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School of The Getdown Youth Arts Camp


Frequently Asked Questions:


How much does the School of The Getdown Youth Arts Camp cost? 

This program is provided at no cost to all participants. We require a non-refundable application fee, in order to make sure limited spots are available to serious participants. Similar programs in the region are priced at $1200-$1500. The application fee is $100 before June 15, and $200 after June 15 and can be paid by cash, check, Venmo, or CashApp. 


Is this an overnight camp?

No, this is a day camp, between the hours of 9am & 5pm daily


Where is Geoffrey’s located and what is the best way to get there?

Geoffrey’s Inner Circle is located at 410 14th St, in the heart of Downtown Oakland. It is easily accessible by bus or BART. The 12th St Oakland City Center BART station lets you off less than a block away from Geoffrey’s.


Are students required to bring their own instruments?

While we are not currently offering a band class, there may be opportunities for young instrumentalists. Piano, drum set, percussion instruments, and bass and guitar amps are provided. Students playing horns, guitar, bass, flute, violins, etc, may be required to bring their own instruments. 


Is food provided?

Lunch and a snack will be provided for students daily. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or allergies in the application form. 


Does my child need prior musical experience to attend?

Students of all levels are accepted and welcomed. 


Which classes will my child take?

This program is designed to be multidisciplinary, with the belief that all participants will benefit from a well-rounded education in the arts. All students will participate in the Vocals, Music Fundamentals, The Art of Rap, Percussion, Drum Corps, and Dance classes between the hours of 9am and 5pm. 


What if my child is experienced in one of the disciplines, but not the others?

This is definitely ok! Students will have the opportunity to continue to develop disciplines they may have some experience in, and delve into disciplines that may be completely new.

Who is the faculty at this program?

We are proud to have a powerful faculty roster of renowned educators, artists, and performers. Read more about our dream team HERE.


What happens at the end of the camp?

At the end of the camp, the students will present a recital for their parents, families, friends, and the general public. The recital will be held Saturday 8/3/24, 4-7pm at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle and is free to attend. 


What is the daily schedule? 

9:00-9:15am Opening Activity

9:15-10:15am Percussion

10:20-11:20am Music Fundamentals

11:25am-12:25pm The Art of Rap

12:25-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-1:30pm Fun Activity (guest performances, games, etc)

1:35-2:35pm Drum Corps

2:35-2:50pm Snack

2:55-3:55pm Dance

4:00-5:00pm Vocals


My child wants to sign up but is unable to attend one day. Is that ok?

We require each student and parent to sign a letter of commitment stating the student will attend all five days of classes as well as the Saturday afternoon recital. This program is a free gift to deserving students and students are required to fully commit to the program, in order to ensure our limited slots are given to students and families that are respectful of this great opportunity. 


What is School of The Getdown? 

School of The Getdown is an arts organization founded and led by renowned vocalist Faye Carol. Operating in the Bay Area since 2000, it is School of The Getdown's mission to celebrate and promote Black music and to share these cultural traditions with diverse Bay Area communities through performance and educational programs, with particular attention towards youth and the Black community.  School of The Getdown offers a vocal workshop series; private lessons in singing, instrumental music, and music history; lecture performances in schools and camps; masterclasses with visiting artists; and partnerships with community organizations. The organization produces multicultural and intergenerational concert series, festivals, free community programming, commissioned artistic works, and thematic programming celebrating Black history and Black culture.

How do I sign my child up?

Complete the application form HERE and submit the completed form via email to or via USPS to P.O. Box 3021 Berkeley, CA 94703. We will be in touch promptly with confirmation and to answer any questions. Your slot will not be reserved until the nonrefundable application fee has been received. The application fee can be paid by cash, check, Venmo (@Faye-Carol), or CashApp ($lovetomissfaye) 

Will there be an opportunity for parents to meet faculty and staff before the program?

Yes, we will hold a camp orientation event at Geoffrey's shortly before the camp begins where parents can meet faculty and staff, get a feel for the program, see the venue, mingle with other families, and ask any remaining questions. Details will be provided at a later date. 

Who can I contact with questions? 

Contact Co-Producer Joe Warner at or (925) 658-2016

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