#1 OUR PHILOSOPHY. We care A LOT. We want our students to grow as musicians AND as people. So when somebody comes to our summer program, we care about them, we watch out for them, and we expect the very best from them.
#2 There are THREE core programs: Boot Camp, Rock Band 101, and Intermediate/Advanced Rock Bands
Boot Camp is an intensive beginners program. After two weeks of Boot Camp, complete and utter beginners will know the basics of guitar playing, and will play a song or medley as a group on stage at the show. Tuition: $770 for 2 weeks.
Teen Rock Band 101 is an initial rock band experience, ideal for those who have played their instrument for fewer than 2 years and/or who have limited experience playing in a band. In Rock Band 101, campers learn to listen to each other, select and arrange and rehearse songs together, and prepare for their show with lots of positive coaching and support. Tuition: $890 for 2 weeks.
Teen Intermediate/Advanced Rock Bands are ideal for those who have played for more than two years and who have played in bands before. These bands rehearse intensely, meet a high standard of excellence, and headline the show. When applying for these bands it is important to fill out details on the application about playing level, style interest, experience, etc. to help us put together complementary players. Tuition: $890 for 2 weeks.
(Kids 8-11 just play in Rock Bands. We don't call them "101" or "Intermediate" or "Advanced", we just make sure they have fun and learn a lot.) Tuition: $890 for 2 weeks.
#3 There is an EXTENDED DAY option, from 10am - 5pm. Those campers who want or need a longer experience will deepen their musical skills with our Digital Music Production & Songwriting class. Because the bands and boot camps are so focused and intense, the electives are more relaxed and exploratory. Additional Tuition: $360 for 2 weeks. You can also sign up for private lessons before or after camp.
#4 There is an INCREDIBLE SHOW on the last Thursday of each camp. The show is in a New York City nightclub, with sound, lights, and fog. The kids play at 3:00pm. The 12-14 year old teens play at 4:00pm. And the 15-17 year old teens play at 6:00pm. If you have a younger camper, watch their show, then take them out for dinner, and finally bring them back so they can see what 5 years of practice looks and sounds like! Check out videos from last summer's shows of beginner, intermediate, and advanced bands!
#5 Drop Off / Pick Up: Drop off begins 30 minutes before a given program, pickup ends 30 minutes after.
"The two-week advanced band camp turned out to be a great fit for our 16-year-old. He was treated by the staff as a serious musician, which is what he craves, and the other kids in the band were skilled and sophisticated enough in their musical taste that he was both challenged and had a good time playing with them. The staff is enthusiastic and makes an effort to meet kids at their levels--and they help them put on a really professional and exciting show, in a real venue."
"Our eleven year old son has been studying guitar with Emilio at the NYCGS (Queens location) for one year. Emilio is professional, engaging and captivates our son during his lessons. It is amazing how much he has learned in the short time he has been playing. Our son also plays the drums and has attended the NYCGS Rock-band Camp for the last two years playing both drums and guitar. He has had amazing experiences meeting and working with other budding rockers and their professional band instructors. NYCGS really knows how to match up the bands and place kids in the appropriate groups for their age and level. The performances at the end of each session are a testament to show that NYCGS offers a superior summer experience for those interested in performing and honing their skills as musicians. I cannot say enough about how this school has helped cultivate my son's passion for music. We look forward to him continuing there for years to come."
"It is nearly impossible to find a teen who doesn't have on their "bucket list" for the summer: to sleep in in the morning then go to NYC Guitar School and rock out all afternoon!!! Am I right? Add in: to perform at a Club Venue at the end of it all!!! AND: it is equally as hard to find a parent who isn't thrilled to have found this amazingly supportive, creative and learning environment for their teen!!! Thank you, NYC Guitar School, for the opportunity of checking off a "bucket list" item and for giving both of us that thrill."
"From Band Camp over the summer to individual private lessons - this place does it all with top shelf support, creativity and expertise. AND they do it ALL with a rock anthem in their hearts. From the awesome staff to Matt W. to Jaime G. to Summer 2017 Rock Band Camp - we have been handed aces. Yes. Indeed: "5 Stars: Woohoo! As good as it gets!""
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