SPCM Summer Music Camp

The SPCM Summer Music Camp, a music 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 renowned professionals. No prior musical experience required! The camp culminates in performances on the last two days of camp.

The SPCM offers children high quality musical education. Taught by world-class musicians, campers enjoy disciplined training and performance opportunities in a low-pressure culture. Students at all levels will experience individual growth and personal enrichment through the joy of music!

Financial aid is available for our summer camps. Please contact us for an application. The Conservatory welcomes students of any race, color, creed, sexual orientation or identity, and national or ethnic origin.


Summer Music Camp

July 8–19, 2019
Monday–Friday,  9am–4pm (10 days)

Ages: completed K up to 6th grade
Tuition: $575 ($550 for Conservatory students)

Registration deadline: June 24
1524 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Extended care will be available for an additional $10 per day from 4 to 5:30 pm. (Extended care is not offered on the final day, Friday July 19.)

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

The SPCM Summer Music Camp is a day camp for aspiring young musicians, offering a setting in which children can explore their musical knowledge and ability through classes, creative play, and presentations by 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.

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?

2018 Music Camp video: see concert performance highlights and learn more from Camp Director Rena Kraut.


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:


  • 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


  • 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


SPCM Summer Music Camp Electives (2019)

For Students Kindergarten-2nd Grade:

Morning Electives

Beginning Violin: Learn with other beginners in this introductory class.
Make & Play Your Own Instruments: Make, tune, and learn to play your own instruments using everyday materials.

Afternoon Electives

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




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.
Tin Whistle: Learn the basics of this fun and versatile instrument from the Irish folk tradition.
Broadway: Develop your singing and dance skills by performing songs from Broadway musicals.
Percussion Ensemble: 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.
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.