improve music skills or explore music composition, recording, production or singing


Week one July 8-12 2024
Week two July 29th – August 2,2024


This unique and fun-filled summer program is designed for students wanting to improve their musicianship, seeking careers in music, or for those who have an interest in exploring music composition, recording, production or singing. Open to students entering grades 7-12, this program offers music technology, instrumental intensive, and vocal workshops designed to immerse students in cutting-edge software and the intricacies of music composition and production, and vocal technique.

Music Technology

This workshop incorporates competencies that are required to succeed in the 21st century i.e., critical thinking, complex problem solving, and learning how to use technologies and software related to actual music production, including music composition, editing, synthesizing and recording.

Master Instructors train and mentor students to compose, produce, mix, and master music using industry standard software and state of the art hardware.

Small class sizes allow students to address individual needs and cater to students’ interests and specializations.

All students receive a one-year subscription to MusicFirst.

Instrumental Intensive Workshop

This workshop is designed to immerse participants in the jazz idiom. Participants will also explore the following, but not limited to, jazz styles:

  • Historically Significant Jazz Recordings
  • Blues
  • Jazz-Rock
  • Latin Jazz
  • Jazz Standards
  • Cool Jazz

Participants will also explore various scales, chord scales, and modes to expand their capacity to improvise.

Vocal/Choral Workshop

Through instructor led exercises students learn breathing techniques, lyric interpretation, stage presence, and song composition

  • Complete 25+ hours of training in vocal technique, ear training, stage presence, lyric interpretation, phrasing, and stylistic techniques, and song composition
  • Increased understanding of how vocal performances or auditions are evaluated.
  • Strengthened vocals
  • Improved stage presence
  • Create an archival recording in collaboration with classmates or independently

Summer Music Program Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of music production (music technology)
  • Improved musical knowledge and skills  
  • Increased confidence and enthusiasm for learning and appreciating music
  • Improved cooperative learning skills
  • Improved work ethic
  • Team spirit developed

The 2023 FAME Summer Music Program offer three separate weeklong sessions. All workshops are held Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm for a total of 35 hours.  Materials are included.  A camp T-shirt must be worn during the camp.  Students can elect to participate in a different workshop each week.

Students will plan, organize, and implement a closing program open to families, sponsors, and members of the community. Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of each workshop.

This program has been presented in a partnership between FAME and the University of Maryland School of Music since 2011.  It is supported in part by the Prince George’s County Government, United Parcel Service (UPS), PEPCO, and Exelon Company, MGM, Prince George’s County Public School System, Community Foundation of the National Capitol Area, and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Cost Per Workshop

$300 Each Workshop

Withdrawal and Refund Policy 

You have the option to withdraw and receive a refund of the workshop tuition payment, minus the non-refundable $75 administrative and registration fees, as follows:  A written statement requesting cancellation of the student’s registration is required and should be sent to  For cancellations received within one month prior to the first day of the workshop, you will receive a 50% tuition refund. No refunds are available for requests received less than one month prior to the workshop start date.

FAME’s overall goals are to increase student’s enthusiasm for learning, improve academic achievement, incentivize youth to stay in school, and provide youth with exposure beyond their community walls.