This two-week summer program is your opportunity to explore the entire process of staging a full rock show. You'll work with other dedicated musicians and learn how to select material, create transcriptions, arrange charts, rehearse, and perform on stage.
Students are placed into bands consisting of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocalists. All instrumentalists are encouraged to sing as well. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so all participants will get ample instructional and performance time.
You will have theory classes that include ear-training, transcription, form, song composition, and the history of rock music. Additional topics we'll cover include:
- band etiquette (interpersonal and musical ensemble skills)
- the formal structure
The two-week session ends with a public concert, which is one of our most popular student events. Students will work on an original song during the session, and the faculty will choose one of the originals for performance in the final concert.
While you do not take elective classes outside the music program, there are many opportunities to enjoy student and faculty presentations in visual art, theatre, dance, creative writing, and film while you are here. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.