Please note: The following entries are from the 2016 Summer Music Education guide. 2017 entries will be coming in March. 

Summer is often a time of departure from our regular schedules, a time to devote energies toward activities and passions in a focused way. If you are thinking about music programs for yourself, your children or your whole family, our annual Summer Music Education directory is a significant resource. Whether you are an amateur musician or an emerging professional, there are many options to choose from. The profiles below, submitted by the organizations themselves, display a wealth of opportunities to hone your skills and make valuable friendships and connections. The offerings are varied: some are geared toward classical musicians and vocalists, with performance opportunities at the culmination of the programs, and others offer such diverse sessions as songwriting, jazz, rock, music theatre and guitar. There are even programs for kids and toddlers! Residential camps will get you out of the city (or province) and day camps are available for those of you who prefer something closer to home. We’ve also included programs for which the application deadline may have passed: we want you to be aware of what’s out there, if not for this summer, then for the future. We’ll be updating the directory online, so check back at under resources for updates.

Location of Program: St. Joseph Island, Richards Landing, Ontario
Julie Schryer
Program Dates: August 14 to 20, 2016
Application Deadlines: August 1, 2016
Cost of Program: $300 - $650 (bursary available)
Camp Hours (If daycamp): Day camper options available
Day or Residential program: Residential

AlgomaTrad is a not-for-profit arts organization that is dedicated to the sharing, celebration and learning of traditional music, dance, arts and craft that embraces our Canadian heritage. AlgomaTrad practises inclusivity and nurtures joyous, intergenerational community through its annual Family Camp – a week of classes in a wide variety of instruments, singing, theatre, dance, arts and heritage craft. Each day offers community gatherings, great food and evening contra/square/ceili dances and concerts. Renowned professional, vibrant, community-oriented staff are invited to teach and perform. Oral/aural traditions are the foundation of the curriculum and are shared with learners with respect to those traditions.

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Location of Program: Bolton Maple Newmarket North Brampton Richmond Hill South Brampton West Brampton Woodbridge
Program Dates: June to August, 2016
Day or Residential program: Day

Arcadia Academy of Music is an award-winning franchise music school with eight locations in the GTA. The Arcadia Academy of Music concept is simple yet effective – providing a personalized approach to delivering music education programs through quality and vision. This concept amalgamated with honesty, integrity and transparency has provided our longevity for the last 30 years. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to be exposed to music, enriching their lives inside and outside the classroom and delivering music programs that revolutionize the way music is taught and learned. Some of our exciting summer programs include: band program, theory course and $180 two-month music lessons ($200 vocal lessons). Visit to learn more or contact an Arcadia school near you.

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Location of Program: Harrington, Quebec
Margaret little
Program Dates: June 26 to August 14, 2016
Cost of Program: $500 - $1,300 per week (bursaries available)
Day or Residential program: Residential

Seven weeks of music for all tastes, ages and levels! Come with friends and family: choose your favourite week (or two) this summer and join in the pleasure of making music with others. Choir, orchestra, chamber music, Broadway, jazz, Celtic, early music – a full menu to suit your fancy! At CAMMAC, you can make music in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere, meet people who share your interests, learn from passionate teachers and discover new repertoire both in class and in concert. It is not surprising that so many new participants tell us that CAMMAC has changed their lives! No matter your skill level or age, our outstanding teachers will help you take that next step in your musical journey.

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Location of Program: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario
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Program Dates: July 4 to 8 (grades 1-3), July 11 to 15 (grades 4-6), July 18 to 22 (grades 7-8), July 25 to 30 (grades 9-12)
Cost of Program: $310 (grades 1-6), $320 (grades 7-8), $360 (grades 9-12)
Camp Hours (If daycamp): 9am - 3:30pm (grades 1-8) and 9am - 4pm (grades 9-12)
Day or Residential program: Day

This July, the Canadian Opera Company’s Summer Opera Camps offer children and youth entering grades 1 to 12 an immersive operatic experience. Participants playfully explore opera as both creators and performers, while developing their skills in a fun, yet intensive, one-week camp. Weekly activities include story creation, singing, composition, acting, improvisation, and costume, props and set design. Each week ends in a special rehearsal open to family and friends.

