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Garage Band Summer Camps

Do You Want To Rock?
The Garage

During the late spring, summer, and early fall, a lot of "Mountain Boogie learning" happens out in the garage. A time honored location where many bands got their start. 

Garage Band Summer Camps are designed to give attendees a taste of what it is like to be in a "Rock Band." Participants will learn about and how to perform music from a variety of genres, including Blues, Rock-n-Roll, Pop, Folk, and Hip-Hop.

Campers will focus on an instrument of choice (Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Bass or Keys), and experiment with others (as desired). Additionally, students will have the opportunity to use electronic percussion, MIDI controllers, virtual instruments and world folk instruments, along with how to take care of instruments, set up sound equipment. Campers will also be shown presentations and documentaries of important musicians and landmark songs and engage in followup group discussions.

Summer 2024 Dates

Garage Band Junior Rockers  

For ages 8-10, June 10-14

No Prior Musical Experience Necessary!


Garage Band Senior Rockers!

For Ages 11-13, June 17-21

No Prior Musical Experience Necessary!

Garage Band World Tour!

For Ages 13+ June 24-July 19

Musical Knowledge Assessment 



The aims of all the Garage Band Camps are: 

1) To explore music and develop interpersonal skills in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

2) Broaden and create a deeper appreciation of various musical periods and styles. Each day students will be exposed to various performers, instruments and important musical works.

3) Deepen fluency on a "primary" instrument, but also present an opportunity to work with and learn the basics of all of the main "rock band" instruments; Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keys. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to use digital instruments, such as the Roland Octapad, Roli Seaboard Rise, and computer-based virtual instruments, along with various world folk instruments, including the Didgeridoo, Kalimba, Flutes, and assorted world percussion instruments.



All camps meet Monday-Friday, 9:30-12:30, at the Mountain Boogie Studios (zoom in on street view to see the Google car took a picture while camp was in session!).


The daily schedule for all camps:

9:30-10:00: Gather, outline goals for the day and group rhythmic warmups.

10:00-11:00: Practice songs.

11:00-11:30: (BYO) Lunch with a presentation/video/discussion of a particular instrument/musical style/composer/performer.

11:30-11:45: Group communication (Music Theory) practice.

11:45-12:30 Revisit previously learned songs, put away instruments and discuss plans for tomorrow.

Differences between Camps


The most significant difference is duration. While plans to lengthen the "Junior" and "Senior" camps are in the works, this year they are both 1 week long, while World Tour is 4.

Given the shortened length of the Junior and Senior Camps, they will culminate with an end of the week "presentation" for family and friends at pick up time. This presentation will consist of performing small excerpts of music learned, or sharing thoughts about a particular activity, song, or artist covered during camp.


Given its longer duration, World Tour camp will culminate with with a full performance. Previously, campers put together a 10 song, 45-minute concert for family and friends with selections as diverse as rock, blues, Irish, hip-hop and punk.


The camps are also divided up by age in order to roughly accommodate different levels of musical skill and development. Additionally, given many important artists led/lead difficult lives and issues such as substance abuse, suicide, sexism, racism, abuse, etc. are relatively common, the age ranges are to help make age appropriate changes to the documentaries and group discussions.


Participant Requirements:


- Junior and Senior: No prior musical experience necessary. Prior musical training or experience is helpful, but all skill levels can be accommodated.


-World Tour: Musical assessment is required* 

- Campers are expected to bring a water bottle, a bagged lunch and a three ring binder.

- If interested, please indicate the primary instrument you would want to use at the camp when contacting, along with instruments you are also interested in (P=primary; Y=interest; M=possible interest; N=no interest)

Vocals___ Piano___ Guitar___ Bass Guitar___ Drums___

Electronic ___ World Folk ___

*Assessment consists of evaluating the potential campers understanding of their primary instrument, rhythmic abilities,  and if they have any familiarity with sheet music, tablature or chord charts. 

Please note, campers are not expected to know all of the above, this is only to make sure that the camper has some previous musical knowledge as it would be very difficult for a beginner to keep up with the large amount of material that will be covered over the four weeks.


Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. 



Junior Rockers: June 10-14 (one week), $250

(register by May 10th for early bird price, $200).

Senior Rockers: June 17-21 (one week), $250

(register by May 17th for early bird price, $200).

World Tour: June 23-July 19 (four weeks) $1000

(register by May 23rd for the early bird price, $800).


World Tour campers only:

Confirmed attendees for the World Tour camp need to submit a list of 5 songs by May 23rd. I will review lists for songs of appropriate difficulty and instrumentation and will work 1 from each student into the program.

Junior and Senior campers only:

Confirmed attendees are encouraged to submit lists of 5 songs by May 10th and May 17th respectively. However, given the significantly shorter duration of these camps working songs into the program is not guaranteed.


Please feel free to look around the website for more information on my teaching history, and do not hesitate to email with any questions. 

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