Bristol, VA (March 6, 2018) — Pick Along Summer Camp is back for another summer of fun and learning at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Children aged 8 to 14 are invited to take part in either beginner or intermediate level classes where your child will not only learn about Bristol’s important role in country music history and its lasting influence on the music of today, but they will also learn basic skills on a stringed instrument!
Children ages 8 to 14 will receive expert instruction on the same style of instruments that were used in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, learning how to play music and fundamental skills in various music styles. Campers will also explore the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, learn about the music of Bristol and our region, receive instruction in singing and dancing, get an introduction to our working radio station, and learn about other concepts and disciplines that make up the rich tapestry of country music. At the end of the week, campers will even perform a brief concert for families to show off their skills!
Week 1: Beginner
June 18-June 22
Week 2: Intermediate
July 9-July 13
Week 3: Beginner
July 16-July 20
No previous musical experience is required for beginner level Pick Along Summer Camps, only an interest in music and a desire to learn and have fun! These camps are designed for different levels of experience and anyone interested in our music heritage. Whether your camper knows just a little or absolutely nothing, this is the place to be! Students who have their own guitar, banjo, or fiddle may bring their own instruments or instruments can be rented from the museum.
Class size is limited, so register now to reserve space. Half and full day options are available. Half day classes are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.—Noon and Friday 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Full day classes are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
There is a 15% discount for students who sign up for multiple weeks. Please inquire about discounts available for families with multiple campers and scholarship opportunities.
The museum’s professionally trained camp staff includes contract and museum staff, along with volunteers. They work together to ensure a fun, safe, and enriching environment for music instruction as well as museum play, theme-related activities and experiments, healthy snacks and friendship-building opportunities for everyone.