Adventure Music Camp

Adventure Music Camp    Full for 2024! Check back next year!
1-week day camp
July 29 – August 2, 2024, Monday – Friday / 9am – 4pm
Location: Eastman School of Music
Age: entering grades 5-9

Terry Fonda Smith, director

Spend a week at Eastman making music with people just like you- who love playing, learning, and creating, all in a supportive and fun environment. This is an exciting day camp (commuting students) for students entering grades 5-9 (current grades 4-8). We meet daily, Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4pm with activities that include ensemble rehearsals (band and string orchestra), music and movement, percussion (for all), and World Music. On our final day, we will show off the results of our adventures to friends and family in a performance!

Performance: Friday August 2, 2024  / 3:30p.m. / Kilbourn Hall

Program Information

This program is for students entering grades 5-9 that have at least two years’ experience on their instrument and are playing at a NYSSMA level 2 or Suzuki book 2 or higher. A teacher’s letter of recommendation is part of the application so that appropriate music can be selected for the ensembles. No audition necessary. What is required? A great attitude and a desire to explore the world of music!

Instruments accepted are bowed strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
Not included this year are voice, piano, guitar, or harp.

Tuition: $415
Please note that payment is not due at the time of registration. The student will be billed.
-Also note that housing and meals are not included/available. Students should pack a lunch every day (refrigeration not provided).


  • 10% off for ECMS Students enrolled both semesters of current year
  • 25% tuition waiver for eligible UR employees

Sample Schedule*

9:00am – 9:15am Students are dropped off at Eastman
9:15am Band or String Orchestra Rehearsal
10:15am Ukulele Class
11:15am Band or String Orchestra Rehearsal
12:15pm Lunch
1:00pm Hand Drumming Class
2:00pm Balinese Gamelan Class
3:00pm Creative Motion and Movement Class
4:00pm Students are picked up at Eastman

*There are 3 groups alternating classes throughout the day, meaning the schedule order for each student will vary!

Here is full program information as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Updated 7/13/23.

“Adventure Camp offered my daughter a great mix of different ways for making music.  She thrived being among so many people, adults and kids, who care about music the way that she does.” — Adventure Music Camp parent

“The final concert was awesome. I was particularly impressed with the gamelan performance–the kids definitely exceeded my expectations!” — Adventure Music Camp parent

Click to register HERE!
Registration is closed for 2024 because the program is now full
Click HERE for the Teacher Recommendation form!
 (Both forms are required)

Registration deadline: July 1, 2024  – program full
After the deadline, potential registrants will be contacted as to whether space remains.

Visit Summer@Eastman’s blog for some great articles on our programs, interviews with faculty, helpful tips, and much more!