Whether you’re humming a tune, turning up a playlist, or diligently practicing an instrument, music is a cornerstone in our lives. Music brings us joy and comfort and provides entertainment, purpose, and satisfaction, no matter how old you are! The VSO School of Music has wonderful summer camps for your kids this summer, designed to delight and inspire.

The VSO School of Music was created in 2003 with the intention of providing a modern educational institution right next door to the opulent and stunning Orpheum Theatre. Bramwell Tovey (former Music Director) envisioned a space where members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra could instruct students regardless of their age, background, or experience. Now, nearly 10 years later, the VSO School of Music is a resounding success and their musical education is among the best in the city. This means their summer camp program is comprehensive and popular. What week will your child choose?

Meet an Instrument

With these fun morning or afternoon camps, your child can spend five days getting acquainted with an instrument and starting a beautiful, musical relationship. Kids who are about to enter grades 1 to 3 will be introduced to the basics of their chosen instrument for 3 hours a day, through games, movement, active listening, and craft projects. Along the way, they’ll make new friends and perhaps discover a new passion! Instruments are provided for the duration of the camp. Students can ‘Meet the Piano’, ‘Meet the Guitar’, ‘Meet the Violin’, and ‘Meet the Ukulele’. There are multiple weeks from which to choose, in morning or afternoon segments, and registration is $345 per week ($295 for the 4-day week).

VSO School of Music Summer Camps (Family Fun Vancouver)

Arts Explorers Camps 

Kids who have completed kindergarten, and up to grade 3, will love a week (or several weeks!) of social connection through the arts. With small camp sizes, kids can explore an imagination-sparking theme through arts and crafts, drama games, movement, and music. Themes include kid-friendly topics from sea to space and around the world, although these are selling out very quickly! Every day, children will engage in a group instrument class in guitar, violin, or ukulele and a group musicianship class. They’ll also spend lots of time outside with supervised outside play. These camps run for full days, all summer long, and registration is $495 per week ($396 for the 4-day week).

Painting With Sound

Does your child or teen have a creative touch when it comes to music? Painting with Sound is a creative program about making music for kids ages 8 – 15 years. Students will explore improvisation, composition and songwriting through musical games, collaborative creative projects, and ensemble playing with rhythms from the jazz tradition. This camp is led by renowned jazz musician Bill Clarke, with a social and supportive atmosphere that will encourage kids to explore their own creativity. It’s a playful and inspiring experience to help develop great ideas for improvising, composing, arranging songs, and creating musical projects with others. It only runs from July 4 – 8, 2022, and the registration is $450.

VSO School of Music Summer Camps (Family Fun Vancouver)

Jazz Workshops 

If your older teenager has discovered a passion for Jazz, they’ll want to sign up for these Jazz Workshops! There are two sessions available; the first week is The Wide World of Rhythm and the second week is The World of Jazz Standards. These sessions, under the guidance of Canada’s ‘A-list’ of jazz players and instructors, will help unlock creative confidence. Students will join a combo, participate in masterclasses for their instrument or voice, delve into practical jazz theory and history, and hear how the ‘pros’ do it in a daily faculty performance. The focus of each week will have specialist workshops on a variety of practical topics that may include performance anxiety, rhythms from around the world, composition, and many others. The Friday evenings include an evening student concert. These sessions are for those 14 years to adults; the registration is $575.

It’s time to enrich your summer and explore a passion! Registration is now open for the VSO School of Music Summer Camps.

VSO School of Music Summer Camps:

When: July and August 2022
Location: VSO School of Music
Address: 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Website: vsoschoolofmusic.ca