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The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida Announces 27th Year of Summer Music & Arts Camps

Registration now open for program in Fort Myers

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida is proud to announce its annual summer arts program scheduled weekdays from June 18 through July 20. In its 27th year, approximately 20 different camps in all areas of instrumental and vocal music, including piano and guitar; as well as theater, visual and culinary arts, and digital design, are offered for students in grades 6-8. A few camps are designed for students as young as grade 3. The program is divided into four one-week sessions. Most camps are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The fee is $150 per week, which includes activities, breakfast, lunch, and a souvenir T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

The week-long Summer Arts Camps offer music theory, note-reading, proper practice skills for music students and special enrichment activities for all.

Camps are held at the centrally located Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School in Fort Myers and staffed by faculty who are active professional musicians and/or music teachers selected for their expertise and ability to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the aspiring musicians.

The summer camp programs provide a variety of high quality artistic and educational experiences that promote positive personal growth, interest, and achievement in the arts. The programs are designed to develop cooperation, personal responsibility, teamwork, respect, and goal achievement. Faculty members strive to ensure that all participants have positive, enjoyable, and successful experiences.

“The benefits of a music education are beyond learning to play an instrument and to read music. Students also learn valuable life skills such as self-discipline, nonverbal communication, the importance of completing a task, improved self-worth as well as reinforced math skills, history and literature, and more,” said Ruth Christman, executive director of The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida.

“Our mission statement is to enrich and transform the lives of young people by igniting and nurturing the lifelong joy of making music. We hope to do that for the youth in our community this summer."

Students must provide their own instruments for all music camps except piano and percussion.

For more information about the Summer Music & Arts Camps, contact Ruth Christman at (239) 275-0057 or or go to


The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has been bringing music programs to students since 1991. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting interest in the musical arts among local youth through summer camps, a traveling instrument program that brings instruments to all Lee County schools, and through grants and scholarship programs. The Music Foundation sponsors many programs that reach out to the young people in our community including Summer Music & Arts Camps, the Fifth Grade Traveling Instrument Program, Double Reed & Music Festivals and High School Summer Music Camp Scholarships. For more information go to

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