Sound Safari

Age: 8-12. Students in this age group looking to try some different instruments before settling on one for the school year are the perfect participants!

Cost: $665 (Tuition $650 + Summer registration fee $15). Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for more information.

Sound Safari will run the week of July 29 – August 2. In order to create the best program possible with the most attention to each individual student, the capacity for this program is extremely limited and will be offered to the first 24 students who complete registration. We highly recommend you enroll as soon as possible once registration opens on January 2 (use the blue Register buttons below!).

Your son or daughter has shown interest in playing an instrument or switching instruments, but there’s one problem: They’re not sure which one to pick!

We know it can be confusing and overwhelming to make a decision that feels so big – after all, they’ll be practicing a lot and you want them to enjoy it, you may be paying for lessons, and it could blossom into a real lifelong passion.

If this sounds like your family, then Sound Safari is an incredible opportunity for your preteen to try multiple instruments in one week – even if they’re a complete beginner!

This one-week summer day program is geared specifically for students with no or limited music experience, those who have started an instrument but aren’t sure whether they want to stick with it, and those who simply want to have fun exploring music!

Students will have the opportunity to play and learn some basics on instruments from the string, wind, and percussion families while being guided by our highly skilled Powers faculty. They’ll get to sample a variety of instruments before the music programs at their schools begin. It’s also a great chance to meet some other kids their age who are also just starting out on their musical journeys.

What will students get from this program?
– a broad overview of different instrument families
– time to hold and play a variety of instruments to see what sparks their interest
– actual group lesson instruction on each instrument
– a much stronger grasp of which instrument is best suited for them and the confidence to continue
– a clear idea of how their year might look (music programs at school, lessons or classes, and more!)
– new friendships with other kids just starting out

We intentionally keep the program size small to make sure that faculty have enough time to fully introduce each instrument and coach each student.

This program is ONLY available in August for 24 students, so if exploring different instruments sounds like the chance you’ve been waiting for, then we encourage you to act fast!

Summer 2024 Information:

Lydia Lucas, Sound Safari Artistic Director
(Questions? Email

July 29 – August 2
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

After-care option:
Full week – $75, Mon – Fri, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Drop-in rate – $20 (please call to arrange this!)

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. (See below for application information.)

Summer 2024 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who can document financial need. Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only until all available aid is exhausted.

All new and returning students interested in applying for financial aid for summer day programs should first register for the program using the links in the purple section below, and then fill out the Financial Aid Application Form, following the instructions at the top of the form. If we are able to award any aid, we will notify you and adjust your payment accordingly.

Please reach out to if you have any questions about the financial aid process.

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Sound Safari

Schedule: MON - FRI, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)


Dates: Jul 29 - Aug 2

Sound Safari After-Care

Schedule: MON - FRI, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jul 29 - Aug 2