The West Island Music Academy is offering four new summer music camps. There will be three intensive boot camps geared to kids who want to play guitar, piano, or sing. And another called Camp Rock, which will form bands based on music genre, level of experience and instrument specialty.
All four week-long camps will be held in July and August at the academy’s Pointe-Claire location, and will be an opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills and meet other kids with similar interests.
No experience is necessary for the three boot camps but guitar players will be required to bring their own equipment. The academy has many pianos and drum sets on site. The guitar and piano camps are for those aged 8 to 16 and the singing camp for 6- to 18-year-olds.
Participants in Camp Rock must have at least one year of musical experience. There will be two age groups: 8 to 12 and 12 to 18. Daily workshops and practices with professional musicians will cover topics like musical styles, instruments, and the music industry. Practices will include private and semi-private instruction and, at the end of the week, the bands will create a music video and take part in a concert to show parents their new set of skills.
During the lunch hour, kids will spend time playing sports and swimming at YMCA, which is just across the street from the academy. The camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an after-camp program until 5:30 p.m. The cost is $250 per week.
For more information, visit wima.ca.