Rocking out at youth music camps

Forget Guitar Hero, this is the real thing

Victoria musician Anne Schaefer is co-ordinating a summer camp for aspiring young rockers.

Two songwriting-focused band camps are being offered this month for teens and pre-teens.

Young rockers aged eight to 17 will learn about equipment, stage presence, recording, songwriting and navigating the music industry.

They will also work with two instruments and create an original piece.

A week-long camp for kids ages eight to 12 starts July 11, and a week-long camp for 13-to 17-year-olds begins July 18, both at Gordon Head United Church, 4201 Tyndall Ave. The cost is $325, or $350 after July 17. No experience is necessary.

To register, please call Anne Schaefer at Larsen School of Music, 250-389-1988 ext. 3202.

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