Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Come rock with us...there's still time to sign up for summer camps!

Rock and Roll Camp, June, 2011
Our summer is heating up with week after week of creativity, shows and performances, and kids having a great time!
At the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, we still have openings in many of our summer camps, including our on-camera Reality TV camp, Vocal Arts Academy and the popular Rock and Roll camp!

Hunter Loiselle signed up for Rock and Roll Camp expecting to play guitar. He’d taken lessons on and off for a couple of years.
On the first day, the instructors place the kids into groups to assess their skills and interests and assign them to bands, said Rock and Roll Camp instructor Evan LeFloch. Hunter tested out the drums and took a liking to it.

“Some kids have had lessons, but a lot of them have never played an instrument before,” said LeFloch. “Hunter had never played drums before, but he had a knack for it.”
Once the bands are formed, the kids learn the components of creating a rock band, including guitar, drums and vocal instruction, as well as stage presence, songwriting and production. It all comes together in a final performance at the end of the week.
“He was playing the drums like a pro by the end of the week,” said Barbara Smith, Hunter’s mom. “He had a great time...he now wants drums!”
Rock and Roll Camp, June, 2011
At our recent Rock and Roll Camp performance, two bands performed three songs each, including Eye of the Tiger, Hey There Delilah and Holiday, and then they performed two songs together as a group. (Check out pictures on our Facebook page!)
“Hunter said it was one of the best camps he’s ever been to,” said Smith. “For a kid interested in music, I don’t think there’s any better place.”
Rock and Roll camp is a great way to test drive our Rock School program. In the Rock School program, similar to the camp, kids are placed in a band according to skill level and meet once a week to learn music and rehearse for a final performance in our Rock School Blowout.
Auditions for our fall Rock School will be Aug. 13, 16 and 23, 2011.
For a full list of summer camps, click here, or call our registrar's office at 813-222-1002.

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