Summer Rock Camp

Play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sing in a band
Learn the fundamentals of recording technology
Get performance experience in the studio
Walk away with a professional quality recording of your child

Dates: August 15th – 19th, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Daily
Ages: 12 – 17
Cost: $350 for a one week session
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Summer camp 2015 was a great success! The kids finished off the week with an epic recording session in studio. They spent the week together mastering 3 songs. We were able to record their performances live. Using tracking, students were able to understand basic recording methods. The process solidified their ability to play as a group, and it sharpened their skills on drums, electric guitar, bass, and vocals. Having the week of intensive focus truly allows students to grow as musicians – We’re already looking forward to next summer’s camp!

Take a listen to their rendition of “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix:

Held at the Philly Music Lessons studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia – Kids will learn to play faithful renditions of rock songs by such classic bands as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, as well as the modern bands they inspired, including Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jack White, and My Morning Jacket. They will also get to study the basics of recording technology, live tracking, and overdubbing, before participating in a camp-culminating recording session. This music-based camp introduces beginners with little or no Josh-Olmstead_Rock_Campprevious training to the fundamentals of rock performance, including guitar power chords, bass riffs, backbeat-driven rhythms, and emotive vocals. Intermediate students with regular instrumental lessons will have the opportunity to work in separate groups to study rock music in greater depth, undertaking closer note-for-note transcriptions of guitar solos and bass lines, original tempos and percussion arrangements, and multiple-part vocal harmonies. In addition to daily instrumental warm-up exercises and sectionals, band rehearsals, recording workshops, and general music instruction, we will listen to audio recordings, watch documentary and concert film excerpts, and discuss the greater cultural and sociological impact of the bands and music that we study. We break for lunch everyday, followed by an outdoor activity or indoor arts and crafts time. This is a multi-instrumental camp. Participating students will be encouraged to play guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, as well as sing. A CD of the camp-culminating recording session will be provided to students as an archival benchmark of their musical progress and success. Contact Us for Registration


Music LessonsCollin Dennen teaches bass, guitar, drums, piano and voice. He grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from his mother, jamming on drums with his father in the basement, and writing songs with his younger sister. At 13 he discovered his love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. He attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, he plays bass and sings backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. Contact Us for Registration

rockstarjoey_smJoseph Primavera is a music educator, performer, composer and producer with over 15 years of experience. Since obtaining his Bachelor’s of Music in Performance from Temple University in 2007, he has been teaching private music lessons in the greater Philadelphia area to students of all ages and skill levels for guitar, drums, piano and bass guitar. In 2002, he was one of only two guitar players in Pennsylvania chosen for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2011, Joseph helped start a recording program at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, and has been teaching audio engineering, production and mixing ever since. Joseph also composed and recorded all of the music for a full length documentary called “Libertopia”, and has been featured as a guitarist on multiple recording sessions held at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown. Joseph is the founder and owner of Philly Music Lessons.

See below for a general outline of the week at Rock Camp:


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Philly Music Lessons specializes in connecting students of all ages and skill levels with great teachers in the Philadelphia and Main Line areas.