2018 Spring Break and Summer Camps

Spring Break and Summer Camps for the 2018 season are here, sign up today! Camps at Sunburst are weeklong celebrations of music and art with each camp exploring a different theme, artist, time period or project.

Summer CampsSome camps require a moderate amount of experience with either piano, guitar, vocals, bass, drums, ukulele or another instrument, with a minimum of a few months of lessons being our guideline. Don't hesitate to ask us or your instructor about which camps would be most appropriate for your child's experience level.

Check the bottom of this page for info on discounts for families and referrals as well as our FAQ section. If you have any further questions you can always get in touch at (412) 475-8280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Make robots that make music at the Sunburst Robot Takeover summer camp Make robots that make music at the Sunburst Robot Takeover summer camp

Sunburst Robot Takeover

Robotics and Musical Composition Summer Camp

Dates: June 18-22nd

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 8-14

Price: $399

The robots are coming! Sunburst Robot Takeover camp is all about building robots that make music. Students will learn the basics of musical composition, MIDI, robotics,and engineering as they work together to create a robot orchestra to perform their own original music.

Students will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to work to compose original pieces of music, then design, build, and program robots that can play their custom compositions. Finally, we’ll connect the two and program the robots to put on an amazing autonomous concert at the end of the week!

This camp is appropriate for any kid interested in composing music and building robots and doesn’t require any specific instrument experience.

Sign up for Sunburst Robot Takeover


Sunburst Robot Takeover: Explore

Robot Sounds and Songwriting Summer Camp

Dates: June 18-22nd

Times: 9am-12pm

Ages: 4-5

Price: $199

Sunburst Robot Takeover: Explore is about exploring robotic sounds and using them to create an original piece of music. At the end of the week, campers will perform their robotic masterpiece for friends and family while wearing their handmade robot costumes.
This week will be all about learning fundamental music concepts and how to work as a group through the process of music making, visual arts projects, and songwriting.

This camp is appropriate for kids who are excited about music-making regardless of prior instrument experience.

Sign up for Sunburst Robot Takeover: Explore


Join a band and head out on tour at our Warped Summer campJoin a band and head out on tour at our Warped Summer camp

Warped Summer

Hit the road for a DIY punk summer tour

Dates: June 25-29th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 6-14

Price: $349

Hit the road with our DIY punk tour camp: Warped Summer. Join a band, write and rehearse punk hits and deep cuts, design and create merch, and go wild on stage in one action-packed week. This camp will cover everything you need to start your own band and start playing shows, from choosing your first cover songs to rocking social media.

For our big summer tour we’ll be playing an outdoor show, a show on stage at Sunburst and a show at a real Pittsburgh music venue! We’ll also plan the next leg across the U.S. and learn about all the things that go into pulling off a real DIY punk tour and be mentored by some guest artists from successful Pittsburgh punk acts.

This camp is great for anyone interested in playing in a band, although some basic experience on an instrument is required since our core activity is rehearsing and playing shows.

Sign up for Warped Summer


Warped Summer: Explore

Join your first punk rock band!

Dates: June 25-29th

Times: 9am-12pm

Ages: 4-5

Price: $199

The Warped Summer: Explore camp is all about exploring Punk Rock music and starting a band. Campers will have the opportunity to form a band and create an original piece of punk rock music that will be performed on the last day of camp for family and friends. Throughout the week they will learn fundamental concepts and how to collaborate as a band by playing, composing, and listening to punk rock music. In addition to writing an original song, the campers will also come up with their own band name and design t-shirts to wear for the final performance.

This camp is appropriate for any kids interested in joining a punk band regardless of prior music experience.

Sign up for Warped Summer: Explore


Compose an original rock opera at our Night at the Space-Rock Opera campCompose an original rock opera at our Night at the Space-Rock Opera campNight at the Space-Rock Opera: Episode III - Summer in Space

Write and perform an out of this world space themed rock opera!

