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It’s never too early to start thinking about your summer plans. For many musicians, summer is the time to go to your favorite Christian music camp. It may be an event your church puts on or even something recognized at a national level. There are so many things a Christian music camp can offer you, from making new friends to learning how to write songs. Although we can find so many benefits to going to a music camp, some people may find that costs are prohibitive. Some secular camps that focus on classical music may run up to several thousands of dollars. What can a young musician do if they don’t have the resources to make something like that happen? Here are some of our tips on what you can do to make Christian music camp a reality.
Start Saving Money
This is the easiest advice we can possibly think of. You don’t have to be a Dave Ramsey disciple to know that it’s easier to pay for things once you have saved up your money for them. No matter what kind of income you or your parents have, it’s possible to save a little money here and there. Ask for some seed money at Christmas or your birthday to get the ball rolling. There may be a question of how long it will take you to save up the money, but even if you decide that it isn’t going to work, you’ll have some money saved up that you can use toward a car or some new music accessories. This isn’t just good advice for when you want to attend a Christian music camp either. You’ll want to consider saving money for everything from college tuition to retirement.
Look for Deals, Scholarships, or Payment Plans
Maybe you’re someone who has already tapped out all of the money-saving maneuvers you can imagine. If the amount of money in your pocket can’t be changed, then it’s time for you to find a way to lower the price of your Christian music camp. No, they’re probably not going to just waive the cost (although, wouldn’t that be nice?), but there are a few ways to lessen the impact on your wallet. A great way to make camp more affordable is to channel your inner couponer and find whatever cost-cutting deal you can. Just about every camp out there has some kind of early-bird rate that will help you save $100 or more. Many Christian camps will offer scholarships to kids who are unable to pay some or all of the cost. The key to snagging these is to ask early and often. You may even be able to find information on a camp’s website. Lastly, check in to see if there is a payment plan for the camp. Pretty much every businessman would agree that some money now is better than no money at all, so you can probably find a camp that is willing to put you on some kind of payment plan in order to keep you enrolled.
Find Cheaper Options for a Christian Music Camp
Let’s apply a little “power of the free market” here. Is there a Christian music camp you or your child really want to attend, but the cost is too much? Perhaps you can find other options. If you can’t raise the money or the payment plans aren’t low enough, you can always look to find another camp nearby. Churches, community centers, and local colleges often have some kind of music program during the summer. Feel free to price what other options you may have before making an unhealthy financial decision. You may still think that the original camp you picked is best, but at least now you know what else is out there. Only you can decide what is the best fit for your family.
Work on Your Music with Friends and Mentors
It may be the case that your favorite music camp is just going to have to wait until next year. Young musicians often face tough admission requirements when it comes to summer programs and studying in college. If you aren’t able to make it to music camp, then take this opportunity to seize your music education with your own two hands. Talk with your music instructor and musician friends and see if there isn’t something you can do during the summer to improve your performance. Think of it like a guy who decides to hit the gym every day in the summer so that he can be in tip top shape for football or basketball season. Attending a camp is a wonderful experience that can really help you become a better musician, but it’s not the only way to be serious about your passion for music.
Come Up with a Way to Raise Money
It’s hard to save money for camp if you aren’t making any money. That means it’s time to find a job or some other source for revenue. For a kid who’s looking to attend a camp that caters to middle and high schoolers, that may not be easy. If you are on the older end of the spectrum, perhaps you can find work, but a student who is 12-15 years old is going to have difficulty. For these younger musicians, it’s time to be creative. Mow lawns, do chores at your house (or at another family member’s house), sell some unused video games, etc., operate a lemonade stand, hold a bake sale, or set up a GoFundMe page. Do whatever you have to do (within reason) to raise the money you need for your Christian music camp. This will be the real test for just how badly you want to do this.
Do What You Can with What You Have
This is the most important lesson you will learn, both as a musician and as an upcoming adult. You’re not always going to have the resources of other musicians. Maybe you’re not rich or your parents/friends aren’t musicians or you live in a small town or you’re already so busy with other activities or you can’t find a music instructor you like or… There are so many excuses we can make for lacking discipline or not giving our full attention to something we love. You can’t control everything. What you CAN do is make the most of your situation and use whatever resources are available to you to do what you love. That may mean saving up your money or trying harder to find deals on things like a Christian music camp or changing your whole approach to music. Do what you can with what you have.
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