Instrument Classes

Every morning, campers attend group instrument instruction. Classes are multi-level, catered to the abilities of specific students. Each class is taught by a team of at least two teaching artists, to ensure that all students receive individual attention catered to their abilities, interests, and needs.

Vocals

In this group vocal workshop, campers learn the basics of vocal technique and stage presence. Campers choose a song to learn as an ensemble, practicing a collaborative balance of soloing and harmonizing. As the week progresses, campers may show their class the songs they're working on with their band, and work on them with the instructors. Typically, the vocal class performs their song at the Graduation Ceremony on Friday afternoon, the last day of camp. 

Guitar 

Usually split into two sections, our guitar classes are multi-level creative spaces that cover the basics and challenge the experts. The "Beginner" section often covers bar and open chords and basic music theory useful for composing on guitar. The "Advanced" section might focus more on improvisation, soloing, and technique. Instructors always cater the week's lessons to the interests and skill levels of the campers in their class, so material varies from year to year. 

Bass 

Depending on the variety of skill level and interest in each summer's group of bassists, this group will often split into two sections for parts of class. The "Beginner" section often practices basic technique, rhythm, and riffs, while the "Advanced" section might learn applicable music theory, or a complex song.  Instructors always cater the week's lessons to the interests and skill levels of the campers in their class, so material varies from year to year. 

Drums

Usually split into two sections, our drum classes are interactive and challenging. With two full drum kits in the instruction room, campers learn alongside the instructors and each other. The "Beginner" section might focus on basic beats, four-on-the-floor, and tips for transitioning and fills. The "Advanced" section might introduce more complex beats and fills, practice improvising, or learn a challenging song. Instructors always cater the week's lessons to the interests and skill levels of the campers in their class, so material varies from year to year.

Keyboard

Keyboard class covers basic chord shapes and music theory applicable to writing melodies and chord progressions. There might be opportunities for improvisation, solo-writing, and learning about electronic sounds and synth effects. Instructors always cater the week's lessons to the interests and skill levels of the campers in their class, so material varies from year to year.

Workshops

After lunch, students attend a workshop of their choice. All workshops are taught by a lead instructor, an assistant instructor, and at least one other volunteer, to ensure that all students receive individual attention catered to their abilities, interests, and needs.

Songwriting

This workshop focuses on the musical and lyrical art of collaborative songwriting, giving campers the tools they need to write and prepare songs for the showcase. Campers might study their favorite songs to find inspiration, as well as learn about song structures from a music theory perspective. This workshop often composes an original song as a class. 

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Recording

This workshop is great for campers interested in learning to record their own music, with a focus on do-it-yourself techniques campers can use on their own. It explores various aspects of recording, from logistics like choosing and placing a microphone to the nitty-gritty of editing, layering, and mixing audio.  Campers get an opportunity to experience the recording process from the different perspectives of performers, producers, and sound engineers throughout the week. 

Rock Photography

This workshop teaches campers techniques for photographing musicians and bands. Campers explore the technical and artistic aspects of photography, and practice on their own throughout the week. Past workshops have experimented with disposable cameras, Polaroid film, digital cameras, iPhone photos, and editing photos. Campers are encouraged to bring their own camera, but can also borrow one from camp. 

Do-It-Yourself Band Merch

Rock n' roll has a history of Do-It-Yourself mentality. In this arts workshop, campers work in various art mediums  to create DIY craft projects inspired by their rock camp bands (or any other band!). Past workshops have made stencils, tee shirts, show posters, patches, zines, buttons, etc. 

Hip HOP LYRICISM & Production

New in 2016! Learn how to freestyle, write rap lyrics, make original beats, and sample, as well as exploring the history of Hip Hop and its intersections with other musical genres, from Rock 'n' Roll to Folk and Pop.