Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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2022 Summer String Camp


Register now! No Audition Neded!

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Daily, June 27, 2022 - July 1, 2022, CMU School of Music Campus

Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 

We welcome students ages 6-11 yrs old to enjoy a week on the beautiful Carnegie Mellon campus, playing and creating music together in a fun and friendly environment!  The CMU Summer String Camp is designed for the beginning and intermediate string student to inspire and motivate them to develop and improve their musical skills while sparking their creativity.  Students will have the opportunity to use music technology to create music and tell a story using their instruments.  Note reading and rhythm will be reinforced in musicianship & eurhythmics classes, as well as playing together in group classes and small ensembles. 

Beginner students need to be able to already play a string instrument and have basic note reading skills in order to participate and play in a group class and ensemble.  It is recommended that students have studied a string instrument for at least one year.
DAILY SCHEDULE: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
TUITION: $250.00

Statement on CMU Campus COVID Protocol

Please note the following program guidelines regarding the current CMU Visitor Protocol:

  1. For programs involving minors at Carnegie Mellon University, it is expected that all participants aged 5 years and older attest that they have either received a COVID-19 vaccine, unless unable to be vaccinated due to a disability or strong religious/moral conviction or will complete a COVID-19 test and provide negative test results to the Responsible Party within 72 hours prior to the program event.

    1. NOTE: For ongoing or weekly occurring programs, testing is expected to be completed each week or prior to campus visits throughout the duration of the program.

  2. Parent/guardian drop-off/pick up of minors is not subject to these requirements at this time. If guardian(s) are staying on or at campus for the duration of the program or event, then they are subject to the requirements as outlined in the current CMU Visitor Protocol.

Music Technology & Storytelling:  Students will learn how a loop pedal works to create music together inspired by a theme.  These musical stories will be performed as a group at the concert on the last day of camp.
Eurhythmics Based on the principles of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, Eurhythmics integrates movement, ear training, and improvisation and helps students experience music throughout their bodies.
Musicianship:  An introduction to the basic concepts of music theory and how music is structured, with a focus on understanding intervals and rhythm.
Group Classes:  Students will play together in small groups according to their instruments with a focus on basic technique and scales, as well as note reading. 
Students will get help learning the pieces for the larger ensemble.
Ensemble:  Students play together in a larger group and will be placed according to age and ability.

Camp Faculty 

MaryBeth Schotting - Camp Director/Violin Faculty/Music Technology & Storytelling
Paula Tuttle - Cello Faculty
Stephen Ehrlich - Ensemble Director/Musicianship Faculty

More faculty announcements coming soon!

Final Concert:  Friday, July 1st at 12:30 pm 
Alumni Concert Hall, College of Fine Arts
Families are invited to attend!