Summer Camp at Bird - Write a song, make a video, put on a show

Bird Summer Camp

Summer camp bands will write and record their own original material through our record label, Bird Records! Improve your music and collaboration skills as we rehearse each day to get ready for an end-of-week performance for family and friends. Learn valuable team work and creative skills as we make our own recording and music video from concept to completion.

All skill levels welcome! We have challenges for beginning to advanced students, entering grades 2–9.

Summer Camp students will:

  • Start a band
  • Write a song
  • Create a professional recording
  • Make a music video
  • Brand and market their band
  • Put on a show

We’ll learn:

  • Rehearsal Skills
  • Reading Music Charts
  • Recording and Overdubbing
  • Audio Mixing
  • Song Structure
  • Vocals
  • Technical Music Skills
  • Story, Script, & Story Boarding
  • Camera Skills & Framing
  • Lighting
  • Production Design
  • Audio Production
  • Acting
  • Editing
  • Team Work

Camps run Monday-Friday, June 10 through August 30. Select a full-day or half-day as your schedule permits!

Second Line Saturdays at Bird

Second Line Saturdays

Come march with us every Second Saturday at noon

Bird Second-Line brass band is accelerated learning in the most fun environment.
Students gain solid fundamentals and knowledge about every aspect of music performance.

Come learn about the greats like Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory while playing in a live musical history lesson.

Skills we work on each week:

Improvisation – Musical communication – Playing Dynamics – Ear Training

Listening Skills – Lead Sheets and Charts – Harmony – Creativity – Rudiments

We march the Second Saturday (12-1:30pm) sessions for all ages, kids and adults – everyone is welcome to join the parade!

New Musical Voyagers preschool music class at Bird School of Music

New Musical Voyagers

New Musical Voyagers offers music exploration and exposure for little ones ages 3-5 years. Preschoolers will explore basic drums, keyboard, ukulele, rhythm and other building blocks to musical education as we journey through different musical styles and concepts.

We’ll play records, sing songs, dance, play music games, play band,  jam (on drums, grand piano, electric keyboards, ukulele, accordion, guitar, bass, shakers and doodads, congas, bongos and tablas) to learn the basics of instruments and musical fundamentals.  We even put on shows 4 times a year.  We have fun!

Note: This class is for students to participate in without their caregiver; participants must be able to use the restroom on their own.

Early Bird

Learn about music while having fun!

Teacher: Elise

Designed to teach musical concepts through play, our Early Bird music and movement classes (for kids ages newborn-3 years and their grownups) include live music, singing games, creative movement activities and instrument play. Classes are paced to keep your child’s interest while offering plenty of opportunity to explore and create.  Adults will appreciate the snippets of music history and theory thrown in along the way. Children and caregivers are encouraged to sing, dance and play in class!

The Bossmen - Bird student band

Bands at Bird

We create bands and put on epic shows

During our popular 8-and 9-week sessions, Bird’s experienced instructors mentor bands through every step from choosing a name to finding and arranging songs to performing live at our epic end-of-session concerts.

For experienced bands, we provide group supervision, musical instruction, rehearsal space, song-writing classes, and instruction in stage presence, running rehearsals,  making demos and videos. Learn what it takes from actual performing musicians. Plus, Bird bands have access to the equipment and supervision to record in our state of the art recording studio.

Students (ages 7-17), but we also have mom and dad bands that practice on their lunch hour and in the evenings.

Band Sessions

Sign up for one of our themed sessions, choose a song and rehearse with your band. At the end of the session, your band will perform live on stage.

8 weeks 60/90 minutes; available Mon-Sat
60 minute dress rehearsal/Pizza Party/Sunday Showcase: $550/student
90 minute dress rehearsal/Pizza Party/Sunday Showcase: $700/student

9 week 60/90 minutes; available Mon-Sat
60 minute dress rehearsal/pizza party/Sunday Showcase: $605/student
90 minute dress rehearsal/pizza party/Sunday Showcase: $770/student



FINE PRINT
This schedule of classes is subject to change and is dependent upon sufficient numbers of students. Time slots are available on first-come/first-served basis. Band prices are per student.  Sessions run 8-9 weeks in length depending on students regular school year calendar.  

For complete information on our payment and cancellation policy, absences and more, see our student handbook.

Bird Band Boot Camp

Band Bootcamp

Band Bootcamp

Wanting to join in on the Bird School of Music Band session, but looking for a squad to play with? Get ready to rock out in our new Band Bootcamp classes lead by instructors Ahmed Ragab & Nikola Printz.

Join us on Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm or Fridays 4:00-5:00pm. Over this 7-week course, you and your classmates will learn the foundational skills and practices needed to form a killer band. In this class, students will not only be introduced to how to rehearse and practice with their peers, but also build a rapport and the chemistry to form a band and perform on the end of the session concert.

Students will do a deep dive into the featured band of the Bird Band Session looking at the bands that influenced them as well a groups that they influenced.

This class is open to all ages.

Enrollment is ongoing, so join at any time, and drop-ins are always welcome!

Looking to take your band to the next level,  or miss a class?
Students enrolled in the Band Bootcamp receive a 10% discount on private Lessons with instructors Ahmed & Nikola

About Ahmed
Ahmed is a trilingual artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Egypt, he listened to and lived in both Egyptian and Japanese cultures during his childhood. He picked up the drum kit at 17 and has been on a journey exploring the different languages of music ever since. Starting from heavy metal music, he quickly expanded into learning jazz and funk, eventually learning piano and composition along the way. Ahmed has performed in various places around the world, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Tokyo and Cairo. He has performed in local festivals with several notable artists in the Bay Area including Audiopharmacy, Climbingpoetree, Nina Grae, Sasha Bayan, Teao Sense and YOURS. His style of playing ranges from rock, funk, reggae and jazz all the way to hip-hop as well as electronic and world music.

About Nikola
Nikola is a professional classically-trained opera singer as well as an avid performer of jazz and folk music. She has been a classical musician since the tender age of 8, having started piano lessons and later transitioned to playing organ. At 15 she began playing ukulele and mandolin. She jump-started her singing career after beginning her studies in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. Since then she has performed all over the Bay Area with local companies in lead roles such as Opera San Jose, Livermore Opera, West Edge Opera and West Bay Opera. She also starred in and created the role of Velma Louise Cole in Boxcar Theater’s immersive theater show “The Speakeasy.” She has performed all over the country and in Hanzhou, Beijing and Suzhou with I Sing Beijing. In 2016 Nikola was a resident artist with Opera Memphis, where she also received her Artist Diploma degree in Opera Performance. She now resides in San Francisco where she performs and teaches voice, piano, theater and movement.