Where kids learn to play, sing and perform traditional Cajun music from friendly, patient and gifted teaching & playing professionals.


Rhythm and Roots Kids Cajun Music Camp

Kids Cajun Music Camp Application Link


R&R Kid's Cajun Music Camp is a fun music instruction program held during Rhythm & Roots Festival for young students from 8-18 years of age.

Kids learn to play, sing and perform traditional Cajun music. Classes are offered in traditional Cajun fiddle, guitar and accordion, bass and mandolin.

The music camp is directed by renowned fiddle teacher, Pam Weeks, and the teachers include Pam Weeks, Andy Stewart (fiddle); Jim Joseph, Tim Kness, (accordion);  Mary Jo Slattery, Mark Wholley (guitar); Bill Olson (Bass) and Michael Pattavina(mandolin). Administrative assistance is once again in the capable hands of Karen McGrath. Michelle Kaminsky will be serving as Advisor this year.

The program culminates in the very popular Dance Tent performance for an enthusiastic crowd of parents and festival fans on Sunday at 1:45 as "Les Jeunes Cajuns" (students and instructors) play and sing tunes they have learned during the weekend.


Rhythm & Roots Festival is committed to keeping traditional Cajun music alive and well in New England. Participation in the Cajun Music Camp  is free. Admission to the festival is free for kids 12 and under. Students 13 years and older who are also attending the festival will need to purchase a ticket, half price tickets this year for teenagers!



Local children whose families are not attending the festival are invited to participate in the Cajun Music Camp. Classes are held in the Ninigret Park Picnic Pavilion outside the ticket gate. All parents (local and festival patrons) should plan to stay at the picnic pavilion while the academy is in session, so bring a book and your coffee or tea!


Rhythm and Roots Kids Cajun Music Camp



  • The academy is open to students 8 to 18 years of age.

  • Students should be able to participate all three days, including Sunday's concert.

  • Students of all playing levels are welcome and will be divided into classes according to their playing ability and comfort level.

  • Beginning fiddle and accordion students should, at a minimum, be able to play a D or A scale or be able to play a simple song such as 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.'

  • Guitar and mandolin students should know chords D, E, A and G and be able to change from chord to chord.

  • Students must bring their own instruments. However we will have a few accordions for kids to try if they are interested. Please let us us know if you'd like to borrow an accordion.

  • If you have a tuner, please bring it.

  • Also bring a cool hat for Sunday's performance!



All classes / rehearsals meet in the Ninigret Park Picnic Pavilion, located between the camping area and concert area ticket gate. Sunday's performance will be in the Dance Pavilion.

  • Friday, Sept 1  (Picnic Pavilion)  

    • 6:00-7:00 pm: Orientation. Meet your teachers. Run through the tunes.

    • Bring your instrument! You'll be playing the first night!

  • Saturday, Sept 2 (Picnic Pavilion)

    • 10:30-12:30 Sectional, Vocal and Ensemble Instruction

  • Sunday, Sept 3 (Picnic Pavilion and Dance Tent)

    • 10:30-12:30: Sectional, Vocal and Ensemble Instruction (Picnic Pavilion)

    • 2:00 "Graduation Gig" at the Dance Tent. Bring your coolest hat to wear for the gig!

    • 2:30 pm: Certificates (behind the Dance Stage).



If you need to cancel for any reason, please contact us so that others may have a chance to participate.

OnLine Registration: June 1st thru Aug 31.

Please register as early as you can so that we know you're coming.

Click on the button at the top of this page to register your child.


Parents please note:

  1. Please plan to stay while classes are in session. Bring your coffee, a book, camera, blanket or chair. Relax, watch, listen and enjoy!

  2. We are staffed to teach only. If your child needs a trip to the restroom, etc., please attend to his or her needs. Also bring any special items that your child may require. Thank you.

  3. If your child has special dietary needs, please bring along an appropriate snack and drink.

Rhythm and Roots Kids Cajun Music Camp


For further information, email musiccamp@rhythmandroots.com