Compose, produce, and perform like a Rock Star! With the help of seasoned musicians, students aged 10 – 17 will enjoy a week of learning and fun on the MU campus. Camp includes sessions for bass, drums, guitar, and vocals. Mike Schoneman and members of the Chicago Blackhawks Band instruct. For details about the summer 2019 session, email


The First Gig Course
Guitar: Guitarists will learn basic cords, picking and strumming, soloing and advanced rhythm guitar.
Bass: Bassists will learn technique, dexterity and scales, as well as tips for improvisational playing.
Drums: Drummers will learn tunning, dynamics, timing and warm up exercises, and simple to complex rock grooves.
Vocals: Singers will learn skills to improve their delivery and enhance their voices. Vocal range, projection, and harmony are part of this course as well as practices for warm-up and relaxation.
Production: All participants will learn behind-the-scenes production skills to make their band look and sound like pros.
Staff: Area professional musicians, as well as members of the Chicago Blackhawks Band, will work with the campers.

Note: Musicians must supply instruments. Guitarists and bassists supply guitar/bass and straps, small amp, extra strings, picks and cables. Drummers must bring their kit, drumsticks and practice pad. All instruments will remain secure for the duration of the camp. 


Read coverage of the 2018 First Gig program in this Herald & Review article.