Vacaville rock school offers Beatles camp – Times-Herald


It is not yet clear what songs the Vacaville rock school will teach for the Beatles’ next summer camp, but “Drive My Car” is probably not one of them.

Chances are, most students are not old enough to get behind the wheel. Not that they can’t recognize the history, talent and global impact of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

“If you love music, you have to enjoy it,” said Leslie Silver, owner and CEO of Vacaville School of Rock, one of 217 franchises in the United States promoting performance-based music education.

John Lennon was only 13 in this photo, the age – or roughly – of a School of Rock student learning Beatles music for a week. (Courtesy photo)

In fact, Silver said over the phone Tuesday: “Who doesn’t love The Beatles?

Silver said the August 2-6 camp would be her first Beatles coordination gear in Vacaville, although she saw it succeed at her old rock school in Geneva, Ill.

“It was one of the most popular camps,” said Silver, about two and a half years after leading the Vacaville School of Rock.

The Beatles catalog of around 250 songs ranges from the simplest to the most complex. And that’s a good thing, said Silver.

“It’s a great way to get kids to understand in a short time,” she said.

After using Zoom during COVID, the School of Rock is back offering guitar, bass, vocals, drums, keyboards, and songwriting lessons.

Navigating the COVID-19 change “so that we can do it safely and get the kids to school,” has been a challenge, Silver said, with 160 active students.

“We’re starting to feel a little more comfortable,” she said, looking forward to the week of August 2 with the Beatles’ instruction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that ends with a performance for the family members.

Silver is expecting a dozen students aged 8 to 18.

“It depends on who is interested,” she said, stressing that “having the basis of a little music is always helpful.”

When the band first meets, “I have an idea if they’ve played a particular instrument and if they want to try something new,” Silver said. “Much depends on how quickly they learn things.”

Silver’s goal is for the students to learn five songs by the end of the week.

“I’m not putting pressure on them to have a lot of them,” she said. “It’s more a matter of process.”

It could be “I am the walrus”. Maybe “Yellow Submarine”.

“Or some of the ‘Helter Skelter’ stuff,” said Silver, referring to the song from the 1968 white album.

Silver never hesitated to bring the Beatles to children.

“It’s amazing when you think of the Beatles and the age range of people who would hear a song and recognize it,” she said. “People don’t realize how closely their music is linked to everyday life – whether you were born in the 1960s or 1990s.”

Students will certainly understand a few things about the Beatles’ global influence, Silver said.

“We always want to teach the history” of whatever theme at School of Rock, she added. “And it’s always fun to hear the kids talk about what music means to them. It can be any genre.

No matter how many students sign up for The Beatles Camp, Silver is happy to be in business after the pandemic has closed.

“I can’t believe we’re still here,” she said. “We are really happy because we survived it. The community has been amazing.

Fortunately, Silver continued, “people crave live music and interaction.”

Ahead of Beatles Camp, the Vacaville School of Rock house group begins a Southern California tour on July 25 with Schools of Rock from Roseville, Elk Grove and Sacramento.

“It will be a fun experience for them. We’re super excited, ”said Silver.

The adults “understand how amazing it is (the trip),” said Silver. “I think they (the students) will think about it and realize how unique it is to do live shows when they are kids. It’s not easy to go out and play in front of people. They will be able to create memories that you cannot duplicate.

To help finance the trip, Color Wild, the famous group of brothers from Vacaville, is giving a concert on July 16 at Solano Brewing in Vacaville.

Watching students improve Monday through Friday is part of the fun, Silver said.

“I’m so excited every time I get the chance to hear them and see them play, to see them transform every time,” she said. “Children come to us with anxiety and social challenges. It helps them get out of it. It’s amazing to see them evolve.

The Beatles Summer Camp is held Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6, 9 am to 1 pm, 322-B Park St. Vacaville. For more information, call (707) 999-7625.

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