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23 July 2015

YTV Essay by Ella Staats

Trad Camp provides countless opportunities for young musicians of all ages and abilities. I attend Trad Camp knowing that it’s a place where everyone is accepted, and where I will always be exposed to new tunes, dances, and songs. I love that Trad Camp is inclusive of everyone; if you are a ten-year-old who has just picked up a fiddle, you will have the same rewarding experience as a fifteen-year-old who has played the banjo for years. All instruments, experience levels, ages, and interests are welcomed.

Trad Camp doesn’t just build on preexisting skills; it also exposes students to new experiences. In addition to learning new tunes, there are classes where campers learn traditional songs and dances, and even how to play new instruments. One of my favorite parts about Trad Camp is the Instrument Petting Zoo, where students can try out any instrument you could imagine. The Petting Zoo is actually what introduced me to the ukulele, which is now my primary instrument.

The overall atmosphere of the camp is fun, inviting, and friendly. Year after year, I love seeing the same familiar faces, as well as meeting new people and forming new friendships. Everyone at Trad Camp is connected by their love of music and their willingness to learn and have fun. When I think back to years past, I remember jam sessions, engaging guests and performances, and writing and learning new songs with new friends. Trad Camp is an experience that anyone can enjoy.