Some answers to your Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I don’t sing. Is this camp just for songwriters and singers?
A: Instruments and voices have equal billing. Whether you’re most interested in tune writing, tune accompaniment, song accompaniment, instrumental improvisation or just instrumental arrangement and composition within songs there will be classes and instructors to lead you as you explore.
Q: What if I’m an advanced musician? What will I get out of this?
A: Come. Think of this as a week-long master class where you get to interact, experiment, study, and even collaborate with other professional musicians who will be on staff and/or attending the camp as students. This island is an ideal getaway for a writer who just wants to spend time in a remote cabin writing new material (in fact, that’s how Laura and Kristin found this island in the first place!). We will inspire you and you will no doubt take home some new friendships with your peers in the music scene.
Q. What if I’m not an advanced musician? What will I get out of this?
A: What a great place to begin your week. Think of this as a week to take your excitement into overdrive in a way that you just don’t have time for around the edges of your full-time job (whatever that may be). The new concepts, songs and tunes you will learn will keep you inspired all year. Come with an open mind and fuel your fire or take a journey you didn’t expect.
Q: What if I don’t sing or play an instrument at all?
A: First, this camp is a fine place to come even if you don’t want to play music at all. (For instance, if you’re a spouse or a kid of someone who wants to come and play music!). You can swim, kayak, canoe, hike, do yoga, or just sit and listen to the music. Second, if you don’t play but you want to start, that’s just fine. The morning class periods will have an option for basic instruction on the most common instruments like guitar, banjo, fiddle and other instruments based on interest and our ability to find a teacher for you. Check in with us to discuss if you’re an absolute beginner. Afternoon electives will be available for all levels. Just be prepared to be a little over your head sometimes. (That can be inspiring if you approach it in the right way). Note: If you have been meaning to get started on an instrument we do recommend taking a few lessons on that instrument before camp, so you can get the most out of your week with us.
Q: What if I have kids?
A: If they’re four years old or older, bring them along. If they already play music, we’ll place them in the same classes as the adults because our experience shows that young and old musicians have a lot to learn from each other. If they don’t play music, we’ll find tutors to help them experiment during morning classes. We’ll have special activities scheduled for kids at various times throughout the week. That said, we don’t offer all-day programming for young kids. Your child is welcome wherever you go and in music classes on their own so long as they’re not disrupting class, but you’ll be responsible for keeping an eye on them.
Q: What if I’m a teenager?
A: Come along!! If you’re under 18, your parents will need to designate a guardian to look after you. This could be a parent or another trusted adult at the camp. We strongly believe that teens are just as well-prepared and have just as much to offer as adults in music class and in the camp in general. We love your energy. There will be other teens at camp to hang out with. Please come!
Q: Can I rent or borrow an instrument there or do I have to bring my own?
A: Bring your own instrument if you have it. The camp store will have instrument strings, tuners, and possibly some rental instruments. If you decide you want to learn an instrument while you’re here, chances are someone will be happy to loan you one for part of the day.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
Read More FAQ’s about the location and facilities on the A.M.C. Three Mile Island Camp Website. KEEP IN MIND: Our camp takes place before the official Three Mile Island Camp season begins in late June. Our staff and activities are completely separate from the Island’s regular summer programming. If you have questions about something you read on their web site, PLEASE ASK US and we’ll clarify. Thanks!