Summer Programs

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Thank you for an amazing summer!

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FREE Dance Prep Summer Saturday Workshops!!!


Learn Ballet and/or Contemporary dance from NKU faculty, Jay Goodlett and Stephanie Brumer! Get a sneak preview of what NKU Dance Prep will offer in the Fall 2015 semester in the NKU School of the Arts! 

Ballet by Jay Goodlett: Blending the Vaganova technique with Bourneville, our ballet class will focus on proper alignment, techniques and the ability to move efficiently using classical ballet. Ballet is at the core of many styles of dance. Students will understand the reasoning behind the exercises conducted at the barre and center in a fun environment, while building muscle and technique for the future.

Contemporary by Stephanie Brumer: An interpretive and expressive style of dance, blending many dance styles influenced by Ballet, Jazz, and Modern.

Dates: Saturday May 30, 2015 and Saturday, June 27, 2015  

  • Both workshop days will present the same material.
  • Classes will be organized by student experience level within the appropriate age group.
  • Students may sign up for one of each workshop class (Ballet and Contemporary) within their age group.

Location: NKU Fine Arts Building (if you already have an NKU Music Prep or NKU parking pass, please park according to your pass. If not, please park in the Welcome Center Garage. Directions to NKU can be found under "Directions/Parking" on the left side of this page.)

Price: FREE!! RSVP required.

What to Wear: Please dress in comfortable clothes (ie. dance attire, yoga/workout pants, tshirt, socks, etc.)

Times and Workshop Offerings:    

Age Group:

Ages 6-9
9:50-10:35am (this class is full on 5/30/15)  
Ages 10-13
Ages 14-18
NKU String Project

NKU String Project Camp
NKU String Project Camp is for young string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) with 1–3 years experience. Students will be placed in ensembles according to experience level. The camp will include large string orchestra class, small group class, and musicianship class. All area string players are welcome to attend; you need not be part of the NKU String Project academic year program.

Ages 8–13 (entering grades 4–8)
June 15–19, 2015

NKU Fine Arts Center

Final Performance:
Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11am
Greaves Concert Hall

Tuition: $150 (late fee applied after June 1)

NKU String Project

Adventures in Music camp is an exploratory musical experience for young children that includes classes in group piano, singing, intro to instruments, and more!

No prior music experience necessary
Ages 7–10 (entering grades 3–6)
June 15–19, 2015


Final Performance:
Adventures in Music Camp does not include a final performance.

Tuition: $150 (late fee applied after June 1)


Mainstage Musical Theatre and Voice Camp is a fun-filled, intensive week that focuses on the elements of musical theatre. Students perform in large and small ensembles, learn choreography, staging, acting, and singing. The week culminates in a high-energy show performed on the Mainstage!

Ages 8–17 (entering grades 4–12)

June 15–19, 2015 1:00–5:00 PM (M–F)
NKU Fine Arts Center

Final Performance:
4:00 PM on Friday, June 19
Greaves Concert Hall

Tuition: $300 (late fee applied after June 1)

Summer Music Institute

Summer Music Institute and Summer Piano Workshop are intensive college-preparatory experiences for brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, and piano students. Students participate in large ensembles, chamber music, music theory, master classes, performances, and more! Piano students will focus more closely on solo piano repertoire, as well as chamber music, and will work closely with a private instructor as they will be part of both the Summer Music Institute and Summer Piano Workshop. Piano students should enroll in SMI on the registration page.

2+ years experience required
Ages 13–18
June 22–26, 2015

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (M–F)
NKU Fine Arts Center

Final Performances:
3:00 PM on Friday, June 26, 2015
Greaves Concert Hall

Tuition: $300 (late fee applied after June 1)

Registration and Tuition Deadline Schedule:

Camp registration for 2015 opens February 2, 2015.  

Registration Periods:

Regular Tuition Rates:
May 1–June 1  

June 1, 2015 Deadline to Register (late fees apply after this date)

All transactions include a non-refundable registration fee of $25. All camp tuition is non-refundable after June 1, 2015. 

Age Requirements: Students must meet the necessary age requirements as of June 1, 2015

Need-based Scholarships for Summer Camps

NKU Music Prep does have a limited number of scholarships available. All scholarships are need based and require families to fill out an application that includes family financial information.

To apply for a need-based summer camp scholarship, please print and return the following form:

New form coming soon!

Summer Camp Imformation


Students should be both picked-up and dropped-off in the circle drive that is located directly in front of the Fine Arts Center and Steely Library. Camp staff members will be at the circle drive to supervise the students and to  check students in and out at the beginning and ending of each day.

Students must not arrive more than 30-minutes before the start of the day. Students must also be picked-up promptly at the end of each day. Families in violation of this may be dismissed from camp without tuition refund.


Lunch (SMI and Summer Piano Workshop Only): SMI/SPW Camps includes a lunch break. Students should bring a packed lunch everyday EXCEPT for Friday. On Friday, a pizza lunch will be provided. If a student cannot/does not eat pizza, s/he should bring a packed lunch on this day as well.

Snacks (All Camps): Throughout the day, students will have breaks in which they are welcome to bring a snack to enjoy. Due to the dietary requirements/concerns of our students, we will not be providing group snacks, so we ask that students please pack snacks according to their  specific needs and wishes. There are several pop and snack machines available in the Fine Arts Center, so students are welcome to bring snack money.

/What to Wear

During the Week: The dress for our summer camps is casual. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Clothing should NOT be inappropriately revealing or contain inappropriate language. The temperature in the Fine Arts Center can vary from room to room, so we recommend dressing in layers according to desired comfort.

Performance Attire:

Mainstage: Black or white top, black bottoms, comfortable black shoes, and a red accent (tie, belt, etc.). Other costume items may apply.

String Project and SMI/SPW: Khaki pants and a white shirt (tennis shoes are okay).

Adventures in Music Camp does not include a performance.


Driving Directions and Parking

Directions to Northern Kentucky University
Campus Map

During the camp week, families should drop-off and pick-up their student at the circle drive in front of the Fine Arts Center and Steely Library.

For final performances, families should park in the Welcome Center Garage (an hourly rate does apply). Or, if you are part of ongoing Music Preparatory programs and have a Music Prep Parking Permit, please feel free to park in any of the designated lots.

Locker Use (SMI and SPW Only)

Students have the option of using the Fine Arts Center's instrument lockers. If you play a large instrument or would like to store a sweatshirt/lunch/snack/etc., we recommend you consider using one of our lockers. To use a locker, please bring your own combination lock and you will be assigned a locker for the week. There is no charge to use a locker.

How to Reach a Student during Camp

If you need to reach us or your child during camp, please call 859.572.7737 (Music Preparatory Office) or 859.572.6399 (Music Department Office).

Contact Us: 859.572.PREP (7737)