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12 – 17
The Rock Project: Being in a Band affords middle and high school students, ages 12-17, who have played guitar, bass, drums and/or keyboards for six months or longer an opportunity to go beyond the basics and learn what it takes to be in a band. Students will learn fundamental skills, with particular emphasis on original composition and songwriting instead of purely academic lessons. A number of guest artists will perform and share with the students their experiences as professional musicians. We will explore renowned guitar and bass player Carol Kaye’s methods for fusing jazz training into rock music. Ms. Kaye has recorded over 10,000 recordings and countless number one hits in the 60s and 70s including The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and on Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” recordings. The workshop culminates with a Saturday concert featuring performances by participants for supportive family and friends.
Who should enroll?
Middle and high school students, ages 12-17, who have played guitar, bass, drums and/or keyboards for six months or longer.
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a 30 minute break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.
9:00 am –Theory/Ear Training
9:45 am – Group Instrument Lessons
10:30 am – Small Ensemble Projects
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Jazz, Blues, Rock History/Guest Artists
2:30 pm – Theory through Improvisation
3:30 pm – Large Ensemble Projects
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BC Campbell is a Seattle composer, songwriter and producer focused on composing for film. Since 2012, his work has been presented in national and international film festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, as well as at The Festival Ciné Alter'Natif in Paris, Corti da Sogni in Ravenna, Italy, the Plymouth Film Festival in England, The Smithsonian in DC and NYC, Durango Film Festival, Stony Brook Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Southwest American Indian Arts Market, and Seattle’s Local Sightings Film Festival. He will be scoring the upcoming feature film Clearwater, which is in development with the TriBeca Film Institute. His compositions for contemporary dance, theater and performance have been presented in Seattle by On the Boards, Intiman Theater, Cornish College for the Arts, Velocity, and other major music venues. He is a sought after session player on guitar, piano and vocals. He spent his twenties touring the country, recording as a singer/songwriter and playing in various indie bands. BC grew up playing jazz in big bands in Portland Oregon, where he had the honor of being mentored by ‘old timers’ who had created with Billy Holiday.