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23 Feb 2016 by In Past Events

June 13 - 24, 2016 | SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS

The summer of 2016 will mark the 5th year of the AVPA Summer Music Program!  Located on the beautiful La Sierra University campus, our program has been providing expert music instruction to hundreds of children from grades 3-12 in a safe and stimulating environment.  Many of the children who are now playing in their school’s band, orchestra, or proudly singing in their choir, received their initial start with music through our elementary program.  High school students who are now competing in music competitions and playing recitals had honed and polished their skills through expert coaching in our high school academy program. We are proud to say we have former  participants now studying music in college.

This summer’s program promises to be a banner event as we continue to grow.  Not only do we have some amazing new faculty and guest artists lined up, but we have expanded to provide three new programs!  All programs are 2 weeks and take place from June 13-June 24, 2016.

Click here to register.


K-2 Junior Music Camp - NEW

Our K-2 Junior Music Camp provides campers with an exciting and enriching experience that they can take with them as they proceed through their important first years of school.  Enrollment is limited to 10 children to allow a real focus on social-emotional growth and learning.  Junior campers will participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities throughout the session that explore different musical concepts and themes including Music and Movement, Percussion Circle, Story Telling, and Junior Choir.

This will be a full-day program. We will have a designated time for the young ones to rest. Please make sure to include sleeping mat/pad, blanket, and pillow.

Tuition - $350



Grades 3- 6 - Summer Music Camp

The AVPA Summer Music Elementary Music Camp is designed for students in grades 3-6 with or without musical experience.  We have a broad curriculum that will provide a wonderful exposure to musical performance, history, and even theory and composition.  Students will be grouped into performing ensembles by experience.  Those with little or no experience will have expert instruction in learning basic fundamentals  in classes such as  guitar, keyboard, recorder, handbells, ukulele, and singing in a choir.  Students who do have a background in instrumental music will be able to perform in special chamber music ensembles, coached by our wonderful faculty. In addition to the daily music curriculum and ensembles, our young campers will be participating in a special arts and crafts class creating visual artwork focusing on a musical theme.  And, every year, the children have enjoyed participating in our collaborative group project. 

Tuition - $350



Grades 7- 12 - CORE+ Program - NEW

Our CORE+ Program (formerly called the Music Academy) is for older students in grades 7-12 who are in beginning and intermediate levels. The program features a “CORE” music curriculum of history, theory, and chorus, in addition to an emphasis on instrumental chamber music.  Students can optionally enroll  in a specific track that matches their interests. 

CORE Tuition - $200

All Tracks - $180 each (choose one track)

  • Track 1 - Applied Lesson Study
  • Track 2 - Film/Music Composition



Summer Academies - Piano & Vocal - NEW

Academy Tuition - $450

OPTION 1 – Piano Academy

Directed by La Sierra University Dept. of Music Chair and distinguished pianist Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, The Piano Academy brings serious young pianists in grades 7-12 together for two weeks of a highly intensive and varied program. Participants will receive private piano lessons, coaching in chamber music, participate in masterclasses and guest lectures, as well as group classroom instruction in music theory and history. Participants will have have daily practice time, and opportunities to perform in recitals and outreach concerts.  All students will sing in the  Academy  Choir as well.

OPTION 2 - Vocal Academy 

The Vocal Academy, directed by esteemed La Sierra University vocal faculty member Javier Gonzalez, is a  rigorous but fun program  for voice students in grades 7-12 who want to explore the many facets involved in developing the singer's art.

Technical work will include the development of posture, breathing, elocution, resonance, and articulation. Daily master classes in performance will deal with performance practice, diction, style, phrasing, and textual communication. Classes will cover such topics as preparation for auditions, stage deportment, characterizations, presentation of songs, and analysis and understanding of texts. Students will have private lessons and coaching sessions.  In addition, participants will have classroom instruction in music theory and history, and opportunities to perform in recitals and sing in the Academy Choir.





If an application is turned in and registration fee is paid before April 2, 2016, we will apply the registration fee towards tuition (rebate the fee). 

Educators 15% Discount

Educators with formal identification will receive 15% off of final tuition. Formal identification can include a school ID card, email from employer, or pay stub from school.

Family Discount of 2 or more children 15% Discount

Families that enroll 2 or more children will receive a total of 15% off their final tuition. 

La Sierra University Employees 15% Discount

Faculty and staff of La Sierra University will receive a 15% Discount off of tuition. 

*The 15% discounts cannot be combined – example: Educators that plan to enroll more than one child cannot combine the discounts.



This fee is nonrefundable/nontransferable. In order to secure your spot in the program, please make sure to submit the registration fee of $35 with this application.

If you are enrolling more than one child in the same family, you only need to pay a single registration fee. For questions, please email AVPA@LASIERRA.EDU.