Advanced Classical Music Program

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If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with students from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that performing is what you want to do, If you are between the ages of 12-17 (entering grades 7-12) and are advanced on your instrument, then the ADVANCED CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAM is for you!

Piano, Strings, and Winds


Program Length 2 weeks
Dates Session B: July 2 – July 13
Session C: July 16 – July 27
Hours 9:00 am – 3:45 pm (optional 6th class from 4:00-5:00 pm)
Age Range for ages 12-17/ entering grades 7-12 in the fall. (Younger students who qualify with a Teacher Recommendation may also apply)
Registration Fee TBA
Tuition TBA
Dorm Program –not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities TBA
Housing Check In/ Check Out Dates Session B: Sun, July 1/Sat., July 14
Session C: Sun, July 15/ Sat, July 28
(note: campers attending both sessions do not need to check out between sessions, dorm counselors will be on duty)

Program Description

If you are a talented and outstanding classical musician, we offer you the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members of the UM Frost School of Music in our highly demanding Advanced Classical Music Program. Our mission is to bring together students like you from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide you with a challenging college-level experience. Campers should be prepared to practice hard in order perform the advanced music that our orchestra conductor, piano faculty, and chamber music faculty will challenge you with! This 2-week session will also include electives where you can explore new avenues in the world of Classical Music. One new offering is called “New Music Live!” – sign up and we guarantee you will be learning something new, presented with an in-depth approach of this subject!


  • For Piano, Strings, and Winds.
  • Entering grades 7-12/ages 12-17. (qualified younger students may enroll with a teacher recommendation)
  • Should be at an "Advanced" level of musical ability to participate.
  • If part of a school ensemble, should be performing at Music Grade level 5.0 or equivalent.
  • Pianists should be studying Mozart or Beethoven Sonatas, Chopin Waltzes, or equivalent repertoire.
  • All applicants who meet the above requirements will be accepted to this Program!
  • In each Session, ensembles will learn different music. Students attending more than one Session may also choose different Electives.
Daily Schedule (9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.)
Time Activity
8:45 DROP OFF at the Frost School of Music
9:00 - 10:00 ENSEMBLE
  • Piano Duet Ensemble: Pianists are grouped in pairs to study duets and duos.
  • Orchestra: Our conductor is simply awesome!
10:15 - 11:15 ENSEMBLE
A continuation of the Ensemble class, with the addition of subjects such as: sight reading, audition preparation, conducting, and technique.
  • String Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Piano Ensemble
11:30 - 12:00 LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.
12:15 - 1:15 ELECTIVE
  • Songwriting and Composition: for students who have some experience either writing songs (music/lyrics) or instrumental compositions. Campers work in groups according to their style (pop song, classical instrumental, jazz, rock…)
  • Classical Piano Master Class: an opportunity to be coached on your solo repertoire.
  • Intro to Improvisation: for strings, winds, and pianists - no experience necessary! In today's musical world, classical musicians are called on to improvise
  • Digital Sound Design: explore digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques, using the software Logic Pro 10. Students will be encouraged to write, record, and produce an original composition using these techniques. (for students new to Logic Pro 10 and for those experienced in using it)
  • Chamber Music: campers are coached in small groups.
1:30 - 2:30 MUSIC THEORY
  • Music Theory - Fundamentals: Master the basics!
  • Music Theory - College Prep: Students who have been accepted to the Frost School of Music cannot enroll in the first semester of Music Theory unless they pass a Theory Fundamentals Exam. Other college music programs have similar requirements. This class will help you prepare for this! Topics that will be covered: Intervals and Scales, Major and Minor Key Signatures, Triads and Seventh Chords, Meter and Rhythm, and Harmonic Progression, Hearing Chord Progressions, Solfege and Sight Singing and Basic Part Writing. (Pre-Requisite: knowledge of Theory Fundamentals)
  • All of the theory classes above use the innovative Frost School of Music experiential model, which incorporates ear training and improvisation.
2:45 - 3:45 ELECTIVE
  • Piano Music from Bach to Gershwin
  • New Music Live!: Have you ever heard of these modern composers such as John Cage, Elliot Carter or Luciano Berio? This is classical music like you have never heard of before!
3:45 REGULAR DISMISSAL at the Frost School of Music
4:00 - 5:00

OPTIONAL CLASSES (separate fees apply)
You really don't want to leave camp so soon...

  • Jazz Rock Jam: jam out and have fun!
  • Piano Lab: whether you already play piano or if you want to learn, practice in our piano studio under the guidance of our expert instructors.
  • Songwriting and Composition: Working in small groups, campers can learn how to write a song or compose music in any style (popular, classical, jazz, rock…)
  • Private Instruction: Individual lessons with the Camp faculty!
Other Options

Private Lessons and 6th Period Classes 

Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal. We suggest 60 minute lessons for this age and level.

The classes are held daily except for the last day of the session.

Dorm Program

For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 11 and above

Are you from out of town – or – do you live in South Florida but want to see what it’s like to go to a sleep away camp? Our full-time program is open to campers ages 11 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!


After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!


HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is TBA (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.)

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!


Bus Transportation

Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes!

Bus Location
Broward Bus Sawgrass Mall
Miramar Parkway and I-75
Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes
Dade Bus Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura)
Sunny Isles
Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)

Extended Care

Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:15 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm

How to Apply
  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your elective.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your child's music teacher. This is to confirm that your camper is in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.
  • Register Here