Sending your kids to co-ed summer camp gives them a unique experience, fills their time with something worthwhile during the summer break, and gives you and your spouse a chance to enjoy a quieter house. If you're looking at suitable camp options, you may lean toward music camp. This might be an obvious choice if your children are musically inclined, but even if they don't have much experience making music, music camp can still be a smart move. Summer camps of this nature give your children and their fellow campers a variety of opportunities, including the following.
Learning Different Instruments
Summer music camp might be your children's best opportunity to get exposed to different instruments. In this environment, there will be a variety of different musical instruments for children to try. You may be resistant to buy your children their own instruments, for fear that they don't enjoy playing. At summer camp, each child will get the experience of trying different instruments to see what he or she likes best. If the child then wants a guitar, keyboard, or set of drums of his or her own, you'll at least feel that the child is making an informed request.
Music camp also provides campers with a chance to write songs. With counselors who are skilled in this area helping out, campers can work individually or in small groups and write their own lyrics. In some situations, the young campers may even get a chance to write their own music to go with the lyrics. Learning to write creatively can be a skill that your son and daughter will carry in the years ahead. Even if one of them moves away from music, he or she may devote the songwriting skills toward writing poetry, for example.
On the last day of summer music camp, the children will often get a chance to perform either an original song or a popular song that they've been learning. In many cases, the parents will attend a show that features these performances. Being able to perform something musically is the culmination of everything that your children will have learned during their time away at camp, and performing has benefits that stretch beyond music. For example, a child who is able to successfully stand on a stage and perform may feel more confident speaking and presenting when school returns in the fall.