Summer Music Ideas

Make sure your instruments are in good condition for the fall!

Some instruments are a little out of adjustment from many years of use and may benefit from a minor adjustment. During early summer, please take the instruments into your local repair shop and ask the shop to look at the instrument and make sure it is in good working condition. Please make sure to take band instruments into shops that specialize in band instruments and orchestra instruments into string specialists.


Planning Your Musical Summers!

1. Local Day Instrumental Camps

OC Flute Ensemble is hosting a youth flute ensemble for a summer session for middle and high schoolers at Horn Improvement on Tuesday evenings. Call Kerri Arakawa at (949)275-2461 or email at Click here.

Percussion Camp in Diamond Bar at South El Monte Middle School

Jazz Camp at Saddleback College


2. Local Choir or Musical Theater Summer Camps

Musical Theater Camp at the Liberty Theater in Los Alamitos at 714-827-9141 or The Theatre Guild holds its annual summer camp where kids ages 7-17 will learn to sing, dance, act and put on their own production!

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop at South Coast Reertory Theater in Costa Mesa at 714-708-5510 or Open to all, grades 7-12, from beginners to young pros. This exciting and lively class teaches students how to audition for a musical role and then prepares them to perform that role. They'll enjoy the vocal work, while learning to interpret the music and the text. In other words, they'll learn what it means to "act" a song and "sing" a scene. Throughout, emphasis will be on healthy use of the voice.


3. Stay-away Music Camps (Instrumental & Choir). Students stay at these camps about a week (or longer) in the local mountains. All housing, meals, coaching, etc. are included in the tuition. They also have swimming, hiking & other outdoor activities. Information posted below. Arrowbear and Wildwood are favorites.

Arrowbear Music Camp

  • Located near Running Springs
  • Discounts for early enrollment or multiple family members (2+).
  • Mrs. Petty went to this camp during her middle school/high school summer
  • Wildwood Music Camp

  • Located near Big Bear
  • Discounts for honor band/orch. participants, multiple school participants(4+) or multiple family members (2+)
  • Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy

  • Serious, month long boarding camp
  • Located in Michigan


3. Take private lessons and/or practice extra. Current Private Teacher List as posted by C.A.R.E.


4. Order some new "fun" music online at JWPepper. This online catolgue includes fun songs, pop songs, movie tunes, classics, etc.