Little Rock Academy

topsy bonsai and uncle rock

Little Rock Academy with Uncle Rock and Topsy Bonsai

Session 1: July 14 - 18, 11AM to 2:30PM
Session 2: July 28 - Aug 1, 11AM to 2:30PM

Ages 5 - 7, Beginners Welcome
Cost: $400 / $350 for siblings

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Interactive music appreciation camp, held at the fabulous Fiber Flame Studio in Woodstock! No previous musical experience required. Kids age 5 to 7 learn the rock classics! (Rockabilly, rock n’ roll, new wave, punk rock, et al.) Each day, Topsy Bonsai (Grammy-nominated Tracy Bonham) and Uncle Rock (Grammy-nominated Robert Burke Warren) teach campers a new song, to be performed at afternoon jam time. Through games, performance, and interactive play, campers will also learn basics of music theory, rhythm, and ear training. A variety of instruments – bass, guitar, keys, percussion – will be on hand for exploration. Camp culminates with a rock concert for parents and friends on Friday.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and teacher Robert Burke Warren has toured the world and wowed audiences of all ages as award-winning kindie troubadour Uncle Rock. Grammy nominated alternative rock musician Tracy Bonham's debut album went gold and she has worked with Aerosmith, Wayfaring Strangers, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

Summer Workshop Series

bad brains

Jam and Songwriting Camp with DOC and DARRYL from BAD BRAINS!!!

July 7 - 11, 10am-2:30pm

Ages 11 - 18, Some experience required.
Cost: $600 / $550 for enrolled PGRA students

Concert to be held at PGRA last day of camp @2pm

The Bad Brains are widely regarded as one of punk rock's most innovative and important bands.

tracy bonham

Tracy Bonham String Camp

July 21 - 25, 10am-2:30pm

Ages 8 - 18, Some Experience Appreciated
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

Tracy will work with kids to create a string ensemble that performs works such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Devo and the Talking Heads. Kids must own and be able to hold their own instrument, all stringed instruments welcome.

Grammy nominated alternative rock musician Tracy Bonham's debut album went gold and she has worked with Aerosmith, Wayfaring Strangers, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

brendon small

Brendon Small Metal Workshop

July 28 - Aug 1, 10am-2:30pm

Ages 11 - 18, Some Experience Required
Cost: $600 / $550 for enrolled PGRA students

Brendon Small, creator of Metalocalypse and Home Movies, as well as the voice and guitar of legendary metal band and cultural phenomenon DETHKLOK, comes to our town to teach our children about the finer points of that true american art form: HEAVY METAL. This camp is for students aged 12-18, and all enrollees must have some musical experience. Students will be placed into their own bands and then educated in what goes in to making true metal music: from naming one's band, to writing songs, arranging the material, performance of said material, the importance of shredding for shredding's sake, and talking to girls after the show. The camp concludes with two performances: The first is for family and friends at the close of the last day of camp (2pm, Aug 1) , the second is an opening slot for the Rock Academy show band at The Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsie that night.

Brendon is co-producer, co-writer, composer, and voice actor for the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse. The series focuses on a fictional death metal band named Dethklok, and each episode features a song "performed" by the band.

aaron freeman

Aaron Freeman: Songwriting Demystified

Aug 4 - 8, 10am-2:30pm

Ages 11 - 18, Beginners Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

Aaron Freeman, creative genius and prolific songwriter, will show you some classic and totally made up techniques so that you can write down what is in your heart and set it to music! Too often fear and perfectionism stop us before we even get started, but that need not be the case any longer. We are all creative spirits, and sometimes it just takes a grab bag full of lyrical ideas, some recycled chord progressions, and the support and guidance of a 90s icon to get us over that hump and on our way to publishing royalties in perpetuity. This workshop is for students aged 11-18 and no musical training is required. Students will write their own songs, and collaborate and perform with others on their songs. Every student will receive a CD of the material generated during the week.

Aaron Freeman is also known as Gene Ween from the world famous, experimental rock band Ween.

jason bowman

Percussion Camp with Jason Bowman

Aug 11 - 15, 10am-2:30pm

Ages 8 - 18, Beginners Welcome
Cost: $450 / $400 for enrolled PGRA students

Come and be a part of the thunder! Experience the sheer thrill and power of drumming with other drummers and creating a sound that will have Thor quaking in his boots. Students aged 8-18 will spend the week learning the art of the groove and the drum solo while writing their own percussion ensembles. The week will finish with a performance for the parents at the school. Beginners and advanced alike welcome, a raucous time is guaranteed for all. Earplugs are included.

Jason has been working as a professional musician and producer for over 20 years and has been teaching kids to rock just as long.

Rock Academy Summer Jam at The Day School

jam camp

Summer Jam

Session 1: Jun 30 - Jul 4, 9am - 3pm, $370
Session 2: Aug 4 - Aug 8, 9am - 3pm, $370

Ages 8 - 13, Beginners Welcome

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A week-long immersion into playing in a rock band, participants will experience hands-on instruction in being a member of a group. We will listen to and watch some of the most influential groups. A final performance under the tent will be the week’s goal. Campers will produce a professionally recorded CD of the material they have learned during camp!

Peter Dougan has been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15. He attended Ithaca College and received a degree in Jazz Performance. Peter then went on to receive a Masters Degree from Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. Along the way, he has performed with many groups in styles from Funk to Afro Cuban to Blues and Roots Rock.

Please email us at for details, or to sign up please fill out the camp registration forms and return to the Rock Academy with payment.