Youth Summer Camps

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

Summer 2019, 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 final concert takes place on the final day of camp.

Spartan Youth Jazz Boot Camp
Summer 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  -- Tuition TBD *Placement Audition Required*

Led by Detroit jazz artist and educator Sean Dobbins, the MSU Spartan Youth Jazz Boot Camp is for students ages 13 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. The camp will conclude with a professional recording session.

Students are required to attend all camp rehearsal dates, as well as a day-field-trip. Student acceptance is based on audition videos sent via email to c/o Perry Holmes. 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.)

Verses Camp: Exploring Literacy through Lyrics & Song
Summer 2019, 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 make a recording of their work and present it at a listening party. 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.

Funk Camp
Summer 2019, 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 13 to 18 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, and write their own hip, funk tunes. Camp includes studios, band rehearsals, daily jam sessions, and visits from special guest artists. A final concert takes on place on the last day of camp.