Frequently Asked Questions

    What Sets SMMC Apart From Other Camps In The Area?
    Experts agree that playing music at a young age enhances aptitude for math, language, and social skills. At the Santa Monica Music Camp, children participate in a variety of fun and educational activities; they learn composition and theory skills in theory class, how to play and collaborate in chamber groups, and instrument specific knowledge that can help them improve even after camp. They also play fun games that improve their aural and rhythmic skills.

    Who Are Your Camp Counselors?
    Our camp counselors are professional, working musicians and music teachers with years of experience. All are college educated, with degrees in music. They are highly skilled musicians and educators with a genuine love of teaching.
    All of our staff and faculty members are background-checked and TB-tested. They are also required to have a current CPR and First Aid certification.

    Is SMMC a Safe Environment For My Children?
    Our location hosts children 12 months a year for camps and private music lessons. It is child proof, yet fun and modern. We always have an employee working the front desk by the main entrance, keeping an eye on who comes in and goes out. Our staff are vigilant and prepared for any medical, musical, or personal needs that may arise.

    My Child Doesn’t Play Any Instruments. Can He/She Still Attend Camp?
    No previous experience in music is required to join the Beginning Music Camp. When campers arrive, their instructor evaluates them through the daily activities and groups them with students of similar ages and levels. Our staff has years of experience teaching advanced students and complete beginners. Children of all levels and skills will feel at home in one of our two camps.

    What Are the Recommended Ages for Beginning and Advanced Camp?
    Our campers range from 5 to 14 years old.
    Beginning camp is recommended for elementary school kids, ranging from 5-10 years old. Complete beginners are welcome, as well as students with a few years of playing experience.
    Advanced camp is recommended for advanced middle schoolers and up. They should have a comfortable mastery of their instrument, including knowledge of all major and minor scales.

    What Is the Cost of SMMC?
    A week-long session of Music Camp is $350 (5 days).

    Our single-day rate is $100.

    Aftercare (AM-PM) is $10/hr on the top of the hour.

    Does My Child Need To Bring His/Her Own Instrument?
    The Santa Monica Conservatory of Music provides fifes and keyboards to students during camp hours. We also rent guitars, violins, and violas to camp students for $25 a week. If your child wants to join our camp but doesn’t own an instrument, please let us know ahead of time and we can reserve a rental instrument for them.

    For any other options, there are local music shops where you can rent an instrument for the week or month. For string Instruments, we recommend Bennings Violins in Studio City. For Brass and other instruments, the Santa Monica Music Center at 1901 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Can you accommodate early drop-off or late pick-up?
    Yes! We offer early care from 8 am-9 am, and after care from 3-6 pm. Simply let us know which days you will require extra care and at what time. You can pay in person that day, or we can charge it to your credit card. It costs $10 for each hour.

    Because of staff limitations, extra care does not include planned activities; it is a safe way to stay at school under adult supervision. We have some books, art supplies, and music games, but we recommend bringing books or other games to keep your child happy.

    What if we need to cancel? Will I get a refund? If written cancellation is received 30 days prior to start of camp (email is acceptable), all tuition minus the $100.00/week cancellation fee will be refunded. No refunds will be offered for cancellations within 30 days of the first day of camp. If a dismissal or withdrawal occurs, for any reason, we will hold the balance of tuition minus ($100.00/week cancellation fee) as a credit for future for our Camp or Conservatory services expiring on the last day of camp the following summer.