Summer Camps

Each summer, 317 Main offers a variety of fun and engaging summer music camps designed for a wide range of ages, skill levels and abilities. All camps share the common goal of learning and playing music together.

Campers explore a variety of musical styles in an encouraging and non-competitive learning atmosphere. Our camps offer a stellar team of instructors who teach a variety of acoustic instruments, voice, and songwriting.

The Acoustic Discovery Camps are geared for our younger campers. Teachers provide a fun introduction to American “roots” music including folk, pop, bluegrass, old-time, Irish, jazz, blues, and other musical genres.

In our Acoustic Jam Camp, older campers who have some prior experience on their instruments spend time in ensemble play, repertoire building, broadening technique, exploring improvisation, and songwriting. Vocalists are always encouraged to participate.

This summer, we are offering a NEW Teen Songwriting Lab for teens who are interested in developing their skills in a supportive environment with help from music pros.

In addition to hands-on experience with a variety of musical styles and instruments, each camper enjoys the benefits of making music with their peers. Creative expression, self-confidence, listening skills, teamwork, and improved concentration are just a few of the benefits of their week at camp.

All students receive individual and group instruction during each session. Every day also includes ample time for games and outdoor fun at the nearby Royal River Park in Yarmouth.

Camp Descriptions:

ACOUSTIC DISCOVERY CAMP (Ages 6-10)
Summer 2017:
week 1: July 10-14 (9:00am-4:00pm)
week 2: July 17-21 (9:00am-4:00pm)
week 3: July 31-August 4 (9:00am-4:00pm) 

(Aftercare is available until 5:30pm at $10 per day)

317 Main’s Acoustic Discovery Camp is a fun and innovative way to introduce your child to a variety of acoustic instruments: violin, cello, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harp, penny whistle, and keyboard. This camp is for those with little or no experience and is an excellent way to springboard into private or group lessons. Campers may sign up for either or both session weeks. Campers attending both weeks will build on their basic skills learned in week one, and will have the opportunity to try new instruments during week two.

Check out this video to see what Acoustic Discovery Camp is like!

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ACOUSTIC JAM CAMP (ages 10 through 14)
Summer 2017:
July 24-28 (9:00am-4:00pm)

(Aftercare is available until 5:30pm at $10 per day)

Join us for a great week of lessons, inspiring workshops, and killer jam sessions. Students are placed in engaging and supportive groups according to age and playing ability. During the week, students rehearse a performance set, culminating in a recording session at the end of the week. Aspiring songwriters can choose an elective that focuses on the mechanics of composing lyrics, melody, and harmony.

Prerequisites: Ages 10 through teen, some experience, and your own instrument required. Vocalists welcome!

Watch this video to see Jam Campers in action.

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NEW!  SONGWRITING LAB (14-18)
Summer 2017
August 7-11 (9:00-4:00pm)

Unleash your creativity this summer by spending a week in 317 Main’s Songwriting Lab. Work with our team of music pros to write, arrange and perform your original songs. The summer program is modeled on a popular program we run 2x a year with Casco Bay High School students.

During this seriously fun week,  professional 317 Main Teaching Artists will guide students as they explore their expressive voices as songwriters, covering a wide variety of skills, techniques, idea and tools they can begin using right away.  Participants will have lots of focused time to work in a supportive, creative environment with professional coaches and like minded peers as they learn about lyric and melody composition, storytelling, singing, rhyming/rapping, instrumental accompaniment, arranging, performing, musical genres and more. The week will end with a performance for family and friends.

Prerequisites: Some music experience and your own instrument(s).

 

The Songwriting Lab is modeled after the successful Songwriting Intensives we run twice a year with Casco Bay High School students.

Summer Camp registration 2017

CampMedical Form 2017

Camp 317 brochure

Please print and complete BOTH of the forms above. Mail completed forms to:
317 Main Community Music Center
317 Main St.
Yarmouth, ME 04096

* * * *Please call or email  the Front Desk for more information. (207) 846-9559 or frontdesk@317main.org