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Calgary's favourite music camp for youth is happening at Studio Bell this summer!

Registration is now open for youth ages 9-12 to attend National Music Centre's Build a Band summer camps in July and August. These one-week camps are great for kids who love music, with a focus on learning to play musical instruments and performing as a group.

Summer Camp Dates 2023

  • Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 7
  • Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28
  • Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4
  • Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18
  • Monday, August 21 – Friday, August 25

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About NMC's Build a Band Summer Camps

Location: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Duration: One week
Ages: 9-12

Ever wondered what it takes to be in a band and jam out? This program focuses on learning how to play musical instruments and performing as a group.

We will guide you through the process of songwriting, performing, and marketing your band. From a recording studio tour to daily workshops on jamming, riffing, and creating music, this program wraps up with a jam a long performance where you can show off your newfound skills as a band.

Basic musicality/musical knowledge recommended.


  • Build a Band is a one-week day camp program.
  • The cost of the camp is $399 (+GST) per week.
  • Early drop-off (9:00 am to 10:00 am) and late pick-up (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm) can be arranged at an additional charge of either $30 (+GST) per day, or $120 (+GST) for the full week.
  • Sibling discount: Register one child for camp and get a discount of 20% (+GST) off per additional sibling.
  • No need to bring your own instrument unless you prefer to do so!*
  • This year, we’re offering campers the option of receiving an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) at the end of their camp. For $150 (+GST), campers will receive:
    - An mp3 of the song they recorded throughout the week
    - High-definition images of them playing in their band
    - The full-length HD video of their showcase performance
    - Band posters to share with friends and family

NMC's Approach

Our summer camps put expression and exploration above accuracy and technicality, giving kids more freedom than a traditional music class.

The most valuable life skills come from the collaborative component of playing in a group:

  • When you work as a team in a non-competitive environment, to produce music, you plant seeds of future collaborative skills that can translate into many life experiences, influencing how you work with and relate to other people.
  • Knowing how to accompany other musicians in a supportive and listening manner can help prepare you for conversations throughout your life that require you to develop patience and understanding. The connections that you make on a stage can help you assert your own voice as well as genuinely listen to others.


  • Campers will learn the basics of jamming and playing as part of an ensemble
  • Campers will learn about songwriting and lyrical structure
  • Campers will learn how to record a song
  • Campers will explore making band merchandise & marketing assets
  • Campers will get an exclusive tour of Studio Bell as well as NMC’s recording studios.
  • Parents, family and friends are invited to the week-end performance which takes place in the Performance Hall

For more information, please email

*NMC has a fleet of acoustic and electric guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, ukuleles and some miscellaneous instruments in between! If your instrument of choice is particularly niche, or is a wind instrument of any kind, we recommend that you bring it with you.