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SMA Summer Music Camps

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The SMA Summer Music Camp is an initiative by the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Saskatchewan Band Assodication, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, and the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association in collaboration with the Dream Brokers program.  Started in 2012, the Camp is supported by SaskCulture and the Community Initiatives Fund with additional funding and in-kind contributions provided by Federated Coop, SIGA,  Access Communications, Signs by BGN, and iQmetrix.

The Dream Brokers program is a joint venture between SaSaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association to increase access to sports, culture and recreational activities for children and youth.  The Dream Brokers program was started in 2006 in partnership with the Regina Public and Catholic school boards. Dream Broker coordinators work in schools to ensure children and youth, who traditionally have not had access, get the chance to participate in new opportunities within their community.

The goal of the camp is to provide the opportunity to students grade 4 to grade 8 to experience music and its positive influence, who may not have the opportunity to do so otherwise.  Summer Music Camps have been held in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Yorkton and provide students with a four-day intensive introduction to a wide range of instruments including: Guitar, Violin, Piano, Percussion, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Choir and World, Drum Ket and First Nations’ Hand Drumming.  Up to 60 students come to each camp with little musical experience and leave with a greater knowledge and appreciation of music.  The students spend the first two days trying out all of the instruments and then chose one instrument to specialize in for the final gala performance held on the last day of camp.  The final concerts are always well attended by family, friends, dignitaries, Board members, stakeholders, sponsors and donors.  The studentsshowcase their newfound talents and have a great time doing it!

Comments from campers:

I LOVE THIS CAMP to be honest. I learned a lot and I met new friends and learned to use instruments!!!! The counselors and the people who organize this camp are AWESOME!!!!!

This is the best camp that I’ve ever been to.

This camp was the best.  It was so much fun

I like everything in this camp.  Playing instruments.  Learning how to play them.  Doing concerts.

I would like to attend this camp next year due to the fact that I will get the opportunity to learn an instrument I have never experienced.  It also encouraged me to look into future lessons!!

THIS-WAS-THE-BEST-CAMP-OF-MY-LIFE! I hope I get to come next year! P.S This camp is Awesome!