Why do Brooklyn kids love our summer camp so much? The answer is simple! Kids love to make music, make new friends, and rock climb at Brooklyn Boulders, right across the street. We have the perfect camp for kids ages 4-11.
“I loved that even after the camp, she and her friends get together to write songs. They were totally inspired!”
-Denise, A Rock Write & Record Camp Mom
MiniKeys (Ages 4-5) The perfect way to start learning music! Explore rhythms & melodies together, learn piano basics, bang on the drums, sing with a microphone!
Jam Band 101 (Ages 6-8) Designed specifically for beginner instrumentalists. Beginners welcome! Lots of instrument exploration.
Rock Write & Record (Ages 9-11) The name says it all! Rock out with your band, write an original song together, and record it all in one week!
Extended Day Options* Need care after camp? Introducing our new and improved extended day program featuring Big Music Games! Students form mini-bands to write songs, create artwork and play group games together. Students will go home at the end of the week with a mini “album” of the songs they created using lessons learned playing our BLAM games (that’s Big Lessons About Music). Super fun, super relaxed and totally focused on getting even more out of their musical experience at camp.
Week #1: July 9-13 Week #2: July 16-20 Week #3: July 23-27 Week #4: July 30- Aug 3 Week #5: August 6-10 Week #6: August 13-17 Week #7: August 20-24 Week #8: August 27- 31
One-Day Songwriting Camps* (Public Schools are closed)
Monday, Sept. 10 - Tuesday, Sept. 11 -Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Sept. 19 -Yom Kippur Monday, Oct. 8 -Columbus Day Tuesday, Nov. 6 -Election Day Monday, Nov. 12 -Veterans’ Day
*Please note: our One-Day camps do not climb at Brooklyn Boulders
2019 Camp Dates Monday, Jan. 21 - MLK Day Tuesday, Feb. 5 - Lunar New Year Monday, Feb. 18 - Friday, Feb. 22 Mid-Winter Break Monday, Apr. 22 - Friday, Apr. 26 Spring Break Tuesday, Jun. 4 - Eid Thursday, Jun. 6 - Chancellor’s Day Monday, Jul. 8 - Friday, Aug. 31 Summer Camp (8 weeks) Monday, Sept. 30 - Tuesday, Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Yom Kippur Monday, Oct. 14 - Columbus Day Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Election Day Monday, Nov. 11 - Veterans’ Day
Can my child sign up with a friend? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we are offering “Buddy Bands” this year where you are able to find 5 friends (plus your child) and make a band for any week you’d like (or more!)
How is my child grouped into a band? Your child is grouped by age AND ability. And yes, we welcome beginners and nurture any opportunity to explore all of the instruments. We find that to be very important for beginners and our littlest campers.
How much does camp cost? $695, with a family discount of $660.25 if more than one sibling signs up.
Can my child take a private lesson? Yes! We offer private lessons during the day as an option at 11AM or 11:30AM. Your child will still go to the park on their lesson day, just not for the full hour. We offer private lessons on Guitar/Bass, Voice, Piano, and Drums, and they come in a package of 2 lessons: on MON/WED or TUES/THURS. The private lesson package costs an extra $80 on top of your camp week tuition.
Can I drop off early or pick up late? Of course! We will be offering early-bird drop-off as early as 8AM and late pick-up as late as 6PM ($100 for the week). The Early Day/Extended Day drop off is ONE service, and includes Monday-Thursday, as well as Friday morning. (Friday afternoon is the 4pm camp gig, no extended day available).
Is there a concert? At BMF we don’t have concerts, but we do have an end of the week gig on Friday at 4PM sharp, in which the campers rock out to what they’ve been working on all week!
What do they do at your camp? At BMF Summer Camp your child spends 5 days exploring music and instruments through teacher-led, game-based music activities – a curriculum developed by our co-founders Nate and Peira. We begin each day at 9AM with a giant drum circle that includes all campers and then we go into morning rehearsals. Mid-morning, we take a break to run around at the park and eat lunch across the street. We offer 30-minute private lessons during this time for those of you who opt in for those; don’t worry, kids will still get plenty of park time, as the lessons are just half an hour. The in-camp private lessons are a great supplement to your child’s camp week and a surefire way to get them feeling super-confident and excited for the end-of-week gig! At noon, we head to Brooklyn Boulders to climb for an hour, then we head back to BMF for the afternoon snack and drum circle #2. After the afternoon rehearsal, there is a second snack time. We end the day with one more in-class rehearsal. 3:30PM is pick-up, and those who take advantage of our extended day program hang out until 6PM. On Friday, instead of Brooklyn Boulders, the RWR groups record their original tunes and we have a pizza party and t-shirt signing leading up to the big show!
What do kids do during extended day? Extended day is also led by a BMF staff member. Students form mini-bands to write songs, create artwork and play group games together. Students will go home at the end of the week with a mini “album” of the songs they created using lessons learned playing our BLAM games (that’s Big Lessons About Music). Super fun, super relaxed and totally focused on getting even more out of their musical experience at camp. We offer a COMBO Early-bird drop-off/Late pickup option. Drop off Monday-Friday as early as 8AM and late pick-up (Monday- Thursday) until 6PM. Cost: $100 for the week.
Join us for a day of creative fun and music making! Limited space available. Click below for more details on our one-day songwriting camps!
***Please note: our one-day camps do not climb at Brooklyn Boulders.
We offer a COMBO Early-bird drop-off/Late pickup option. Drop off Monday-Friday as early as 8AM and late pick-up (Monday- Thursday, with lots of fun extended day activities!) until 6PM. Cost: $100 for the week.
Family Discount: 5% family discount when 2+ siblings are registered $660.25
Sample Camp Day Schedule 9AM Drop off & free play 9:15AM All camp drum circle 9:30AM Band rehearsal #1 10:15AM Snacktime! 10:45AM Outdoor playtime & LUNCH! 12:00 Rock climbing @Brooklyn Boulders 1:15PM Snacktime & Afternoon Drum circle 1:45PM Band rehearsal #2 2:30PM Snacktime 2:45PM Band rehearsal #3 3:30PM Pick up
Two 30-min lessons during your child's camp week for just $80! Available instruments: piano, bass, guitar, drums, or voice.
In-camp private lessons happen Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday of your camp week. The lessons take place mid-morning, after the first band rehearsal of the day.
Explore a brand-new instrument!
Dig deeper on an instrument your child already loves!
Get confident and ready for the end-of-week camp gig by working one-on-one with an expert music teacher.
Enjoy a sneak peek at the private lesson experience at BMF before you register for the fall!
➜Your child will NOT miss out on any jamming, outdoor fun, or rock climbing.
➜Your child WILL love getting some one-on-one time on their favorite instrument with one of BMF’s super-dedicated, super-fun teachers! Book now--spots are limited!
Email: Hilary@brooklynmusicfactory.com for availability and to sign up!