SUMMER DAY CAMPS
2013 camps are now closed. Camps for 2014 will be posted in December. Please use the links below to explore samples of previous schedules and camps.
Summer Day Camps
BandWorks offers five different summer camp programs for kids and teens. Each program provides a supportive environment for young musicians to have fun playing music with other kids, and develop their music skills at the same time. Camps run mornings (9am to 12pm) and afternoons (1pm to 4pm) each week. Free lunch supervision between sessions is provided for kids who sign up for both morning and afternoon programs. Teen Intensives run 6:00-9:00pm in Oakland and San Jose.
All of our sessions are led by trained professional musicians who love to teach. Please contact us at email@example.com or 510-843-BAND (2263) for more information.
Please note camp schedules are subject to change. Be sure to click on the location nearest you for the most up-to-date schedule information. The maximum class size is 10 students in camps for ages 8-12, 8 students in camps for ages 12+. Most larger classes also have trained teaching assistants. If you’d like to arrange for a Private Group Camp, please contact our office for details. When you register online, you will be notified within the first few pages if there is no availability for your instrument.Should you wish to contact our office to check on availability prior to signing up, please feel free to do so.
Camps Offered (Click for Description)
Digital Recording - Oakland Only
Teen After-Hours Rock Intensive - Oakland Only
Intro to Rock Band Instruments
Wish you could play guitar? Always wanted to try the drums? Whether you've never picked up an instrument before or are curious about trying a new one, this camp offers you a chance to learn some basic skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Campers get to experience the thrill of playing in a real rock band, playing songs together by the end of the first day, and working toward a rocking in-studio performance on the last day of camp! No previous musical experience required. All instruments provided.
The pure rock and roll summer camp experience! Each week you and your bandmates choose your favorite songs from your favorite bands and rehearse them in our fully equipped studios. You'll also learn collaborative songwriting techniques and be encouraged to create originals! Then, at the end of the week, you and your bandmates perform a rocking in-studio concert. Each week is different, with different kids, different instrumentation, and different songs, so sign up for as many weeks as you like! All instruments welcome. At least 6 months musical experience required. (Limit 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band).
The Music of... Green Day / Led Zeppelin / Metal / The Beatles / Pop Rock / Alt Rock / Classic Rock
Learn to play the music of your favorite bands! Each week this workshop focuses on the music of an incredible rock band that has defined rock music for decades, or a genre of music that speaks to you! You'll get to choose a handful of songs and rehearse them for a final in-studio concert at the end of the week. At least 1 year musical experience strongly suggested.. All instruments welcome. (Limit 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band).
Our summer CD Recording Program is for kids and teens who have a little more musical experience and want to play in a band and record a CD. We match students by instrumentation, age and experience level. Each session culminates in a live CD recording at the end of the week. Each day the band meets in our fully equipped rehearsal studio, and works on playing the handful of songs they’ve chosen for recording. Rehearsals are structured and fun, enabling kids and teens to play the music they want, and work toward the goal of making a CD the kids can take home on Friday. Please note that in our effort to offer the best possible experience in our CD camps, availability may be limited depending on enrollment variables such as age and experience level. Please contact us for specific up-to-date information about signing up. At least 1 year of musical experience required. All instruments welcome. (Limit 1 drum, 1 bass, 2 keys, 3 guitars per band).
Teen After-Hours Rock Intensive
Get a groove on summer evenings with other advanced, teen musicians. Play your favorite rock tunes. Learn to shred solos, jam on riffs, and pound out a set that will blow your friends away. Each week is different, with different musicians, different instrumentation, different songs, and different focus. Minimum 2 years experience required, all instruments welcome.
BandWorks Advisory Board
Mark Coplan, Public Information Officer, Berkeley Unified School District
Peachy Dimanlig, Parent & Omnicia Inc., Corporate Operating Officer and Co-founder, Peninsula
Rochelle Grechman-Dibley, Enrichment Recreation Supervisor, San Rafael Community Services
Miriam Lite, Parent Activist, Marin County
Reuben Jenkins, Omnicia Inc., President & CEO, Co-Founder, Peninsula
Jennifer Leydecker, Educare Director, San Carlos Charter Learning Center
Phil Maresca, Parent & Regional President of Impact Sales, Livermore Area
Kathy Rains, Parent, TriValley/San Ramon Area
Marie Schumacher, Director PDX Vox (Portland), Parent
Gerry Tenney, Board member Klez California and Jewish Youth for Community Action, Berkeley/Oakland Area
Brian Shuma, Parent and IT Professional, San Jose Area