Location of Program: 6727 South Chippawa Road Wellandport, ON, L0R2J0
Julie Hartey
Program Dates: July 3 to August 21, 2016 (1 or 2 week sessions)
Cost of Program: $995 - $1,840
Day or Residential program: Residential

Centauri Summer Arts Camp is an overnight centre for the arts based in the Niagara Region. We offer more than 40 intensive arts programs, many of them music-based: songwriting, musical theatre, garage band, rock/pop/jazz music and “How to Be a Musician in the Real World.” Young people aged 9 to 18 are immersed in the unique atmosphere of overnight camp while working with industry professionals to improve their music skills and participating in varied arts electives. The atmosphere is collaborative, and all campers take part in concerts and performances on the final day. Be part of a unique arts community this summer and make memories and friends to last a lifetime.


Location of Program: Westben Arts Festival Theatre 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, Ontario, Canada, K0L 1L0
Donna Bennett
Program Dates: July 25 to July 3, 2016
Application Deadlines: June 1, 2016
Cost of Program: Varies from Free to $20-$50 per session

Connecting Through Song is a nine-day exploration of the themes of human connection as inspired by Brian Finley’s opera The Pencil Salesman, premiered at Westben in June 2016. Seminars, chats, workshops and studio tours investigate various connections between people and technology, society and multiple generations. Events offer hands-on opportunities using music to explore and connect through solo and choral singing, technology, recording and improvisation. A vocal intensive led by Dr. Michael Warren, DMA, is a powerful three-day immersion experience designed for all levels and genres of singers, age 16 and older. Participants work one-on-one with Dr. Warren in half-hour lessons that are observed by the other participants, allowing all to share vocal strengths and benefit from each other’s progress.

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Location of Program: Western University 1151 Richmond Street North London, Ontario N6A 3K7
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Program Dates: Programs for all ages June 27 to July 24, 2016
Application Deadlines: open
Cost of Program: $339 - $2,600
Day or Residential program: Day

The Don Wright Faculty of Music is pleased to offer several musical workshops this summer tailored to musicians of various ages and experience levels. Our Kodály Certification Program (2 weeks) engages music educators in an innovative pedagogical workshop, strengthening their musicianship and enhancing their teaching ability. Music Theatre on the Thames (4 weeks) – a unique intensive, ideal for the emerging musical theatre professional – integrates learning in singing, acting and movement and will present a full-scale production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Percshop (grades 9 to adult) provides more than 30 hours of hands-on instruction and playing, culminating in a final concert. Musical Futures (2 weeks) provides tools to create sustainable, student-centred, 21st-century music learning experiences using informal learning and non-formal teaching. Kodály Certification Program (July 3 to 15, $695); Music Theatre on the Thames (June 27 to July 24, $2,600); PercShop (July 4 to 8, $339); Musical Futures Workshop (July 4 to July 15; $695).

Location of Program: Lord Lansdowne P.S. 33 Robert St, Toronto, ON M5S 2K2
Rebecca Kurtis-Pomeroy and Ian Guenther
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Program Dates: Monday - Friday, July 20 to July 31
Application Deadlines: First day of camp. Walk-ins are accepted on first day provided there are still spaces left.
Cost of Program: $240
Camp Hours (If daycamp): 8:30am - 12pm
Day or Residential program: Day

DownTown Summer Strings benefits students who have at least one year experience playing the violin, viola, cello or double bass. Instructors will provide master classes, coach small ensembles and conduct a string orchestra. DownTown Summer Strings concludes with a concert open to the public. It is open to all students in Grades 3 to 8 and enrolls a maximum of 80. Register early to guarantee your spot! There is a $10 material fee per session to be paid to the instructor on the first day. Instruments are not provided. Students should consult with their school’s string instructor/teacher to borrow an instrument for the summer. Please indicate on the registration form which instrument(s) you play. Walk-in registrations are welcome starting the first day of camp!

Location of Program: San Diego, CA Nashville, TN Toronto, ON
Program Dates: San Diego, CA: June 19 to 24, 2016; Nashville, TN: July 31 to August 5, 2016; Toronto, ON: session 1, August 7 to 12; session 2, August 14 to 19, 2016

For ages 10 to 90, beginner to professional

Guitar Workshop Plus offers week-long 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 and classical. Our top-ranked summer music program provides the opportunity to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. Participants also take away a DVD of their live performances! Past guest instructors include Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Summers, Billy Sheehan 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!

