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Rock U Campers
Blue Bear offers THREE different Rock U camps:
Rock U 1 (grades 6-8), Rock U 2 (grades 7-10) or Rock U 3 (grades 8-12)

Summer 2017 Schedule
Rock U 1
June 19-23, Fort Mason
July 24-28, Fort Mason
Rock U 2
June 12-16, Fort Mason
July 17-21, Fort Mason
Rock U 3
July 31-August 4, Fort Mason
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm, with a longer day on Friday for a performance.

Camp Details, Rock U 1
This workshop offers musicians going into grades 6-8 (fall 2017) an opportunity to play the music they like with their peers. Repertoire is selected by the group, which rehearses every day. A typical day includes group lessons in the morning, hanging out with new friends and staff at lunchtime, and band rehearsals in the afternoon. The week culminates with a show on late Friday afternoon.

Suggested minimum of one year of lessons for all instruments.

  • Drummers should be able to play a simple rock beat for one minute.
  • Bassists should know names of notes and be able to play one song through to the end.
  • Guitarists should know open position chords and E form barre chords.
  • Keyboardists should know major triads in root position.
  • Singers should be able to sing in tune.

Camp Details, Rock U 2
This workshop offers musicians going into grades 7-10 (fall 2017) an opportunity to play the music they like with their peers. Repertoire is selected by the group, which rehearses every day. A typical day includes group lessons in the morning, hanging out with new friends and staff at lunchtime, and band rehearsals in the afternoon. The week culminates with a show on late Friday afternoon. More on suggested guidelines below.

Suggested minimum of two years of lessons for all instruments.

  • Drummers should be able to fill without losing time, and be able to hold three minutes of a simple rock beat. Drummers are required to audition for this camp.
  • Bassists should know names of notes and how to read chord charts, and be able to play 1/8th notes through changes. Bassists are required to audition for this camp.
  • Guitarists should know open chords and E and A form barre chords, and know minor pentatonic scales. Guitarists are NOT required to audition for this camp.
  • Keyboardists should know major and minor triads, and know the blues scale. Keyboardists are NOT required to audition for this camp.
  • Singers should be able to sing in tune and have a strong enough sense of time so that song entry points and phrasing can be consistently executed.

Camp Details, Rock U 3
A workshop for musicians going into grades 8-12 (fall 2017) who have been playing for a minimum of three years, this camp offers students a chance to play music they like with their peers. Repertoire is selected by the group, which rehearses every day. Lots of hands-on experience in jamming, soloing, songwriting, remembering and playing complex arrangements. The week culminates with a show on late Friday afternoon. More on suggested guidelines below.

Suggested minimum of three years of lessons for all instruments.

  • Drummers should know syncopated kick drum patterns, shuffle and 6/8 beats. Drummers are required to audition for this camp.
  • Bassists should know syncopated bass lines. Drummers are required to audition for this camp.
  • Guitarists should know syncopated guitar rhythms (i.e., AC/DC) and riff songs (i.e., Led Zeppelin). Guitarists are required to audition for this camp.
  • Keyboardists should know 7th chords and inversions, be able to play syncopated rhythms and to play melodies and improvise. Keyboardists are required to audition for this camp.
  • Singers should be able to sing in tune and have a strong enough sense of time so that song entry points and phrasing can be consistently executed.

Additional Details
See our Summer Camp FAQs page for more details about the after-camp activities, what campers need to bring, our drop policy and more.

Tuition
Camp Tuition Fee: $550

    • Discounts of up to $450 are available to students whose household incomes qualify through Blue Bear’s sliding scale tuition program.
    • Scholarships are available. Application deadline: April 15.
    • Register two siblings (or one child for two camps) and save $50 off the second camp!

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