July 17, 2015, Mechanicsburg, PA - The Keystone Musical Arts Center (KMAC) has two Summer Music Camps still available for registration this month. ROCK BAND Songwriting/Recording Camp will be held July 20-24. Campers will collaborate with others on composing, arranging, performing and recording original material. The final offering for this summer will be July 27-31, Boompop Jam Camp which deals with the art of "the jam." This camp will be a unique exploration of genres and More information and registration are available onimprovisation. Then on Saturday, August 1, all campers are invited back to perform at "Rock Band Live." the school's website, KMAC.rocks (or KeystoneMusicalArtsCenter.org).
Photos from the earlier sessions, Guitar Camp and Performance Camp, are posted online at Facebook.com/KMACenter.
With the Keystone Musical Arts Center facility still in the planning stages, all 2015 summer camps and "Rock Band Live" are being held at the Metropolis Collective art gallery and performance space in downtown Mechanicsburg (17 W. Main Street). Camps run Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm each day.
Rod Goelz is the lead instructor for all of these camps. Mr. Goelz has been teaching for over 20 years. His background includes education at Berklee College of Music and as a professional musician in several rock, jazz, funk and R&B groups. Rod believes strongly in learning through playing with others, making him the perfect choice to head Keystone M usical Arts Center's Rock Band program. He also teaches private lessons on bass, guitar, mandolin and ukulele, and he created and teaches the QuickStart Guitar program. Several of his method books have been published and are available on Amazon.com.
Assisting Rod is Billy Cave, guitar ist and singer for The Mixed Process . The two are looking forward to working together these last couple weeks before Billy leaves for The New School in New York City where he has been accepted into their music program. Other KMAC instructors helping out are Kevin Neidig, Phil Freeman and Terry Selders. Vito Grippi will discuss lyric writing at the Songwriting Camp and Richard Reilly, proprietor of the Metropolis Collective and guitarist with The Bo Deadlys, will be helping with all of the camps. Cal Weary will be involved with both remaining camps. The BoomPop Jam Camp is named for the band Cal has with Rod. The other members of Boompop (the band), KMAC students Ajay Shughart and Logan Bedard, will also be on hand for this final camp.
Full camp descriptions are on the school's website. A brief summary follows (copied from the KMAC summer camps flyer):
ROCK BAND Songwriting/Recording Camp
Write and record your own music in collaboration with other campers! Whether you've written your own material before or it is totally new to you, this camp has something to offer. Study the songwriting of past masters and current tunesmiths. Explore song forms. Look at ways to come up with engaging lyrics. Learn about the elements of writing and recording your own music by collaborating with others and exploring the various elements of song from experienced instructors. Songwriting - Lyrics, melody, chords, collaboration... / Arrangement - Form, instrumentation, parts, harmonies... / Recording - The process, microphones and their uses, acoustics, tracking, mixing... Also get a crash course in copyright, publishing and other aspects of the music business.
Boompop Jam Camp
BOOMPOP Jam Camp deals with the art of "the jam." Learn and jam alongside kids your own age (Ajay is 17 & Logan is 12) as well as seasoned veterans who have many years of experience. This camp will be a unique exploration of genres and improvisation. Styles included in this 5-day intensive include: ROCK, JAZZ, BLUES, REGGAE, FUNK, HIPHOP, NEWGRASS, PUNK & SPOKEN WORD. We manipulate each style in different ways by playing with the variables within music. Each day is mixed with CONCEPTS and APPLICATION and is recommended for anyone wanting to learn or improve on their improvisation skills and overall musical creativity. Participants will come away from this week energized and motivated with a new understanding that leads to increased skill, self-confidence and creativity.