Bluegrass Camp for Kids kicks off this Sunday

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010

Young musicians of all levels still have time to register for Bluegrass Camp for Kids, which begins Sunday, June 6. Organized by Kate Hamre of the acclaimed bluegrass band Bearfoot, the camp exposes kids to bluegrass, old-time and folk music through a variety of activities, including instrument instruction (beginning through advanced), dancing, singing, jamming, songwriting and performing.

Courtesy Of Scott Burton
Courtesy Of Scott Burton

The camp has taught thousands of kids worldwide, including over 80 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland.

Through an advanced registration form, children pick from a wide range of classes; all levels of guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, songwriting, jamming, dance and vocals are offered. Classes are taught by highly experienced teachers from the bluegrass and folk community.

Campers are also involved in a band class with their peers, daily jams, square dances, open mics, art projects, optional private lessons and games, as well as an end-of-camp concert for their friends and family. Campers do not need to have any previous instruction, as Bluegrass Camps for Kids teaches beginners up to advanced levels.

Bluegrass Camps for Kids is also supported by a camp songbook that includes many traditional bluegrass and folk songs, written music, chord sheets, recommendations for practicing and additional resources to encourage further study.

Camp is open to kids ages 6-16. While participation from younger folk is highly encouraged, camp organizers request that students ages 6-7 be accompanied by a parent, though this is not a requirement. Camp organizers also ask that the students have completed first grade or the equivalent prior to attending camp.

Camp runs from 12-5:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Registration is rolling until camp starts, though those interested should sign up ASAP to insure they get the classes they want. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.bluegrasscampsforkids.com/.

For more information, email Scott Burton at bluegrasscamp@akfolkfest.org or call 957-0377.



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