Rockygrass Academy for Kids offers young people an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional music styles and instruments in a supportive and encouraging environment. Throughout the week, students will engage in four classes during the day, one of which will be performing at the end of camp, in addition to family events that are held during the Academy week. We teach everything from individual instruments (beginning through advanced guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo), to dance, singing, jamming, songwriting, and performing. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!
Ages 7-14. We request that campers have completed Second Grade or equivalent prior to registration for the camp. We will make exceptions for children under 7 if they have attended Rockygrass Academy for Kids in previous years, or by request (i.e. have already taken music lessons, have a sibling in the camp, etc.) Please speak with your child about behavior expectations
while at camp.
After being accepted into the Kids Camp, you must fill out a Registration form online
at by March 1st, 2013. Class sizes are limited and preferences are honored by registration arrival. Your schedule, songbook, and other information will be given to you when you arrive at camp. Final balance payments are due on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013.
Forms and payment can also be mailed to:
Attn: Rockygrass Academy for Kids
P.O. Box 769
Lyons, CO 80540
Or by calling: 1.800.624.2422
Students will be taking a different instrument class during each Block for a total of three instrument classes, plus a band class. Although your student will only be taking three classes, please indicate your top five choices in order of importance on the Registration Form. We will make every effort to give each student his or her top three choices for the three Blocks. If you have questions about what classes to sign up for, please email us at email@example.com
Please Note: Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form to tell us about your ability: How many years you have played, what your favorite song is, what song you are currently working on, other capabilities, and your goals for camp. If you are signing up online, you may fill this out in the “Additional Comments” section.
We highly recommend that students that sign up to be in a Intermediate or Advanced level class also sign up to be in a Jamming class. One of the great things about being able to play and learn music is to able to play songs with one another and our peers, and our Jamming classes encourage that growth in our more advanced students.
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We feel that playing multiple instruments is a great asset to a child’s musical education, and that is why we encourage children to take multiple instrument classes. Understandably, many children may not have those instruments readily at hand. We do our best to provide instruments for each student, but due to our limited resources, Rockygrass Academy for Kids cannot guarantee instruments for each camper at every class. Although rare, students may be asked to share an instrument with one other student in class. If a student wishes to bring in their own instrument, they are welcome to do so. Students are welcome to share their instrument when they are not using it, or to reserve it for private use only. If you have an extra instrument that you would be willing to loan to the camp, please state that on your registration form.
We have a closed campus policy, meaning students are to be signed out at the end of the day. On the Release Form, parents may choose to not sign their child out, which means the child may leave camp without a parent signature after the day ends. If a parent indicates that they would like to sign their child out, they must come to camp and sign the child out each day. If no ones signs a child out, Rockygrass Academy for Kids calls the parents around 5:30pm. We do NOT require a sign-in for the morning as we take role each day and a phone call is made to the parents if there is a child absent. If you would like to call in a student absent before or during camp, please contact Kate at 907.350.2562.
Rockygrass Academy for Kids also offers an optional early dismissal at 4pm, for those children who would like to go back to their campsite early. It's a long day and many of the kids choose to take that hour to have a snack, take a nap, practice, go tubing or play games in the field! Sign-up for this option will be available at Registration. We are not responsible for students after 4pm if they choose to participate in Early Dismissal.
Planet Bluegrass Ranch
500 West Main St.
Lyons, CO 80540
Please bring your own sack lunches to camp. Food and childcare from 12:30pm-2:00pm will not be provided. Water bottles and recorded devices are welcome, but please leave electronic games at home. Snacks will be provided by Planet Bluegrass.
8:30am- 9:30am – Registration-First Morning Only!
9:30am – Join Adult Academy in Pavilion
10:00am – Round-Up Activity
10:30am – Block 1
11:15am – Snack Time
11:30am – Block 2
12:30pm – Lunch (Unsupervised)
2:00pm – Band
3:00pm – Block 3
4:00pm – Afternoon Activity
5:00pm – Done for the Day!
Round Up! is a variety of all-camp activities that takes place between joining the Adult Academy for the morning workshop, and the Block 1 class. It is an opportunity for the students to meet and interact with their fellow campers doing activities such as jamming, square dances, blackboard concert, performance workshops lead by the teachers, and sing-a-longs. A schedule of the Round-Up Activities will be included on the students’ schedules.
