Youth Summer Music Programs

Instilling a life-long love of music for over 35 years.

The Ohio State University announced that all courses will be delivered through virtual modes of teaching and learning for the Summer 2020 term as we continue to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ohio State’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community, and the university is following public health guidance in all decisions.

This university decision compels us to cancel all of our 2020 Youth Summer Music Program offerings. Please return to this site in January to see the full complement of YSMP offerings for Summer 2021.

If you have registered and paid for a 2020 program, we will be in touch with details of your pending refund


The School of Music offers a diverse series of summer programs specifically designed to further students' understanding of – and love for – music. Our dedicated faculty has crafted rich experiences to engage the individual as a musician, person, and scholar during their stay. We hope to see you this summer! Enjoy watching our video.

Welcome from Scott A. Jones, summer programs director

Day Programs

Middle School Concert Band Academy is specifically designed for middle level concert band musicians to enrich their understanding of music in an enjoyable, non-competitive and positive week-long program, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Morning String Student Workshop: Summer string playing for students entering grades 4 – 9, with at least one year of playing experience. This two-week program brings students to campus from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Resident Programs (with a commuter option)

Bass Camp: Four-day workshop for high school double bassists to develop as both classical and jazz musicians.

Bassoon Camp: Four-day program for students entering grades 8 12 to develop musical and technical skills unique to their instrument, including reed-making.
Clarinet Academy: Four-day program focused on enhancing students' musical and performance skills.

Flute Workshop: Five-day workshop focused on enhancing students' musical and performance skills. 

Ohio State Marching Band Summer Clinic: Three-day clinic for high school marching band students to improve their marching skills. Participants learn the music and military-style marching fundamentals used by the Ohio State Marching Band. For brass and percussion students with at least one year of marching band experience.

Saxophone Camp: Four-day program for high school saxophonists exploring both jazz and classical genres of musicianship.

For more information

  • Visit each program's web page to learn about eligibility, tuition and fees, program activities, faculty and staff, performance opportunities and more.

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