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Our 2020 Spring Break and Summer Camps are here! Each camp is an action packed week of creative music making, art projects and performances. Read about the camps and sign up below!

Also check out our discounts section for ways to save on multiple camps etc., and read our FAQ section at the bottom. Let us know here if you have any questions, happy camping!


Spring Break Beats and Loops Camp

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Spring Break Beats & Loops Camp is back again for the 2020 Spring Break! So grab your favorite headphones along and get ready to produce a vibey Spring Break album! From making our first drum loop, to bouncing down our final mixes, our campers will learn every part of the electronic music-making process hands-on. Campers will learn the basics of creating electronic music, create a live set of songs for our end-of-week concert, and an album to share with the world! Together we’ll explore the tools of the trade including DAW software like GarageBand and Ableton, synthesizers, drum machines, microphones and more. The best part is, ALL students between the ages of 8 and 14 are welcome! No previous experience is required! Let’s groove! 

In addition to the hands-on experience, campers will also learn about how electronic music came on to the scene by examining the development of Hip hop over the years, early digital instruments, and listening to examples from J Dilla, Grandmaster Flash, Missy Elliot, Pharrell, Marshmellow, and many more for inspiration throughout the week! This will be a camp you won’t want to miss!

Details:

Dates: April 6-10th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 7-14

Price: $349

To sign up for camp, follow the link below to check out. If you are a current or former Sunburst student you already have a Pike 13 account, otherwise follow the instructions for setting one up. After checking out you will receive an email with the Camp Registration packet.

Sign Up for Spring Break Beats and Loops Camp


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Camp Performance

Sunburst is cranking it up to an 11 this year with the Punk and Alternative Rock Camp, The 90’s Rock. We are going to take a deep dive into the power chords, pounding drums, punchy bass lines and potent vocals that make the high energy music known as punk rock! Get ready to perform music from the Greats like Nirvana, Weezer, Green Day, Rancid, The Ramones, The Clash, Blink 182 and more! Harnessing the energy of this style we will create our own powerful group sound and performance sure to make the legends proud. All campers between the ages of 8 and 14 are welcome, though we hope you’ll be pumped for a week of punk and alternative!

If you’ve ever wanted to play in a punk rock band, this is your chance! Each class will include listening examples, detailed breakdowns of this style, in-class rehearsals of cover songs and a chance to write your own punk song. You can also expect to come up with a killer band name and customize your own punk rock attire for the end of the week concert where you’ll get to showcase your hard work! So HEY! HO! LETS GO! and join us for a week of music that is certain to rock your socks off.  

Details:

Dates: June 22-26th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 8-14

Price: $375 

To sign up for camp, follow the link below to check out. If you are a current or former Sunburst student you already have a Pike 13 account, otherwise follow the instructions for setting one up. After checking out you will receive an email with the Camp Registration packet.

Sign Up for The 90's Rock


Night at the Funk Opera

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Join Sunburst for another epic edition of our inspiring musical theater camp, Night at 

The Funk Opera. Campers will learn the entire framework of developing a Funk Opera, influenced by famous Funk artists, and write an original storyline told entirely through singing and instrumentals. In addition to creating a lyrical narrative, campers will work together to create the ultimate stage set through handmade props, dramatic lighting effects, costume designs and any other artistic visuals to spotlight their story. 

Everyone will be sure to learn new skills, discuss the evolution of concept albums and how to combine the edginess and precise inflection a funk opera requires. This camp is ideal for those who can already play an instrument and would like to take their talents further through the making of one cohesive album’s worth of fantastical narrative music. By the end of the week, our campers will be ready to hit the Sunburst Stage with an amazing musical performance that will capture the hearts of their audience and enchant the imagination. If you’re between the ages of 8 and 14, Get On Up, and let’s turn Sunburst into a boogie wonderland!

Details:

Dates: July 20-24th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 8-14

Price: $375 

To sign up for camp, follow the link below to check out. If you are a current or former Sunburst student you already have a Pike 13 account, otherwise follow the instructions for setting one up. After checking out you will receive an email with the Camp Registration packet.

Sign Up for Night at the Funk Opera


Camp Studio

camp studio 2019 1000 studioCamp Studio is Sunburst’s most fun-packed camp of the season! In just five days campers will be challenged with the task of writing, producing and recording original songs in collaboration with other creative young musicians. Together we’ll go through every part of the music production process and learn to use tools such as DAW software, microphones, audio interfaces, software instruments and more. 

In addition to learning the musical aspects of creating an album, campers will learn the importance of album packaging, how to work together to design compelling album art and craft DIY music videos for a few of their favorite songs. We welcome all campers between the ages of 8 and 14 who are looking to learn the ropes of recording and put together a stellar album to share with the world. No previous experience is required! To celebrate their hard work, campers will plan their very own Album Release Party at the end of the week for their family, friends and FANS!

Details:

Dates: August 3-7th

Times: 9am-3pm

Ages: 8-14

Price: $375

To sign up for camp, follow the link below to check out. If you are a current or former Sunburst student you already have a Pike 13 account, otherwise, follow the instructions for setting one up. After checking out you will receive an email with the Camp Registration packet.

Sign Up for 2020 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!! For the new student, this must be there very first Sunburst experience. Code: FRIEND20

Family Discount

$30 OFF of camps for siblings. Code: FAM20

Early Bird Discount

$50 OFF of camps before March 1st. Code: 2020EARLY

Multiple Camps Discount

Sign the same student up for multiple camps and receive $75 OFF for all but the first. Use code MULT20 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: Children who turn 7 after August 7th 2020 are too young for participation in 2020 Spring and Summer camps.

Please see age details for each Sunburst camp theme as they may differ due to complexity of concepts and activities.

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.
Most camps max out at 6 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 spring and summer camps. Unless we're given written consent for the child to enter and exit the building on their own.

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

Do you provide snacks?

Snacks are provided and there's a water fountain located in the lobby of our school. Snacks consist of pretzels and/or chips.

Is lunch provided? 

  • Campers must bring a packed lunch every day.

  • Parents/guardians are permitted to send lunch money with camper if they would like to be escorted by camp staff to the pizza parlor, 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 materials. 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 11–15 may sign themselves in/out of camp if indicated on the Camper Registration. Individuals other than a parent/guardian may pick up a camper only if they are listed on the Camper Registration and present photo I.D.

Sign-in begins at 8:45am–9 a.m.

Sign-out beings at 3 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. 

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 Medical Form provided in the Camper Registration, including any special accommodations your child may require because of the allergy. 

Sunburst has a “no food sharing” or “no food trading” rule. We encourage hand washing with liquid soap and sanitizer wipes after food handling and eating. We can also use seating arrangements to minimize exposure to food allergens while ensuring that children with food allergies do not sit alone.

Registration

When do I receive the Camper Registration?

Camper Registration will be received via email after you’ve made a payment for the camp of your choice. Our Camper Registration contains medical forms, a questionnaire, sign-in and sign-out procedures, etc. All forms must be filled and signed 7 days before your camper's first day. Completed forms can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or printed and mailed to:

Sunburst School of Music
5843 Forbes Ave, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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 above.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes! It’s important to us 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 canceled for any reason up to 14 days prior to the camp's 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.