The University of Iowa • School of Music

Iowa Summer Music Camps


The 63rd annual Iowa Summer Music Camps offer students musical training and experience beyond what may available in their home schools, including group instruction, masterclasses, and classroom instruction in many phases of instrumental and vocal music. The entire program, together with a preview of life on a major university campus, is an invaluable experience for young people, not only in music but also in human relations.




Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, Camp Director


JUNE 21-26

This summer, the Iowa Summer Music Camps offers three separate camp experiences from June 21-26 including Percussion, Piano, and Jazz.



Dr. Alan Huckleberry, coordinator


Enrollment is limited. Participants will be selected on "first come, first served" basis.


PIANO CAMP CURRICULUM:  Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of piano-related topics in a focused, serious, but non-competitive atmosphere. They will receive daily piano lessons with UI faculty members Alan Huckleberry and Réne Lecuona.  For the lessons, students should bring 2-3 pieces (with scores) at the difficulty of least the equivalent of level “D” (according to the IMTA syllabus).  Of these pieces, at least one should be performance ready (memorized).  Students will be required to practice 2 hours per day on our Steinway grand pianos. Further highlights of the camp include classes in music theory, piano literature, sight-reading, and music technology.  Special events will include faculty and student recitals.


Daily Schedule: Piano Camp begins at 8:30AM and ends at 5:00PM, and classes meet in the University Capitol Center.



PERCUSSION - a YAMAHA Sounds of Summer Event

Dr. Daniel Moore, coordinator


Mat Britain, guest artist

Students enrolled in the Total Percussion camp will experience a week in the life of the critically acclaimed Iowa Percussion program. Under the leadership of Internationally known performer and educator, and our Professor of Percussion,Dr. Daniel Moore, students will explore a wide variety of topics including: world, concert, and jazz percussion.
Students will have the opportunity to study and perform with some of the top percussion specialists in the country in an informal atmosphere.




Daily Schedule: Percussion Camp begins at 8:30AM and ends at 5:00PM, and all classes meet at the Music West Building.

In addition to concert, world, jazz, and steel band experiences, students may focus on topics including mallet percussion technique and repertoire, concert percussion (designed to help students in preparing all-state auditions), and jazz improvisation.




Our jazz division gives students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making in small group/combo settings. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, basic arranging skills, and the art of jazz listening.


Daily Schedule: Jazz Camp begins at 8:30AM and ends at 5:00PM.


Camp Activities
Activities include rehearsals; masterclasses; elective classes, recreation and entertainment programs (picnics, swimming and camp social events). Camp concerts and recitals are free and open to the public.


Eligibility and Admission
NEW! All school musicians who have completed the seventh grade or above may apply for admission as either resident or commuter campers. Students must be recommended by their school instrumental music teacher.


To apply, click on the “Apply” tab above, download the on-line application or request an application packet from ISMC Office / University Bands at 319-335-1635 or toll free at 1-800-553-IOWA, extension 5-1635. The ISMC Office FAX number is 319-353-2555; the camp e-mail address is


All students are required to attend all rehearsals, activities and concerts. Some sections and courses may close prior to the application deadline date because of limited capacity.


Financial Assistance

E. B. Green Scholarships may be available for families with financial need. Information can be found on the camp "Apply" page.


The Center for Diversity & Enrichment at The University of Iowa provides a limited amount of scholarship assistance to qualified minority students. Additional information is included in the ISMC application packet.



TUITION = $250.00

The application deadline - TBA

(Early registration deadline TBA)


Commuters: Students living near Iowa City who do not wish room and board will pay only the tuition fee of $250. ($225 for early registration!)

Commuter campers may purchase individual meal tickets for the Burge Market Place. Lunch and dinner tickets are $10.00 each. These may be purchased in the music camp office or at the Burge Market Place.




Resident Campers
ISMC students live in an air conditioned University residence hall under the direct supervision of counselors and house directors. Excellent buffet-style meals, prepared under the supervision of University dieticians, are served in the residence hall dining room.


Tuition + Housing + Meals =$570.00 (Tentative)

(Air conditioned room for 5 nights, daily meal plan, tuition)




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