Summer Camps – General Info

2017 Summer Camp registration is now OPEN!

BandWorks offers 7 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 “Full Day” (9am to 4pm) programs. Teen Rock sessions run 6:00pm-8:00pm weekly in Oakland.

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 10 students in camps for ages 8-12, 8 students in camps for ages 12+. Most larger classes also have trained Teaching Assistants. If you’d like to arrange for a Private Group Camp, please contact our office for details. Please feel free to contact us at info@bandworks.com or 510-THE-BAND if you prefer to check on availability prior to signing up.

Intro to Rock Band Instruments (Ages 8+)

Whether you’ve never picked up an instrument before or are curious about trying a new one, this camp offers a chance to learn some basic skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, all in the context of learning to play songs in a band. Each week culminates in a rocking in-studio performance on the last day of camp! No experience required. All instruments provided.

Rock Band (Ages 8+)

Learn to collaborate with your bandmates to write an original song, and/or choose your favorite rock covers and rehearse with your band for an end of the week in-studio concert! Each week is different, so sign up for as many weeks as you like! Vocalists and all instruments welcome! Minimum 6 months musical experience required on assigned instrument. (Limit 4 guitars, 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band ).

The Music of… (Ages 8+)

Learn to play the music of your favorite band! Each week this camp focuses on the music of a different band or sub-genre of rock. Choose a playlist from your favorite band and rehearse for an in-studio concert at the end of the week! Minimum 6 months musical experience required on assigned instrument. Vocalists and all instruments welcome! (Limit 4 guitars, 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band).

New Class: Girls Rock (Ages 8+)

The powerful influence of playing music together can carry over to all facets of our lives. All BandWorks camps and workshops are designed to foster cooperation and collaboration while building self-confidence… but sometimes it can be easier to express yourself and be creative when your group is the same gender. This class has been requested by many parents so we expect it to fill up quickly, don’t miss out. Minimum 6 months musical experience required on assigned instrument. Vocalists and all instruments welcome! (Limit 4 guitars, 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band).

*Digital Recording (Ages 10+)

For students who want to learn about studio recording techniques and make a professional recording of their band over the course of the week. Using the recording program Logic Pro X, students will get a chance to record music just as their favorite musicians would in a real recording studio! In addition to rehearsing their band, students will learn all about micing, mixing and using effects, as well as all the preparation necessary to make a good recording. Minimum 1 year musical experience required on designated instrument. Vocalists and all instruments welcome! (Limit 1 drum, 1 bass, 2 keys, 3 guitars per band).

*This camp is being offered as a full day camp only, form 9 am to 4pm. Half day options are not available for Digital Recording Camp.

Music Video Production (Ages  10+)

Your kid’s musical expression will soar to a new level as they learn how to make professional looking music videos. In this camp, in addition to playing music together, students will learn the basics of music videography, and will be introduced to the many options for producing videos – from mobile apps to full-fledged professional software. Students will get lots of hands-on experience, and each student finishes the camp with a digital reel of their work. Open to all instruments and vocalists. Minimum 1 year musical experience required on assigned instrument. (Limit 3 guitars, 1 drum, 1 bass, 2 keys per band).

Teen After-Hours Rock  (Ages 13+)

Rock out your summer evenings (6-8pm) with other teen musicians. Learn to play current songs you all like, write an original tune, bring your friends or meet new ones, maybe this is the place to start a band. For existing teen bands this is a great way to keep your band going strong over the summer, sign everyone up for the full week. Vocalists and all instruments welcome! (Limit 4 guitars, 2 drums, 2 bass, 2 keys per band).

To Register Now For Camp, click here.