Camps and programs below offer an immersive experience in guitar that may include a variety of instruction in folk, classical, etc. These camps may also feature professional guitar players. Click on listings to learn more.
The following camps and programs offer guitar lessons as part of a broader slate of activities.
OurKids.net lists camps and programs in dozens of cities across the country. Find your city in the list below and find a guitar camp near you.
For kids who love guitar, there are many different ways you can dive deeper into this passion. Learn more about types of learning opportunites below:
Here’s a brief look at what kids learn in guitar camp. Consult with listings above to learn the specifics of each camp’s curriculum.
Fundamental guitar concepts. Instructors educate beginner guitar players on the fundamentals of music and guitar. Kids learn about rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, musical notation, and reading music. As they advance, they learn to go beyond strumming to picking, fingering, and tuning their guitar, etc.
Performance skills. As they advance, kids will eventually present their skills in front of peers or family members in performances such as recitals. They find a comfort level with performing, developing their own coping mechanisms to reduce nerves and improve their performance. The skills they learn apply to other areas of their life including academic presentations, etc.
Rhythm and timing. Rhythm consists of musical notes and beats, time signatures and measures, strong and weak beats, and double and triple meter. Guitar camps educate kids on these aspects, giving them the tools to perform well with others in a group. They can also apply these to other musical instruments.
Physical and mental dexterity. Guitarists must multitask as they read and play music. They must develop hand-eye coordination, and train themselves to work each hand differently. This skill is applicable to other areas. Learning music is a great way to train your brain.
Strengthens memory. Kids in guitar camp memorize chords, fingerings, strumming patterns, and more. Through improving their memory, they become better at studying other academic subjects, and this has long-term positive effects on brain health.
Exposure to different genres. Guitar camp allows kids to experiment with different genres such as jazz, rock, blues, etc. Kids learn the different tempos, styles, and techniques of each genre. They broaden their musical tastes and discover each genre’s appeal—to both themselves and others.
Mental health benefits. Guitar alleviates anxiety and stress. Playing music releases endorphins. The rhythmic nature of strumming is calming, soothing and pleasurable.
Gain self discipline, interpersonal skills, and more. Instructors provide students with skills to become successful guitarists, but kids must also put in time and effort to improve. They practice outside of camp, developing personal discipline. That’s just one aspect of character growth kids gain.
The guitar camp setting also helps build children’s interpersonal skills. They collaborate with others, communicate with fellow campers, give and receive feedback, exchange and set personal goals, and present ideas to each other. Together, kids grow in creativity, courage, and more.
Here are questions to consider as you browse different guitar camps.
Percussion camp is an excellent alternative destination for rock and roll enthusiasts who love guitar. Drums further enhance kids’ musical timing and coordination with others.
Songwriting camp is another pertinent kind of music camp that encourages kids to expand into creating their own songs. The guitar is a perfect accompaniment to this, of course, and kids who love the idea of becoming a singer-songwriter will love the learning opportunities they find here.
Music recording camp is the next step for kids aspiring to produce their own music. Kids can integrate the musical techniques and guitar playing they learn in guitar camp into these camps.
Combine this list with other information in our guide:
"Keep your brain young with music." hopkinsmedicine.org
"10 Health Benefits of Playing Guitar." Chasing Sound.
"What Is Rhythm & Why Is It So Important." MusicGateway.com
"Assess Your Music Performance Skills." MusiciansWay.com
How many Guitar camps and programs are there?
There are 8 programs specializing in Guitar. In addition, there are 19 programs offering guitar as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Guitar camps and programs?
Fees for Guitar camps and programs range from $30 to $1,501 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do Guitar camps and programs start at?
There are programs available for children aged 3 through 19.
Where can parents meet with Guitar camps and programs?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.