The clatter and crowds of SXSW are gone, spring is here, and that means it’s really time to get the kids signed up for summer camps, before they fill up. The number and variety of music-related camps in Austin is pretty overwhelming, and it’s not possible to talk about them all, but here’s a sampling that may get you started.
Most of the music camps in and around Austin lean toward rock and allow young musicians to improve their skills, play in bands, and learn a little about recording and mixing music, sometimes with a little songwriting thrown in. Rock camps include the intimate, the much larger University of Texas , , , , and of course, the .
If you’re into empowering girls with guitars and amps, check out the ’re operated by a nonprofit dedicated to diversity and music education.. They
Beyond these staples of headbanging summer fun, there are a few smaller camps that you may want to investigate too:
offers songwriting, performance, and recording camps in its homey location near the Austin Waldorf School.
has a wide variety of camps for all ages, focused on learning to play the piano, guitar, violin, and other instruments.
are offered all summer and range from world music to broadway to introductory instrument classes.
focus on musical theater.
Paramount Theatre hosts a smallfor kids in grades 6–10.
Creative Action, a nonprofit group of teacher-artists, has aplanned for this year, including and camp, all about writing, mixing, and performing music.
If you live near beautiful Wimberley, Agua Fresca Studios camps all combine visual art with music. They’ve got afor ages 9–12, a for ages 10 and up, and an camp for little ones 6–8 years old.
For kids who love percussion instruments,offers camps at area public schools for middle and high schoolers.
Thehas an early June camp for beginning singers and a mid-June camp for advanced singers. Both introduce girls to many music genres, from classical to pop.
And if you have a kid who loves chamber music and wants to play in small groups, theis the place to be.
Most music camps in the area are day camps, but if your student wants an overnight experience you’ll want to exploreon the Guadalupe River in the Hill Country in July. Music styles will range from bluegrass and cajun to jazz and Western swing.