Jun 01, 2021
If you’re looking for activities for your kiddos this summer, check out the virtual Midwestern Music Camp. Thanks to generous financial support from Band of Angels and Meyer Music, all students attended free of cost.
June 14 – 16
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
This is Midwestern Music Camp 86th year, and its second year of being virtual. Music Camp is so popular with students around the country that cancelling it last year because of the pandemic was never considered. Instead, it moved from an on-site event at the University of Kansas to a virtual platform with remarkable response. More than 1,900 students enrolled in the three-day event. “Campers” from 44 states and multiple countries, including Mexico, Hungary and Switzerland participated.
Meyer Music and Band of Angels is underwriting the cost of the camp, so that all students can attend free of charge this year too. Music education is a passion for the Meyer family, and supporting Music Camp is wide-reaching way we can enrich childrens’ lives with music, which is a passion that lasts a lifetime. Although everyone is looking forward to getting back to in-person camp someday, holding camp virtually means thousands, rather than 300 to 400 can participate. Meyer Music’s passion for music education extends beyond Kansas City, and we’re thrilled to reach so many through music.
Midwestern Music Camp 2021 is once again bringing young musicians from around the world together for three exciting days of programming. Band and orchestra students entering grades 7 through rising college freshmen can attend. Instruments offered include flute, oboe, bassoon, harp, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello and string bass.
Camp leaders and University of Kansas faculty have another extraordinary lineup of instructors to work with campers via Zoom sessions, pre-recorded YouTube content, live special guest artist presentations and private lessons for three days of exciting programming. Private lessons taught by faculty can be arranged at the time of registration for $30.
Campers will choose from a variety of sessions, ranging from instrument-specific content to general topics for all musicians. The sessions are 10 to 60 minutes long. Campers who attend six or more sessions are awarded with a 2021 Virtual MMC t-shirt, sticker and downloadable certificate of completion.
Thanks to Band of Angels’ supporting their participation, camp attendees wil have the opportunity of a lifetime attending sessions led by special guest artists:
Jens Lindemann, trumpet
Jessy J, saxophone
Dunwoody Mirvil, trombone
Grace Kelly, saxophone
Additional guest artists will be announced soon!
“The Midwestern Music Camp has a great partnership with Meyer Music and Band of Angels. The lower cost of holding a virtual camp allowed us to invite more special guest artists to join us this year. Not just performers, but also those working in the music industry. Our campers learn about the many careers you can have in music. They see real-world activities they could be doing in their futures,” said Professor Sharon Toulouse.
The Midwestern Music Camp gives band and orchestra students a fun way to improve their playing through online experiences with KU faculty and special guests. Not only will they enjoy camp this June, they’ll take what they learned back to school with them in the fall. The importance of having the opportunity to learn their instruments outside of the traditional band and orchestra rooms simply cannot be underestimated.
If your student can’t attend Music Camp in June, Meyer Music also offers private music lessons all year round. More than 2,000 students a week take lessons from Meyer Music. Founders, Ted and Betty Meyer, were both educators in local school districts before they opened Meyer Music back in 1966. Meyer Music’s heritage is one of providing private music lessons to Kansas City area students. No music store offers more music lessons than we do, and our vetted, quality instructors work with students ranging from beginning to advanced skill levels.
If you have questions about private music lessons? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Call or visit one of our three locations.