GHMS Music Department

Rhonda Anderson, Chorus Director (
Eric Loring, Band Director (
Cindy Salmon, General Music (

Summer Music Opportunities

Lessons at GHMS (for all students)

Contact: Eric Loring – 369-5481,

June 5, June 19, July 10, July 17, August 7

In order to make sufficient progress over the summer, I highly recommend interested students sign up for as many lessons as possible; however, I understand summer schedules are hectic and busy. I will meet with students for two or even one of the lessons if that is all your summer schedule allows. Cost for lessons is $20 for one lesson, $35 for two lessons, $50 for three lessons, $65 for four lessons, or $80 for all five. Half hour lessons will be scheduled in the morning or afternoon on those days.  I have been very successful in working around family schedules in previous summers.

Private lessons (for all students)

The summer is great time to begin private lessons with a professional musician who specializes on your instrument.  I can recommend some private teachers in the area. You could also call Kidder Music Service. They offer lessons at their store in Peoria and can provide good information about private teachers in the area (1-800-322-2800).  Please contact me if you would like more information regarding private lessons (

Summer Music Camps

Students may apply for Scholarships for music camps from the Music Boosters.

  1. Bradley University – Central Illinois Summer Band Camp

  2. June 13-17, Cost: $225 (this camp is full – enrolment is closed) Website:

This is the first camp I would recommend.  Not just for its value and location, but because it is simply an excellent camp.  The staff does an excellent job of connecting with junior high students and filling the week with many fun activities.  This is especially a great camp to attend for those who have never attended a summer band camp.  The camp staff does expect students to be at the camp for all activities (a typical day runs from about 8:00 a.m. until about 5:30 p.m. with a concert Friday evening).  If your child attends this camp, you will need to adjust their weekly schedule so they can be at all of the events.

All Ears Jazz Workshop - hosted at Richwoods High School

July 10-14, Cost $200. To register contact Katie McLuckie at the Peoria Park District at

This is a brand new jazz camp being taught by Todd Kelly, Jazz Professor at Bradley University, and other jazz professionals. The All Ears: Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop provides a step-by-step, hands-on approach to learning jazz and improvisation in a nurturing, educational environment. This camp has been offered in New York for ten years and has been a tremendous success. I am very excited to see this unique and fun camp in Central Illinois.

Illinois State University – Junior High Band Camp

July 10-16, Cost $250 (commuter) $500 (Resident)


This is also a fine band camp.  If you are looking for a commuter camp (meaning you drive there each day rather than staying on campus) I would suggest the Bradley camp first; however if you have a conflict with those dates or if enrollment in that camp is closed, the camp at ISU is also a good one.

University of Illinois – Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM)

Check the website for a schedule of all the activities:

This is an excellent camp. ISYM is a very strong and established program; however, it is expensive and you would need to stay on campus for the duration of the camp.  I would recommend first time campers try the camp at Bradley.