The end of camp concert will be held at 4:30pm on Thursday, July 25th at the Wildflower
Pavilion. This is an opportunity for you to play the song you have rehearsed with your band,
and show your parents and friends what you have learned during the camp.
Skype Private Lessons
If you would like to set up private lessons via Skype pre- or post-camp, please register here.
Music camps take a lot of time and energy to put on, and parent volunteers are much needed and appreciated. If you would like to volunteer, please indicate so on your student's registration form. Volunteer Job Descriptions are available on our Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQ page
has more details about camp, and you can always email us here.
K.C. Groves - guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals, songwriting
Born in Michigan, K.C. Groves grew up to her father's singing and yodeling, finding her own Americana roots in a Norman and Nancy Blake album during her teens. Since then, the multri-instrumentalist singer/songwriter released two solo albums, the first produced by bluegrass legend Charles Sawtelle; and co-founded the acclaimed old-time band Uncle Earl in 2004, with whom she toured through 2007. K.C. now calls Colorado's Front Range home. There she co-founded an internet radio project to promote local musicians, and plays locally with several groups including the John Hartford Review Band, country band the Fairlane Club, and the Moody Sisters, and all-female folk group.
Kate Hamre - bass, guitar, fiddle, vocals
Kate grew up in Anchorage, Alaska listening to her parents and friends play bluegrass, old tyme, and folk music. At the age of 14, she joined Bearfoot, a nationally touring band, and played festival such as Merlefest, Greyfox, Wintergrass, Rockygrass, and Telluride to name a few. As a Compass recording artist, Bearfoot cut their 4th album, called "Doors and Windows" in April 2009, which quickly rose to #1 in the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. Kate is also the director of the renowned bluegrass music education program, "Bluegrass Camps for Kids", which has taught thousands of children internationally in the last decade. Kate has a B.S. in Elementary Education through the University of Idaho and is currently obtaining a M.A. in Elementary Education at San Francisco State University. She is teaching Kindergarten in San Francisco at a private girls school, The Hamlin School, after leaving Bearfoot in April 2010.
Justin Hoffenberg - fiddle, mandolin
Justin Hoffenberg is originally from Illinois, but now makes his home in Boulder, CO. When he was in the fifth grade, Justin began playing the violin for school orchestra, and shortly after discovered bluegrass. Ever since, he has dedicated much of his life to the music, and is now on the road to achieving his goal of being a professional bluegrass musician. Currently the fiddle player with Long Road Home, Justin has shared the stage with such performers as the Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize and others. After high school, Justin decided to give full time music a shot instead of going straight into college, and is still touring and producing full time. Justin draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, including the classic styles of Benny Martin and Chubby Wise, the blues and jazz of Vassar Clements and Darol Anger, and the newer sounds of Jason Carter and Stuart Duncan.
Mike Mickelson - guitar, mandolin
Mike Mickelson has been an acoustic music educator for 15 years. A founding member of Bearfoot, he toured the US, Canada, and the UK for ten years and taught at 80 bluegrass camps for kids along the way. Since 2007 he has been teaching traditional music in remote native villages all over Alaska. He resides in Cordova Alaska and is a commercial fisherman.
Leslie Ziegler - bass, fiddle
Leslie Ziegler began dedicating herself to the upright bass at a very young age. Beginning as a classical musician, she followed her passion to study and pursue a future in music at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During her time there, she focused her studies on Music Education and performed in various orchestras and string ensembles around the Midwest. While pursuing her studies at WMU, she immersed herself in the rich local music scene of Kalamazoo, revealing a love for Bluegrass and folk music. She soon found herself playing several times a week with locally popular bands such as The Mossy Mountain Band and Who Hit John? on upright bass, fiddle and vocals. Currently, Leslie lives in Lyons, CO, and is well know along the Front Range for her versatile musical talent as well as her ability to educate and motivate a variety of students. She has performed with popular musical acts such as Spring Creek, The Jaspers, and Ashleigh Flynn, and others. By day, Leslie teaches orchestra music in the Boulder Valley School District, where she nurtures and encourages a future generation of music lovers. She is also an active member of the bands Magnolia Row and The Railsplitters.