2021 Class

8:30 a.m. – Noon
For ages 8–12 entering 3–6 in the Fall

Students will be able to:

  • Learn the basics of one instrument from the following selection: keyboard, guitar, bass, or drums
  • Explore a variety of musical genres and sing in a variety of vocal styles
  • Use songwriting as a tool for self-expression and write original song lyrics
  • Express and describe what they hear and create using musical vocabulary
  • Learn basic melodies and rhythms on student’s instrument of choice
  • Use Soundtrap to learn composition, engineering, and production skills
  • Create songs, working both individually and collaboratively
  • Learn about famous LA venues and build their own “Shoebox Venue”

This summer, students will gather again in the name of music!  Explore playing instruments, learn how to speak the musician’s language, and create music with a group! Find your inner producer and explore the possibilities of composing digital music in Soundtrap, a web-based music production workspace. Sounds like a great summer at School of Rock! Students will explore classic and emergent musical styles while learning basic music theory and song structure. Each student will choose one instrument of focus (electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drums/percussion), and all students will develop vocal skills.Every student will be involved in the process of creating music (no prior playing experience is needed). Students will also embark on a virtual tour around the most famous music venues LA has to offer leading up to and inspiring an art project where students will design and build their own “Shoebox Venues”.  So come join us in Songwriting & Production!

Mitigation Strategies Specific to Songwriting & Production

  • One child, one instrument. Shortly after the camp starts, students will choose an instrument of focus. Students will be assigned a single instrument to use for the duration of the camp which will be stored in its own carrying case. Students who choose drums as their instrument of focus will be assigned a pair of drum sticks housed in a personal ziplock bag.
  • Limit singing rehearsal time. Per state recommendations, singing activities will be a maximum of 30 minutes and be followed by scheduled breaks outside the classroom to reduce the quantity and spread of aerosols. The room will also be equipped with a powerful HEPA air purification unit which will run 24/7 throughout the duration of the camp.
  • Students will not be able to bring instruments from home this year nor will any student be able to play a wind instrument (woodwinds, brass, etc).