Summer Camp at Brooklyn Music Factory
Why do Brooklyn kids love our camp so much? The answer is simple! Kids love to make music, make new friends, and rock climb! We have the perfect camp for any age.
Getting Ready for Camp? Fill our your forms here!
Read on to learn more about MiniKeys Camp (ages 4-5), Jam Band 101 (ages 5-8), Rock Write & Record (ages 9-12), Advanced Rock Write & Record and Audio Production Camp (11+).
BMF Campers start each day with a full camp drum circle, and then break off into bands to work together as a team writing an original song. They spend the morning jamming in our fully equipped band studios, have outdoor park and playtime, and then hop across the street to Brooklyn Boulders’ unbelievable rock climbing facility and take the day to new heights! Campers end the week by playing a live show with their band. (Not to mention a pizza party!)
“He absolutely loved it! He went in smiling every morning and came out grinning every afternoon. He was so proud of being in a band! (He’d never played any instrument before.)”
-Marcella, a Jam Band 101 Camp Mom
2017 Camp Dates
Spring break: April 10-14
Week #1: July 10-14
Week #2: July 17-21
Week #3: July 24-28
Week #4: July 31-August 4
Week #5: August 7-11
Week #6: August 14-18
Week #7: August 21-25
Week #8: August 28-September 1
Give your 4- 5 year old the perfect mix of music and play this summer with Brooklyn Music Factory’s MiniKeys camp. Campers will make a LOT of music–playing music games, drumming in drum circles, singing in sing-alongs, and learning simple songs on the piano. Every day will also include some outdoor fun at Thomas Greene Park right down the street.
Half Day and Full Day Camp available!
Designed specifically for beginner instrumentalists, spend part of your day jamming in the fully equipped BMF band studio. Then hop across the street to Brooklyn Boulders’ unbelievable rock climbing facility and take your day to heights! End your week of fun by playing a live show at BMF!
The name says it all! Rock out with your band, write an original song together, and record it all in one week! Then, go to Brooklyn Boulders’ amazing rock climbing facility and get inspired! End your week of fun by playing a live show for friends and family!
This camp is for blossoming songwriters, and tweens/teens that want to dig deeper into playing music with a band. Focus on writing original music as a group that will be recorded and performed at the end of the week. Lots of opportunities to grow on your current instrument, or go deep on a new instrument. *Some experience required, please inquire for more information!*
Only TWO weeks available: Aug 7-11, Aug 28-Sept 1
This intense audio production crash course will take you from zero knowledge to tracking and mixing a band all on your own in just 5 days. And as a bonus, you begin to explore microphones, controllers, effects plug-ins and mix techniques so you can continue our projects at home in your bedroom studio. *Specialty camps do not rock climb*
Only TWO weeks available: Aug 7-11, Aug 14-18.
“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
Mini Keys Half Day Camp
Price: $362 (Family Discount: $343.90)
Two Options: Morning or Afternoon Half Day Camp (Full day camp also available!)
Mini Keys Sample Schedule
9AM DROP OFF& FREE PLAY
9:15AM ALL CAMP DRUM CIRCLE
9:30AM FIRST MUSIC CLASS
10:50AM OUTDOOR PLAYTIME & LUNCH! 11:30am SECOND MUSIC CLASS
*Please note that Mini Keys Campers do not climb at Brooklyn Boulders
*MiniKeys FULL day camp is also available, at the full day camp price.
Regular Full Day Camp
Price: $695 (Family Discount: $660.25)
Jam Band 101/Rock Write & Record Sample Schedule
9AM DROP OFF& FREE PLAY
9:15AM ALL CAMP DRUM CIRCLE
9:30AM REHEARSAL #1
11:45AM OUTDOOR TIME & LUNCH!
12:00 ROCK CLIMB -BROOKLYN BOULDERS
1:15PM SNACK & DRUM CIRCLE
1:45PM REHEARSAL #2
2:45PM REHEARSAL #3
3:30PM PICK UP
Early Drop Off/Extended Day Pick Up
We will be offering 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.
Can they sign up 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?
This year camp costs $695 for one week of camp (we offer a family discount at 660.25 when you sign up 2 or more campers). MINI Keys ½ Day Summer Camp costs $362 (FD $343.90).
Can they take a private lesson?
Yes! This year we will be offering 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’ll 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 (30+!) 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. This year, we will be offering 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 they do during extended day?
Extended day is also led by a BMF staff member, but the camper has much more control over what they do and can choose from a number of activities including games, more jamming, legos, coloring, etc. By the time after-camp hits, most campers are pretty wiped out, so we don’t have too much directed learning, but those who sign up for after-camp always have a blast with one another.
We are located in Gowanus/Park Slope between 3rd and 4th Ave. Closest subway stop is the Union St. R, or a short walk from Atlantic Barclay’s Center.