Youth Camps

Summer Camp Handbook

Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP) Camp
Groove-in-a-Week Camp

June 26-30, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – $200

AMP Camp is for ages 9-17 with 1+ years’ experience on any band or string instrument, percussion, guitar or piano. Vocalists and youth with no prior musical experience can register for “Groove in a Week” for an intro to guitar, vocals and percussion. Instruction includes instrumental technique, ensembles, theory, songwriting, improvisation and more. Campers enjoy a field trip with a musical theme. A Finale Concert takes place on the final day of camp at 3 p.m.

Spartan Youth Jazz Boot Camp
July 19-22, 2017, 5:30 to 730 p.m.  -- $60

Led by Detroit jazz artist and educator Sean Dobbins, the MSU Spartan Youth Jazz Boot Camp is for students ages 14 to 19.  Youth will learn through a combination of sectionals, technique classes, improvisation and ensemble playing, while also developing skills in team-building and leadership. This camp is for advanced student players who are preparing for a career as a collegiate or professional musician, who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums. Other instruments are welcome.

Students are required to attend all camp rehearsal dates, as well participate in a day trip to perform at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing on July x.  Student acceptance is based on audition videos sent via email to c/o Elizabeth Lanni. Videos should include the following:

●    Four scales of your choosing  
●    One excerpt that best showcases your abilities (this can be anything from school, camps, etc.)

MSU CMS-D presents the Metro-Detroit Jazz Workshop (SUMMERJAZZWEEK9)
July 10-14, 2017, times vary daily  -- $249-$399
A jazz camp for all ages, instruments and experience levels. For middle schoolers through adults. Includes vocal jazz. Concerts performed at Cliff Bell's!
Register online at

Verses Camp: Exploring Literacy through Lyrics & Song
July 24-28 & August 14-18, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily -- FREE by Application

Learn the art of songwriting, composing, performing, mixing and recording. This program includes instrumental instruction, Open Mic and creative writing.

Students will perform a final concert and make a recording. Camper selection is based on audition materials. Send a sample of words or music by email, regular mail or cell phone video. Youth ages 10 to 16 are accepted.

The S.O.N.G. Project
July 31-Aug. 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily - $200

This is a performing arts camp offering sessions in instrumental music (keyboard and drumline), vocal music, dance and drama for students ages 8-17. Students at all skill levels (beginner to advanced) are welcome to apply. For more information and to register call (313) 578-9716, email or visit

Funk Camp
Aug. 7-11, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily - $199

Presented by MSU CMS-Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), Funk Camp is for students ages 12 to 21 who sing or play guitar, bass, drum set, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or keyboard. Music reading is not necessary, but beneficial. Students form bands, learn songwriting and popular hits. Camp includes studios, band rehearsals, daily jam sessions and visits from special guest artists. A final concert takes on Friday, August 1 at 3 p.m.