Camp Kiya 2018: JULY 22-26


Camp Kiya News!


Camp Kiya begins next Sunday, July 22! We still have room to welcome new campers, so don’t be shy — come join us for a musical feast in our cool mountain air!

To register, please send your name and phone number to: and we will call and register you directly


We’re delighted to welcome Jeff Peters to Camp Kiya as a guitar instructor.  Jeff will be teaching fingerstyle guitar. Jeff splits his time between Tehachapi and Arroyo Grande, where he is known as “The Wedding Guitarist.” He is in much demand for his classical playing as well as his gorgeous arrangements of old standards for guitar.         Welcome Jeff Peters! 


                       2018 Class Schedules will be updated soon!


Camp Kiya Jam Camp will Return!

November 2-4, 2018

Tehachapi Mountain Park

        We are happy to announce that a Camp Kiya Jam Camp will take place again this year on November 2-4. Those who came last year had a great time. The weather was beautiful! This was much like the “Wintercamp” that Tehachapi musicians used to hold some years ago in Tehachapi Mountain Park. We won’t have instruction or anything formally planned except for meals.  This will be opportunity for us to get together again, jam, eat, play games and work a jigsaw puzzle, and have a great time. 

       Meals will be prepared by our kitchen staff, and all of us can pitch in to help clean up as needed.

       Because it could be chilly at that time of the year, we’ll have jamming in the cabins, which are heated. We won’t assign cabins ahead of time for sleeping, other than to set aside quiet ones for men and women.  You’re free to find a bunk – first come, first served. If you are planning to jam most of the night – or all night – you can bunk in your favorite jam cabin. We’ll set aside specific ones for Celtic, Bluegrass, Old Time, country, etc.

       RVs are welcome, as well. As always, Tehachapi people can choose to sleep at home.

       Because of the loose cabin sleeping arrangements, anyone under 18 wanting to spend the night MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (We will offer a special rate for a parent who is simply spending the night.)   

More information, including the cost, will be posted later.

We’re looking forward to a great weekend of jamming, and just being together again!


See the Registration Info & Fees page for Camp Kiya general info, fees, discounts, camper forms, and payments.

Explore music “from the inside out.”


Discover the joy of jamming, improvisation, singing, dancing and playing tunes together. Try different instruments, learn new tunes and styles on your main one, have fun doing creative art projects, learn about the local native American culture, or just enjoy the woods. There’s something for everyone at Camp Kiya!

“Kiya” (Kee-ya) means fun, laughter and play in the local Tehachapi native language, Nuwa (or Kawaiisu). The camp is rustic, with a mess hall for meals and dancing, a campfire circle for gathering and singing, and cabins, campsites and shower facilities. Sleep in a cabin, your own tent or RV, or go home every night if you are local. We also have fine hotels in town only 20 minutes from camp. Meals are mostly catered from our local restaurants, with vegetarian options.

Our Acorn Program includes special activities for children ages 4 to 11 who are not taking the regular classes. Those 6 and under must be accompanied in the program by a parent or guardian.…read more About Camp Kiya