Middle School Band Camp

The Middle School Band Camp

Camp Dates: July 8 - 12, 2015

Registration period March 26, 2015 through June 5, 2015

We do not take walk-ins or late registrations.



If you're a student entering the 6th grade through leaving 8th grade, come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for an unforgettable musical experience. This is band like you never knew it could be!

Have you ever wondered where the music you play in school comes from? Have you ever caught yourself thinking "what if . . .?" Learn how to create your own music, how to adapt and play with other people's music, and how to share your ideas with your friends. You'll also learn about how music has changed over time, and get a glimpse of where it might be headed in the future.

Explore new sounds and techniques on your instrument. Our instructors are expert performers who enjoy sharing their skills and coaching students to help them improve and grow. Are you just beginning to figure things out? They'll help you build a strong foundation. Have you reached a frustrating roadblock in your playing? They'll help you figure out a way around it. Do you just love to play and want to spent time with others like you? They do too!

Learn how to improvise as a soloist and with other musicians, no matter what instrument you play or what type of music you enjoy -- even if you've never composed or improvised before. Our clinicians specialize in helping young musicians unlock their creative potential in a fun, friendly, and inspiring way. They love working with students who have never had the opportunity to improvise, and they are eager to meet you.

Did you know that one of the best ways for a band to get better is to play games? It's true, and Dr. Barber has travelled all around the country teaching students and directors how to get the most out of their rehearsals with games. We all know that practicing is the key to success, but the heart and soul of music is the spirit of play. Come to UNL and see how practice and play fit together to make artistry.

Come see what band can be, and come learn what you can become through music.

Come to UNL this summer!


Carolyn A. Barber is Associate Professor and Director of Bands. She earned a B.M. degree in horn performance at Northwestern University. She received her M.M. degree in horn performance from Yale University and returned to Northwestern to earn her D.M. degree in conducting. At UNL, she currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate conducting and literature courses and coordinates the graduate wind conducting program. She is the conductor and music director of the UNL Wind Ensemble, and as Director of Bands she is actively involved with all facets of the band program.

Campers will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of composition while improvising in a large group context
  • Rehearse in a traditional full band setting in preparation for a capstone performance on the last day of camp
  • Improve individual performance skills in small group, instrument-specific masterclasses
  • Explore the evolution of the art of music through small group classroom sessions
  • Relax and have fun with their peers in social activities on the UNL campus


UNL Conference Services is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to guests with disabilities. In order to ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made, guests with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations must contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at 402/472-3787 at least three weeks prior to their scheduled arrival on campus. Please be prepared to tell that office the name of the conference/camp and dates of attendance.

Middle School Band Camp "Seating":

The focus of the camp is improvisation with opportunities for all students to both lead and follow. Therefore, traditional seating (first chair, second chair, etc.) is not a factor. While a part of the camp experience will involve large ensemble performance, we intend to rotate part assignments to give the campers a broader spectrum of experiences. Thus, no camper will be designated "first chair" or "second chair." Hence no need for formal (aka traditional, competitive) placement auditions.

The instructional staff will hear each student individually and informally (i.e. according to what each student is comfortable presenting that day, rather than reciting an assigned etude or solo for a score or grade) in the daily master classes to provide feedback tailored to each camper's specific level of musical development. This will allow us to provide the most useful information to students of a broad spectrum of ability levels. The more advanced students will have as much chance to grow and improve as the least experienced. The first order of the day will be to teach the students how to practice effectively. We believe this system is more in keeping with a middle school summer camp atmosphere.

Middle School Camp Costs

We do not accept registration after the deadline. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not offer scholarships or reduced fees for the Middle School Band Camp. Registration fees are not refundable.

RESIDENT CAMPER PACKAGE: $335 (plus $5 Slide Room fee)

Campers attend classes and rehearsal sessions throughout the day (approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) under the supervision of clinicians, staff counselors and UNL Glenn Korff School of Music students. Housing is provided in a city campus residence hall supervised by UNL student counselors and residence hall staff. Meals are provided in the camper's assigned residence hall cafeteria. Bed linen and pillows are provided by the residence hall, however, blankets are not provided. Supervised evening activities are included in this package.

NON-RESIDENT (DAY) CAMPER PACKAGE: $220 (plus $5 Slide Room fee)

Campers attend classes and rehearsal sessions from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. under the supervision of clinicians, staff counselors and UNL Glenn Korff School of Music students. Lunch is included with this package. Supervised evening activities (including dinner) can be added for an additional fee.


Contact the band office at band@unl.edu before beginning the registration form if you will be receiving a scholarship from your school or a community organization. Include the camper's name and the name of this camp in your email message. This will help us answer your questions in a timely manner. Registration fees are not refundable.

Please note that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not award scholarships for the Middle School Band Camp.

  • Go to the Slide Room web page located at https://unlmusic.slideroom.com/#/Login.
  • Set up an account using the participant's (STUDENT’S) e-mail address and a password of your choice. Be sure to click the SIGN UP button on your first entry. You will be sent an e-mail with a link to activate your account. You can leave and return to the application form repeatedly until you have completed all questions. Click the LOG IN button on return visits to the application site.
  • After you log in click on your name at the top of the screen. Choose Account Information from the drop down menu. This is where the participant (STUDENT) provides us with contact information. PLEASE use the student’s name and not the parent’s name or the teacher's name (we’ll ask for that information on a subsequent screen).  Remember to click the Save Changes button before exiting this screen.
  • Click on the sentence Back to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music to return to the list of available programs.
  • The Available Programs screen will appear. Scroll down the screen and click on the appropriate camp name. There are two choices for the Middle School Band Camp: Dorm Resident and Non-Resident.
  • Answer all of the questions on each of the screens. Click on the Continue button to take you to each successive screen. You may have to scroll down to see all of the questions depending on the size of your monitor.
  • The final step is payment of the camp fee ($220 for non-resident campers and $335 for dorm residents) + $5 application fee. Credit card information is required. Click the Submit tab and follow the instructions. The Slide Room site is secure. Your credit card will show a charge from Slide Room, not the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please communicate this information to all parties responsible for the credit card in question. Note that you cannot return to the form once you complete all of the steps.

Middle School Band Camp Registration Site