Rockjam Summer Camps offer a new approach to music for kids this summer.
The course is designed to give kids the opportunity to create music – either to learn how to do a cover version of their favourite songs and also write their own.
Students are divided into small groups by age (7 to 17 years old).
The young aspiring musicians work with their coach for a week and produce a music video, podcast interview and photo shoot with their band.
“Music is as much a life skill as a language. Children are born with the ability to understand and communicate using sounds and rhythm,” explained Baz Rycraft of Rockjam.
“They amuse themselves with songs and sing while they play together.”
Rycraft explained that the kids can experiment with electric guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, drums and microphones.
“If you put them in a room with instruments they will make music,” he explained.
“It’s not up to us to throw a set of rules on the game. All we have to do is facilitate their own innate creativity.”
The focus is on the jam room, where the coach, a professional musician, will share all their experience of being in a band.
“Our coaches are uskers and beatboxers, Youtube stars and backing singers”, Rycraft explained.
“They can show the students their music on spotify and their videos on Youtube. The kids will always ask: ‘How many subscribers do you have?’ There’s an immediate connection there.”
The Camps take place in four locations. Alexandra College, Milltown, Newpark Music Centre, Blackrock, Glasnevin Academy of Music and Camelot Studios, Blanchardstown.
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