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 27-31, 2014, this music camp is open to commuters and housing campers. Application deadline: July 21.
"...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."
- Mom of a Music Camp Participant
Sunday Afternoon Auditions: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday thru Thursday, Daily Class Hours: 8:30 - 3:45
Faculty Concert: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night, July 30th
Final Concert: 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, July 31st
Commuter Fee: $279 (includes instruction, lunches, and camp t-shirt)
Resident Fee: $495 (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.
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 27, 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 31 in the University Theatre located in the Theatre Hall Building. Faculty concert on Wednesday, July 30, 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 tunes as more staff are added.
- Michael Tahlier, Camp Director (Chicago)
- Chris Clemente, Bass Instructor (Chicago)
- Luke Polipnick, Guitar, (Madison)
- Rich Stitzel, Percussion (Chicago)