UWGB Rock Academy Camp
For Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Vocalists and Drums
Think Garage Band! If you have been playing guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums for at least one year and are entering grades 8-12+, join other musicians at UW-Green Bay’s summer music camp Rock Academy (formerly Total Guitarist Camp). Rock Academy campers will learn small group rehearsal techniques, participate in musical styles classes including jazz, blues, rock, singer/songwriter, and classical styles, learn how to solo and build a musical vocabulary with our applied theory course, and learn efficient practicing, music composition and recording techniques. There will be plenty of time for jam sessions with your new friends who love music! Offered July 26-30, 2015, this music camp is open to commuters and housing campers.
"I went here 10 years ago for a Guitar Camp when I was entering 8th grade. It was my first "grand adventure" as a kid, haha. First time being away from my parents and 8th grade me loved that freedom. I was one of the youngest ones there at the time, considering it is only open to 8th-12th grade. Needless to say, it was ...the best experience of my life. Friendly counselors, teachers, and it was a blast to meet new people from all over Wisconsin for the first time. I improved a ton from the workshops/classes that were held. It was so great that I ended up going back all the way until I was no longer able to. I met some of my best friends there, I still keep in contact with a large majority of them. 5 years later, and It's a still a shame to me that i'm no longer able to attend. This was easily the best part of summer for me. So, thank you UWGB for making my childhood AWESOME."
-from Peter Doucette, Guitar Camp 'graduate'
And another from a mom...
"...after picking up my son one afternoon (from camp), I asked how his day had been. He said, 'Mom, I don't know if I've ever been happier.' He absolutely enjoyed the opportunity to play his guitar all day, learn new techniques, talk guitar with others who have the same love, and just get to 'jam' with others."
Sunday Afternoon Auditions: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Placement Auditions will consist of a short theory and interest evaluation, skills assessment, and a short prepared solo. Auditions are for camp placement only and are not for admittance into the camp.
Monday thru Thursday, Daily Class Hours: 8:30 - 3:45
Faculty Concert: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night, July 29th
Final Concert: 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, July 30th
Commuter* Fee: $295 (includes instruction, lunches, and camp t-shirt)
Resident Fee: $569 (includes instruction, room and board, t-shirt, counselor supervision and evening activity transportation) The cost of evening activities will vary depending on the camper's choice. We recommend campers bring $20-30 to camp with them for activities and snacks.
*Commuter Drop off/Pick up Policy: Parents are advised to drop off and pick up your child promptly. The camp begins at 8:30 a.m., with staff on site at 8:00 a.m. Please pick up your camper by 3:45 p.m. with staff on site until 4:00 p.m. Failure to pick up your child on time will result in a supervisory charge of $15 per hour.
NOTE: Green Bay Transit operates to and from campus each day, with drop off locations at the Cofrin Library and the Studio Arts Building. The buses run :10 and :40 on the hour. Bus passes are $2 per day for students. For more information contact: http://www.greenbaymetro.org or call 920-448-3450.
Times, Locations, Camp Details: Rock Academy Camper Information Letter
UW-Green Bay Camp Policies: Camp Policies
UW-Green Bay Camp Health Form: Health Form
UW-Green Bay Camps Map: Maps and Directions
UW-Green Bay Resident Camper Handbook: Housing Handbook
Rock Academy Camp Director, Michael Tahlier
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Michael holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music with an emphasis in Music Education. Enrolled on scholarship, Michael graduated Cum Laude in 2007. Teaching music since 2000, he has taught privately as a Berklee College off-campus instructor, has been apart of the National Musicians Workshop staff in Chicago, IL and has taken part in the UWGB Summer Camp since 2003. Studying under acclaimed musicians Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Jon Damian to name a few; Michael has learned a wide range of teaching styles. Aside from teaching, Michael is an active performing artist playing lead guitar with singer/songwriter, Tim Stopulos (Tim Stop). Michael's professional career has awarded him opportunities to share the stage with such bands/artists as: Howie Day, CCR, 9 Days (Story of a Girl), Girl Talk, Khari Parker (Destiny's Child, Beyonce, Boz Scagz). Tim Stop has just released their third full-length album entitled "Songs of Separation", with Michael on lead guitar.
Currently residing in Chicago, Michael is the owner/founder of "Musicians Workshop" a Chicagoland music-learning center located in Westmont, Illinois. Michael attended the UW-Green Bay Guitar Camp as a high school student and is so honored to be with this program as the camp director.
All auditions will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 26, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Studio Arts Building. Auditions will be administered by the Camp faculty and will include a short theory test and a prepared piece. The camp schedule begins on Monday through Thursday and will include such classes as: concert groups, applied theory, clinics, studio recording, masterclasses and more!
Please note: Campers will bring all needed playing equipment to camp, including: guitars with amps, cables, picks, drum sets, etc.
Evening Concerts and Jam Sessions - Campers have the opportunity to play with faculty and special guests.
Final Concert - The week ends with a free public concert at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30th in the University Theatre located in the Theatre Hall Building. Faculty concert on Wednesday, July 29th, 6:30 p.m., University Theatre.
We have an incredible line up of artists and teachers. See the staff links below to read their bios. Stay tuned as more staff are added!
- Michael Tahlier, Camp Director (Chicago)
- Chris Clemente, Bass Instructor (Chicago)
- Rich Stitzel, Percussion (Chicago)
- Jimmy Crimmins, Guitar (Green Bay)