Rock and Roll Boot Camp

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Grades
5
6
7
8
Dates
Cost
$350
Instructors
Steven Mraz

Rock and Roll Boot Camp is a project based class that will teach kids how to begin to understand how songs are composed, recorded and distributed. The students will become more discriminant listeners, analyzing and dissecting the rock and roll, folk, jazz, and pop music that the students listen to today.  They will learn how  to use a few of the available tools involved in songwriting, mainly, singing, playing instruments, jamming, computer sequencing and recording.  Students should have some musical background and be willing to sing and play on their and possibly other students composition  This is a hands on experience in creating music, nothing could be more fun.

Educational Objectives

R&RBC will include critical listening of many different styles, learning about different song structures, composition, melody and harmony.  All students will be working creatively together in small groups or possibly individually to write a quality song that will be rehearsed, reworked, edited discussed and at the end of the week the finished product will be recorded onto a master CD sent to a professional mastering studio and a copy of all pieces will be distributed to the  students for their own record. This is a beginning class to a better understanding of the music recording process and how songs are put together. They will all be able to work closely with the leaders, professional artist and composers Chris Griffin and Sawyer Thompson. They will demonstrate how to work the musical ideas into the computer music programs and how to compose lyrics and verses. They will also explain the business side of the musical artistry and how to sell your music.

Special Considerations

Students should have some musical background and be willing to sing and/or play on the recording.  If they play an instrument really well they may choose to play a solo on their piece, or they might ask someone from the class who may play the instrument needed. The composer(s) may want a guest artist to come in and lay down a monster solo that is fine also. This is hands on experience in creating music, nothing could be more fun.

Project Week Timeline

  • Dec 15 - Student Placement Published
  • Feb 13 & Mar 16 (9-9:30AM) - Project Week Group Meetings with Students
  • Mar 26-30 - Project Week

Contact

Joey Pauley
Project Week Director

jpauley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x816