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  • Janet Angier

Why New York Rock Academy?

At New York Rock Academy, the bands are what it's all about! The motivating force is excitement. At this specialty day camp, students form groups alongside those of similar experience and immediately begin making music from day one.

Beginners will find themselves performing complete arrangements of their favorite songs by the end of a single session. Advanced players will have the opportunity to fine-tune skills. Students will shine both as individuals and ensemble members. Regardless of level, students will be encouraged to explore the music that they truly love.

Students are mentored by top professionals in the field, like Dave Bickler (Eye of the Tiger) and every ensemble is run by an instructor who makes sure the student play songs and parts that are appropriate for their level.

The experienced faculty will help to break down the imaginary barrier between the students and the 'stars', giving concrete advice on how to effectively play and interpret rock songs. Anything that stands in the way of a moving performance will be addressed and remedied to allow the students to communicate the love and excitement that they feel to an audience.

Each week there is a concert for family and friends to take part in the fun and enjoy what each camper has learned.
Campers will participate in an exciting end of session performance to share with family and friends.

What is a typical day at New York Rock Academy?

Memorable Majors - provide each student with a course of study in the instrument he or she loves. Students take two lessons each day and play their major instrument in the ensembles. The material covered in the major is based on the instructor's assessment of the student. Class time is spent working on the songs the students are featuring in their ensembles and technique to improve overall playing ability.

A typical day at New York Rock Academy consists of two major classes, and two workshops.

Engaging Ensembles - are the time to play in a band! Students play in real bands of 3-6 members according to age and ability. They are directed by a faculty band leader daily. Each band is a close-knit team, in which every member plays an important role. Students choose and may even write the songs they rehearse while the faculty band leader helps them develop. We believe in the importance of musicianship so lessons will cover some technique and theory. The rest of the lessons consist of learning songs chosen by the students and instructors. Beginning students are placed in ensembles and lessons with other beginning students. Instructors will teach them simple parts so that they will be able to play right away. Guitar and Bass students bring their instruments and accessories (picks, straps, extra strings, cables), and drum students bring sticks. Amplifiers, drum sets, microphones, and keyboards are all provided.

Winning Workshops – are the time to try something new! Topics include keyboards, voice, rhythm, music history, songwriting, production and promotion. Workshops run daily and change over the course of the week.

Will the student fit in?

New York Rock Academy students are very accepting of one another and the student to teacher ratio is very low. We see to it that the environment is very nurturing for all students.



Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY, 10606

Music in Chappaqua
225 North Greeley Avenue,
Chappaqua, NY 10514

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  • Janet Angier
  • 08/31/2000
  • 12/03/1999


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