SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

PGRA Camp options: Woodstock Camps | Orange County Camps | Summer Jam at PDS

IMPORTANT NOTE: All camps take place at our Woodstock Location unless otherwise specified!

Woodstock Camps

JULY 3-7, 10AM-2:30

Cost: $500 / $450 for enrolled PGRA students

FRANK ZAPPA CAMP WITH IKE WILLIS

Ike Willis, lead singer and guitarist for Frank Zappa from 1979 to 1988, graces the hallowed halls of The Paul Green Rock Academy to share his collected wisdom of all thinks Zappa with the amazing musicians of tomorrow. Ike is uniquely qualified to pass this knowledge on, and will be teaching students at the camp how to make music in the Zappa tradition. Students will learn and play covers of Frank Zappa songs and work on their own Zappaesque compositions and jams. This all leads up to two performances on Friday July 7th..the first at the close of camp for family and friends, the second opening for Ike Willis and the PGRA Showband at BSP in Kingston. This camp is a unique opportunity to study and play the work of a true master under the tutelage of someone who was there and helped to create this work.

IKE WILLIS was one of FRANK ZAPPA’S longest band members and collaborators, and from 1979’s seminal JOE’S GARAGE album, through Zappa’s final 1988 tour, it would not be an overstatement to call Ike “The Voice of Frank Zappa.”

It was while in college at Washington University, St. Louis that Ike Willis and Frank Zappa met. As a guitar player since the age of 8, Ike was studying political science. He volunteered to help with the concert committee just so he could get a “Back Stage Pass” to meet Frank Zappa. The rest as they say, is history.

Ike is still upholding his promise to Frank. That promise is to continue on, playing the music of which Zappa had taught Ike oh so well. To this day Ike fulfills Frank’s wish by playing with some awesome Zappa tribute bands from around the world. These shows are a continuation of Ike’s collaboration with Paul Green and his students, which began in 2004 and have resulted in some incredible shows and a ceremonial passing of the torch to the next generation of fine musicians.

JULY 10-14, 10AM-2:30

All skill levels welcome
Cost: $300

PUNK ROCK FOR BEGINNERS

Students will learn about the roots of punk rock, how, where and when it started, who the real pioneers of punk were and how it got its name. Students will write their own punk rock songs which they will perform on Friday, July 14 at 2 PM. Your kids will be really tired when they come home from camp! Assisting John will be his longtime friend and punk rock sister Victoria Levy. The two have performed together in various bands over the last two decades.

John has been a veteran of the New York City punk scene since 1978. He has been working as a professional musician, singer, and teacher for almost 40 years.

Singer-songwriter Victoria Levy was a former of Ari-Up (The Slits) & member of Slick Idiot (KMFDM). Currently Victoria resides in the Hudson Valley playing shows locally and abroad.

JULY 24-28, 10AM-2:30

All skill levels welcome
Cost: $300

JAM CAMP I

Students will spend the week learning the art of playing with others using improvisation and groove, in other words, jamming. Students will also be engaged in collaborative games as a non-musical approach to improvising within a group dynamic. Guided by our staff, students will walk away from this week having learned the basics of creating music in real time with others. There will be a concert for parents and friends at the end of the week.

JULY 31- AUG 4, 10AM-2:30

All ages are welcome. Intermediate to advanced.
Cost: $600 / $550 for enrolled PGRA students

BRENDON SMALL'S GALAKTIKON GUITAR CAMP

Join Galaktikon & Dethklok guitar man Brendon Small for a week long guitar intensive where Brendon will cover technique, recording, theory and developing your own voice on the instrument. Included with every package a one on one guitar lesson with Brendon Small.

For help finding lodging, please contact abbe@rockacademy.com

Brendon is creator and show runner for the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse. He makes all the music for the show and the Dethklok albums. He also created the show Home Movies in addition to his career as a stand up comedian and numerous other projects.

AUG 7-11, 10AM-2:30

Some experience required
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

TRACY BONHAM VOCAL CAMP

Learn to sing from one of the great voices of our time. Tracy will take students through the steps of learning to sing with power and grace. This includes ear training, harmony singing, mic technique and everything a singer needs to know to truly command the stage. Not only will students learn songs by Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The Band and Stevie Wonder, but they will write their own songs which Tracy will help them put harmony into. There will be a brief concert for parents and friends at the end of the week.

Grammy nominated singer songwriter and classically trained violinist/pianist, Tracy Bonham, has appeared as guest vocalist on Aerosmith’s Honkin On Bobo album, Blueman Group’s The Complex album, Aaron Freeman’s Freeman album, among other acclaimed national and international acts. Her classical and jazz studies (University Of Southern California and Berklee College of Music) sparked a passion for music theory, ear training and vocal harmonies. Tracy is currently finishing her sixth full length album entitled Modern Burdens (PledgeMusic).

AUGUST 14-18, 10AM-2:30

All levels Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

PERCUSSION CAMP WITH JASON BOWMAN

Jason will teach students the art of percussion and how to incorporate dynamics, power and speed into their playing. Students will spend the week learning selected percussion ensembles with a concert at 2pm on Friday for the parents.

Jason has been working as a professional musician, producer and teacher for over 30 years.

AUG 21-25, 10AM-2:30

All skill levels welcome
Cost: $300

JAM CAMP II

Students will spend the week learning the art of playing with others using improvisation and groove, in other words, jamming. Students will also be engaged in collaborative games as a non-musical approach to improvising within a group dynamic. Guided by our staff, students will walk away from this week having learned the basics of creating music in real time with others. There will be a concert for parents and friends at the end of the week.

Washingtonville Rock Academy Camps

JULY 17-21, 10AM-2:30

All skill levels welcome
Cost: $300

Jam Camp II - ORANGE COUNTY

Students will spend the week learning the art of playing with others using improvisation and groove, in other words, jamming. Students will also be engaged in collaborative games as a non-musical approach to improvising within a group dynamic. Guided by our staff, students will walk away from this week having learned the basics of creating music in real time with others. There will be a concert for parents and friends at the end of the week.

Jordan Shapiro toured as keyboardist for Zappa tribute band “Project/Object” for many years, performing alongside former Zappa vocalists such as Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ray White. He has also performed as keyboardist for “The Sound of Urchin”, Gary Lucas’ Gods and Monsters, and recently toured Australia performing the music of Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley with an all-star cast, including Martha Wainwright, Steve Kilby (The Church) and Casper Clausen (Efterklang).

JULY 24-28, 10AM-2:30

All levels Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

ORANGE COUNTY PERCUSSION CAMP WITH JASON BOWMAN

Jason will teach students the art of percussion and how to incorporate dynamics, power and speed into their playing. Students will spend the week learning selected percussion ensembles with a concert at 2pm on Friday for the parents.

Jason has been working as a professional musician, producer and teacher for over 30 years.

Rock Academy Summer Jam at Poughkeepsie Day School

SESSION 1: AUG 7 – 11, 10AM – 2:30PM, $499
SESSION 2: AUG 14 – 18, 10AM – 2:30PM, $499

Ages 8 – 18, All levels Welcome

Summer Jam at PDS

A one week crash course in the majesty of Rock Music. Students will form bands and work all week on a set of songs, both originals and covers, to be performed at the end of the week. For ages 8 to 18 and all instruments and ability levels are welcome

This session is open to guitarists, drummers, bass or keyboard players, and any other instrumentalist interested in playing rock music.

Please email us at camp@rockacademy.com for details, or if you’d rather sign up offline, please fill out the camp registration forms and return to the Rock Academy with payment.