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Registration is now open for the National Music Centre's Build a Band spring and summer camps!

Everyone's favourite music camp is back at Studio Bell just in time for spring break 2023. Plus, registration is now open for July and August summer camps with a 15% early bird discount. These camps are for youth ages 9-12 and focus on learning how to play musical instruments and performing as a group.

Spring & Summer Camp Dates

Build a Band: Spring 2023

  • Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31

    Build a Band: Summer 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

    About Build a Band

    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 25% (+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

    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.