Welcome to SEEDS School of ROCK!!
June 18-21, 2012
The SEEDS music camp will be held at the Twin Lakes Camp on Long Lake Rd., near Traverse City. Camp will start at 10am and run until 3pm. Students in 7th through 12th grades are welcome!
Aside from amazing and fun workshops lead by some of the hardest working and most well-known professional musicians in the state of Michigan, there will be time to explore outdoors, swim in the lake, kayak, hike, or play some basketball (I hear that Seth Bernard has a mean bank shot)!
There will be workshops for all levels of musical experience from beginners to advanced musicians. Everyone is encouraged to bring instruments if you have your own, but SEEDS will also provide numerous instruments for the workshops as needed.
Check out some of our workshops on the facing page! There will be multiple workshops happening at the same time, and ample time to enjoy at least two sessions each day of camp.
Lunch will be provided on Thursday, but please bring a sack lunch the first three days. Don’t forget swimsuits and towels, and plenty of sunscreen. SEEDS will provide the “lifeguard on duty” and a healthy dose of FUN!
Also, we would like to invite all families and friends to join us on Thursday for a BBQ lunch provided by SEEDS followed by some family workshops and our student variety show!
Hours & Location:
$150 for the week. Click here to pay!
June 18-21, 2012
Twin Lakes Park
6800 N Long Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49685
The camp is about 6 miles from Traverse City on N. Long Lake Rd. If you get to Moomers, you have gone too far (but you could get some ice cream before turning around).
Musical arts and crafts provided by Blackbird Arts. Students will make handmade
instruments and learn about music and cultures from around the world.
Please note: If your child is not a part of the SEEDS After School program, he or she will need to fill out and bring the following Health Wavier and DHS Child Information Record forms.
Explore Our Workshops
Unusual Instruments from Around the World AND Head & Hand Sounds; with Susan Fawcett:
Open your mind to a new musical experience! An interactive introduction to the Chinese erhu, the lauded ‘hand-fart’, and much more!
Sights and Sounds in Nature; with Susan Fawcett:
Finding music in the air! Find, make, and record sounds on this hike that will sample into a hip-hop session.
Introduction to Old-Time music or The Oral Tradition in Michigan; with Susan Fawcett and Rachael Davis:
Learn about the oral tradition and community orientation of old-time music, and its place in the history of Michigan.
Music Appreciation 101: How Music Makes the World Smaller; with Rachael Davis:
Go on a trip without moving an inch! Explore the roots of modern music from Mozart, to present day rock n’ roll and hip-hop.
ROCK ON – Right the Wrong and Write a Song; with Seth Bernard:
Through the power of music and personal experience, learn how communities thrive by working together, and how negativity and intolerance work against that community.
VOCAL-PLAY WORKSHOP–Encouraging the voice to let down its guard; with Darlene:
This workshop helps to unlock our own limitations, and allows the voice to express itself, without the use of words, and with a sense of experimentation and playfulness.
“All Together Now” or Plays well with others; with Joshua Davis:
What song should I call out around a campfire? What’s 12 bar blues? Do we really need a bass player? The bassoon can rock, right? Music brings people together, and in this workshop, we will learn about playing with other musicians in the garage and on the stage, and all points in between. This’ll be a hands-on, sing-and-play along experience!
Beginner’s Guitar; with Ron Getz:
Learn the basics of the instrument and the tools you will need to play some easy tunes.
Intermediate Guitar; with Ron Getz:
Take your guitar playing to the next level and learn some new tricks that will WOW those friends once again!
Advanced Guitar; with Ron Getz:
If you have been playing for a while, and have a pretty good feel for the guitar, you can sit in here and learn some new musical licks.
Driving Songs; with Graham Parsons and Andy Catlin:
Make your own music in your car! This is not ‘wheels on the bus’ music, but a song you can entertain yourself with while driving that compounds upon itself and can continue indefinitely.
Intro to Basic Recording Engineering/Production; with Graham Parsons and Andy Catlin:
Come to this workshop and learn how to get started with recording. How to set up the mics; how to run a simple sound board; produce your own music from the ground up!
How to Arrange a Song for a Band; with Graham Parsons and Andy Catlin:
Learn some basic techniques in this workshop to help you get that new band off the ground and sounding great!
