Our student program for ages 3-17 is rooted in Suzuki philosophy, which emphasizes group activities, developing the ear, and a musical experience that incorporates the whole family. Please read below for more detailed information on class offerings in the Student Program and a sample daily schedule. For registration and tuition information, please click here. You can also find more information on our website about our faculty, lodgings, and daily camp life. If you are in need of assistance to attend, please visit our scholarships page. Further questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch!
Grouped by age and level, masterclasses are an opportunity for campers to have one-on-one coaching with faculty in an open, supportive environment. Each student benefits not only from their lesson but also from observing the lessons of their peers.
Group class is for all students. Younger campers play alongside the older with activities designed to challenge and include everyone. Over the course of the week, everyone learns a few songs to play as a flute choir, with parts appropriate to each player's ability.
Demanding both the individual polish of a solo performance and the attention to tuning and blend of a large ensemble, chamber music is the perfect challenge for intermediate and advanced players. Older students are paired in duets or trios and receive daily coaching on their chosen pieces.
All students are encouraged to perform on our evening student recital. On the last day of camp, we also give back to the community by holding a concert in nearby Buffalo and sharing our music from the week.
Campers of all ages will complete both small and multi-day projects incorporating the textures and sights of our lakeside campus. Siblings of campers may also participate for a small additional fee.
Even the most dedicated young musician needs time to be a kid. Once class is over, the swimming, sand castles, and splashing begin.
After the first summer he said, 'I definitely think flute is the best instrument ever!' He has come so far and has developed a deep love of music thanks to the great instructors at Camp Sylvia." --Amy, parent
Dalcroze, Classical Covers, and Art are electives. One elective is included in tuition. Schedule varies by book level and instrument and some activities change daily or are weather-dependent. Students may also add another elective and/or private lessons for an additional fee. During masterclasses, each student usually spends 15-20 minutes with the teacher, observing the remainder of the time. During group classes, students spend 45-60 minutes with the teacher. For all classes, teacher trainees and families are often present to listen and learn. During free time, students are welcome to take advantage of the lake, play set, and boats, or simply read, practice, and enjoy our Minnesota summer.
Sample Book One Schedule
10:00: Group Class
5:00: Short coaching session with Teacher Trainee
7:00 Campfire, free time