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2024 Summer Camp registration is now open!

Everyone’s favourite music camp is returning this summer to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

Build a Band Summer Camp

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

Ever wondered what it takes to be in a band and jam out? National Music Centre's Build a Band Summer Camps focus 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 live performance where campers will show off their newfound skills as a band!

Basic musicality/musical knowledge is recommended.

Did you know? NMC Members get 20% off Camps!

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*Discount is applied to the regular price and cannot be combined with other offers.


Build a Band is a one-week program running in July and August 2024:

  • Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
  • Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
  • Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9
  • Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23


  • PRICE: The cost of the camp is $425 (+ GST) per week.
  • DROP-OFF/PICK-UP: Camps run from 9 am to 4 pm. Early drop-off (8:00 am to 8:45 am) and late pick-up (4:00 pm to 4:45 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.
  • INSTRUMENTS: No need to bring your own instrument unless you prefer to do so!*

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.

Photos by Brianna Ross.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if this camp is right for my child?

    At Build A Band, we recommend that all campers to bring some experience with musical instruments, as the program is centered upon collaborative musical exercises. Our camp is designed to engage campers in creating their own bands, providing hands-on experiences for your child to build upon their musical skills within an ensemble.

    To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all campers, we require that all campers treat their fellow campers, instructors and the spaces with respect. This includes adhering to instructions and guidelines provided by camp leaders and remaining with their designated group at all times. Instances of consistent disrespect will prompt a discussion with the camper's guardian and may result in early dismissal from camp.