Summer Camps - Birthplace of Country Music

Summer Camps

Join us for the 2018 Pick Along Summer Camps at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

About Camp

At the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Pick Along Summer Camp, not only will your child learn about Bristol’s important role in the history of country music and its lasting influence, but they will also receive instruction in the skills necessary to play a string instrument.

Children will receive instruction on several of the same style instruments that were used in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings (including banjo, acoustic guitar and fiddle), in addition to learning fundamental skills in various music styles. Campers will 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.

No previous musical experience is required for 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 musical heritage. Whether you know just a little or absolutely nothing, this is the place for you!

Class size is limited.


Designed for children ages 8-14, campers will learn foundational skills in a variety of music styles as they explore the museum and practice playing instruments.


Week 1: June 18-22
Beginner Level (for first-time campers or those who would like to go through the basics again)

Week 2: July 9-13 The intermediate level camp session is now full.
Intermediate Level (for return campers and those that already have basic knowledge and skill with music)

Week 3: July 16-20
Beginner Level (for first-time campers or those who wouldlike to go through the basics again)


All campers will have the option to attend half-day camp or full-day camp.

Half Day
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Includes individual instruction on instrument of choice, museum-related group activities and games, a healthy mid-morning snack, and group lessons designed to gain experience and knowledge in music performance and history.

Full Day
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In addition to half-day offerings, full days include extended individual and group instrument instruction, advanced engagement with fun museum-related projects/activities, and a healthy afternoon snack. Full Day campers will need to bring a bag lunch and drink each day.


Museum Members: Half Day $100, Full Day $150

Non-members: Half Day $150, Full Day $200

Instrument Rental: $25 instrument rental fee (per week) for those who don’t have their own instrument

15% discount if signing up for multiple weeks. Please also inquire about discounts available for families with multiple campers and scholarship opportunities.

Other information

Our 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.

Instrument Details: Only instruction for string instruments listed (banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle) will be provided.

Scholarships: Want to sponsor a camper? With your donation of $200, you may send a child to Pick Along Summer Camp – contact us at to learn how! Any funds collected in excess of the needed scholarships will help with the camp activities.


Please click on the registration form and payment links below.

Registration Form

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MUSEUM: 520 Birthplace of
Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 573-1927

BUSINESS OFFICE: 416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 573-1927