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It’s never too early to nurture young musicians. The EMF EXPLORERS camps cater to a young child's natural curiosity and desire to learn. Led by The Music Academy of North Carolina's music education specialists, EXPLORERS enjoy interaction with EMF faculty and students. Each day campers explore and discover music through a variety of activities including instrument demonstrations, instrument making and playing, singing and a unique introduction to melody, harmony and rhythm. All children are welcome to register, and acceptance is not based on musical experience. Each student will receive two complementary tickets to an EMF orchestral performance.

SESSION 1     JULY 8 - 12, 9 AM – NOON (Ages 4 - 5)                                    

SESSION 2     JULY 15 - 19, 9 AM – NOON (Ages 6 - 9)    

Curriculum and instructors are provided by The Music Academy of North Carolina

For more information about MANC’s summer camps, including registration and daily schedules, visit: www.musicadademync.org, camps@musicacademync.org, (336) 379.8748, Ext. 104

The Music Academy of North Carolina is a non-profit community music school, committed to enabling students of all ages, interests, abilities and backgrounds to discover, develop, realize and express their inherent talents.


Ages 4 - 5
July 8–12, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm


Ages 6 - 9
July 15–19, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm

Enrollment on a first-served basis. This includes tuition, a goodie bag, two tickets to the fun and popular EMF Family Night Concert, healthy snacks, and supplies.


The first four days of EMF explorers are located at the Guilford College campus, the home of the Eastern Music Festival. The final day is held at The Music Academy of North Carolina.


Explorers receive an introduction to classical music and the orchestra through hands-on learning. Experienced instructors provide a kid-friendly and creative approach to music through instrument demonstrations, orchestra rehearsal visits, making and playing instruments, singing, and engaging activities with melody, harmony, and rhythm. Campers will be up-close and personal with some of the nations top student orchestral musicians. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

$160 (Includes two tickets to the Thursday evening EMF concert!)

Please note: Returning students may be placed on a waiting list.


Click the link below  to visit the Music Academy of North Carolina camp registration pages:



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Elizabeth Leddy


Stephanie Foley Davis 


Elizabeth Leddy


Katherine Archer

Typical Daily Schedule
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9:00 – 9:30 Circle time for making music-singing, listening, and playing instruments
9:30 – 9:45 Individual instrument demonstration by EMF faculty or staff
9:45 – 10:15 Hands-on experience with orchestra instruments
10:15 – 10:35 Snack time (EMF offers healthy snacks!)
10:35 – 10:45 Music through movement
10:45 – 11:05 Visit the orchestra
11:05 – 11:30 Ensemble development using percussion instruments
11:30 – 12:00 Circle time for making music-singing, listening, and playing instruments
Experiential Learning
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EMF explorers campers experience music in a variety of ways. Campers will:

  • Sing age-appropriate songs while tapping or playing the beat on rhythmic instruments
  • Learn characteristics of each family of instruments through demonstration, listening, and conversation
  • Explore music through movement
  • Learn basic rhythmic notation by writing and feeling rhythmic patterns
  • Create speech and rhythmic ensembles
  • Discuss and explore the characteristics of music through movement, playing instruments, and listening to music
Visits to the Orchestra
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EMF explorers take daily trips to the orchestra, where a professional conductor gives a short introduction to each instrument family – strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. EMF explorers will be up-close and personal with the nation's top student orchestral musicians. These info-sessions give children a once in a lifetime experience.