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McGill Conservatory Day Camp

Garage Band Camp

McGill Conservatory Day Camp  []


Session Details:
Type:
Day Camp
Specialization:
Music (multi)
Age (Gender):
12 - 17 (Coed)
Capacity:
40
Special needs support:
No

Contact Camp:
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At Garage Band Camp, guitarists, bassists, keyboard players, singers and drummers 12 years and older learn about all aspects of making music in a band. The goal isn't to learn to play an instrument (campers should already know how to play their instruments), but to get together in bands to learn and jam with each other with the sound cranked to the max!

Over the course of each two-week session, Garage Band Campers will touch on every aspect of life in a band. The "Style of the Day" activity covers a different musical style each day through a multimedia presentation including photos and video/audio clips. Campers are thus exposed to a huge variety of styles of music such as blues, classic rock, punk rock, soul, funk, world music, heavy metal and more. However, even if the "Style of the Day" is heavy metal, it doesn't mean that all the bands necessarily have to learn a heavy metal song!  

What do we do?

Each day, a different aspect of band life is also discussed. For example: how to communicate between band members - both on and off stage, how to use compromise as a necessary tool for group work, how to find places to practice and perform, how to get your first gig, how to put together a show, the ethics of performing - what to do and what not to do, how to promote your band, life on tour, how to assemble a press kit, how to interact with the media, the role of an agent or manager, and more!

Campers also come up with their band name and logo, which they will include on the posters that they will create - and put up! - for the show.

At least three hours are dedicated to supervised practice each day. Each band gets its own rehearsal space, and the specialized counsellors rotate between them to help, direct, and offer a ton of suggestions. Band members are given help deciding which songs they are going to learn. Every few days, some of the bands play what they've been working on for all the other bands to hear.

What's more, depending on scheduling and availability, Garage Band Campers may get the chance  to make a video clip in collaboration with the Video Camp Campers, to have a photo session, to make a recording in a professional studio at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, to discover the possibilities and accessibility of an amateur studio, to meet professional artists, to watch DVDs of concerts given by great musicians, and to discuss what they observe with their teachers.

At the end of two intense weeks, the whole session culminates in a show performed in a professional hall, for parents and friends who are floored to see their little rockstars on stage, singing, dancing, playing their instruments, and expressing loud and clear what they feel in their guts.

The participants in Garage Band Camp finish their sessions saturated with music, having had an out-of-this-world experience, and leave with a better idea of how bands work, and a few tricks on how to get their first break.



Session Dates & Locations:

LocationDateCost
Montreal, QC
555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Local E-201
Jun 25-Jul 06, 2018 $544 - $625
Montreal, QC
555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Local E-201
Jul 09-20, 2018 $544 - $625
  • Session starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.
  • Before care is available starting at 7:30 am (fee extra). After care is available ending at 6:00 pm (fee extra).

Activities:


Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive

  • Guitar
  • Jam Camp
  • Vocal training / singing
Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive