June 17, 2015, Mechanicsburg, PA - The Keystone Musical Arts Center (KMAC) will be participating in Jubilee Day in downtown Mechanicsburg on Thursday, June 18. Students from the school will be performing in the 2 o'clock hour on the Frankeberger Stage at the east end of town. KMAC will also have a booth near the corner of E. Main & Race Streets where teachers, staff, volunteers and students will be handing out flyers and performing acoustic music throughout the day. The public is encouraged to stop by anytime during the event (10am - 9pm) to learn more about the Keystone Musical Arts Center and how they might get involved with this new teacher-driven and community-minded organization.
The student bands who will be performing between 2pm & 3pm are:
The Fortunate Ones
Woodstock-era rock 'n' roll
Group members are teens and adults, all students at KMAC
Union, the People
KMAC students Liam & Reagan Shatzer and friends
More information about Jubilee Day is on the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce's website, MechanicsburgChamber.org.
KMAC's first summer camp, QuickStart Guitar Camp, will be held June 22 - 26, from 9am to 12 noon each day. This is for teens and pre-teens who have never played the guitar before or who need a refresher course in the basics. However, this camp goes far beyond being just being a beginner class. Students will take their first steps to mastering many styles and techniques on the guitar. They will learn right and left hand positions, open and power chording, rock riffs, blues, basic theory and much more, possibly even basic songwriting. This is the popular QuickStart Guitar class reformulated into one week of mornings - the normal 8 hours of instruction (eight 1-hour classes) is almost doubled to 15 hours for the summer session (3 hours each day for 5 days). The concentrated study along with extra hours of instruction and guided practice time is designed to be the ultimate beginner guitar camp. It is recommended for ages 10 and above, but younger campers may be considered pending a consultation.
Cost for the camp is $235. Discounts are available and the book is included at no extra charge. Students should bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric). If they do not have an instrument, the school may be able to arrange for a free loaner guitar. More information and registration is available on the school's website, KeystoneMusicalArtsCenter.org.
Rod Goelz will be leading the QuickStart Guitar Camp as well as the July Rock Band camps. Rod is an experienced musician and instructor. He is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music and currently plays in the groups Boompop Coalition and Groove Jones. He has been teaching guitar & bass since 1989 with a teaching style that explores all music genres in a unique way bringing together a learning experience that is fun, entertaining and educational. The writer of 2 musical education series, Basses Loaded and Make It Funky, he also penned the QuickStart Guitar book that is used for this camp. You can view all of Rod's publications on Amazon.com.
KMAC's 2015 summer camps are being held at the Metropolis Collective art gallery and performance space in downtown Mechanicsburg (17 W. Main Street).