The Conservatory Summer Music Education Apprenticeship for High School Students

To protect the safety of our students and staff, BW Summer Music Camps have been canceled through June 30th. This includes Band, String, and Music Theatre Camps. Stay tuned for more details about the virtual summer programming we have planned.

If you previously registered for Band, String, or Music Theatre Camp, you will receive a full refund via credit card by May 8th. 

The Conservatory Summer Music Education Apprenticeship is a program designed to provide high school musicians with an introductory experience that assists them in their pursuit toward a career in music education. Students will have the opportunity to work with middle and early high school students through ensemble and sectional experiences at the BW Community Arts School’s (CAS) String or Band Camp. They will also learn about conducting, rehearsal strategies, and life as a music educator through individualized mentorship and the guidance of BW Music Education faculty. Participants will also engage in a group college-readiness class with the Conservatory’s Associate Director of Admissions.


Week 1 (String Camp): June 13-18, 2020 or
Week 2 (Band Camp): June 21-26, 2020



Students arrive to campus to participate in a day-long training session that includes a variety of sessions to prepare for the apprenticeship. Some of these sessions will be in combination with the professional camp staff of the CAS String or Band Camp and others will be in a small group setting led by BW faculty. In addition, students will individually meet with music education faculty to set personal goals for the week.

The schedule for each student will be crafted based on their personal goals. In all cases, students will actively assist in ensemble rehearsals and sectionals. Students will also attend two music education focused apprenticeship classes each day. 


Dr. David Pope, chair, Professional Studies, BW
Dr. Andrew Machamer, assistant professor, Professional Studies, BW

In addition, students will be assigned to work with multiple professional educators who serve in the roles of conductors and sectional coaches for either the String Camp or Band Camp. 

Tuition, Room and Board

Tuition: $395 

Participants will be housed in the University dormitories alongside the String Camp or Band Camp staff and participants. All participants will serve as floor assistants during the week. All meals are included.

A deposit of $75.00 must accompany the application and is refundable if the student is not selected for the program. 


This program is designed for students currently in 10th and 11th grades who have an interest in pursuing a career in music education and demonstrate strong musical skills, have had leadership experiences in their school’s music program, and are eager to grow and learn from hands-on experiences. Students in 12th grade who will be pursuing a degree in music education in the fall of 2020 will also be considered. 

Application Process and Timeline:

1) Complete Application
2) Interview (early May) 
3) Notification of Acceptance (mid/late May)