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Holiday in the Sun



We are so ready for another summer of fun, music and good times under the tent!
The first of our scheduled camps are announced below – check back because more are coming!
These camps will sell out, so if you are interested please register early.

aaron kosinski

JUL 3 – 7, 10AM-2:30

Ages 11 – 18, Some experience
Cost: $400 

Freak Out! Improvisation Workshop with Aaron Kosinski

Freak-Out! Is a camp focused on improving musical improvisation by thinking outside of the box and experimenting with new ideas. This camp will take place in a purely constructive environment where students will learn the required skills to improvise freely. Over the course of 5 days, students will learn to jam together and create original music of various styles, and engage in a brief performance at the end of the week.

Aaron Kosinski is a rock academy alumni, songwriter, and performer who has been teaching guitar and bass since age 15.

Jack Petruzzelli

JUL 10 – 14, 10AM-2:30

Ages 8 – 18, All levels
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled RA students

Beatles Camp with Jack Petruzzelli

Learn the music of the Beatles by exploring their musicianship, songwriting and vocal harmonies through some of the most iconic songs such as Hey Jude, Day tripper, Come together and more. Students will have the opportunity to be in small bands and rehearse album parts as well as performing for a student concert at the end of the week. The Beatles continue to influence how music is written, performed and recorded. There are now credited College courses throughout the western hemisphere. Jack will make these ideas available for any skill level. It’s really about the love of playing and sharing some of the best music ever to be recorded.

Jack Petruzzelli is a multi-instrumentalist and grammy nominated producer.
To name a few, he has worked with artists such as Patti Smith, Joan Osborne, Sara Bareilles. He is also a founding member of the Beatles tribute band ” The Fab Faux” Which Rolling stone magazine has called the worlds greatest Beatles cover band.


July 17-21, 10AM-2:30

Ages 8 – 18, All levels Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled RA students


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.

john sparrow

July 24-28, 10AM-2:30

Ages 8 – 18, All levels Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled RA students

Jam Camp with John Sparrow of Violent Femmes

John Sparrow from Violent Femmes will guide students through the creative process of writing and performing their very own songs. All styles and skill levels are welcome as John will show how to take a kernel of an idea and expand it into a full blown arrangement with enough room to “jam” inside. The week will end with a short concert for parents and relatives.

Long-time drummer and percussionist of iconic folk punk band Violent Femmes, John Sparrow has spent his life steeped in a wild mélange of music. Growing up on Milwaukee’s Southside, the artist was deeply influenced and captivated by the power and pulse of music at an early age, learning specific rhythm and techniques from his father, who toured with polka legend Frankie Yankovic. Not to be tied down to any one genre, John has played sessions that showcase ballroom dance, polkas, waltzes, country, western, Latin, multiple idioms of jazz and rock, and more. When not touring with Violent Femmes, side projects also include the Shakuhachi Club and Old Sam and the Teardrops, where John plays a mix of early blues, swing and hot jazz.

tracy bonham

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

Ages 8 – 18, Some experience
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled RA students

Tracy Bonham Vocal Workshop

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.

Two time Grammy™ nominee Tracy Bonham is a classically trained violinist, pianist and vocalist turned alt-rock singer songwriter. Bonham’s debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, achieved Gold Record status in 1996, spawning the chart-topping hit “Mother Mother” which has remained a powerful anthem for disenfranchised youth all over the world.


Aug 7-11, 10AM-2:30

Ages 8 – 18, All skill levels welcome
Cost: $400

PUNK ROCK Intensive with John Gullo

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. They will write their own punk rock songs which they will perform at a concert at the end of the week. Your kids will be really tired when they come home!

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.


Aug 14-18, 10AM-2:30

All ages, All levels Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled RA students

Recording on a Budget with Wendigo

My camp will have you learning how to write and record music on a budget. Anything that you would like to learn how to compose and record is on the table. Want to learn how to record guitars without a $2,000 tube amp and $3,000 microphone? Doable. Want to learn how to create unique patches and sounds using synthesizers? Done. Want to learn how to use your laptop to produce any kind of music? Come figure it out! The camp will not be focused on any one genre. You can make rap, rock, noise music, klezmer, or any type of sound you like and I will help you figure out how to track it out. This camp is ideal for people looking to do any of the following things: learn how to make beats, learn how to record their own vocals or instruments, learn how to arrange and structure songs, and how to do all of this using equipment you are likely reading this text with. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 

Alexander Wacksman, known by most as Wendigo, is a record producer and guitar player from Woodstock, NY. He has produced music that has amassed over one billion streams globally and has toured three different continents with the artists he produces. An alumni of the Rock Academy, he spent five years at the school learning guitar and music theory. Currently, he spends his time touring and producing original music. He has produced music for many rappers such as Lil Darkie, Valee, Matt Ox, Lucki, Craig Xen, Keith Ape, and more.

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