Music camps are sprouting up across North America, and all because of the TV show, “Glee.” If you’ve never seen it, it focuses on the fictional lives of high school choir members. One moment, they’re arguing about the prom, the next they’re breaking into song and dance. According to MSN, fans, who call themselves “Gleeks,” are so obsessed with the show, it’s not enough to just watch it on TV; they want to experience it in real life. So, they’re signing up in droves to learn to sing and dance at “Glee”-inspired music camps.
Camp directors are cashing in on the music craze. Regina Zillani is the director of a “Glee” music camp in North Carolina. She says the first “Glee” session was so popular they had to offer a second session to meet the demand. Music camp directors say kids are crazy about “Glee” because of the wide range of music in the show, everything from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Kids love “Glee” because it smashes the stereotype that choir is lame. After all, one of the show’s main characters is a football player and a singer.
That’s exactly how one teen “Glee” camper feels. She says kids used to think people who liked music were losers; now they’re considered talented. Campers say they feel more confident and have higher self-esteem after performing at “Glee” camp. However, music doesn’t just boost confidence, it also boosts brainpower. Studies show that kids who learn music or play an instrument score 27% higher on math tests and 57 points higher on the SAT’s verbal section. If you want to find a Glee camp, just Google “Glee Music Camps.” If your kid loves music, but lessons and “Glee” camp aren’t in the budget, you might consider giving Karaoke Revolution Glee Wii a try. It lets players perfect their singing skills and performance moves alongside cast members on the screen.