direct instruction on the instrument of their choice, although it will not be the same as a private lesson.

Who are your camp leaders? What is the ratio of leaders to campers?
Our camp leaders are professional music educators who have plenty of experience working with groups of children. In addition to our versatile permanent staff, we have interns and assistants as needed in order to give campers the best possible experience. Generally, the ratio of adults to children is about 1:5, not including office staff.

Do I need to buy an instrument in order for my child to participate in camp?
No, we will have instruments for your child to use at the studio. This provides the opportunity for your child to experiment with different instruments without needing to buy them.

Can my child bring his or her instrument if we have one?
Sure! We encourage campers to bring their own instruments if they have them.

What ages are the camps for?
Our camps are for ages three to about eleven. The preschool program is separate and does not mix with the older group except in the morning song circle and afternoon sharing time. The older campers are mixed and matched and subdivided as necessary based on age, musical ability, and interests.

We are sensitive to the social and emotional needs of campers. We keep our eyes on the rosters for each day and week will let you know if your child might end up being an outlier in terms of age or ability. We'll offer as much notice as we can so that you can make other arrangements.

My child is a teenager. Can he or she still attend camp?
Adolescents can participate as camp assistants, learning leadership skills as well as musical skills from the camp leaders. They will receive special attention and mentorship from our teaching staff. Camp passes are still required for assistants.

My child wants to attend camp but has no experience/some experience/a lot of experience. Will it still be fun?
Yes! Our camps are set up to accommodate a variety of different experience levels. No matter your child’s musical history, they’re sure to learn new things and have a great time. Our camp leaders are experts at building on a child's strengths and incorporating a wide range of skills into the performances. When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to tell us all about your child's unique skill set and interests. We will keep these interests in mind wherever possible.

Can my child attend camp for multiple weeks? Is it the same every day or week?
Our daily music camp follows the same format each week, but the activities are different each day and week. For instance, the campers may play different songs in the end of the week performance, learn about a different aspect of music theory, experience a different musical game, or will build on instrumental skills acquired in previous weeks. We will get to know your child from day to day and can continue to customize his or her camp experience throughout the summer to prevent boredom. The week-long themed camps for older children are another way to experience variety.

I heard the camp was a drop-in. So... I can just drop my kids off whenever?
Eclectic Music Summer Camp is super flexible, but it is not a drop-in program. We don’t require much notice, but we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to accommodate your child if you show up day-of.

What does the camp cost?
Just one half day of camp is $55. Not bad - that's about the price of a babysitter! However, the more passes you buy, the lower the cost per day. For instance, a 10 day pass is $365 - that's $36.50 per half day.

Note that all passes are 10% off until April 1!

I have two (or three, or four) kids and want to buy a pass package. Can they share passes?
Yep! Pass packages can be shared between kids in the same household.

What happens in a typical day of camp?
The camp day begins with a morning sing-along with all the day's campers. Then, the groups split up to do their activities. These can range from dancing to singing to learning music theory to trying out a new instrument. The children take breaks for snack and lunch. The morning session ends with sharing time around 12:50 PM. 

Some campers leave at 1:00. Those who are staying either continue in their themed camp, or head to our Afternoon Chill Camp where they have a little more freedom to choose their activities and self-pace their exploration.

What if my child wants to learn a particular instrument?
We make things easier on kids' attention spans by integrating instrumental instruction into the experience of learning to play as part of an ensemble. In the process, kids will learn to recognize and copy rhythmic and melodic patterns, and read music, all in addition to learning some basic skills on the instrument. It's a less-is-more approach to a particular instrument, but a more comprehensive strategy for encouraging your child's musicianship. If you would like more in-depth study on a particular instrument, private lessons are a better choice.