Guide to Levels

Beginner weeks are for teens that can play their instrument but have never been in a band setting. First Band camp is a great place to start!

Intermediate weeks are for those who have taken the beginner camps or have played in a band before.

Advanced weeks are for those who have taken the intermediate camps or have played in a band before, and are ready for more engaging arrangements.

Songwriting/Recording week is open to beginner/intermediate/advanced and musicians (see level descriptions above) who are interested in songwriting.


First Band Experience (June 5-9): If you’ve been playing your instrument and wanting to rock, but you have never been in a band before, then this is the camp for you! This camp focuses on you and your band coming together and playing your first show.

The teachers will guide you through an enjoyable, fun-filled week, preparing you for your weekend performance. We will learn 8 different songs each week as a section in the morning and rehearse them as a band in the afternoon. From drums and shredding electric guitar, to adding the banjo and tenor saxophone, all instruments are encouraged to come together to build the House of Rock! This camp is also a great preparation for the intermediate and advanced camps. More info and registration

Second Band Experience (June 12-16): Want to take your rock to the next level? Join the “second band” level House of Rock camp and we’ll help you find it! A couple of steps beyond the beginning camp, this week focuses more on intricate songs from many genres of modern music. We will improvise as an ensemble and help train your ears to understand what everyone else is playing. Must have prior experience playing in a band or attendance at the beginning camp. 90’s rock, classic rock and modern rock will be analyzed and translated into your own interpretation and creativity. All instruments are welcome to join, and the band will have a performance the weekend following camp! More info and registration.

Advanced Camp: The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense (June 19-23): The 2017 House of Rock advanced camp will continue its tradition of celebrating a pivotal artist in the history of rock music. Stop Making Sense is a 1984 concert film featuring a live performance by Talking Heads. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues. The movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques. The band raised the budget of $1.2 million themselves. The title comes from the lyrics of the song “Girlfriend Is Better”: “As we get older and stop making sense…”. With such classics as “Burning Down The House”, “Psycho Killer” and their arrangement of the Al Green classic “Take Me To The River”, the House of Rock will learn and perform this classic material. Chances like this happen “Once In A Lifetime!” More info and registration

Intermediate/Advanced Camp – Soul of Rock (July 10-14): Did you ever wonder where rock & roll really came from? Well, we are going to explore those sonic avenues by celebrating the artists that brought the rhythm and blues elements of rock. There is one thing that is common in popular music: the origin of the groove. This camp will learn, rehearse and perform the music of a few of the most prolific African American artists of our time. From Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Aretha Franklin to Lenny Kravitz, Fishbone and Bad Brains. We will focus on the feel of rock and the soulful side of the funk to help understand why the blues was the parent of our popular music. Let’s learn how some people on the fringes of American society in the early 20th century could usher in a whole new way of expression through music. Long live the groove and soul of rock!  More info and registration

Songwriting/Recording (2 week camp – July 17-28): Do you have some musical ideas floating around in your head and have wondered what it would sound like with the help of real songwriters? How about adding some drums and a violin part in that chorus. This camp will help your creativity move from your heart, to the speakers and stage.

Due to popular demand, we have extended our Songwriting/Recording camp to be a two-week long experience! This will allow for more creative songwriting time, and more time in the studio! We will help you understand the intricacies of music preparation and production and will spend time in the Sawtelle Recording Studio at Swallow Hill Music to record your songs.
You will all receive a copy of the camps’ CD to share with the world and continue on your creative musical journey. All instruments welcome. You do not have to identify yourself as a songwriter to join this camp. We will also guide the rhythm section and lead players on how to record their instrument, creating modern music in a professional setting. More info and registration

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2017 Camp Dates (registration opens Feb 1)
June 5-9: First Band Experience
June 12-16: Second Band Experience
June 19-23: Advanced Camp: The Talking Heads
July 10-14: Intermediate/Advanced Camp – Soul of Rock
July 17-28: Songwriting/Recording Camp (2-week camp)
*There will be a Saturday performance following each week of camp.

$395/ week (Songwriting camp is a two-week camp and is $780).

Scholarship assistance available for all camps. To apply please e-mail Ashley King ( with the subject HOR CAMP SCHOLARSHIP APP