Classes – Skill Levels – Registrationadmin


The Northern Lights Music Camp provides a friendly, non-competitive environment for musicians of all ages and skill levels. Perhaps you are just getting started in music? Or you are a skilled player looking to hone your skills? We have a class for you.

Skill Level Descriptions –

Please sign up for the class that best describes your current skill level.  If you are uncomfortable on your first day of class, you’ll have the option to discuss changing classes. 

*Note – if you are a new beginner, before registering, please ensure you read the corresponding section of our Frequently Asked Questions here


You are relatively new to your instrument. You have been taking a few lessons or learning through how-to videos and are looking for a solid base to be established. You want to know about correct posture, how to best hold the pick or bow, how to improve chord formation, tips on tuning and intonation, and you want to begin playing songs. You need to be introduced to good study/practice habits, how to read music or tablature, and developing excellent technique.


You are progressing on your instrument. You are ready to start to play with other musicians and you can already play a few tunes from memory. You can play along with a CD if it is at medium speed. You are feeling that you need a booster to get you moving toward the next level. You have a solid grasp of all the basic techniques for your instrument and may be able to read tablature or music.


You are looking for fine tuning tips on how to improve your playing. You can jam with others, improvise fairly well on new tunes and are (or want to) play in an organized band. Your tab/music reading skills are great. You know some scales and how to use them in improvisation situations. Your speed is improving as you use your metronome. You have an arsenal of tunes you can play from memory. You play your instrument or practice almost every day.



Please note that our specialty classes will not be listed until early Spring.

The classes listed are common classes we offer annually.


Beginner Guitar 


Students should be familiar with the notes of the open strings on the guitar, how to tune, how to form the basic chords G, C and D and be ready to play with a pick.   

Intermediate Guitar  

Pre-requisites: You have experience playing songs with chords in common keys.  You can change chords with ease, keep time with songs, and you are looking to take your guitar playing to the next level.

Advanced Bluegrass Flatpicking  

Pre-requisites: Students should have moderate experience playing simple lead lines/flatpicking single notes, and should be able to change chords and chord shapes with ease. 


Bluegrass Banjo

Pre-requisite –  This class is for beginners and intermediates.  Students playing at a beginner level  should be familiar with the notes of the open strings of the banjo and be comfortable playing one or two simple rolls.  Please bring fingerpicks and capos.

Clawhammer Banjo 

Prerequisites: Students should have moderate experience playing simple rolls, and should be able to change chords and chord shapes with ease.


Beginner Mandolin 

Pre-requisite:  You can tune your instrument and know the chords to a few songs. You know the melody to at least one instrumental and want to learn about improvising on the mandolin.

Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin 

Pre-requisites:  Students should be comfortable with playing basic chord progressions in a variety of keys and have some familiarity with playing melodies and tunes. Bringing a recording device, a notebook, and a tuner are highly recommended

Beginner Fiddle 

Bluegrass Fiddle


Students interested in taking the Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle class should possess some prior knowledge and a moderate degree of skill in old time or bluegrass fiddle music and know some of the most common tunes within the styles

Upright Bass 


re-requisites: Students should have a grasp on basic technique, and fundamentals of the instrument.While this will all be reviewed and built upon throughout the class, basic technique and some previous experience on the instrument is strongly encouraged.

Sing Out Strong 

Pre-requisite: This is a workshop for anyone who likes to sing and wishes to improve their singing. Sing out Strong is a good foundation for the next-level Vocal Harmony class.

Vocal Harmony 

Prerequisite:  The ability to sing a melody line in tune.  If you are new to singing, or require more experience singing confidently, we recommend enrolling in our Sing Out Strong class to develop a good base prior to taking Vocal Harmony


Prerequisite:  Be the age of 5. Be able to have lots of fun!

Guest Meals

Northern Lights offers guest meal packages for spouses or parent/guardians. Please see our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page for more information on Guests.

**When purchasing meals please use NA on parts of the form that do not relate to you.

Guest Lunches Only Package

– Camping Spot (must be accompanying a registered participant), Monday BBQ, Tuesday – Thursday Lunch, Friday Brunch, Snacks, Evening Activities. Save $50 per registration by registering before June 30th, 2020.

Guest Full Meals Package

– Camping Spot (must be accompanying a registered participant), Monday BBQ, Tuesday – Thursday Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Friday Brunch, Snacks, Evening Activities.

Early Bird Rates are as follows:
Guest – Lunches Only – $
Guest –Full Meals – $