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The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida Announces Annual Summer Music & Arts Camps

Registration now open for summer music and arts program in Fort Myers

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida is proud to announce its annual summer arts program scheduled weekdays from June 17 through July 19. In its 28th year, more than 20 different camps in areas of music, theater, and visual and culinary arts are offered for students in grades 6 to 8. A few camps are designed for students as young as grade 3. The program is divided into four one-week sessions and camps are held 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.

New this year is the TV production and film camp and a flute ensemble for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

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 current Lee County Teachers who are selected for their expertise and ability to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students and 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.

“We are excited about our expanded summer camp offerings this year. We have new camps in TV production and film, dance and more. There is something for everyone. We are proud to offer such a well-rounded and enriching program,” said Ruth Christman, executive director of The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida.

“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.”

The Summer Arts Camps feature excellent and safe facilities, low student to teacher ratio, highly qualified staff and educators, and student presentations and performances at the end of each camp that give students the opportunity to demonstrate accomplishments and achievements.

Students must provide their own instruments for all band and string camps.

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

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