Montana Music Institute is a one-week music and the arts camp for children ages four and older.
Our mission is to inspire youth to explore their creativity and enhance their knowledge through immersion in the universal language of music and the arts. Music instructors from across the region teach classes to young students from the beginner level to the more advanced. Our faculty provide engaging introductions to musical instruments to help assess a child’s preference for violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, voice, drumming, and more. To enhance the musical offerings, we offer classes in art, dance, yoga, foreign language, musical theater, chess, and even knitting! From early Monday to late Friday, students learn new skills, gain confidence, and create lasting friendships.
Montana Music Institute was founded by Carol Critelli, a Billings native and cellist, in 1984 as a Suzuki String Institute. At its origin, MMI sought to provide students the opportunity to develop their string instrument talents in a safe and stimulating environment. Over the years, MMI has grown to include other instruments and artistic interests. It has garnered a reputation statewide for top-notch musical instruction and for fostering a love of music and the arts. Now in our 33rd year, we continue to attract budding musicians and those who seek a quality introduction to music and the arts.
Our vision is to provide an opportunity for young students to find lifelong joy and inspiration through learning, practicing, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Daily recitals give MMI students of all abilities a chance to perform polished pieces in front of a crowd, and allow for students to practice their recital etiquette as good listeners. No musical experience is necessary to attend MMI, and scholarships are available to help ensure no one is left out.
MMI boasts an enthusiastic array of talented faculty from around the region, many of whom have been with the Institute for several years. Individual biographies for our faculty may be found here.
Each year, a dozen responsible, veteran MMI students help our nearly 200 campers find their way. Student assistants share their smiles and experience throughout the week, ensuring campers find their classes, answering questions, helping in the classroom, interacting with campers at lunch, and leading the way in excellent recital etiquette. Most importantly, our SAs share their love of music and the arts. They serve as role models for campers and quickly gain their admiration, all while developing their leadership skills. For students who are at least 13 years old and interested in serving as a student assistant, more information can be found here.
We invite everyone to join us for our daily recitals at 11:40 in the auditorium at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Recitals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday feature outstanding student solos. On Thursday, you won’t want to miss our talented faculty as they take to the stage for both solo and ensemble performances. Finally, Friday features the Robin, Mozart, and Chamber Orchestras, as they perform together what they have learned.
We end the camp on a high note, showcasing the week’s efforts with a day-long open house for families, concluding with an art display and musical celebration outside. After the last class on Friday, we move to the front lawn, where there is ice cream for all, and where our Old Time Fiddlers dazzle us with their finger work and our Irish and hip hop dancers amaze us with their super cool moves.
MMI is governed and run by a dedicated board of volunteers from the community, whose cheerful faces you will see in the halls, classrooms, and office throughout the week. Board members for 2017 are Sue Baker, Liz Fulton, Carol Hall, Shelly Harris, Kari Kale, Sarah Kobald, Wendy Magid, Michelle Moore, Terry Moore, Sarah Paulsen, Olivia Umphrey, and Nancy Van Maren. Board members work throughout the year to make MMI a success. Think you might be interested in joining our efforts? Please email us at email@example.com.