Location of Program: Camp Manitou McKellar Ontario
Anne Fleming-Read
Program Dates: August 21 to September 4, 2016
Cost of Program: $799 - $998
Day or Residential program: Residential

IMC offers programs for orchestra, band, rock, jazz, choir, musical theatre, songwriting and sound engineering. The camp has been providing young musicians 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, master 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 IMC - the highlight of a young musician’s summer!

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Location of Program: Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching, Orillia, Ontario
Jacob Lakirovich
Program Dates: July 2 to 12, 2016
Application Deadlines: May 2, 2016
Day or Residential program: Residential

The Festival will feature a full program of master classes, concerts and competitions. The programs of the School encompass private instrumental lessons with internationally renowned teachers, master classes and workshops, chamber music classes, orchestral and ensemble classes, concert solo performances with the Academy orchestras, solo and chamber music recitals, as well as special seminars for Ear Training, Composition and Theory of Music. Performances in an acoustically superb concert hall and Serenade Concerts under the moonlight shore of Lake Couchiching will mesmerize our audiences and guests. Participation in the Festival is incredibly valuable for musicians of all ages and levels. The extensive musical training they will receive during this period will inevitably have a great impact on their personal growth as musicians and as individuals.

Location of Program: Huron Heights Public School, 785 Russell Street Kincardine ON. N2Z 1S7
John Schnarr
Program Dates: August 8 to 12, 2016
Application Deadlines: early discount June 30
Cost of Program: $180 - $200
Camp Hours (If daycamp): 9:00am - 3:50pm
Day or Residential program: Day

Our 25th anniversary! Daytime music classes combine with the renowned KSMF Concert Series to produce a unique musical event. We offer beginner, junior, senior and adult classes in guitar, bands and strings programs. Many adult students register for all levels. Our teachers are experienced professionals. Free recreation program supervises young students. After class, enjoy the free KSMF 4 O’Clock in the Park Concert Series in nearby Victoria Park. Registration includes tickets to the fabulous KSMF Evening Concert Series featuring jazz, blues, classical, world and chamber music concert performances August 8 to 11. The Concert Series artists will also be featured in free, short afternoon outreach performances for registrants. A great fun family music opportunity on beautiful Lake Huron!

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Location of Program: Kingsway Conservatory of Music, 2848 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Sharon Burlacoff
Program Dates: Weekly programs from July 4 to August 19, 2016
Application Deadlines: open; early-bird discount deadline April 15, 2016
Day or Residential program: Day

Committed to “Inspired Learning,” the Kingsway Conservatory of Music provides summer programs for various ages and experience levels that engage, challenge and excite on many levels. Offerings for summer 2016 include: Kingsway Chamber Music Festival (1 week) for string players (min RCM Gr 3 for Intermediate / Gr 5 for Senior) and pianists (min RCM Gr 5 for Intermediate / Gr 7 for Senior) including chamber coachings, orchestra rehearsals, group composition, workshops and guest artists; Alice in Wonderland Jr. Musical Theatre Camp (2 weeks) for youth and teens, preparing and presenting a fantastic, full-scale musical production; Triple-Threat Arts Discovery Camp (4-8 years) inspiring self-expression through music, art and drama; Suzuki/Traditional Strings Camp (4-10 years) for string players in their beginning years; and Private Instruction on all instruments.

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Location of Program: Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario
Andrew Wolf
Program Dates: August 7 to 14, 2016
Application Deadlines: June 30, 2016
Day or Residential program: Residential

Lake 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 more than 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 air-conditioned classrooms and a theatre. Dormitory (air-conditioned and fresh-air) and meal plans are available.

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Location of Program: 5, rang Saint-Antoine Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0
Rachel Tremblay
Program Dates: June 5 to August 21, 2016
Application Deadlines: February 15, 2016, except Guitar and Dance (April 1, 2016) and Choir and Vocal Jazz (May 1, 2016)
Cost of Program: $375 - $3,215

Le Domaine Forget Academy offers serious students the opportunity to perfect their skills under the auspices of world-renowned artists. The beauty and tranquility of the setting at Domaine Forget inspire creativity and the facilities are perfectly suited to the needs of both students and teachers. Whether you are a young professional or an advanced student, you will benefit from the opportunity to further your musical training through the tutelage of established teachers and the participation in master classes given by distinguished international artists.

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