"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
About the program
Rock Star Jam is the ultimate rock music camp for ages Seven through sixteen. Each day at Rock Star Jam is filled with fun, learning and musical accomplishment! Campers are supervised at all times by our experienced staff as they make new friends and learn to play together in their bands.
Campers study the instrument of their choice, form bands, write songs and perform a Friday concert for friends and family. The concert is professionally recorded on audio and video. MP-3s and videos are posted right here for free download! Instruments offered include: guitar, bass, drums, voice, ukulele and piano, however, if a camper wishes to bring along another instrument they are certainly welcome to play it in the band. Classes are small and focused on learning music, not just memorizing song fingerings. We take pride in teaching songwriting and the creative process of making music.
Campers get two one hour instrument classes, two one hour band rehearsals and one hour of jam time with their band each day. The rest of the day is completed with rotating activities such as recreation, special music classes called clinics, celebrity guest performances, and fun at the open mic! Absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced players are all welcomed! Rock Star Jam is awesome and we're looking forward to working with you!
About the camp store:
Rock Star Jam has a wonderful little camp store where musical accessories like guitar strings, battery powered amps, picks and drum sticks are available. We also have faculty CDs, instructional books, Rock Star Jam tee shirts and more! We hope you visit our store!
Drop off and pick up:
Monday morning registration starts at 8:00 AM. Come in and register your child at the registration table. We encourage parents to stay for the assembly that begins at 9 am. Any questions are answered during the assembly.
Campers should be dropped off between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and picked up between 5:00 and 5:45PM. There is a $25.00 charge if a camper is picked up after 5:30 PM.
What to bring:
Everyone should bring a pencil and paper for taking notes in class. Guitarists and bassists should bring their instrument and a long sturdy instrument cable to connect it to the amplifier. Drummers should bring their sticks. Vocalists and Keyboardists don't need to bring anything.
All campers should bring a packed lunch that doesn't need refrigeration.
About other instruments:
If a camper wishes to play an instrument that isn't offered they are welcome to bring it along and play it in the band. Campers who bring other instruments must still attend instrument class and study one of the instruments we officially offer.
About the Staff:
Tobias Hurwitz introduced rock music camps to Baltimore in 1999 and has been orchestrating great summer music camps for kids and adults ever since then. He is a Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee and plays guitar for organizations like The Baltimore Ravens, Johns Hopkins and Center Stage. Tobias is the author of the very popular method book: “The Total Rock Guitarist” on Alfred Publications and has original music on all digital streaming and download platforms.
Endorsements include: Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings and Fractal Audio.
Terry Gourley is a visionary singer-songwriter, hailing from Baltimore, MD, with her own special brand of music: Folk Rock Fusion. She has recorded two CD's and made a cameo appearance on Tobias Hurwitz’s 2nd CD, The Way of Zen Guitar.
The staff is hand picked by Tobias Hurwitz and Terry Gourley and includes the same lovable cast of characters that have made our musical community so special over the years.
Campers having a great time participating in 80's Metal dress up day! Everyone was a winner!!
Michael Rytzyk has been teaching music students for many years! We have worked with him for 15 years at camp! All the campers agree Mike is the best!!
Camper playing at open mic
About loaner instruments:
There are several loaner electric guitars and electric basses available on a first come first served basis. Email or call to ask about availability.