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Bluegrass Camps for Kids offers young people an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional music styles and instruments in a supportive and encouraging environment. Throughout the week, students will engage in four classes during the day, one of which will be performing at the end of camp, as well as morning and afternoon all-campus activities that include square dancing, sing-a-longs, jams, and blackboard concerts. We teach everything from individual instruments (beginning through advanced guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo), to dance, singing, jamming, songwriting, and performing. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!
Bluegrass Camps for Kids is a 3 to 5 day camp, for children ages 8-16, organized by Kate Hamre, and taught by highly experienced teachers from the bluegrass and folk community. Bluegrass Camps for Kids has taught thousands of kids worldwide, including over 90 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. Ms. Hamre has B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Idaho, and has hired a dedicated staff of teachers that are well rehearsed in all aspects of teaching music. We have a very well thought out curriculum, as well as tried and true instruction methods and classroom management skills, honed by years of teaching children, in the general classroom, private lessons, and music camps.
Through an advanced registration form, children pick from a wide range of classes; all levels of guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, songwriting, jamming, dance, and vocals are offered. Campers are also involved in a band class with their peers, daily jams, square dances, open mics, optional private lessons, and games, as well as an end of camp concert for their friends and family. Campers do not need to have any previous instruction, as Bluegrass Camps for Kids teaches beginners up to advanced levels. Bluegrass Camps for Kids is also supported by a camp songbook that includes many traditional bluegrass and folk songs, written music, chord sheets, recommendations for practicing and additional resources to encourage further study.
A Day at Camp
Typically, camp begins at 10am with registration. The camp opens each day with a fun group event for the entire camp: sing-a-longs, square dances, jams, or other activities. Children then divide into the classes chosen when they registered: an assortment of instruments and levels, anywhere from Beginning Bass, to Teen Vocals, to Advanced Fiddle. Campers get an opportunity to increase their knowledge about an instrument they already play, or start learning about a new one. Two other classes of their choice follow, with a lunch time, and then the campers are grouped into bands of 6-8 students per band. After these four classes, students get to pick from an assortment of afternoon activities like jamming, square dances, or open mic. The culmination of the camp is a Camp Concert, where each band performs for families and friends.
Typical Camp Schedule:
Friends and family members are welcome to come to the Morning Activities! Please come support our campers!
9:30am - Registration, First Morning Only!
10:00am - Morning Activity
10:30am - Block 1
11:30am - Block 2
12:30pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Block 3
2:00pm - Band
3:00pm - Afternoon Activity
3:30pm - Done for the Day!
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