Dates: July 23-27th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 6-14

Price: $349

Night at the Space-Rock Opera is all about giving our students the ability to create an entirely original rock opera from the ground up! The storyline, music, and lyrics will all be created by our students and will focus on a wild Space Opera theme.

Over the course of the week, the students will formulate a storyline and write original music to go along with it. Our teachers will guide the campers through the songwriting process and help them create an opera’s worth of original, story-driven music! Other activities through the course of the week will include designing and building sets, props and costumes, and much more! At the end of the week, we’ll put it all in motion and perform and record our Space-Rock Opera for a live audience.

This Camp is for anyone interested in music, singing, acting production or Space Operas in general. No specific instrument experience is required.

Sign up for Night at the Space-Rock Opera


Write, record and perform an original album at Camp StudioWrite, record and perform an original album at Camp Studio

Camp Studio

Write and record an album in a week!

Dates: August 6-10

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 6-14

Price: $349

Camp Studio challenges you to make an album in a week! In just five days our campers will write songs, produce and engineer recordings, create album art, and prepare a record for release to the world. Together we’ll go through every part of the artists’ release cycle and learn to use tools such as DAW software, microphones, audio interfaces, software instruments and more.

After pre-production and tracking, our campers will mix and master their works, get creative with visuals and music videos, and create CDs with album art for everyone to take home. At our end-of-the-week concert and listening party, we’ll be performing some of our new hit songs, screening our videos, and listening to our album tracks with a live audience.

Camp Studio is an exciting week where kids can learn some great skills and learn to look at music in a whole new way. Since we’ll be playing instruments for most of our songs, some experience on any instrument or voice is recommended, although the camp can also be appropriate for kids who are new to music and interested in production and audio engineering.

Sign up for Camp Studio


Camp Discounts

We have a few options for saving money on our camps this year. Discounts cannot be combined, so choose which is best for you:

Bring a Friend

Enroll in a camp with a non-family member friend who is totally new to Sunburst and BOTH campers get a whopping $100 OFF!! ($50 for half days). For the new student, this must be there very first Sunburst experience. Codes: FRIEND18, FRIENDEX18

Family Discount

$30 OFF of full day camps for siblings, $15 OFF for half days. Codes: FAM18, FAMEX18

Early Bird Discount

$50 OFF of full day camps, $25 OFF half day camps before March 1st. Codes: EARLY18, EARLYEX18

Multiple Camps Discount

Sign the same student up for multiple camps and receive $75 OFF of full day camps and $35 OFF half days for all but the first. Use codes MULT18 or MULTEX18 at checkout for the subsequent camps.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We reserve a few spots every year for students who are unable to afford tuition. Please get in touch with us here for details.


Camp FAQ

Ages

Which age group should we request for a child with a summer birthday?

Campers must be the appropriate age on the date the selected camp begins. For example:

  • A child who turns 6 before June 12th may register for any age 6-14 camp.

  • A child who turns 6 in July may register for any age 6-14 camp after their birthday in July.

  • A child who turns 6 after August 21st may register for any age 4-5 camp, but is not eligible to register for any age 6-14 camps.

Children who turn 4 after August 7, 2018 are too young for participation in 2018 camps.

Why do you use ages, rather than grade levels, to determine eligibility for camp?

As a non-school institution with year-round programs, age is the most appropriate way for Sunburst to plan programs. All activities are student-centered and designed to appeal to kids with a range of abilities and prior knowledge

Environment

What qualifications do your teachers have?

Our teachers have up to date clearances and lots of experience working with kids in music lessons, group programs and camps. We are also proud to say that most of our instructors are active members of the Pittsburgh music community and have extensive performance experience.

How many teachers do you have per camp?

The student-to-teacher ratio varies based on age of campers and complexity of activities in each camp. For 4-5yrs, we max out at five children per instructor. Most older camps max out at 7 children per instructor.

