Summer Camp 2021
It's official!! Mr. D's Music Club award-winning summer camps are back for 2021!!
We are thrilled to be offering COVID-safe in person summer camps this year. We hope your kids can join us!
Mr. D's Approach to camp
Summer camp at Mr. D’s Music Club is all about music, art, dance, creativity, fun and friends. Not to mention singing, dancing, acting, laughing, trying new things, performing, confidence building and all around silliness. We pride ourselves in offering children a stellar camp experience in the performing arts where every child shines.
Our philosophy embraces pop music across the
Children can related to it on an emotional level
We celebrate music, singing and dancing as true
forms of expression
We gently introduce music from different genres
(classical, electronic, jazz, world music, etc. with
the hope that this becomes a starting point for
your child to explore the vast musical universe.
Each camp has its own unique, fun, (and sometimes)
quirky theme. The themes are intended to set the tone
of the week, but from there anything goes. The music
selection is loosely based around the theme and the songs are
varied, often unusual, and always have soul.
Art, singing, dance and acting is intermixed each day and no two days are alike:
Music: We don’t always know which songs the kids will really enjoy singing, so we typically start out with more than we need and work our way through to the final cut. It’s fun to explore the songs with the kids, break them down, practice and then really start to feel the emotions the songs evoke as we progress through the week.
Dance: Professional choreographers design and teach interactive dance routines to the kids centered around the week’s theme. Dance styles include hip hop, modern, jazz, salsa, etc.
Art: Throughout the week the kids work on several art projects that relate to the camp’s theme.
As the projects come to completion we will take photos to share in the video showcase at the end of the camp. (Please Note: in years’ past the art was displayed in the camp space for the Friday performance and set design was a component of the art curriculum. We hope to do this again next summer!)
Acting: We’ve always had acting workshops at Mr. D’s Music Club, but this year we are bringing it into the fold. Kids will play fun theater games, learn improv, act out scenes and get creative with movement and storytelling. All of the arts are related to each other and we are excited to bring something new to our camp this year!
Performance: As the camp week progresses kids will perform in small groups, sing solos, share their artwork and create a lasting experience to share with friends and family. This is shared in an outdoor morning performance of singing and dancing on Fridays, an art portfolio that kids bring home at the end of camp and we hope to add an acting performance to Friday afternoons in the July & August camps.
The kids are SUPER busy and will be tired, but very happy at the end of their camp day. They are building something - together - for you. We hope you will join us and see what all the fuss is about.
Mr. D's is by far the best summer camp I've sent my child to.
Not only does Mr. D offer relevant and contemporary musical experiences for children (they sing songs they like and can relate to!), but he's a joy to be around. My child gets to connect with her passion for the arts because Mr. D brings his passion and enjoyment everyday. There are so few experiences out there that offer this much life and connection. This camp is a breath of fresh air!
Kasey V., Emeryville, CA - June 2021
This summer we've brought back all the amazing things that make our summer camps so fun and special, with a COVID-safe twist of course. Camp 2021 at a glance includes wearing masks, daily temp checks, hand washing and social distancing, as well as art, singing, acting and dancing! It will be a fast paced camp that keeps kids active, laughing and getting creative.
Read more about our COVID-safe approach: Summer 2021
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2021 Summer Camp Themes*
Non-Stop Pop - Waitlist Only!
That's right! A week of endless pop songs we know and love and some that may be new to us as well. There's nothing better than great pop songs to kick off the summer!
In Person June 14 - 18
Off to the Movies - Waitlist Only!
The classic theme is back! It's a favorite each year, which makes sense because there are SO many great songs in the movies. Maybe we can't go to the theater yet, but we can still enjoy the movies, Mr. D's style.
In Person June 21 - 25
Flora & Fauna
With a creative and eclectic song list we’ll be singing, dancing, acting and creating in celebration of all the plants and animals that make our world so amazing and beautiful. Reminding us to reconnect with the natural world and get away from the city lights once in a while.
In Person July 12 - 16
In this camp we will explore the music Icons of the decades and enjoy not only their popular hits, but some hidden gems as well.
In Person July 19 - 23
Home - Waitlist Only!
As we wind down our in person camps and get ready for a new school year, we'll celebrate a place we all got to know really well in the last year - Home :) There are so many great pop songs out there all about being home and fun art projects and acting experiences that bring it all together.
In Person August 2 - 6
Heroes & Villains
Find your inner super power of creativity this week with fun projects and great pop songs that explore our favorite heroes and the not-so-good-guys.
In Person August 9 - 13
*All themes subject to change as needed
Mr. D's staff were so kind and welcoming to my child. The camp days were full and busy, but not overwhelming. My daughter had all of the space and the structure to make friends very easily. She was encouraged to try something new (like acting and role playing in front others!) and felt comfortable enough to do so. She came home on the first day and described what it felt like to be acting out a funny skit in front of others, except no one laughed. I was concerned that she might be discouraged by a very natural and common interaction. Throughout the week, I didn't hear her express an ounce of defeat or discouragement though! I can only attribute that to wonderful staff who I know made her feel very safe to keep trying as a performer.
~ Natalie R., Oakland, CA, July 2021