Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

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

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, trumpet, trombone, violin, recorder, and others. Older children will have more in-depth experiences on the instruments and can choose to focus on a particular instrument each day or week.

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 will also receive direct instruction on the instrument of their choice.

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 twelve. 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. Our camp leaders will then customize your child's experience.

Can my child attend camp for multiple weeks? Is it the same every day or week?
Our daily music camp and weekly music camp follow 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. We also have some special weeklong workshops on specific topics (Introduction to Piano, Pop Singing, and Musical Theater).

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 day of camp is $60. 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 20-day pass is $36 per 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?
We can prepare a well-rounded program for a given week or day based on the interests and experience of the actual students who are enrolled. We can meet them where they are and expand their horizons from there. 

For example, a student may be really into Adele. That student will have the opportunity to contribute vocals to the ensemble. She could also participate in writing a song. We could listen to samples of music from similarly emotive singers that have stood the test of time, such as Etta James, Dusty Springfield, and Roberta Flack, even going back as far as Bessie Smith. We could then choose a relatively simple song from that style, so that a student who is learning guitar or piano could play the chords.

By mixing and matching students, we can come up with a way to meet the needs and wishes of just about everyone. The more students we have, the more camp leaders we will bring on to help. By asking you in advance what your child's interests are, we'll be able to create a bespoke program that builds on the elements we already have in place.

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. On the other hand, we do have an Introduction to Piano workshop if that appeals to you.