A local rock camp in central Illinois is teaching kids about a whole lot more than just how to play music. Rock University, held in Tuscola and Neoga, gives junior high and high school aged students an opportunity to come together for a week, form a band, and perform a concert. It is a unique opportunity to bring kids of different backgrounds together to work toward a common goal.
“This gives me a chance to really focus on the music, to relate to the students on a different level.” says Rock University Founder Marty Gibson.
For students who took part in the camp like Aly Easton, it is an opportunity to become more comfortable performing in front of large groups. While she appeared to exude confidence during a performance of Stevie Nicks’ song Landslide, she admits it can sometimes be a challenge. She credits the camp with helping her overcome stagefright.
“It has really helped me to open up and be able to use my hands more, feel the beat, don’t worry about anyone else, don’t look anybody in the eyes.” says Easton
For more information about Rock University, you can visit their website.