With summer in full bloom, local families have a unique option for summer activities for their kids this year, thanks to Airdrie Music Lessons’ Rock Star Camps, set to take place throughout July and August.
Over three separate weeks this summer, kids and teenagers aged six and older can take part in the camps to learn an array of instruments, how to write a song, make music videos and a number of other fun activities.
Anthony Burbidge, the owner of Airdrie Music Lessons, said the camps will be a great summer recreation option for Airdrie’s youth, now that public health restrictions have been lifted.
“The kids have gone through several lockdowns now and they have been stuck on Zoom and everything else, [so] we want this experience in the summer to be fun for them,” Burbidge said. “We really want this to be a chance for them to be free and be kids.”
Over the last year and a half, Burbidge said his heart has ached for the kids who have had to endure all of the setbacks and changes resulting from the pandemic.
“The kids in some ways have been forced to grow up,” he said. “Normally, kids don’t think about restrictions and lockdowns, because they don’t have to. We want the summer camps to be a chance for them to just be kids again.”
For the camps, participants are usually divided into two bands of six members. Burbidge said he tries to keep the age ranges close and also take into account prior music experience for each person attending.
“That seems to work out well,” he said. “Not only on the music side in terms of their skills, coordination and previous experience, but also in terms of personalities. What we find is the younger kids relate to each other better, and same for the teens.”
The camps will be held over three separate weeks – July 19 to 23, July 26 to 30 and Aug. 9 to 13. Participants will be able to learn the fundamentals to playing guitar, bass, piano, drums and keyboard, as well as vocals.
Even though the camp only lasts a few days, Burbidge said participants tend to make significant strides in their musical abilities during that time.
“The really magical thing is to see how far they come from what they learn in the morning –when they have never played a guitar before – to how much they grasp and learn by noon,” he said. “To take somebody within a few days from never playing an instrument, and by the end of the week they are on stage performing, is an amazing transformation to watch.”
For curious participants, Burbidge said he has extended an early bird special registration offer until July 14 at midnight. The week-long camps carry a regular price of $349, but the early bird special costs $299.
With the camps taking place during the work week, Burbidge said it also offers free before and after care.
For more information and to sign up, visit airdriemusiclessons.com