You can sign up on the Registration page HERE.
- How do I sign up for classes?
- How long is the camp?
Each camp session is 5 days and runs from Monday through Friday. There are two sessions in 2017. See the Register page for specific sessions and classes.
- Can I sign up for multiple weeks?
Yes, you can. You can sign up for as many sessions as you like.
- How old do you have to be to attend camp?
Chicago Blues Camp is designed for adult musicians over 21 years of age.
- Do you have to have previous musical experience to attend camp?
You should have an appropriate level of experience and skill to learn or improve on the skills and topics covered in the class that you are signing up for (see class descriptions on the Schedule or Registration pages). The Blues Guitar 1 class is for those who are relative beginners but you should know basic chords and strumming patterns. Blues Guitar 2 is for those with intermediate level skills who want to gain a deeper understanding of the Chicago Blues Style and broaden their skill set. Blues Guitar 3 is for those who are already very capable with their instrument, who have a lot of experience in other styles and want to really advance their abilities and depth of knowledge of the blues.
- Is equipment provided? Should I bring my own gear?
Students should bring their own instruments (guitar, bass guitar, full set of diatonic harmonicas). Harp students may wish to bring along their own harp microphones.
Guitar and bass players should also bring an extra set of strings and a guitar cable. Optionally students may bring a small (5-10 watts, < 20 pounds) practice amplifier if they wish.
There will be a full backline of professional quality equipment provided for the blues jam sessions. There will be a few practice amps, cables and harp microphones in the classes that may be shared.
A full list of what to bring will be sent upon registration.
- Where does the camp take place?
Chicago Blues Camp is held in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park within walking distance to Burnham Harbor, Buddy Guy’s Legends, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harold Washington Library and Millennium Park. Classes are held at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Accommodations are in Roosevelt University’s new state-of-the art student dormitory, 425 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605.
- Will I have a roommate? Can my spouse stay here with me?
Regular accommodations are in single room dorms with shared bath facilities. Your spouse/partner may stay over with you and eat at the dorm for an additional $350. Your spouse/partner may attend the jam sessions, student performance and outings to the blues clubs.
- Will I be able to get autographs and photographs from instructors?
Yes, but always ask first to make sure it is a good time and doesn’t interfere with the presentation or instruction.
- How much does the camp cost?
Each week-long session of camp costs $2,195, and includes lodging and meals, 30 hours of group instruction, 10 hours of jam sessions, 7 hours of presentations on Chicago Blues history and culture, 9 hours of evening outings to famous Chicago Blues clubs, a Chicago Blues Camp t-shirt and miscellaneous camp materials.
- If I have questions about the experience, whom can I contact?
- Do I have to stay at the Roosevelt University lodging?
No, but it is highly recommended that you do as you will have more opportunity to share and jam with your fellow students when you stay with them.
- Is there a lower cost if I have my own accommodations?
Although we encourage everyone to stay together for the camaraderie and opportunities to learn from each other, you may arrange other accommodations if you prefer. If you are staying elsewhere, the fee will be reduced by $200.
- How much time do you actually spend jamming?
That depends somewhat on the individual. There are 10 hours of jam sessions and performance time scheduled. Part of that time will be spent listening to others play, discussing jam session protocols, etc. Part of that time will be your opportunity to jam with an ensemble. Generally, you will perform two songs in each of three jam sessions. And there will be plenty of time to jam informally with other students between events.
- What is your refund policy?
A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required with each application. Deposits are applied toward your tuition. Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Tuition balances are due 30 days prior to the start of camp (by the due date on your invoice). You may make payments towards your tuition balance at any time. If the balance is not paid by the due date, you risk losing your deposit and your allotted space in class.
You may not transfer your camp registration to another person under any circumstance. Notification of cancellation must be given in writing (email is acceptable) and received no later than 5 PM the day prior to your balance due date (30 days prior to the beginning of class). If notice of cancellation is received prior to the due date, any tuition payments made in excess of the $350 deposit will be refunded. Refunds will not be given for any reason after the due date (30 days prior to the start of class).
If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.
- Can I give Chicago Blues Camp to a friend or spouse?
Yes, but you must register the person who will be attending and not yourself. Camp registrations may not be transferred to another person under any circumstance. If you need assistance in registering as a gift, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.