"FMC is a place where I can come to make music among friends....Incredible."
-- Camper reflection
FMC campers come eager to learn more about their instrument or voice.
Our teaching staff encourages musical growth in a non-competitive environment.
Every camper's daily schedule includes:
All campers have scheduled practice time every day. Teachers visit their students during practice time to answer questions and help campers improve their practice skills.
Lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, and all band and orchestra instruments. Every camper receives two 40-minute lessons each week. Campers who have chosen to study two instruments receive one lesson per week on each instrument.
Classes at FMC allow campers to broaden their musical knowledge in subjects of personal interest. Our class offerings vary from year to year and have included acting, composition, guitar, theory, American music and improvisation.
All campers sing in the camp chorus. Campers who play a band or orchestra instrument participate in band or orchestra. Students interested in jazz have the opportunity to sign up for our jazz ensemble. Other ensembles offered in past years have included a street band and a chamber vocal ensemble.
Campers who have reached a sufficiently advanced musical level may be placed in smaller ensembles (trios, quartets, small jazz groups, etc.), which are formed at the beginning of camp based on students' schedules and levels of experience.
Our large ensembles give a public concert each weekend. Weeknight camper recitals give campers the opportunity to perform for their peers. Our staff gives a weekly concert for the camp and the general public.
At the end of the third week of camp, we give a benefit concert for a worthy charitable organization. This concert combines ensemble performances, faculty performances, and camper performances selected by audition at the beginning of camp. This concert shows campers how musicians can use their talents to make a positive difference in the world.