How To Run A Music Summer Camp

Running a summer music camp is a fun but overwhelming task. We’re here to help!

How To Run A Music Summer Camp

As spring shows its face (I’m looking at you, daffodils), piano teachers start thinking ahead to summer plans. Specifically, plans for their music summer camp.

Why so early? You may be wondering.

Because the earlier you start planning, the earlier you can begin advertising. And the earlier you start advertising, the earlier you can book your students in for musical educational fun.

But there are many aspects to consider when planning a music summer camp, and we want to help you feel prepared.

Table Of Contents:

  1. Summer Camps Dos and Don’ts
  2. What To Do During Summer Camps
  3. Not Sure Summer Camps Are For You?
  4. TopMusicMag: Music Summer Camps

Summer Camp Dos and Don’ts

Are you planning on hosting your first-ever summer camp?

Have you been toying with the idea for a few years but need a little nudge in the right direction?

Or maybe you held one last year, and it didn’t go quite as planned.

Summer camp expert Jennifer Foxx joined Tim Topham to discuss the challenges you may face when running your first camp. Grab your Music Summer Camp Plans notebook and your favorite pen, and click here to listen.

On top of knowing what you should do, it’s also beneficial to know what you shouldn’t do.

Tracy Selle reflected on the time she ran her first summer camp, sharing where she went wrong and the lessons she learned. Click here to read her story.

If your summer camp succeeds, you’ll undoubtedly want to repeat it next year. But what about scaling it up and taking it to the next level? Intrigued?

Click here to listen to Jennifer Auerbach and Joshua Hawks reveal how they scaled up to run 22 successful camps in several states.

What To Do During Summer Camps

Once you know you want to run a summer camp, you have an idea of what you should and shouldn’t do, and you have big dreams for the future, the fun can begin:

Preparing the content.

So many fantastic creators out there have pre-prepared summer camp packs for you to purchase and use. A quick Google (or Pinterest search) of ‘music summer camp ideas’ and you’ll be met with excellent results.

And to help get you started and to get those gears whirring in your brain, Tim Topham spoke to Sara Campbell and Tracy Selle to learn about their many fun piano camp ideas. Click here to watch and get inspired!

Not Sure Summer Camps Are For You?

Summer camps aren’t for everyone – and that’s okay!

You may live in a country where summer camps are non-existent.

But as we all know, maintaining a summer income and keeping students engaged during the break can be challenging.

Luckily, we have five teaching experts’ suggestions for maintaining a summer income. Click here to read and discover.

What about keeping students engaged throughout the summer months?

Chris Owenby has six creative and engaging lesson ideas to help increase summer piano practice. Click here to read them.

Do you live in Australia and wonder how you can utilize the idea of summer camps?

Sofie Arhontoulis is a teacher in South Australia and runs music camps and art classes side by side during holidays. Click here to listen for inspiration on how you can expand your studio marketing and boost your income.

TopMusic Mag: Summer Camps

You can read more about running summer camps, including

  • A handy guide with questions to ask yourself when planning your camp
  • Ideas for summer camps
  • A success story about a summer camp with a difference

In our 2nd edition of the TopMusicMag:

Georgina Wilson

Georgina is a piano teacher who loves making learning fun and enjoyable for both the student and the teacher. She is often found pestering her cat or creating music resources for BusyLittleTurtle

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