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The Music Center at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) is considered to be among the best of any university music facility in the country. At Soundwall, campers attend classes and rehearse in this state of the art facility.

At other camps students rehearse in dorms.


Our final concerts feature professional sound and lighting systems. These concerts are held in the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Music Center's 396-seat Recital Hall, a fabulous performance space.

Other camps hold their concerts in multipurpose rooms.


Soundwall campers don't need to bring or rent equipment. Contributions to our non-profit allow us to provide Mackie sound systems, DW drums, Zildjian cymbals, Shure microphones, and SWR and Line 6 amps. Campers bring only their basses, guitars and drum sticks.

Other camps require students to bring or rent all equipment.​​


We've had the same instructional staff for the past ten years. Teachers are working professionals - two are published authors, several have music degrees - one graduate degree. The majority of the staff are over 30.

Many camps hire a much younger, less experienced staff.

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