If you are a younger reader who still has freedom in your summers off from school, then summer is a great time to build your experience and training in music with the right singing program.
Depending on your genre their are many different types of summer programs, classes, workshops, and camps to suit your musical passions.
What is great about these summer programs is that they are an opportunity for you to get some personal attention with your craft by working on stage or in the studio, with teachers, directors, and coaches.
These professionals on an hourly basis would be very expensive, so even though you are usually paying for the program, you are getting so much for your money. The connections that you build as a young artist with the professionals in the business you are interested in are very important down the line. If they have a few weeks to really get to know you and what you can do, your chances of working with them for real in the future are so much stronger. The teachers have an opportunity to get to know you not only as artists, but as a person, which there is no time for in the “regular world”. This is a great benefit for you when you walk into an audition that they are holding in the future!
Socially, you will have a fabulous time, because you will be working and getting to know new people who share the same passions as you. This may lead to collaborations in the future as well as great friendships and connections down the line.
Take the time to find the right types of program for yourself. I will say that once you are out of college you will probably not get to take advantage of leisure summers filled with music training because you will have to be working at some job, and most job except for teaching, do not receive full summer vacation.
I grew up doing summer stock which was a program I paid for to do musicals with other kids my age, then as I got older I did Opera programs in Europe that I had to audition and then pay for. These were great experiences, training, and connections for me that I look back on with fond vibrant memories.
There are all types of music camps and summer music program; from musical theater summer stock, song writing workshops, to rock-n-roll boot-camps. Find the right thing for yourself and go for it. Many times, there are scholarships available for those with need.
There is nothing like doing music every day with others around you. These programs tend to be in cool or beautiful settings as well, which heightens the experience. (So you can walk out into the forest behind the cabins with Voice Lessons To Go on your Ipod and warm-up your voice freely into the red woods!)
Often times you will come out of your program with some sort of tangible copy such as a demo, or video reel which is a great bonus for you. These are great things to add to your kit of promotional materials and are expensive to pay for so take advantage of them. The programs are also important for building your resume. As a young artist you can add all the teachers you work with into your training experience.
It is so easy with the web to find the right program for you. Just start Googling. Here are a couple I found on a fast search:
I hope you young singers fill your summer with music and inspiration!
Want a professional opinion of how you sound? Sign up for my Vocal Assessment. Then send me a link or mp3 of you singing (audio/or audio visual) with your questions and I will get back to you with my feedback right away.
Friend me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Voice-Lessons-To-Go/113328198690496
Follow me on twitter:http://www.twitter.com/singingvltg