Top Music and Performing Arts Camps in San Francisco

Published May 16, 2016

Is your child showing an interest in music or the performing arts? If so, here are some great summer camps where they can hone and showcase their talents:

Top Music and Performing Arts Camps in San Francisco

Whether your child is looking to build confidence or needs an activity to unleash some, we recommend signing up for a performing arts camp. It really doesn’t matter if your little ones can sing, dance, or act because we are here to help. Who knows - maybe they are a star in the making!

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world.

Aside from providing the Bay Area with some great family entertainment, they are also offering a summer orchestra program.


Fill your child’s school breaks with adventure, learning and fun!

Experienced coaches and camp staff create a supportive environment for every age and interest, from preschool to Grade 12, from cooking to leadership opportunities. 

Blue Bear Music

Kids will be rocking all summer long with Blue Bear’s week-long music day camps! Most camps run 10am–3pm Monday through Friday and include a special performance on Friday ending around 5:30pm so campers can share what they’ve learned. The camp curriculum was designed by renowned educator and artist Bonnie Hayes.

Little Mission Studio

LMS is a fun-loving music school in the Mission District inspiring creativity and cultivating musicianship with music lessons, classes, and workshops for all! This year's summer camps include Songwriting Camp, Little Mission Musicians (guitar, piano, percussion, vocals, and On Stage Camp (musical theatre, acting, and improv).

All camps are open for ages 7-10, and 11-14, with extended care available.

New Conservatory Theatre Center

Step right up to the New Conservatory Theatre Center's circus-themed theatre camps! These include Creativity Camp (grades 2-3), Teen Summer Ensemble (grades 6-8), High School Scene Study (grades 9-12), and Youth Summer Intensives (grades 3-5).  

Camps sessions run at different times during June and July.

Stratford School

Does your child have unlimited energy and creativity? Does he or she sing along to favorite songs and movies?

If so, check out Stratford School's Musical Theater, Digital Music, and orchestra programs at select campuses.

Community Music Center

Kids, make great music and great friends at Community Music Center this summer! Camp CMC, Musical Discovery Camp, and CMC Chamber Camp are week-long summer camps that offer youth the chance to play with other musicians and have fun together.

As with all CMC classes, financial aid is available.

Ms. Marian's Dance Garden

Opened in 2013, Ms. Marian’s unique “performance-focused” Dance Program for boys and girls means frequent stage time at the end of each class in the studio.

A variety of summer camps are offered including Fairy Princess Camp (K-3), a Pre-K Camp (ages 3-5), Dance Production Camp (grades 1-8), and more! Camps all run in 1-week sessions.

Fei Tian Academy of the Arts 

Fei Tian Academy of the Arts' mission is to provide young people with a curriculum that features training in traditional arts that facilitates the understanding of different cultures, offering dance education to those who are both accomplished and talented. This year's music and performing arts camps include Chinese Song & Story Camp, Children & Youth Dance Camps, and Dance Intensive Camps, and the Master Dance Program.

Linda Bulgo's Musical Productions

Linda Bulgo’s Musical Productions is offering 10 weeks of Summer Camp, with each week offering a different theme. Children create with their singing, dancing, and acting and also with art projects, and theater games. Friday performance each week.

Open to ages 5-12. Children will be in separate groups according to age.

Marin Theatre Company

Let Marin Theatre Company nurture your child's passion for theater this summer! In the week-long Creative Dramatics camps, students will have the opportunities to immerse themselves into the worlds of Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, & Finding Nemo - just to name a few! In the Production Camps, students will be rehearsing & performing in full productions of Legally Blonde Jr. & Disney's Aristocats KIDS.

Young Actors Theatre Camp

All classes are all taught by working actors, singers, directors, dancers casting directors, agents, managers, and producers who bring their current experiences and inspirations directly to the classroom.

Programs are designed with each camper in mind regardless of age or experience level. You will surely find YATC to be the perfect match for you!

Ming-Hai Wu School of Ballet

Discover the magic of classical ballet through the nurturing instruction of an international, award-winning principal dancer and choreographer.

Mr. Wu graduated from Shanghai Ballet School at the top of his class and joined the Shanghai Ballet as a principal dancer. He danced numerous principal roles in the great opera houses of China, Europe and the U.S.

1st Russian Ballet School

1st Russian Ballet School, under the artistic direction of the renowned Ballet Instructor, Julia Zharova, offers ballet classes in the modern, easily accessible facility in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.

The school focuses on classical ballet and uses the Vaganova Method of instruction.

Poise Ballet

Poise Ballet offers summer dance camps for boys & girls ages 6-18. Summer Dance FUN Camps run 9am-3pm, on July 11-15, and/or August 1-5. No Dance Experience Required.

Summer Dance INTENSIVE Camp runs 9am-3pm on July 18-22 and/or August 8-12. For the Intensive camp, a minimum of 2 years dance experience is required.

The Joy of Dance Ballet School

Joy of Dance Ballet School offers a wonderful, fanciful, creative day camp program for 10 weeks this summer. This inspiring camp welcomes boys and girls and uses themes from famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppélia, The Nutcracker and Carnival of Animals as well as Broadway hit, Mamma Mia! featuring music by ABBA! Camps expose children to music, choreography and art experiences.

Hopefully the list above inspired you to grab an instrument, ballet shoes, or costume and head off to the coolest camp in town. If none of the performing arts camps met your kids killer creative needs feel free to check out our huge selection of other awesome local camps and classes here.

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