PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp is a seasonal program. Rock Camp is “in session” two weeks each year, typically in late July/early August. We usually open the registration process mid-June. Campers are typically between the ages of 12 and 19. Kids interested in going to Rock Camp must submit an online application, this gives us the basic information we need to get organized.
Note: Some kids who are thinking about Rock Camp may feel intimidated by the program. Just remember, every single kid in our program was nervous when they started, but quickly found common ground with all of the other kids who love to play music. The shyest kids often become the best performers. If a kid can play and wants to play, apply, we’ll take it from there. We love ALL the kids and they ALL have a blast.
PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp is not for absolute beginners, therefor we have an audition process to make sure kids have the necessary skills for this intensive program. All first-time kids must audition to get into the program.
There are many ways to submit your audition video. The most popular is shooting and sharing a video via YouTube or Facebook or some other online service. Below are some guidelines for making an audition video.
Audition Video Tips
Making an audition video for Rock Camp is easy and fun. You basically need to set up a video camera or web cam, make sure you have good lighting, answer the questions below on camera, and play/or sing parts of a few of your favorite songs. Once your video is complete, share it via Facebook or YouTube.
Tips for shooting great video:
- Pick a location with great light. Avoid bright lights directly behind you.
Pick a location that’s quiet and away from televisions, radios, street noise, etc.
- Put the camera on a tripod or set it on a piece of furniture, avoid hand holding camera (unless you think hand held video is cool, then go for it)
- (optional) Have someone from your family or a friend sit next to the camera and ask you the questions, look at your friend rather than directly at the camera.
- Try to answer in completely sentences, avoid just answers “yes” or “no”
What you should talk about in your video, answer a few, no need to answer all:
- Start off by saying and spelling your first and last name
- How did you hear about rock camp?
- Have you or your friends been to the camp?
- Why does the rock camp sound like fun?
- Why do you want to go?
- What instrument(s) do you play?
- Do you sing?
- Do you want to learn to sing?
- How long have you been playing music or singing?
- How did you get started?
- Can you play chords by name, read music, read TAB, learn music by year, etc.?
- What’s your favorite music? Bands or musicians that you really like?
- How often do you get to play with other musicians?
- How often do you get to perform in front of groups of people?
- What are you looking forward to most when going to Rock Camp?
- How do you feel about working with new people?
- If you could get one thing out of the camp, what would it be?
What to perform in your video:
- Perform for the camera a few of your favorite songs or songs that demo your skill
- Just a verse and a chorus from each song will do (the whole song is also great)
- If you have written any original music, please play a few bars of that as well.
- If you need help, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- No need to edit your video (although you can if you want to). Just send us the video you shot and if we want to post it, we will do the editing.