13 - 17 (Coed)
Special needs support:
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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!
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.
The tour level is for the more advanced musicians in the program. We take good musicians, but especially musicians who want to learn more about the music industry and tour life! You'll have to demonstrate that you're able to be flexible and musically open to new styles (even if your favorite bands are heavy metal, you might explore other styles of music too!)
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.
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.
Tour campers will spend 2 weeks of musical preparation in Montreal, with special workshops and activities. On the menu: music industry, media and bands, recording experiments, and advanced workshops on stage presence. Our Garage Band Camp instructors help these campers prepare themselves for their first show in Montreal, in front of friends and family. After that, they hop onto a tour bus and spend one week away from home!!
555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Local E-201
|Jun 25-Jul 13, 2018||$1,299 - $1,390|
Recreational Instructional Intense or Competitive