Why Choose FSU?

Your Passion.
Our Purpose.

heath_2016.jpg“I attended the FSU Summer Music Camps in middle school and knew then that FSU, and all it had to offer, was a place that I would want to come to school. Because Florida State Summer Music Camps is the longest running music camp in the state, it is one of the few places that music students can join together and make music in an educationally positive, non-competitive environment."

-  Julie Heath-Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana State University

Build a strong musical foundation.

Practice, Play, and Perform at your personal best.

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EXPERIENCE WHERE IT MATTERS.

The FSU Summer Music Camps were established in 1942!  With that many summers to our credit you can be sure that we understand and focus on what is important to you in a summer camp.

FEATURES

QUALITY

When you select an FSU Summer Music Camp you are selecting an experience where the student receives outstanding musical instruction.

  • Our ensemble conductors are FSU professors, College of Music alumni, collegiate professors, and teachers from the nation's top music programs.
  • Our Guest instructors are professionals at the top of their field.
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College of Music at 12th in the nation and fifth among programs at public universities.

SAFETY

Sending a camper to a large campus such as FSU can seem overwhelming.  Our camp policies have been established to ensure your camper a safe experience.  Here is what you can count on:

  • All camp staff (administration, counselor and instructional) have been cleared through a Level III background check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which includes fingerprinting.
  • Campers are chaperoned at all times by our counselor staff.
  • Campers are not permitted to be anywhere on campus other than the music buildings, dorm and dining hall unless accompanied by a staff member.
  • The FSU Campus is equipped with state-of-the-art emergency notification and response systems including the new  SeminoleSAFE app.
  • The Southgate Campus Center is manned with a 24-hour security desk.

AFFORDABILITY

FSU SMC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education for all.  We strive to keep our costs as low as possible and to offer discounts which may help to make camp affordable for all students.  On average it costs only $65.00 per day to send your child to one of our camps including classes, housing, and meals.  Please visit our website to learn more about available discounts and how you can apply for them.

FACILITIES

Classes and rehearsals take place in the FSU College of Music buildings: Kuersteiner Music Building, Housewright Music Building, Kellogg Building and Westcott.  We utilize all of the College of Music performance spaces including Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Opperman Music Hall,  Dohnanyi Recital Hall and Longmire Recital Hall.  Learn More...

HIGHLIGHTS

INSTRUCTION AT YOUR LEVEL

Our camps provide music instruction at all levels - beginner through advanced. So how do we know which ensembles and classes are right for you? Most camps have a placement audition at check-in to determine ensemble and chair placement, and some camps also have a music theory survey to determine our level of theory experience. Once the camper completes these check-in activities we will build a customized class schedule to fit.

AN INTRODUCTION TO FSU

Want to know what it is like to be a Seminole?  Coming to one the summer music camps is a great way to experience FSU first hand. In addition to taking classes from FSU faculty in FSU classrooms and performance halls, you'll also be meeting FSU students and FSU alumni who love to share their knowledge and experiences.

CLASSES

Our camp classes feature small ensembles, large ensembles, sectionals, technique classes, and music theory.  Each camp has a unique schedule for both classes and activities.   In general, music classes take place from 8:00am-5:00pm.  Some camps will also have required activities in the evenings between 7:00-9:30pm.   For our two-week camps there are required music classes on Saturday morning.  You can find a sample class schedule under each camp description page.

Some camps feature an elective class(es) as part of the daily schedule and private lessons are offered as well.  Private lessons are included at the Piano Camp and Piano Institute at 2 lessons per week.  Lesson schedules and teacher assignments will be given to campers on their first day of classes.  Other camps offer the option of signing up for private lessons at camp check-in.  These camps are:  Band Camp for Middle School, Band Camp for Senior High, Jazz Camp for Middle School, Jazz Camp for Senior High, String Orchestra Camp, and Honors Chamber Winds Ensemble Camp.

PERFORMANCES

Performances are an integral part of the camp music experience, and all camps conclude with a final performance in which all campers will participate. Some camps have additional performances throughout including solo recitals and small ensemble concerts.  All performances are free and open to as many family members as you'd like to bring. 

DAY AND OVERNIGHT CAMPER OPTIONS

Your experience at the FSU Summer Music Camps will go far beyond studying notes on a page.   It is an opportunity to try new things, gain independence and confidence, and to take advantage of new opportunities that will help you grow as an individual as well as a musician.

Staying on campus is the best way to make the most of your time at camp, but there is also the option to attend as a day camper.  Overnight Campers reside and dine at the Southgate Campus Centre, a privately-owned dorm just a quick walk from our music buildings.   Evening and weekend recreation activities include movies, sports, roller skating, bowling, and more.

Campers are chaperoned by our resident staff of counselors - many who were campers once themselves!