News / USA

Kids Become Rockers at DC Music Camp

Kids Become Rockers At DC Music Campi
|| 0:00:00
X
Susan Logue
August 17, 2012 8:20 PM
Bach to Rock calls itself "America's Music School." That's an ambitious claim, since its six locations right now are in the Washington DC area. But with more schools opening soon in New York and Connecticut, it's getting closer to that title. VOA's Susan Logue visited a Bach to Rock summer day camp in Bethesda, Maryland where youngsters get an intense musical experience.
Susan Logue
BETHESDA, Maryland — Bach to Rock calls itself "America's Music School."  That's an ambitious claim, since its six locations right now are in the Washington, DC area.  But with schools opening soon in New York and Connecticut, it's getting closer to that title.  

The rooms at Bach to Rock summer day camp in Bethesda, Maryland are filled with sound.  Although the school offers music lessons here for adults as well, summer day camp is geared to kids 4 to 12.  

"The majority of the students here have never played an instrument before, and in their one week stay with us, they will have learned, recorded, and performed two songs by week's end," explained Brian Gross, president and CEO of Bach to Rock.

In a little while the kids will have their first gig, perhaps at a local pub.  One of the gig-ready kids Grant Glazier,12, has been studying piano since he was four at a more traditional music school.  However, along with having fun, his mom, Carly, says, Grant is learning something at Bach to Rock that his piano teacher can't teach him.

"The biggest thing he is learning is how to work together as a team, which I think is an important value you can't get in a regular one-on-one lesson," she noted.

Playing their kind of music with peers is the year-round philosophy at Bach to Rock. Students are encouraged to take part in jam sessions, even if they aren't in a band.

That may be why Bach to Rock has been successful.  This year, the music school sold six franchises near New York City.  Brian Gross says that's only the beginning.

"Eventually I see this as an international concept.  The thing about music is it is not language restricted, so we can teach it in China just as easily as we can teach it here in Bethesda," Gross explained.

For now, Gross is focused on making Bach to Rock America's music school.

You May Like

As AIDS Epidemic Matures, Workplaces Adapt

Issue of AIDS in workplace is one of many social issues being discussed at the 20th International Aids Conference in Australia More

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid