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Ashkenaz (Berkeley, CA)
I'm happy to recommend the Performing and Recording Workshop for Young Musicians held this summer in Berkeley from June 16-20 and June 23-27. My son has been attending this camp for the past 6 years and it is truly the highlight of his summer. The camp is run by two talented local musicians, Eve Decker and Lisa Zeiler, both of whom have a gift for bringing out the best in their young musicians. The kids form bands and cover tunes that they choose, then record them on a CD and perform for family and friends at Ashkenaz. I am always blown away by how great the bands sound and by how much fun the kids have together. If you'd like to get more information or sign up your musician (who either plays an instrument or sings)please call Eve at (510) 331-0934 or Lisa at (415) 377-8588. Anne
If your child enjoys playing music, this is a phenomenal camp. My daughter LOVES this Music Camp. She had her favorite week of the summer there last year and created the most amazing music she's ever made! She didn't know anyone when she arrived, and the staff made her feel so at home and at ease that every day was an exciting day for her.
The camp is run by 2 wonderful Bay Area musicians and music teachers, and takes place at Ashkenaz! What a kick for the kids to get so at home there!
The Concert Show on the last day was inspirational, as all the kids were so proud to show off their band and songs - which we still play and dance to in our living room!
I highly recommend this music camp - and my daughter can't wait until next time! -Scott
this is a review of the Performing Arts Camp led by Eve Decker and Lisa Zeiler held just two weeks each summer. they are dedicated teachers and very cool musicians. my kids, age 16 and 18 now have been attending since they were 10. this is the only music camp they enjoy-and we have tried several others. it is around 26 hours a week, but has a lot of carpooling. the kids arrange themselves, sometimes with help, into groups around a song/band/genre. then look for others to round out the sound. there is a performance, really good energy and FUN on Friday, and each kid performs in about 3-5 songs. there is mostly covers of rock and roll, but also pop, indie, rap, metal, original music, country, soul. kids have to bring an instrument (unless they are vocalists) and as well as guitars, keyboards, and drum sets we have seen mandolins, saxaphones, ukeleles,violins, percussion of all sorts and other amazing instruments. every year there is a different mix of ages, but it has always worked out well for us. the kids are very supportive of each other. this is a great way to start the summer. you can get camp info from firstname.lastname@example.org Dotty
Does anyone have feedback on the summer performing arts camp that meets at Ashkenaz and culminates in a Friday performance there? My son is 14, will be entering high school next year, and is concerned that the kids in the group will all be younger. parent of musician
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