2020 SONG CAMP ITALY: POSTPONED
It is with great regret that we must announce that 2020 Song Camp Italy will be postponed. Song Camp Italy will take place as soon as it can be scheduled at a time when the current health crisis is safely behind us and we can once again look forward to our time together sharing songs and fellowship at San Felice in Italy.
Can my family members or other guests join us for the Welcome Dinner?
Yes, your family or other guests are most welcome to join us! The cost for non-students to enjoy the Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, April 1st is $35 per person. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your additional dinner guests and arrange payment.
Dinner includes apertivo, salad, main course (vegetarian and vegan options available), house wines, soft drinks, and fabulous home-made desserts. Alcoholic beverages beyond house wines are not included, but may be purchased separately.
In what language will the classes be presented at Song Camp Italy?
American faculty members will present their classes in English, Italian faculty will present their classes in Italian. In those classes presented in both English and Italian, live translators will be actively facilitating language translation services and will occasionally be available for other classes.
Do I need to bring my guitar?
You're welcome to bring your own guitar. A small number of acoustic guitars may be available for use throughout Song Camp Italy for students who aren't able to travel with their own. Please email email@example.com to inquire about availability of loaner guitars. Arrangements for loaner guitars must be completed and confirmed before March 1, 2020.
If I bring my guitar, do you have recommendations for the best way to fly with it overseas?
This is a surprisingly complicated subject. The best choice is to bring your guitar as a carry-on, so it travels with you in the main cabin of the airplane. Sadly, this is not always an option and sometimes you can't even find out if this option is available until you're already at the gate trying to board your flight! Obviously, checking a guitar that's not in a sturdy hard-shell case is not a good idea.
Checking your guitar as "checked baggage" carries some degree of risk (as shown in this instructive and entertaining video). We do not recommend bringing your most precious guitar with you overseas unless it's carefully packed in an incredibly sturdy, robust guitar case (such as those made by Calton, Hoffee or Pegasus) and it's fully insured against loss or damage. Typically, airlines will not cover the full value of musical instruments they damage or lose, so it's a good idea to purchase additional insurance for your valuable musical instruments.
Additionally, the fine print for most plane tickets spells out that the airlines are not responsible for lost or damaged electronic equipment in your checked bags (for example: microphones, guitar pedals, computers, hard drives, cameras, etc.) so it's best to always transport these with you in your carry-on luggage.
The regulations covering transportation of musical instruments on airplanes have recently been changed in favor of musicians. For more about this topic, visit the Folk Alliance International website at folk.org. This link takes you directly to their "Travel Tips" page, which offers 3 exceptionally informative documents you can download that discuss traveling with musical instruments, including tips, suggestions and the specific text of the FAA regulations that require airlines servicing the U.S.A. to allow you to bring your guitar on board your flight as carry-on baggage.
I play piano / keyboard. Do I need to bring my own?
A small number of "loaner" keyboards will be available throughout Song Camp Italy for students who aren't able to travel with their own. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability of loaner keyboards. Arrangements for this must be completed and confirmed before March 1, 2020.
What if I don't play an instrument?
Can you hear a melody in your head, or sing it? If so, you can write a song lyric and melody. Oftentimes, writing with a musical instrument can get in the way of your creativity and you wind up writing what you already know how to play. A better approach can be to hear the music in your head, then find it on your instrument or partner with someone who can. There are many great songwriters who don't play a musical instrument.
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What if I have additional questions?
Please reach out to us with your questions anytime using the various contact options provided on our Contact page.