2018 Spring Break and Summer Camps

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. .


Learn the basics of electronic music production at the Spring Break Beats and Loops CampLearn the basics of electronic music production at the Spring Break Beats and Loops CampSpring Break Beats & Loops Camp

Electronic Music and Beat Making Extravaganza

Dates: March 26-30th (PPS Spring Break)

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 6-14

Price: $349

Spring Break Beats & Loops Camp is your ticket to becoming a music producer. Campers will learn the basics of creating electronic music, create a live set of songs for our end-of-week concert, and a playlist to take home and share with the world. Together we’ll explore the tools of the trade including DAW software, synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, microphones and more.

From making our first drum loop to bouncing down our final mixes, our campers will learn–hands on–every part of the electronic music making process. We’ll also delve into aspects of songwriting, recording, creating visuals and performance art.

The Spring Break Beats & Loops Camp is an exciting opportunity for kids interested in learning the art of making modern music to get their feet wet or take their skills to the next level. No specific musical instrument experience is required.

Sign up for Spring Break Beats and Loops Camp


 

Spring Break Beats and Loop Camp: Explore

Introduction to Electronic Music Making

Dates: March 26-30th (PPS Spring Break)

Times: 9am-12pm

Ages: 4-5

Price: $199

The Spring Break Beats and Loops Camp: Explore grants our youngest students the opportunity to participate in songwriting, recording, and beat making. Campers will also take part in visual-art projects throughout the week, such as screen printing and painting, all of which will be relevant to the theme of beats and loops.

Campers will showcase their original music and creative genius at the end-of-week performance. All recordings will be made available to the students and parents once the camp is over.

Sign up for Spring Break Beats and Loops Camp: Explore


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


Night at the Space-Rock Opera: Explore

Write and perform your first rock opera

Dates: July 23-27th

Times: 9am-12pm

Ages: 4-5

Price: $199

Night at the Space-Rock Opera: Explore is all about composing a piece of original rock music with a space-themed storyline. Campers will become familiar with rock opera music by participating in listening exercises, active music making, and visual art projects. This camp will encourage students to collaborate as a group and write a space-rock masterpiece for the ages.

Campers will perform in their DIY rock opera costumes at the end of the week when they perform for friends and family. Overall this camp aims to encourage the self-expression and artistic freedom of our students, develop group cohesion, and introduce the concept of rhythm and playing music together.

This camp is appropriate for any kids interested, regardless of prior music or space-rock opera experience.

Sign up for Night at the Space-Rock Opera: Explore


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 Studio: Explore

Write, record and perform your own songs!

Dates: August 6-10

Times: 9am-12pm

Ages: 4-5

Price: $199

Our youngest campers will have the opportunity to write an original song and record their own music video this week. The students will experiment with different recording methods, both audio and visual and listen back to their own compositions. This camp will encourage students to collaborate to write an original song and design a music video for it that will be released once the camp has finished.

The campers will also participate in visual art projects that will be used in the making of the music video (props, costumes, accessories, etc). Overall this camp aims to encourage the self-expression and artistic freedom of our students, develop group cohesion, demonstrate the basics of recording, and introduce the concept of rhythm and playing music together.

This camp is appropriate for any kids interested in recording, regardless of prior music experience.

Sign up for Camp Studio: Explore


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