The 2020 session of the Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy for kids ages 8 to 14 is open for registration.

“The Academy has become one of the fastest growing music programs for kids in the Inland Empire,” said Paul Ideker, president & CEO of the Redlands Symphony, “We’re attracting young people who already have some background in music as well as kids who are curious about learning what music is all about.

At the Summer Music Academy, they can do both.”

Classes are taught by trained musicians and kids also have an opportunity to participate in presentations made by professional players from the Redlands Symphony orchestra.

The curriculum offers classes in music theory, listening skills, ensemble presentations, strings, band, vocal chamber music and theater. Students will have an opportunity to experiment with instruments such as the ukulele and recorder, while they improve their social skills and their ability to focus on subjects other than music.

The academy session ends with a concert that is open to family members and friends. “The Academy isn’t just another band camp,” Ideker said. “Research has shown that studying music improves focus, heightens academic success and improves cognitive and social skills for students.

The Summer Music Academy helps students build these skills, thereby improving students' success in school and in their community.”

Redlands Symphony Summer Music Academy

When: Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p..m. Monday through Friday for two weeks from July 13 to 24.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 100 Cajon St., Redlands. n Cost: Early bird registration is $400. After June 1, the fee increases to $500. Registration for each additional child from the same household is $350.

Scholarships: Available and are based on financial need.

More information: Register at, at the symphony office at 112 E. Olive Ave., Suite C, Redlands, or call (909) 587-5565.