2023 Summer Music Education Directory

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your musical activities, whether you are an avid amateur musician, professional, or looking for music education programs for children.

Regardless of your level of skill, there are many options to consider - we're adding profiles as they come in, so check back often to discover an array of ways for you to sharpen your aptitudes, discover new ones, and make lifelong associations and friendships this summer. There is something for everybody. But don’t delay - some programs fill up quickly!

To join The WholeNote Summer Music Education directory, please contact karen@thewholenote.com or call 416-323-2232 x26.

CAMMAC Music Centre - Harrington, QC
June 25 to August 20, 2023

Contact: Customer Service
819-687-3938 / 1-888-622-8755, x25
Deadline: Registration begins March 2023
Cost: $1100-$2000 per adult, for the full program including lodging, meals and music program

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CAMMAC Music Centre 2023Pair your summer vacation fun with a unique musical experience in the heart of the Laurentians. Each of our eight one-week immersive programs features a different theme, including classical, jazz, Broadway, blues, world music and more. Amateur musicians of all levels, from beginner to advanced, will enjoy a varied selection of classes and activities: chamber music, choir, various instrumental workshops, early music ensembles, orchestra, Broadway theatre, piano/sax/harp intensive programs, songwriting, vocal masterclasses, art classes, yoga, forest bathing, swimming, tennis and more. Kids, teens, and adults participate in separate programs, allowing everyone to play, learn, relax, and grow according to their own rhythm. Come and immerse yourself in the best of what nature and music have to offer!

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON
July 4 to 28, 2023

Contact: Madeleine Smith
Deadline: May 12, 2023
Cost: $395
Day Program - 8:45AM to 3:30PM

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COC Summer Music CampCOC Summer Music Camp invites young creatives entering grade 1 to first year university to learn about composition, drama, and design. Campers are supported in a creative and non-competitive environment where they will learn and experiment with diverse modes of artistic expression such as singing, composing, movement, drama, and design. Through the creation of their own original performance, campers will work with professional teaching artists to hone creative skill and explore various areas of the performing arts, culminating in a final showcase for family and friends. No previous experience with music required.


July 4 – July 8
July 10 – July 14
July 17 - July 21
July 24 - July 28

Bursaries available. Please visit coc.ca/summercamps for more information.

Toronto, ON - July 9 to 14, 2023
San Diego, CA - June 25 to 30, 2023
Nashville, TN - July 9 to 14, 2023
Seattle, WA - July 16 to 21, 2023
Fort Lauderdale, FLA - February 22 to 25, 2024 

Contact: Brian Murray
Deadline: July 2023
Cost: Varies (depending on options chosen - tuition, accommodation, meals, etc.)

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DSCN2889 2Guitar Workshop Plus offers workshops in a musical environment at superb facilities. Professional music faculty and world-famous guest artists teach and perform for our participants. Guitar, bass, drum, keyboard, songwriting and vocal courses are offered for all levels, ages, and styles including rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, country and classical. Our top-ranked summer music program provides daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. Attendees receive a video of their live performances! Past guest instructors include Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Summers, Victor Wooten, and many others! GWP is much more than just a guitar camp or summer music camp. You’ve seen the rest … Now come learn from the best!

Camp Manitou - McKeller, ON
August 20 to 25 and August 26 to Sept 3, 2023

Contact: Anne Fleming-Read
Deadline: August 15, 2022
Cost: $998.00 - $1150.00

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Interprovincial Music CampIMC offers programs for orchestra, band, jazz, rock, musical theatre and songwriting. The camp has been providing young musicians with exceptional musical training and unforgettable summer-camp experiences since 1961. Campers fine-tune skills as musicians, develop friendships and forge a lifelong love of music while enjoying the setting of one of Canada’s finest camp facilities.

The IMC experience includes housing, meals, classes, sectionals, large and small ensembles, faculty concerts, recreational activities and evening programs. Each session, IMC concludes with performances for family and friends. Our faculty includes Canada’s finest performers and educators. For more information, visit our website. 

IMC - the highlight of a young musician's summer!

CAMMAC Music Centre - Harrington, QC
August 21 to 27, 2023

Contact: Thais Karsidag
Deadline: August 1, 2023
Cost: $1000.00

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JazzWorks Jazz CampJazzWorks Summer Jazz Camp is open to adult community and professional musicians and talented youth. JazzWorks offers two distinct yet compatible programs. We offer a residential three-day Jazz Camp, which includes workshops, vocal intensives, combo practices, jazz theory & history, masterclasses, jam sessions, performances and more!