What’s your security like?

  • Parents/guardians must park their vehicles and enter the building to sign children in and out of summer camps. Unless given a written consent for child to enter and exit building on their own.

  • If an injury or other emergency occurs, the emergency contact specified on the Camper Safety Form will be contacted.

Do you provide snacks?

Snacks are provided for half day and full day camp. Snacks consist of pretzels and/or chips.

Is lunch provided? Do the kids have recess?

  • Campers must bring a packed lunch every day.

  • Parents/guardians are permitted to send lunch money with camper if campers would like to be escorted by camp staff to the pizza parlour, Bellino’s (located on the first floor of our building).

  • Refrigeration for lunches is not available.

  • Please be advised that campers do not have access to vending machines.

  • Campers are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles marked with their names.

Preparation

What should my child bring for camp?

  • All materials are provided unless otherwise specified.

  • Campers participate in a range of activities that may involve paint, markers, glue, and other fun items. Please dress your camper accordingly.

  • Students are also encouraged to bring their own instruments if they prefer.

May I attend camp with my child?

Parents and guardians are welcome to observe camp programs. However, our goal is for campers to participate in activities independently and with their peers. If you have concerns about your child’s level of comfort or independence, please indicate your concerns at the time of registration, and our staff will contact you to discuss your child’s needs.

Do you provide transportation or bus passes to camps?

No travel to or from camp is provided by Sunburst. Parents/guardians are responsible for drop-off and pick-up during scheduled periods.

What are the drop-off and pick-up policies?

Sign-In/Sign-Out

Parents/guardians must sign campers in and out every day. Campers ages 11–13 only may sign themselves in/out of camp if so indicated on the Camper Safety Form. Individuals other than a parent/guardian may pick up a camper only if they are listed on the Camper Safety Form.

FULL-DAY

Sign-in: 8:45–9 a.m.

Sign-out: 3 p.m.

HALF-DAY (4-5yrs old)

Sign-in: 8:45–9 a.m.

Sign-out: 12 p.m.

Some of these camps mention concerts? What is the deal with these?

Each of our camps ends with a concert or performance at the end of the day on Friday from 3-4pm. Parents, friends and family are all invited and encouraged to attend. Our half day camps will perform at 12pm on Friday. 

Warped Summer will have a performance on Wednesday on the street outside Sunburst (weather permitting), and then shows at Sunburst and another venue in town on Thursday and Friday, we will post the details here as soon as they’re finalized.

Medical

Does your camp accommodate special needs?

Sunburst School of Music welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Unfortunately, our school’s building does not have wheelchair accessibility.

How do you handle food distribution for children with food allergies?

Please list your child’s food allergies on the Camper Safety Form provided in the Confirmation Packet, including any special accommodations your child may require because of the allergy.

Registration

When do I receive the Confirmation Packet?

Confirmation Packets will be received via email after you’ve filled out our Registration Form and made a payment for the camp of your choice. Our Confirmation Packet contains three forms that will need to be signed 7 days before your camper's first day:

  • Sign-In and Sign-Out Procedure Form

  • Camper Safety Form

  • Image and Video/Audio Recording Use Waiver

Can I make a deposit on a camp?

No, camp tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Are there any discounts available?

Yes! Please see discounts section coming soon...

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes! It’s important to us to make sure that our programs are accessible to anyone. We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships we provide for our camps each year. Please inquire for details.

 What is the cancellation policy?

  • Camps cancelled for any reason up to 14 days prior to the camps start date will result in a refund less a $75 service fee.

  • Cancellations made less than 14 days in advance will not receive a refund.

  • Sunburst reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment. If this is to occur, full refunds will be given.

Instrument Rental

Want to start taking lessons but don't yet have an instrument? We have tons in the studio available for you to use or rent!

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Sunburst School of Music

5843 Forbes Avenue, Suite 201

Pittsburgh, PA 15217