Rock Academy Summer 2022 – NOW OPEN
If you’re aged 12-19 years old and keen to write, rehearse, record and perform music, then Rock Academy is the place for you. Now in our 7th year, you’ll meet link minded teenagers to write, jam and perform with and create networks that may last a lifetime.
We’re all chomping at the bit to get back into the studio together and to play a live show, and If you thought July was a bit of fun, then January will be over the top.
Over the past two years of on and off again sessions, we’re finally seeing the opportunity to have a bit more certainty going forward which is awesome news and means that we will be back in person come January 2022 to celebrate our 26th Rock Academy.
We’ll be running two separate programs to account for the higher demand, so talk to your friends and family and choose a week to join in the mayhem and book in as soon as you can to avoid missing out on your preferred week.
- Mon-Thu, January 10-13 Writing & Rehearsals @ Bakehouse Studios.
- Friday, January 14, Recording @ Bakehouse Studios.
- Saturday, January 15, Live Show @ Hotel Westwood.
- Mon-Thu, January 17-20 Writing & Rehearsals @ Bakehouse Studios.
- Friday, January 21, Recording @ Bakehouse Studios.
- Saturday, January 22, Live Show @ Hotel Westwood.
We’ve made some changes to the most unique band performance program ever created (love the brag!) to suit the times, but it promises to be as awesome as ever. So if you haven’t been before or sat out the Covid challenged 2020 and 2021, it’s time to step up and rock.
There are Government restrictions in place as to numbers or people etc in rooms, mask wearing and more.
We are all double vaccinated here at Rock Academy (including mentors and crew) and whilst we respect people’s rights not to get the vaccination, it will be a condition of entering both Bakehouse and Hotel Westwood that you present proof of vaccination. As such, please don’t register with the knowledge that you won’t be double vaxxed when the program is scheduled and please don’t arrive at the live show with supporters that are not double vaccinated and put the Hotel in the position of denying them entry.
Bookings are now open for the Summer program in January 2022.
If times have been a little financially tough over the past 12 months, some of our awesome parents have banded together to create special funding for a number of our Young Lions and their families and if you’d like to be considered for support or would like to contribute to support a Young Lion, head over to our Scholarship page to find out more.
Rock Academy Summer 2022
- Monday – Saturday, January 10-15
- Monday – Saturday, January 17-22
Book now to avoid disappointment – especially drummers and bass players!
On the first day, we kick it off with a spotlight session, where everyone gets to play, meet each other, and mingle.
The mentors will construct the bands and then you’ll head off to a rehearsal room with your bandmates and start working up a cover song, get creative and feel free to bend the genres and the rules.
On Tuesday morning we kick off with a Songwriting workshop led by our amazing mentors, getting you started on your way to writing your original song. After the workshop, you’ll join a different band and with your new bandmates head to your rehearsal room to co-write your original song.
On Wednesday morning we have some instrument workshops with specialist pro players, then it’s back to rehearsals of originals and covers.
Thursday is a day to polish both your cover and original, get to the finer points of each song in readiness for recording and the live performance.
On Friday afternoon you’ll be nominated a time to come into Bakehouse Studios with your bandmates to perform your original song and cover song in front of the cameras and be recorded (audio and video) in the Scrap Museum. Times will be staggered for each band (using a shared backline)
On Saturday afternoon you’ll be on stage at Hotel Westwood, Footscray (to be confirmed) in front of an adoring audience.
The recorded performances will be mixed and polished and then premiered as a ‘Big Show’ on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, February 6.
Mentors for our 26th Rock Academy will be led by Phil Ceberano, with additional mentors to be announced closer to the commencement of the program.
It’s a blast!
Rock Academy 26.
Rock Academy is a band performance program for teenage musicians who are looking to connect with other musicians, improve their songwriting skills, learn how to rehearse effectively and improve their performance as part of a band.
Our mentors are professional, touring and recording musicians – we’re not here to teach you, we’re not a school, it’s not class-based, we get in the rehearsal rooms and have 4 days to put together a great rock show. They’ll give you real-world guidance borne from their own personal experience.
There’s not another program like it in the world, so don’t miss out!
To confirm or book your spot at Rock Academy 25 click below.
Book now and Get Loud.
Some of the amazing mentors we have had are the cream of the crop of Australia’s musicians and include Phil Ceberano, Ash Davies (drumming legend), Nikki Nicholls (Farnham, Kylie), Karina Utomo (High Tension), Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Justin Burford (End of Fashion / Coco Blu), Finbar O’Hanlon (Jump Inc, Guitar God), Jimi Hocking (The Angels, Screaming Jets), Nick Barker, Ecca Vandal, Glenn Reither (Icehouse), Kate Ceberano and Monique Brumby, Cam MacKenzie (Mark Seymour & The Undertow), Ladyhood (Brihony Dawson) and Laura Davidson (AC/DShe, Bjorn Again), Paulie Stewart (Painters & Dockers), Fiona Lee Maynard (Have A Nice Day), Simon Hosford, Sam Vandenberg, Hanny J (Clowns), Jenny McKechnie (Cable Ties), Jen Sholakis (East Brunswick All Girls Choir), Larni Pearce (Creature Fear), Dean Tellefson (Tamahau, Wrangler Studios), Bec Sandridge, Max Moses, Rod Bustos (Vanessa Amorosi, Kate Ceberano), Emily Shaw (Lake Minnetonka), Ciarran Babbington (Bakers Eddy), Sarah McLeod (Superjesus), Clio Renner (Alex Lahey Band/Rockwiz Orchestra), Ben Stewart (Slowly Slowly & Congrats), Mareya, Damien Dixon (Foci), Jackson Phelan (RAT!Hammock), Jerome Smith, Mish Davies, Frank Lees (Press Club), Paris Wells, Nat Allison, Stevie Williams (Clowns) and more.