Unique in Canada, the Composers' Symposium / Practice Retreat has two options: participants can work on original compositions and perform them with professional musician-educators, or choose to get away from everyday commitments for three days of intensive practice time. Retreat participants are welcome to play on the original pieces that community composers bring.

Composers' Symposium / Practice Retreat: Aug 21-24, 2023; Jazz Camp: Aug 24-27, 2023.

Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University - London, ON
July 3 to 14, 2023

Contact: Kim Eyre
Deadline: June 26, 2023
Cost: Regular ($795); Additional Qualifications Registration ($1005)
Day Program - 8AM to 4:15PM weekdays (until 2PM final day)

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Kodaly Certification Program Levels I and IIIn this two-week intensive program, participants will strengthen their personal musicianship and pedagogical skills, with content grounded in a contemporary understanding of the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály. Participants will engage in supportive musically educative opportunities through singing, reading, writing, moving and creating to build personal skills and knowledge to assist in classroom music teaching and learning.

Primary Junior Vocal Music Part 1 Additional Qualification (AQ) available at the Faculty of Education, Western University. Candidates will complete Kodály Level I onsite and an additional two weeks online.

Lakefield College School - Lakefield, ON
August 6 to 13, 2023

Contact: Andrew Wolf
Deadline: See website
Cost: See website

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Lake Field Music 2022Lake Field Music camp brings together adult amateur musicians of all ages with intermediate to advanced skills in a friendly and supportive environment. The one-week program focuses on classical and jazz with a sampling of world and popular music. Participants build their own program from 50+ workshops, technique and master classes, choirs and instrumental ensembles coached by 20+ experienced instructors specializing in vocals, strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, bass and percussion. Classes for beginners are also offered for those wanting to try something new. Evening concerts provide performance opportunities and a chance to hear the instructors. The beautiful waterfront campus includes a performance theatre, onsite accommodations, and meal plan. Day program also available.

Prince Edward County, ON
July 9 to August 6, 2023

Contact: Meg Hill
Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Cost: $1055/week

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Music at Port Milford 2022Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Academy enters its 37th Season!

Music at Port Milford offers students, ages 12 to 19, a joyful, collaborative, and focused immersion into the exploration of chamber music. Nestled in Ontario’s historic Prince Edward County, musicians focus on their skills through lessons, chamber coachings, improvisation, singing, performance opportunities and advanced workshops with renowned instructors from across the continent.

Learn more at www.musicatportmilford.org.

The Avondale - Stratford, ON
July 31 to August 5, 2023

Contact: Stratford Summer Music
Deadline: April 15, 2023
Cost: $625

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Stratford Summer Music 2023 Jazz AcademyThe Stratford Summer Jazz Academy boasts a faculty of Jim Doxas, drums; Florian Hoefner, piano; Kelly Jefferson, saxophone; and Jodi Proznick, bass. Specializing in improvisation and group collaboration, students will have the opportunity to learn in both individual and group settings, culminating in a final performance alongside faculty members as part of Stratford Summer Music.

The Academy’s focus will be primarily on developing essential skills, but also on internalizing new concepts. Every young musician has a unique voice, and the faculty will focus on allowing that voice to develop, whether through articulation, balance of sound, listening, vocabulary, or by simplifying the many mechanical aspects of each student’s chosen instrument.

North Toronto and Adjala Township, ON
July 22 to August 20, 2023

Contact: Denise Williams
Deadline: April 6, 2023
Cost: $650
Day Program

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Summerstage Carmen 2023No Strings Theatre announces Georges Bizet's Carmen for its SummerStage 2023 opera YAP intensive for all ages. Following a highly-successful summer program featuring The Marriage of Figaro, No Strings Theatre and Opera by Request will be partnering once again for a summer production of Bizet's Carmen, sung in French, with the original spoken dialogue rendered in English, directed by Gregory Finney. Other performance opportunities will include a recital and cabaret show, and rehearsals will be supplemented with several masterclasses. In addition to Mr. Finney, instruction will be offered by Denise Williams (No Strings Theatre) and William Shookhoff (Opera by Request), as well as artist-mentor Ernesto Ramirez and guest instructors Marcia Whitehead and Julie Nesrallah.

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