(Clarksdale, MS) – The Delta Blues Museum will host its first annual Guitar and Drum Camp from June 20 – 24th, 2016. Summer camp for young musicians is an extension of the Museum’s award-winning Arts and Education program. Students from ages 9 – 18 will focus on lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums–interested students should already have a basic knowledge of their instrument of choice. The camp will begin on June 20th and end with a public performance on June 24th on the Museum stage. The camp hours are 9 AM to 12 noon. Instructors include Walt Busby, John Holmes, Lee Williams and other special guests.
Museum director Shelley Ritter says the purpose of the Guitar and Drum Camp is to allow music students to gain more knowledge, expand their repertoire, build musicianship and receive professional advice from the expert teachers of the Museum’s award-winning Arts and Education program. “We have clear learning objectives for this camp, to help students recognize ways that music and musicians are encountered in everyday life,” Ritter offers, adding, “We want these young people to know various ways that people make music and be able to analyze the presence, use, and effect of music in everyday life.” The goal is for guitar and drum students to be able to demonstrate beginning knowledge of a variety of music styles and also compare and contrast the qualifications for various musical careers.
Enrollment is limited-students will be admitted on a first-come first-serve basis, and each student will choose his primary ensemble class. The cost is $65 per student, which includes a t-shirt, breakfast, light snack and workshop materials. Students should bring their own guitars and drumsticks. If a drummer doesn’t have their own sticks, they are available for purchase in the DBM gift shop.
Call the Delta Blues Museum 662-627- 6820 or visit www.deltabluesmuseum.org for more information and an enrollment form.