Studies show that children who don’t learn to play a musical instrument often try to eat one. Keep didgeridoos out of their duodenums with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $250 for one week of summer rock day camp (a $525 value)
- $450 for two weeks of summer rock day camp (a $1,050 value)
- $650 for three weeks of summer rock day camp (a $1,575 value)
Students aged 8–18 meet at each of the camps, which run Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the week, campers of all skill levels learn music concepts from a guest artist, play in a band, and record a CD. Pupils choose to improve their skills on the electric bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, or voice. The week culminates in a student Friday at 5 performance at Cambridge Common and an optional concert (the concert fee is not included in this Groupon). Camp dates are as follows:
June 24–28 (String Camp and Rock Camp); Optional concert on 6/26 July 8–12 (Rock Camp); Optional concert on 7/8 July 22–26 (Rock Camp); Optional concert on 7/26 July 29–August 2 (Rock Camp); Optional concert on 8/3 August 5–9 (Rock Camp); Optional concert on 8/10
The first week’s optional concert is One Direction at Comcast Center on Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ($51.85–$106.20). The following weeks’ concerts are Weezer (7/8), Taylor Swift (7/26), Newport Jazz Festival (8/3), and Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake (8/10). This Groupon is not valid toward the Rock Island Overnight Camp.
School of Groove
The low thrum of an electric bass. The clean jangle of an electric piano. At School of Groove, owner Christopher Vuk presides over instructors as they fill the space with music and help students through scales, rhythms, and eventually full pieces on a wide range of instruments. The teachers have played music alongside musicians including Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Paul Simon, and guest rock musicians occasionally lead sessions to impart their skills or explain why they think every smashable guitar is full of candy. In private lessons and group sessions, hands-on practice illuminates the processes of improvising, writing, and recording music. Students at the school can also join a band, where they'll write their own music, build teamwork skills, and perform at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe and Ryles Jazz Club.