Launched in 2003 to support music education in public schools, JumpStart in Music is a low-cost, high-impact version of our Summer Music Camp. JumpStart brings together Bay Area public school students and their music instructors, along with high school mentors and parent chaperones, for an action-packed three day music immersion program at our camp during the school year.
During their stay, JumpStart students participate in an intensive schedule of practice, rehearsal, and performance. This is a rare opportunity for music students who usually meet just a few hours per week to immerse themselves in an exciting and challenging musical repertoire. They make rapid progress both individually and as an ensemble. Yet we also provide plenty of time for rest and play, offering activities including sports, games, environmental education, and arts and crafts.
At night, students sleep outside on single-sex tent decks, beneath the majestic redwood trees and star filled sky. We provide three delicious, healthy meals per day, cooked from scratch. Each day closes with a different evening program, and the weekend culminates in a formal student concert, attended by proud family and friends. JumpStart is truly a unique school music retreat!
In order to qualify for the program, students must attend one of our partner public schools and be an active member of their school music program. Our JumpStart in Music program currently serves over 600 youth each year from the Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts, West Contra Costa County, and schools throughout Sonoma County. We have plans to expand JumpStart to other public schools in the Bay Area as well.
"I think the most important thing I walked out of camp with was confidence. I felt much more confident in myself and my musical abilities."
"It was to the extreme of fun!"
"I like how powerful we sound when we all play together."
"We could hear them improving by the hour."
"I see six months of progress in three days!"
"JumpStart helps me attract and retain new students!"
"I remember when I was their age, so it's nice to work with them and hope that they continue music. MUSIC IS IMPORTANT."
"When you teach others, you improve and you work harder to set an example. I felt like I really taught them something."
"Just the right mix of training and free time; excellent opportunity for music education and to build community."
"Teachers love the music and are great with kids; mentors are great role models."
Contact Emily Wainacht, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-527-7500, x13.