Summer at Cornish

The Rock Project: Being in a Band



August 3 –August 8, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 114, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

Registration for this course has been closed

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

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 60's and 70's 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. 

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at 3:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.


9:00am - Theory/Ear Training

9:45am - Group Instrument Lessons

10:30am - Small Ensemble Projects

12:30pm - Lunch 

1:30pm - Jazz, Blues, Rock History/Guest Artists

2:30pm - Theory through Improvisation

3:30pm - Large Ensemble Projects

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    12 - 17
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships


BC Campbell

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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.

Kathy Moore


Jason Tang

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For nearly two decades, Seattle guitarist Kathy Moore has been a go-to guitarist with her talents ranging from rock to funk to jazz and country.

She is currently a member of the bands The Guessing Game and Satchel and has also performed with the likes of Thaddeus Turner (Maktub), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Mad Season, Flight To Mars), the band Brad, Kim Virant, Everclear, Mark Siano’s Soft Rock Kid and the all-girl Black Sabbath tribute band Bloody Sabbath.

As part of the Guessing Game, Moore plays alongside two other guitarists – Jeff Rouse and Gary Westlake – giving the band a diverse triple guitar attack sound.