Instruments: Make Your Own; with Blackbird Arts and Daniel Marbury:
From rain sticks and gourd rattles, to drums and cigar box guitars, you CAN make your own instruments! You can also make instruments out of vegetables…play a tune and have a light snack at the same time!
Conscious Hip-Hop; with Community Records:
Through the voice of hip-hop, we will help all individuals feel a part of the group and make sure everyone’s voice is included–understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This ensures a process and product that everyone can get behind, whether it is a song or a strategic plan. We believe strongly that it is important to provide performance opportunities for all to allow individuals to speak to their community.
Meet the Musicians
For over 15 years, Seth has provided entertaining, inspiring educational programs that have empowered young people to cultivate their creative process as a way to contribute to their communities in a constructive way. He is also a co-director and founding member of the Earthwork Music Collective.
He shares songs for a living–as a songwriter, record producer, band member, solo act, teacher, and mix-tape-maker extraordinaire. Josh was raised on the American roots tradition, and writes original songs that blend many genres, including gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul. He has released albums under his own name, with roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, and has appeared on many more.
Rachael has been singing onstage since she was two years old. Being born to parents who never intended to keep her very far from music for very long seems to have made all the difference in the world. At one-and-a-half Rachael was singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to anyone who asked, and in 2002 she was awarded a Boston Music Award for Best New Singer-Songwriter. Rachael’s most recent album is titled “Antebellum Queens”.
Guitarist and composer, Ron studied at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has performed and shared the stage with a variety of musicians, including Branford Marsalis, B.B. King, Jeff Healy, Johnnie Lang, and Jefferson Starship. He has recorded and produced numerous CD projects under his own name and with other artists in the jazz, blues, rock and pop genres.
A seasoned performer, with many miles traveled along her minstrel road. Along the way Darlene has expanded her vocal range and skills to encompass just about any kind of keening or chanting or ululation one may be aware of–operatic soprano, mariachi, Finnish yoiking, throat singing, yodeling, or even barking like a dog.
After earning a BA in Music from Berklee College of Music, and spending ten years in Los Angeles in the non-profit world, Renee is happy to return to her northern Michigan homeland, where she is reveling in the bounty of lakes, forests, and delicious food, working for SEEDS, and dipping her toes into the thriving local music scene.
Graham Parsons and Andy Catlin of The Go Rounds:
What brought these tangents to a strong focal point is a shared love for the craft of songwriting, and a passion for capturing and conveying the emotions that capture each of us. And so with a great respect for the folkies, soul crooners, and all-night rockers of the past, the Go ‘Rounds travel with a constant ear to the ground and listen for the hoof beats of progress.
Susan Fawcett is as comfortable playing original fiddle compositions, or traditional claw-hammer banjo tunes, as singing ballads in Spanish accompanied by her Venezuelan cuatro. A multi-instrumentalist she’s interested in the folk music traditions of the Americas, and has an inordinate fondness for waltzes. While she still plays contra-dances and other gigs on weekends, she just finished a master’s degree in Botany at Northern Michigan University.
Pat writes and records his own music while also studying and practicing social work. He is guided in both fields by the belief that success will never come without also being accompanied by honesty. “I truly believe that there is no point in trying to get a message across if you can’t convince people what you are saying is real. I hope that my music comes across as just that–real.”
CR is a social mission organization that brings together diverse populations through music; helping people become agents of positive change in their communities. Our work embraces the collaborative creative process by using the arts to facilitate teamwork, openness, leadership, and writing skills. Students form new relationships with others and the community, and then revel in the emergence of new ideas.
Jeff Haas Quintet–Building Bridges with Music:
The universal language of music is the ideal vehicle to break down barriers. Since every culture in history has music, it provides the common ground, or bridge. Our multi-cultural ensemble of world-class musicians paves the way for open and honest discussion about bullying and how to react to it. This allows the students to discover the things they have in common with others they believe to be different. We use the symbolism in the music as a way to pave the way for open and frank discussion, thus helping our students examine their own thoughts and attitudes, such as fear about people who are different from them.
Blackbird Arts is an independent arts education studio offering creative programs for children, families, and adults. Unleash your creative side by diving into sculpture, painting, guitar, pottery, theatre, music, and more! Blackbird Arts caters to all ages and ability levels in a supportive, relaxed environment set in well-stocked, bright, and newly renovated studios. Their weekly classes, workshops, and family art nights are led by professional artists and arts educators who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.