The W.O. Smith Music School currently offers three summer camps for students interested in an exciting artistic experience in addition to their lessons or classes. Guided by a world-class staff, the students get the opportunity participate in varied activities. Past camps have included singing, dancing, cooking, painting, and a whole lot more! W.O. Smith summer programs are only offered to students currently enrolled during the previous school year.
Now in its 22nd year, W.O. Smith Resident Camp is for youth ages 12-18 and is hosted at Hillmont Camp and Retreat Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. The camp offers a week-long musical experience to 80 current W.O. Smith students through a daily schedule of required activities including private instrumental lessons, music theory classes, instrumental ensembles, chorus, self-directed practice time, and a musical theatre production. A staff comprised of current and past W.O. Smith Music School faculty members and guest teaching artists from around the country instruct all classes.
Camp BackBeat is a week-long experience for students interested in commercial music. The camp is open to 30 W.O.Smith students, ages 9 to 18, who study guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and voice. It is specifically designed to help bands form so that they can continue working together throughout the academic year, get lessons and coaching from Nashville’s finest working musicians and to learn what it takes to take their playing to the next level. The students learn to play in a variety of genres including: country, rock, pop, hip-hop, soul and R&B. The week concludes with a final gig at one of Nashville’s best music venues for families and friends.
W.O. Smith Day Camp is an exciting one week camp for children ages 7-11, hosted at the W.O. Smith Music School building. The camp is designed for the young musician to experience music in a stimulating and multifaceted environment. About 30 students participate in this program that incorporates music class, singing, basic percussion, games, field trips, and some surprises! A staff comprised of current and past W.O. Smith Music School faculty members and guest teaching artists from around the country instruct all classes.