When asked how to get to Carnegie Hall, conductor Leonard Bernstein would always reply, "Practice, practice, and bring a $20 bribe for the stagehand." Enjoy equally sound advice with today's Groupon: you get one week of kids' rock-music camp from DayJams. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for kids ages 8 through 15. Choose between the following options:
• For $299, you get the Patchogue camp running Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 (a $600 value).
• For $299, you get the Plainview camp running Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22 (a $600 value).
Under the seasoned eyes of DayJams’ instructors, rocking campers immerse themselves in music, join bands, sharpen instrumental skills, and practice a portfolio of professional skills. To fully fuel power chords, students of all skill levels tune up one of six instruments, including guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, and vocal chords, or trays of half-swallowed water glasses (guitarists, and bassists must bring their own instruments). While writing original rock songs, bandmates bond by creating logos, T-shirts, and CD covers to market their band to screaming fans and beaming families at a recorded live performance on the last day of camp.
Like real rock bands, campers work a strict 9 to 5 day, joining like-skilled instrumentalists or vocalists in lessons, practicing with bands under the supervision of a personal manager, and periodically relaxing overworked ears with a variety of activities, including art and sports. During expert-led clinics, musicians absorb knowledge on branding, lyric writing, and arranging a mind-blowing pyrotechnics display.