Putting the Amp in Camp

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A rocker mom is nearly identical to her predecessor, the soccer mom, except she lugs her kids and their instruments to rehearsal and gigs, rather than practice and games, argues with the show directors, not refs, and whoops and hollers from the dance floor, instead of the bleachers—beer in hand. Not just cooler but way more fun.

I know, because I’m a rocker mom, and I have the t-shirt and bumper sticker to
prove it. Most important, I have the daughter—13-year-old Serena, who started
at the Baltimore School of Rock at ten as a guitar player and became a musician.
She took what she learned in her guitar lessons with Jeff Klinetob and applied it
to drums, saxophone, bass, and voice—all instruments she will play this season in
tributes to The Blues, The Rolling Stones, and Lilith Fair. (She also plays with her
own band, the Oxi-Morons, and sits in on guitar and sax with grownup groups like
The Bad Neighbors, Tall in the Saddle, and Chalk Dust.)

Moms and dads who aspire to this level of rocker parent-dom can join Baltimore’s
School of Rock, where each kid gets a weekly 45-minute lesson (on guitar, bass
guitar, keys, voice, or drums) and participates in weekly three-hour rehearsals for
the rock show that’s the best fit. This season will mark Serena’s twelfth show; to
date, she has has learned more than 100 songs—for everything from New Wave and
Elvis Costello to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (her favorite band).

Parents pay monthly tuition ($300), and there’s no contract or long-term
commitment, though you are expected to stick it out for three months or so, if your
kid is in a show. Like soccer, rock is a team sport—and it’s just as competitive. Kids
who practice and show up prepared get the kick-axe parts; kids who don’t can get
their axes kicked right off a song.

If you’re looking for some rock of the summer camp variety, your kids can kick out
the jams from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a work week. Boot Camps are for kids ages 9 to
18 and feature U2, the Beatles (both for beginners to intermediate players); Metal
(beginners to advanced), and Led Zeppelin (intermediate to advanced). They end
with a bang on Fridays: a friends-and-family performance, where kids show off the
chops they’ve been polishing all week. For teens 13-18 looking to hone other skills,
Recording & Songwriting and Recording A/V are also offered.

The real value is in what your kid learns by osmosis: that becoming a musician takes
daily practice and discipline, that every member of the band is important, and that
rock and roll will never die.

Janet Decker, General Manager
(410) 366-ROCK
[email protected]
515 W. Cold Spring Lane

Upcoming Shows
Saturday, June 4 @Bourbon Street
1:00 Rolling Stones
4:00 The Blues
Sunday, June 5 @Bourbon Street
1:00 The Blues
4:00 Rolling Stones
Saturday, June 11 @The Recher Theater
1:00 Lilith Fair
4:00 Pixies v. Sonic Youth
Sunday, June 12 @The Recher Theater
1:00 Pixies v. Sonic Youth
4:00 Lilith Fair
Saturday, June 18 @The Recher Theater
1:00 Progressive Rock
4:00 Dave Grohl
Sunday, June 19 @The Recher Theater
1:00 Dave Grohl
4:00 Progressive Rock
Saturday, June 25 @The Recher Theater
4:00 The Beatles
Sunday, June 26 @The Recher Theater
1:00 The Beatles



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