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So you’ve finally done it. You’re going to your first Christian music camp. Whether you’re learning how to become a worship leader or you simply want to work on your skills as a musician in a Christian setting, this is a big step in your progression as an artist. We know you’re excited about learning more and being around like-minded peers, but you’re probably wondering what all you can do between now and the first day of camp. Here are a few things you can do to get ready for a Christian music camp.
You’re never too good to practice. Even if you’ve spent years playing the guitar or honing your skills as a drummer, there is a certain level of maintenance needed to ensure your talents don’t wane. If you’ve been on your best behavior, you should already have a routine established for when, where, and how you practice. It’s important to keep this up headed into your Christian music camp because you want to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders when it comes time to show off your skills. This isn’t because you want to be prideful and assert your dominance. Instead, you want to be playing your best so that any flaws your instructor points out are things you truly need to work on rather than small problems you already know how to address. You’re also going to be collaborating with other students at the camp, so you’ll want to be at your best when it comes time to work together. Any time you are coming up on a big opportunity, you need to make sure you’ve got all of your bases covered.
Buy a Notebook
If you don’t already own a notebook devoted solely to your music, you should consider getting one. Go all out and get the world’s greatest notebook or just buy something quick next time you’re out shopping. The important thing is that you have all of your ideas in one place. If you are already writing original music, this can be a place for your lyrics or riffs you are working on. It can also be a great place to keep notes about performances and practice sessions. These will come in handy headed into the Christian music camp because you can think about what you need to work on as well as take notes on what your instructors have to say.
Think About Problems and Questions You Might Have
Like we were just saying, you might know exactly what you need to work on when you come to camp. The online world we live in is capable of answering many questions, but some people learn better when someone is right in front of them who has the ability to show them how to fix a problem. If there is a specific move you’re having trouble with or if you have more general questions about what kind of music you should be playing or exercises you should be doing, your Christian music camp is a great place to ask those questions.
Gear Up...But Not Too Much
If you’re going to be around a bunch of other musicians, you might feel like you need to come in with all of the bells and whistles. What better way is there to let everyone know how cool you are than to be sporting the best gear? The truth, however, is that shiny new gear isn’t what separates the good musicians from the bad. We don’t want to discourage you from buying new gear, but keep it limited to things you actually need, especially for your Christian music camp. To be honest, a guy who rolls in with a million pounds of seldom-used gear says more negative things about himself than positive.
Pray (And Then Pray Some More)
Since we’re talking about a Christian music camp, it would be weird to not pass along some spiritual advice. Prayer is a vital part of any new task or adventure. Attending a Christian music camp may not seem like that big of a step, but you never know what’s going to come from this experience. Maybe you’ll meet new friends, form a band, and tour the country. Or maybe you’ll realize this whole music thing is more of a hobby than something you want to make into a career. Before you set out for camp, pray about how God can use this week to mold your life.
Get Acquainted with the People Who Will Be at Your Christian Music Camp
While most people attending a Christian music camp haven’t experienced college, there are a lot of similarities between the two. There are interesting courses and activities you’re looking forward to, you’ll find a lot of new people you’re curious to meet, and it can be a little overwhelming when you first walk through the door. A great way to make both of these journeys a little easier is to do your homework beforehand. Are you going to a place like Camp Electric where the instructors are well-known Christian musicians? Maybe you should look up some of their work and see what skills they can share with you. If nothing else it will help you understand where they are coming from as well as what kind of influences you might find in their teaching.
Think About the Future
Just as we said when it came to prayer, we want you to think about what you’re hoping to take away from Christian music camp. There’s nothing wrong with simply going to camp to have fun. We hope you thoroughly enjoy any music camp you attend, but be thinking about how you’re going to use that information for the future. Are you hoping to start serving in the music ministry at your church? How about writing your own music or starting a band? Do you want to try a different instrument? Christian music camp is a great time to try different styles of music and find answers.
Read the FAQ
Lastly, we want to encourage you to go to the website of whichever Christian music camp you attend and read up on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Nine times out of ten any question you have is going to be answered on this page. It doesn’t matter if you are asking about medical policies, the housing situation, or something music-related, this page just might have the answer. By visiting the website of your camp you can save yourself plenty of heartache.
If you do all or most of these things before heading off to your Christian music camp, we think you’re going to be pretty well-equipped for the coming experience. No matter how you prepare for camp or what next steps you take, we hope you take part in one of these camps and have a great experience.
At Camp Electric we want to connect young Christian musicians with the award-winning artists they love. Our instructors are made up of members from today’s biggest Christian bands and they want to help your child become the best musician he or she can be. Find out how your son or daughter can be our next student by clicking on the link below.