About Explore! Music

A great way to introduce your child to music or encourage your beginning musician!  Our Explore Campers will experiment with and perform using guitars, ukuleles, drums and percussion, vocals, and movement.  Students will also learn about various genres of music, create arts and crafts, and play outside each day.

Tuition assistance is available!

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2020 Camps

Classic Rock (June 8-12)

World Music (June 22-26)

The Beatles (July 20-24)

Folk (August 3-7)

Disney Hits (August 10-14)

Daily Schedule

Water breaks and restroom breaks are built into transition times. There will be a performance element to every camp -- Friday @ 2:30pm.

Check In/Arts & Crafts
Drums & Dance
Ukulele or Guitar
Band Class
Outside Time
Vocals & Explore Class
Pack Up
Check Out

During their day at Explore! Camp, students will cycle through the following classes, along with snack, lunch and outdoor time. Although the schedule is similar each week, songs and dances will be chosen based on that week’s cultural theme.

– 6-7 year olds will play ukulele, while 8-10 year olds play the guitar. During this class, students will learn how to pick, strum and sing along to fun, catchy songs!

– Campers will play hand percussion instruments including; djembes, congas, bongos and more. Students will learn the basics of rhythm and will participate in a fun, raucous drum circle!

– Campers will learn to interact with music through movement. Campers will participate in creative movement activities, folk dances and more.

Explore! Music
– This class will be different each day. Class activities may include music-related crafts, group songwriting activities, staff performances, special guests and more!


What classes will be offered at the camp?

Guitar, ukulele, hand percussion, homemade instruments, and more.

What is the age cut off for camp?

The Kids Summer Camp is open to all children ages 6-10. Your child will need to be 6 years old by the June 20 start date.

Where does the camp take place?

Camps take place at two of our locations: Yale and Lowry. For the Yale weeks — Swallow Hill Music @ Yale: 71 E Yale Denver, CO 80210. The central meeting place is the Swallow Hill Music Café for all the campers. Classes and camp activities will take place throughout the facility.

For the Lowry weeks — Swallow Hill Music @ Lowry – 7653 E 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230. The central meeting place is the ballroom for all the campers. Classes and camp activities will take place throughout the facility.

Are there auditions?

No auditions, all children are welcomed to participate.

Does my camper need any previous musical experience?

No. Campers do not need to need to have any previous experience playing an instrument. Campers will start out with the basics on all the instruments. Our instructors are experienced at teaching children who are new to playing music.

Will campers be placed in groups?

Yes. Campers will be placed into co-ed groups based on age (6 & 7 year olds, 8-10 year olds).

What instruments will my child play?

6 & 7 year olds will focus on the ukulele, while 8-10 year olds will focus on the guitar. In addition to their “focus” instrument, children will play various percussion instruments throughout the day.

What are the classes like?

Our classes are designed to be enjoyable from start to finish from all kids. Our classes emphasize experiential, hands-on learning. In addition to their focus instrument, children will take a hand percussion class, a home made instrument class, and folk dancing.

Who provides the musical instruments?

Swallow Hill Music will provide all necessary instruments during camp hours. This is included in the camp tuition. During each education session, campers will get their own instrument to play. The instruments stay at the camp at the end of the day.

Are campers expected to practice outside of camp?

No. Campers will learn and practice during camp hours. If you wish your child to have an instrument outside of camp (not required), we recommend renting or purchasing an instrument from the Denver Folklore Center.

Who staffs and runs the camp?

There are 3 regular teaching instructors, 3 counselors, several camp administrators and some guest arts instructors. All of the camp staff have experience in arts and education and have been background checked.

Is there a performance at the end of camp?

Yes. The final performance will be at on Fridays at 3:00pm on the last day of camp.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Campers should bring a lunch, a mid-day snack, and a drink(s). Food brought by campers cannot be refrigerated and should be properly packaged. There are no lunches for sale. An extra water bottle and sun tan lotion are recommended for the outdoor fun time. Campers can bring a backpack or sack to carry their belongings. Please be sure to properly label your campers belongings.

What is NOT allowed at camp?

Electronic devices, games, toys, etc.

Is there a camp orientation?

Our camp orientation will take place from 9-9:15 on our first day of camp. Campers and parents may join us to learn more about camp schedule, policies and procedures.

Is there a uniform?

Campers will be issued a camp t-shirt. These shirts will be required everyday. This is to help us identify and keep track of campers as we leave our building to the park each day. In addition to camper t-shirts, please come to camp dressed in comfortable clothing that will allow for movement on stage. There may be requests by the camp director for students to come dressed for a theme.

Are camp staff First Aid and CPR trained?

Several of our camp staff and building staff are CPR trained. Camp staff will treat all minor injuries. If there is an emergency, camp staff will notify the emergency contact and make the appropriate decisions for care.

What kind of medical and emergency information I need fill out?

You will fill out a medical and emergency form as part of the online registration process.

Do you allow peanut, tree-nut, or dairy products at your camp?

Campers may bring peanut, tree-nut, and/or dairy products in their lunches, although we do encourage parents to limit the use of peanuts or tree-nuts in their children’s lunches. Swallow Hill Music can, in no way, guarantee a 100% nut-free or allergen-free environment, and therefore cannot be labeled as an allergen-free or nut-free school or camp. We ask that all parents discuss allergies beforehand.

Who do I contact if my camper is going to be late or miss a day of camp?

Contact the front desk via phone 303-777-1003 ext 2. If possible, please let us know in advance of all absences or tardy arrivals to camp.

What are your student drop-off and pick-up policies?

Campers are to be dropped off between 8:45am and 9:00am and picked up from between 2:55pm and 3:15pm. Pick-ups later than 3:15pm will be charged a late fee of $25 every 10 minutes.

Students have the option of taking additional private lessons after camp from any of Swallow Hill Music @ Lowry instructors. For more info or to register please call 303-777-1003 ext 2. Check our website SwallowHillMusic.org, or stop by the front desk.

Can I pick up my child early from camp?

If you need to pick up your Camp student before 3:00 PM, please contact the camp director Katie. When doing an early pick-up please come into our building and check-in with the front desk. They will locate your student and sign them out.

What are camp refund policies if my child must unenroll?

Students must drop one week before the camp start date to receive a refund. The save your spot deposit is non-refundable.