As we continue to follow the State of CA guidelines , we are excited to offer in person summer camp in 2021. Yes, our teachers are vaccinated and we will be checking temperatures, wearing masks and sanitizing our hands and equipment often. Our classes will be smaller and we have a brand new HVAC system in Oakland. We hope the Bay Area counties will move into yellow tier in the coming months and possibly even open fully by the time camp begins. Get registered and let’s rock and roll this summer!
BandWorks offers 6 in person unique summer camp programs for kids and teens. Most camps run mornings (9am to 12pm) and afternoons (1pm to 4pm) each week. Free lunch supervision is provided for students who sign up for both morning and afternoon programs, as well as Digital Recording (9am to 4pm) classes. Many campers spend the whole week at BandWorks attending AM and PM classes in the same week. They receive a $20 discount and free lunch supervision.
Each BandWorks program provides a supportive environment for young musicians to have fun playing music with other kids or teens, and develop their music and teamwork skills at the same time. Students get to experience the thrill of being in a real rock band, playing songs together by the end of the first day, and working toward a rocking in-studio performance on the last day of camp! All of our sessions are led by top professional musician-instructors who create a fun and supportive environment while teaching students the skills they need to play in a band — and make new friends in the process!
Please note camp schedules are subject to change. Be sure to click on the location nearest you for the most up-to-date schedule information. The maximum class size is 6 students in camps this year. If you’d like to arrange for a Private Group Camp, please contact our office for details.
In Oakland we offer one-hour early drop off and late pick up options as well, just add that to your registration.
Our summer camps are offered by age group in Oakland (8-10, 10-12 and 12+) and San Rafael (8-11 and 11+).
3-hour IN PERSON camps
(Mon-Fri, 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm)
Introduction to Rock Band
Our Intro to Rock Band camp offers aspiring musicians an opportunity to explore rock music and learn the basics on several instruments. There will be movement and music related games, students will perform in an online streaming concert on Friday. Each instructor will tailor the camp emphasis based on the direction the group decides to pursue, and can include one, several music-making goals. Each week is different, so sign up for as many weeks as you like! All instruments and vocalists welcome. No experience required.
Our Rock Band camp offers musicians an opportunity to collaborate with their bandmates on popular cover tunes or even writing their own original songs. Each instructor will tailor the camp emphasis based on the direction the group decides to pursue, and can include one, several, or all of the above music-making goals. Bands will perform in an online streaming concert on Friday. Each week is different, so sign up for as many weeks as you like! All instruments and vocalists welcome. Minimum 6 months experience suggested on your instrument.
Like our Rock Band camp, this is for musicians who want to work together to collaborate with their bandmates on popular cover tunes. The only difference is that this camp will focus on exploring the music of a specific band, with less emphasis on creating original music. All instruments and vocalists welcome. Minimum 6 months experience suggested on your instrument.
Digital Recording (12+)
For students who want to learn about studio recording techniques, and make a professional sounding recording at home! Using applications like Logic, GarageBand, Bandlab, and Audacity, students will learn about tracking, mixing, using different types of microphones and recording gear, and all the preparation necessary to make a high-quality recording. Learn how musicians are making really great recordings while sheltered in place, and even make a collaborative recording with your bandmates! Minimum 1 year experience suggested on your instrument.