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Rock School is exactly what the name implies – students who sing, play guitar, bass guitar, keys or drums are eligible to enrol in this 10-week program.


Under the guidance of music industry veterans, like Scott Brown from Trooper, Todd Sacerty, of Big River, and Murray Atkinson, of The Odds, the students learn the basics of performing in a band. They learn the songs – chosen by the band – during rehearsal, which also covers gear set-up, stage presence and overall execution of a live rock show.


Rock School is the place where aspiring musicians turn their passion into performance. They take their music lessons to the next level, learn to communicate as a band and overcome nerves to connect with their audience.

Play live. Play loud.


Live Music

Registration is limited to 15 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a certain number of each instrument will be accepted. The students will be divided into two groups, which will rehearse once per week on either Monday or Wednesday evenings, depending on which band the student is selected for.


Students must bring instruments, tuners, drum sticks, picks and guitar straps. Everything else is provided.


The program ends with a showcase of all students  with full sound system and lights, plus a public show at a community venue.


Ages: 11-17

Tuition: $385



For more information, please call Headliners at 250-585-1811 or e-mail headliners@live.ca. You can also use our contact form here.

Students must hold basic playing skills, which includes knowledge of basic notes and chords. Self-taught or previous lessons are important. We encourage students to private lessons for a maximum band experience – this program teaches students how to work in a band, not how to play their instruments.


The goal of Rock School, like all Headliners programs, is to promote confidence and self-esteem among participants. Under the guidance of positive role models and mentors, students will go from playing alone in their rooms and their basements to performing with other musicians their own age in a supportive forum.


Our students have gone on to perform at The Queens, The Cambie and Acme Food Co. in public shows alongside professional musicians. Others have pursued music professionally as well, recording albums of their own original music.


August 10th-14th  - REGISTER NOW - LIMITED SPACE


Do you want to take your musical abilities to the next level? Have you ever wondered what it's like to play in a band? Are you looking for other young musicians who like rock music? If so, this might be something you're interested in.


For four days in August, Headliners School of Performing Arts will be hosting a ROCK MUSIC Band Camp with some outstanding musical mentors. This camp is open to students ages 12-16 years and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all those involved.


During the camp, students will learn and rehearse musical selections of their choice in preparation for the final concert at the end of the week. This experience allows students to gain authentic stage experience, work through stage fright, gain self-esteem and confidence while jamming with others. Students will learn basic stage and gear set up in a motivating and positive environment. The skills learned during the week will teach students the process of effective rehearsals, stage improv, audience connection and how to put on a show. Its one thing to play at home alone and another to play on stage LIVE AND LOUD.




Camp Mentors

Murray Atkinson - The Odds - www.murrayatkinson.com

Scott Brown - Trooper - www.trooper.com

Todd Sacerty - David James & Big River www.johnnycashtribute.ca

Plus special guests ...




Tuesday August 5th-8th

12-4pm daily. Students can arrive at 11:30 a.m. Pick-up/Drop-off service: We are able to provide a professional driver to assist with commuting for a small fee.

Final Live Concert will be held on Aug. 8. 


Total tuition: $220


Only 12 students will be permitted. Only so many of each instrument can be accepted. Students are required to bring their own instruments, except for drum kit and amps, which are provided. However, we recommend that students bring their own if they can, as we can show them how to get the most out of their own gear. Students may also play more than one instrument if they choose.


Qualifications: Students must be between the ages of 12-16 and available for the final show on the 8th of August. Performers should have some experience with their chosen instrument, including private lessons, self taught, or understand basic chords. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC.


For more information or to register, please call 250-585-1811 or e-mail headliners@live.ca. Our studio is located in central Nanaimo off Northfield Road.


TIME 2 ROCK MUSIC CAMP is proudly supported by - Arbutus Music, Risque Disque Records and Tailgate Video One.