Summer Rock Camp

Summer Rock Camp at MVM Studios offers a unique experience for Portland-area youth aged 9-13. Over the span of our week-long camps, participants create a band and then write, record and perform their own songs. At the end of the week, every camper goes home with a recording of their music—and so much more: confidence, pride, and a new community of friends. And each week culminates in a live performance for fans, friends and family.

2019 Rock Camp Dates

June 17-21
June 24-28
July 8-12
July 22-26
August 12-16 SOLD OUT

Register

$320

PLAY IT FORWARD: Your child’s program fee pays for a student who can’t afford one.

All camps run 9am-2:30pm. Aftercare is available Monday-Thursday 2:30-5pm. Add on aftercare via our registration portal. To request a full or partial scholarship, please email register@myvoicemusic.org and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible, or call 971-533-8953. My Voice Music reserves the right to reschedule or cancel rock camps if they do not meet capacity requirements.

As much as it’s a music program, it’s also a youth program. MVM elevates kids through music. They want kids to feel like they belong. To feel empowered and confident.   
Jennifer, MVM Rock Camp Parent

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Summer Rock Camp at MVM Studios offer a unique experience for Portland-area youth aged 9-13. Over the span of our week-long camps, participants create a band, and then write, record and perform their own songs. At the end of the week, every camper goes home with a recording of their music—and so much more: confidence, pride, and a new community of friends.
Rock Camps operate out of My Voice Music Studios in the Sunnyside Community House, located at 3520 SE Yamhill Street in Portland. Five sessions will be offered in 2019: June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 22-26 and August 12-16. Camps run daily from 9:00am to 2:30pm with aftercare available (see below).
There will be a performance on Friday afternoon from 1:45-2:45 at MVM Studios. Family and friends are encouraged to attend!
Unlike other rock camps that focus exclusively on performance, at MVM Rock Camps, campers create a band, and then write, record and perform their own songs—all in the space of a week. My Voice Music is a nonprofit organization based in Portland Oregon, that engages youth in music and performance in order to promote self-esteem, social skills and emotional expression. As our name suggests, our vision is that all youth have the opportunity to find and share their artistic voice. Our programs are guided by three core beliefs: † being a part of, and contributing something positive to, a community is transformative and empowering; positive relationships provide guidance and foster a sense of social accountability; and engaging, relevant, and challenging experiences can connect with individuals in a unique way and teach skills that can be used for a lifetime. This approach makes My Voice Music Rock Camp an opportunity for personal growth and community building, in addition to music education and rocking out.
Our Rock Camps are run by professionally trained instructors, who happen to be awesome musicians, too. They’re assisted by student teachers (many of whom are former campers) whose enthusiasm, maturity and leadership helped them earn invitations to return in this key supporting role. All staff and student teachers participate in intensive pre-camp training, and ongoing learning and supervision throughout the summer.
Nope! Kids with any level of music experience are guaranteed to learn, grow and have a blast at MVM Rock Camp.
No instruments needed! MVM provides all the instruments, though rock campers can bring their own instruments if desired.
Campers are expected to bring their own lunch. A 45-minute outdoor break follows lunch. Every day also includes a short break for healthy snacks.
There are between 15 and 20 campers in each camp.
All sessions have at least a 1:3 staff-to-student ratio. Each camp is run by our experienced Rock Camp director, who is assisted by carefully selected student leaders. All staff and student leaders go through extensive, ongoing training on best practices when working with youth.
We have a “rule of three” at My Voice Music: There are always three My Voice Music participants or staff in any room at any time. Our restrooms are individual rooms with locks. Students go with a staff person to use the restroom, and staff waits outside. All of our high school interns are trained on best practices for youth programming and receive ongoing training and supervision throughout the summer. Sunnyside Community House is a locked, secure building; in order to gain entrance, you have to be let in by a staff person.
Yes! Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday until 5:00pm and costs $80 for the week. Snacks are provided. Aftercare consists of supervised, individual activity time. Access to instruments is available for practice, but no formal programming is offered. The staff-to-student ratio will decrease to 1:5.
By paying full tuition at My Voice Music, you automatically provide access to music programs for youth who can’t afford it. Learn more about our Play It Forward scholarship model.
Scholarships are always available for My Voice Music programs. To request a full or partial scholarship, please email register@myvoicemusic.org or call 971-533-8953 and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.