Children's Music Workshop


July 9–20, 2018

Monday–Friday,  9am–4pm (10 days)
Ages: completed K up to 6th grade
Tuition: $575
($550 for Conservatory students)

Registration deadline: June 25
1524 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Extended care will be available for an additional $15 per day between 4 and 5:30 pm.

Instrument Rental: Violins, guitars, and viola da gambas will be available for rental for an additional $15.

The Children’s Music Workshop, a day camp for aspiring young musicians, offers a setting in which children can explore their musical knowledge and ability through classes, creative play, and presentations by locally renowned professionals. All levels of experience (including none) are welcome. The camp is directed by Dr. Rena Kraut, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Gustavus Adolphus College and an active orchestral and chamber musician.

The Workshop culminates in performances by campers on the last two days of camp.

The Conservatory welcomes students of all ability levels to experience camp and hone their creativity. Through a choice of electives, students can tailor their day to include musical activities of particular interest. A typical day consists of the following:


  • Music Through the Ages: Older campers explore topics through independent studies and presentations, while our youngest campers are introduced to the great personalities and works of music history through drama, storytelling, and movement.
  • Afternoon electives
  • Concert: Each day ends with a concert or presentation by local professional musicians as well as talent shows by campers and camp counselors



  • Morning Movement and Chorus
  • Musicianship: Campers are divided into small groups to develop their knowledge of tonality, rhythm, and ear-training. Beginning musicians are taught note-    reading and basic rhythm skills in an introductory class.
  • Morning elective

We want all children to fly high and  explore new music with joy.
Here are questions to guide your decision about your child’s readiness for camp:
Can my child focus on an activity for 10 minutes? Do they respond to redirection from an adult? Do they play well with peers?


Children's Music Workshop Electives

For Students 3rd-6th Grade:

Morning Electives

Songwriting:  Compose a short piece, working in groups and individually to perform at the final concert.
Intro to Viola da Gamba: Experience Baroque music while learning to play this gentle string instrument.
Intro to Guitar:  A first look at acoustic guitar, learning the strings, simple songs, and basic chords.
Broadway:  Develop your singing and dance skills by performing songs from Broadway musicals.
Drum Circle:  Hands-on rhythm instruction develops music and ensemble skills.
Orchestra:  All string and wind players with note-reading skills can join the Orchestra.

Afternoon Electives

Piano Master Class:  Bring a performance-ready piece and a work in progress. At least 1 year of piano experience required.
Musical Soundtracks:  Learn essential musical concepts using movement and improvisation.
Rock Ensemble:  Try your hand at playing in a real life rock band. Learn the basics of classic rock composition
Renaissance Band:  Travel back to Elizabethan England and play in a Renaissance Band.  For all instruments.
Chamber Music:  Develop sight-reading, and ensemble skills in this group class. Open to all levels and instruments. Must be able to read music.
Violin Master Class:  Bring a performance-ready piece and a work in progress. At least 2 years of lessons required.
Ukulele: Learn simple songs and basic chords for ukulele.

For Students Kindergarten-2nd Grade:

Morning Electives

Small Vocal Ensemble:  Develop vocal and ensemble technique while learning simple rounds and songs.
Beginning Violin:  Learn with other beginners in this introductory class.
Make & Play Your Own Instruments: Make, tune, and learning to play your own instruments using everyday materials.

Afternoon Electives

Orff & Percussion Ensemble: Create music with xylophones, glockenspiels, and other rhythm instruments.
Intro to the Keyboard:  Learn the basics of piano in a group setting.