Music Camp Classes & RegistrationsSharday Torgerson

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Camp registration opens March 2018

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2018 Music Camp August 13-17

This video was shot on location at Ness Creek during Camp Week 2017. While you watch it you will get a good feel as to what happens at Camp. You will hear first hand from instructors, students and young people that have attended Camp for many years who are now instructor interns. It’s the real deal, enjoy!


We have designed this corner of Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Society’s website to make registering for camp a pleasurable experience. You will choose your class and skill level confidently. We have added all the information you will need to plan your stay and arrive on site completely ready to learn but more importantly, have heaps of fun. You might want to settle in and get comfortable, there is a great deal to learn. If at any time you require assistance you can get in touch will your Camp Coordinator – Tracy Lalonde. Tracy can be reached by Email – Please leave your phone number in your email to Tracy so she can get in touch.

Let’s learn about the classes……..

Skill Levels

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 looking to hone your skills? We have a class for you.

Skill Level Descriptions – If you are not completely sure of your skill, that’s OK. Sign up for the skill level you think you are at. If it turns out it doesn’t suit you we will move you to another skill level. We will discuss this at Camp during orientation.


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.


While Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society has a strong focus on introducing people to and educating people about the instruments that inform bluegrass and old time music, we caution against coming into the camp as a new beginner for most classes.  A new beginner is defined as someone with an interest in an instrument, but with no experience on it.

We recommend renting or buying an instrument several months prior to the camp and spending considerable time familiarizing yourself with how it is strung, how to tune it, and how to form simple chords.  Knowing as much as possible about your instrument, and in particular, listening to songs that feature it, will go a long way toward making your camp experience a much more positive.

Northern Lights seeks to provide learning opportunities to all ages and we understand that people learn differently.  Please note that there is a considerable amount of focused class time that some young children find difficult to remain engaged in.  We offer our Fungrass program for children ages 5- 9, as we believe that music education is best interspersed with play at that age.  Regarding children ages 9 and up, we appreciate that some younger musicians have lots of experience with longer learning sessions and will be just fine, however there are some that may not be ready or prefer not to spend these longer periods of focused learning time. With this in mind, we do ask that parents give considerable thought as to whether their child is ready for a full class.  We are happy to assist with questions about how classes are scheduled at the camp. To get a better sense of how involved a class might be for a younger child, please contact us.