Summer Rocks!


Summer Rocks! 


Monday - Friday, August 14 - 18
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ages 9 and up! 
Tuition: $585

  • Pay in full by July 15 and receive $40 Early Registration Discount.

Our exciting, student- driven program encourages participants to find their creative voice and gain musical skills while fostering community. In addition to the collaborative learning experience that defines Summer Rocks! every year, students will focus on songwriting and learn about the many different genres of rock that influence today's music. This summer, we’ll celebrate American rock music by region.  Bring your axe, put on your seat belt, and get ready to experience this journey through the myriad tributaries of this powerful form of American musical expression! It’s a can’t-miss opportunity to tweak your musical skills, have fun and express your creative side. All instruments welcome! Register for Summer Rocks! today!

At the end of each day, students attend a workshop designed for all performers that addresses common issues. Topics include Singing, Rock History, Performance Skills, Live Performance and Sound Reinforcement.

Each day, students choose an exciting elective.
Here are just a few of the offerings…

  • Performance Skills: Explore the practices of spatial awareness, stage presence, dynamics of staging, lighting and other production considerations in this essential, new elective.
  • Amplification & Effects: Experiment with instrument-specific amplification techniques, EQ and other “effect” applications.
  • Rock History: Learn about the people, places and reasons behind the most important musical movements and artists of our time.
  • Songwriting: Play with song structures, forms, chord progressions, dynamics and much more.
  • Lyric Writing: Discover the potency of lyrics in song through writing prompts, the study of words as sound and compositional structures. You’ll be surprised at what you come up with!
  • Instrument Maintenance & Repair: Learn the basic, but important, caretaking responsibilities of different instruments—from how to string a guitar to those pesky trumpet valves to wacky truss rods to banged up drum stuff.
  • Recording: Each day, record a different instrument type. By Friday, you’ll have a fully produced song!
  • Vocal Intensive: Design and practice everything from background to lead vocals!

9:30 a.m. Band Rehearsal
10:50 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Master Classes
12 noon Lunch
12:45 p.m. Band Rehearsal
1:50 p.m. Theory & Improvisation
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Electives
3:30 p.m. Band Rehearsal
4:50 p.m. All-Student Workshops
The home base for each student. Each band writes, arranges and performs at least one original tune in addition to arranging artistically significant material.

Jesse Hameen II, Jazz & Rock Chair
Evan Green, Summer Rocks! Director & keyboards
Tim Walsh, drums and audio tech
Dylan Champion, guitar
Jamie Van Dyck, guitar
Ben Dean, violin/orchestral
Miles LiVolsi, bass
Tiffany Jackson, voice
Rudy Babouder, voice
Plus strings, brass & woodwinds
Please note: Faculty is subject to change.

Early Registration Deadline:
July 15


  • Pay in full by July 15 and receive $40 Early Registration Discount.

*Includes T-shirt, guaranteed with early registration.

If you require financial assistance to attend Summer Rocks!, please fill out our financial aid application well in advance of the July 15 deadline.
Upon receipt of your completed application and registration, you will be contacted to discuss your request and/or payment plan. Financial aid is need-based and limited.

If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering, please call us at 203-624-5189.

What students and parents are saying…

“I just wanted to tell you what a great experience this was for Selena! Both my husband and I were shocked at the abilities she acquired under your instruction. What a great group of people you are and I can tell you all love what you do and you love your craft. We are blessed to have met you and been part of the Neighborhood Music School Summer Rocks 2015 program.”
— Patricia Feliciano, parent

“Summer Rocks! gave me the opportunity to connect and collaborate with fellow musicians my age and also older musicians with experience and connections. Over my three summers at NMS, the program has really taught me a lot about musicianship, helped me build my skills, and helped me make connections that will continue to last for a long time.” — Keegan B., student

For more information, email Evan Green