For Parents

2019 Summer Session
June 22 to August 10

Location
Meadowmount is located in New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains at the base of Mount Discovery on 275 acres of forest and farmland. With limited cell service and Wi-Fi, Meadowmount is the perfect place to turn off the electronics and focus on personal artistic development.

Supervision
Minors aged 13 to 17 have live-in counselors who wake them in the morning for breakfast, monitor their required practice time, chaperone them throughout the day and check them back into the dorms at 10pm curfew.

Students under age 18 are not allowed to leave campus without parental, faculty or counselor supervision. Students may leave campus with an adult visitor authorized by a parent, only if there is a Visitor Release Form signed by the parent, naming the adult, date and time of visitation on file in the Admissions Office. Visiting adults must register in the office prior to leaving campus with the student. The proper documentation must be signed before release.

Learn about the student experience from former Meadowmount students on the My Story page.

Performance
There are many performance opportunities for students throughout the summer including weekly faculty studio and guest artist master classes. We present three public concerts every week on campus (as well as frequent off-campus concerts) to showcase select students in solo and chamber music performances. Each student receives a weekly private lesson and chamber music coaching with an assigned faculty member. Students may schedule additional lessons with the teacher’s assistant (TA) or with their teacher. Extra lessons with the TA are $40 per lesson. Lessons with the private teacher are arranged individually. Observation is a powerful learning tool and the daily violin, viola, cello, piano and chamber music master classes are open to all students.

Past student performances can be viewed by clicking here or visit Meadowmount on YouTube.

Practice and Recreation
Students practice 5 hours a day Monday through Friday and 4 hours on Saturday. There is plenty of time for recreation in the afternoons and evenings. We offer a soccer field, indoor recreation center, tennis court, badminton, books to read, board games, table tennis, pool table, movie night, TV and Wi-Fi in the Main House. Local shopping trips are provided throughout the week with more adventurous trips for hiking, water parks, movies, bowling, eating out, shopping and sightseeing offered on the weekends. Additional fees may apply.

Student Needs
We understand that our students will have special needs when away from home. A note or small box from home with a favorite homemade treat is always a big hit when feeling homesick. Our staff is trained to offer immediate assistance when required. Helping students with musical questions, social issues or taking them to the nurse when not feeling well is all part of our care and concern for each student. Parents are notified when there are health concerns or disruptive behavior. Usually a talk with a parent will help the student refocus to be on track with their musical studies. A high degree of social maturity and professionalism is expected of each student. A strong willingness to work together, respect for the feelings of others and the motivation to practice 5 hours per day are necessary to achieve maximum results.

Pocket Money
Your student may want to have money on hand to purchase a snack from our snack bar, strings or music from the violin shop, or a t-shirt or hoody from the office as a souvenir.

It is suggested that they bring at least $300 in cash or checks for spending money. There is no ATM on campus but there are some in town. The office will cash personal and third party checks for the students. Students may “bank” their money, passports, tickets, or other items of value in the office for safekeeping.

Concerts
Meadowmount presents three concerts on campus every week. They are held in the Concert Hall on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. If your son or daughter is performing in an on-campus concert, you are invited to attend the after concert dinner as our guest. To ensure we have made proper arrangements with the restaurant, please let us know as soon as possible if you will be joining us for the concert and reception.

Cell Phone and Electronic Devices Policy
Cell phone reception is limited. Verizon and T-Mobile are the only cell phone services in the area. A campus phone is available for student use and domestic and international phone cards can be purchased in the office. A cell phone is not necessary. Minor students have restricted cell phone use.

For Students under age 18:
Cell phone and electronic device use for students under the age of 18 is limited so as not to interfere with studies, practice, sleep and campus life.

Minor students may bring one phone and one other electronic device (reader, tablet or laptop). Do not bring a Smart Watch. Extra or unnecessary devices will be sent home at the family’s expense.

All electronic devices will be registered with the office and turned in upon arrival. Students will sign their devices in and out during set times for use ONLY in the Main House.

Electronic devices are not allowed elsewhere on campus. This includes - in the dormitories, concert halls, walking around campus or during master class events. Students found in violation of any of these rules will only be warned once, placed on probation with no device usage or expelled. Students found with devices not registered with the office are subject to expulsion.

In case of an emergency, when you would need to contact your child, please call the office (518) 962-2400. There is a phone booth available for student use and calling cards are sold in the office.

Counselors wake the minor students in the morning so it is not necessary to use the phone as a morning alarm. Minors should bring a basic wristwatch or alarm clock, a metronome, a tuner, and recording device for practice hours.

Students can pick up their devices at the office between the hours of 2:00pm to 4:30pm daily and 7:45pm to 9:30pm on non-concert nights and use them only in the Main House. On concert evenings there will be no evening use. Dates and times are subject to change. During weekends minor aged students can use their devices on Saturday 2:00pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 10:15am to 5:00pm. Dates and times are subject to change.

Visiting
Parents, family and friends may visit on weekends between the hours of: 12:30pm-10:00pm Saturday and 7:30am to 10:00pm Sunday.

Only family members are allowed in the Dormitory. Friends can visit with students at the Main House. Concert admission is free for visiting family members. Students under age 18 must checkout in the office before leaving campus. Minors may go overnight on Saturday but must return and check-in with their counselor before the 7:30pm Sunday concert. (See “Taking a Student Off Campus” below.)

Taking a student off campus (Minor)
Students aged 13 to 17 must sign out in the office before leaving campus. Students must have a signed Visitor Release Form on file in the office to depart with anyone other than their parent.  Visitors must show identification and be listed on the Visitor Release Form or the student may not depart our campus. These precautions are in place to ensure the safety of all our young students.

Please call or email with any questions: admissions@meadowmount.com.

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