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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum but have turned to it for insights and information in the past. I'm an adult who has returned to playing piano more regularly after studying in my youth. I've wanted to participate in a summer "piano retreat" for a couple of years, but of course in-person options were impossible last summer and are very limited this year. Unfortunately, I don't think I'd benefit much from a virtual option, what with a young family and rowdy dog at home.

I had really set my sights on Summerkeys (thanks in no small part to some of the reviews I read on this forum), but they are not doing their in-person sessions this summer. It appears that Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Colorado is planning to hold their adult piano program, however, so I wanted to see whether anyone had recently participated and might provide some guidance. I'm fully vaccinated and am comfortable with any in-person program that adheres to recommended safety protocols. My major questions are:

1. Is Rocky Ridge really good for pianists of all levels? (By way of reference, I would characterize myself as squarely intermediate.)
2. The campus seems nice (maybe not quite as lovely as coastal Maine, but that's just my taste). Is the overall experience enjoyable, and is there sufficient time to enjoy the surroundings?
3. Is the instruction supportive, especially for someone who hasn't taken a lesson in many years and is prone to nerves?

Any thoughts on those questions, plus any additional information or insights you may have would be greatly appreciated!

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I attended Rocky Ridge one summer a few years ago. Yes, they are very supportive of all levels of pianists; when I attended, there was at least one camper that had been playing less than two years.
The surroundings are lovely; campers stay in cabins which are fairly primitive. Even in the summer, prepare for cold. Meals are communal —excellent food.

You make your own schedule. You sign up for practice time and individual type cabins that are nestled in the woods. So you can reduce your practice time if you like to spend more time hiking. Check on the number of private lessons; I don’t believe it was everyday.

I couldn’t complain but I have found a camp where there is a one hour lesson daily and evening piano where you play fir each other. Including practice, all day is piano one way of the other. It was more what I wanted— exhausting piano.... but then I’ve been playing for many years

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Thank you so much! This is really helpful and gives me more to think about.

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Hi

I can't comment on the course itself, but if you're thinking of the Estes Park summer camp, it gets my highest recommendation for the location alone. I stayed in Estes Park in 2012 when I was on holiday in the US. You are only a couple of miles from some of the best scenery I've ever seen. The drive along the Trail Ridge Road is fabulous.

Combine that with a great music course and I honestly don't think you can go wrong.

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I’ll be at Rocky Ridge in August! First time. I go annually to the Sonata in Bennington VT. I’m squarely intermediate as well. Truly, and probably the only one at the Vermont camp who never had lessons as a child. So maybe I’ll see you at Rocky Ridge! An idea of my level... I’ll probably work on Bach inventions 1 and 2 and Water Wagtails by Cyril Scott there.

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I think you’ll really enjoy Rocky Ridge! I hope you will post a review in the ABF when you come back— since questions about adult music camps come up frequently


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Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Rocky Ridge because of some scheduling conflicts that came up since I started this thread. I'm jealous of those of you who are going and please do let us know how it went!


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