PEPPERELL — Pepperell Music Center owner Alan St. Croix was finalizing music coaching schedules the last week of June for one of the upcoming week-long Rock and Roll Camps he is sponsoring.
“Response thus far has been good,” he said. “I’m working with my instructors now.”
The week-long camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hotel Place music center. Lunch, snacks and a free T-shirt are included in the $399 price. The first camp starts July 16.
Participants must be between 9 and 16 years old (some classes are grouped by age). Guitarists, bassists and keyboardists must be able to play commonly-used chords. Drummers must be able to hold down a basic beat. There is no pre-requisite for singers. Attendance is required at all rehearsals.
“Students learn the techniques needed to play the music they love — rock,” said St. Croix, himself a long-time rock guitarist.
Campers attend daily classes focusing on their chosen instruments and they play in a band that performs in a Friday night concert for each session. Some participants sign up for the entire summer, others for one or two weeks at a time.
Band Camp instructors help design T-shirts, posters and CD covers for their bands, the art classes involved providing another creative outlet. Campers learn to express their ideas through music and lyrics as part of a collaborative writing project that reinforces cooperation and teamwork.
A typical daily schedule includes band rehearsal, instrument class, lunch, recreation, art class, band rehearsal, another instrument class and a clinic.
Each camper is placed in a rock band under the direction of a music coach. The center tries to group students by age and musical preference, St. Croix said.
Teachers guide their groups through a team-oriented process of writing, rehearsing and performing their song. Accompanying instruction includes song-writing, ensemble performance, and stage presence.
Campers also record the song they write. Each Friday night concert is recorded. Each camper receives a CD at the end of the summer.
Contact St. Croix and the Pepperell Music Center at (978)433-8247 for further information. — Don Eriksson