|FMC is a well kept secret. It is one of the best music camps in the United States although very few people have heard of it. The level of instruction is very high. Many of the instructors teach at universities during the school year. Each student receives two individual lessons a week besides having daily supervised practice from their instructor. This practice often includes group master style classes. There are also numerous coached small group experiences. The piano department at the camp is also top notch offering excellent accompaniment to performing instrumentalists. The average student plays solos, chamber music and in either the camp orchestra or band. All the students sing in the camp choir which rehearses each day right before lunch. This camp offers great musical instruction.
Many camps offer good musical instruction though, what really makes Friends Music Camp special is the kind atmosphere. Campers are genuinely good to each other and on the rare occasion that they are not the staff steps in and rectifies the situation. Being kind to others comes before music in this camp. The campers form excellent often lifelong friendships.
Another great thing about FMC is that it is the best deal I have found for a live-in music camp. There are not expensive uniforms parents are required to purchase campers wear what ever they are comfortable in. There are also need based scholarships available. In conclusion if your child has a musical aptitude, likes music, and has had at least one year of lessons (the minimum requirement) I highly recommend sending your child to this camp.