A Rockin’ Experience for Middle School and High School Musicians


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After the success of CSPA’s Summer Jazz Camp for the past 3 summers, CSPA opens its doors to aspiring rock ‘n’ roll musicians from 6th to 12th grade, open to instrumentalists and singers.  One of our primary goals is to take students that have been studying privately or in their school band program and exposing them to a small group experience, playing in a rock band. 

This program is a great way for musicians to meet and play rock music with others their age.  All interested guitarists should know basic chords (i.e. G, C , D , E, A major and minor) and a scale pattern or two. We will group bands by level. 

There is no formal audition, but students should already have a rudimentary knowledge of their instrument.  Drummers should have some familiarity with a drum set, etc. Keyboard players should be at least graduated to level two. Saxes and trumpets and other wind instruments are always welcome.

Activities will include choosing, improvising and/or creating “jam” progressions as well as covering well-known classic rock tunes.  A live performance will culminate the program in our Croton performance space.



Jeff Brown

Jeff is a Senior Adjunct Music Professor at Westchester Community College, adjunct director of the guitar ensemble and principal guitar instructor at The Hackley School in Tarrytown. He has experiences as guitar instructor at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, Greenwich Academy, Westchester County Summer Music Center and Muscoot Music Program in Somers and his Westchester School of Guitar.  Professional performance experiences include a member of the Brown/Stein Guitar Duo, a CD Recording "In From the Edge" by the Jeff Brown Quartet on Vermont Public Radio with the Jeff Brown Trio.  He has a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude Performance Degree from Berklee College of Music and attended SUNY Purchase for Music Theory Studies.  Jeff enjoyed professional studies with William G. Leavitt and also studied privately with legendary Jazz artists Jim Hall and Gene Bertoncinni.  He is a graduate of Ossining High School. Rock Bands in his early years included Annapurna (CD release this Fall), Mass Production, Double Sharp and Everett.  Surprisingly, was a drummer with three of those bands in his early years, before discovering his amazing talent as a career guitarist. 


Carol Arrucci

Co-Owner of the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts, Carol received her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education Degree at Manhattanville College. She has taught music in private and public schools for 30 years and has conducted hundreds of musical theatre productions, having worked with high school musicians, middle school performers, community theatre, regional theatre and on Broadway.  She enjoyed many years of singing and playing piano in the rock band Double Sharp, heading up the arrangements and bookings for the band.  She teaches voice and piano at CSPA and looks forward to including more community musicians in these special programs.