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Two days of incredible master class instruction for YOU and YOUR BAND. Guitar players, Bass players, Drummers, and Singers, this weekend event is for YOU. Come by yourself, or better yet, bring the rest of your band with you. We are all here for you!

We have assembled a team of pro musicians and world ­class talent to teach, train, and build into you in all areas if you play guitar, bass, drums, or sing. We meet in a large group setting, where you can attend the sessions, interact, network, and compare notes with your fellow students.

There are two goals:
#1: ROCK!

Each master class is available to the entire group. So in other words, if you’re a guitarist, you can still attend all the clinics for bass, drums, and vocals, and vice ­versa. Additionally, there is opportunity for both small group (2 to 4 people) and one­-on-one instruction. So you’ll get full access to the large group, AND you’ll be able to meet with our pro staff for direct interaction.


This year, we have added a Songwriter’s Workshop for Thursday evening, July 2st! This is an event for those of you who want to develop your writing skills. Also, we are VERY excited to bring you Marketing Concepts with Jeremy Nycz. This is a killer event you don’t want to miss.

Keep reading or scroll down for more info on both!


Here’s the team ­

Rex Carroll ­ MAXIMUM ROCK STAR GUITAR. You’ve probably seen the Friday Rex Riff videos by now on YouTube, and you know what’s on the agenda….MAXIMIZING YOUR POTENTIAL regardless of where you fall on the ability spectrum. Beginners, intermediates, and advanced will all find something to take away whether it’s a new lick, a new tone, or a new approach to getting the most bang for your buck on every note, every chord.

It’s time to step up and ROCK the world!

Straten Hammond ­ EXTREME SHRED
Let’s face it, SPEED KILLS! The mighty Straten is here to show you his lightning technique, mind blowing arpeggios, and how YOU can be “that guy”. (Ladies too, of course!)

Peter Stenlund ­ THE ART OF RHYTHM
This is for guitar, but it’s actually for the WHOLE BAND. Keeping time, TOGETHER. Creating the groove, and feeling the groove, TOGETHER. This module is one of the most important modules of the weekend, as it applies to EVERYBODY!

Michael Feighan ­ DRUMS AND PERCUSSION. Worldwide touring drummer Michael Feighan brings his take on drums, percussion, and being a rockstar. Everything from Tips for Beginners, to the fine details for pros. Your drums are about to COME ALIVE!

Benny Ramos ­ Our resident BOTTOM END GROOVE MASTER is BACK! There’s so much knowledge and experience here, it’s simply NOT a fair fight. But don’t worry, Benny is going to break it all down into pieces that make sense so YOU can create your own amazing bass lines.

Ellinor Stenlund­ in a relaxed setting, some easy concepts to help you take that step into singing. The focus will be on simple things you can do to help your pitch, tone, and getting comfortable with your own voice. Those who are shy can watch and observe, and those who want to can try out some of the techniques. This will be a low ­key no ­pressure environment where the goal isto help you find your voice and increase your value in the band. Also, Peter and Ellinor will both be available for one­on­one time in our practice room space just off the main group. This will give you a great opportunity to work on your vocals, with coaching, in a private setting.


If you miss all the other sessions, DO NOT miss this one. Jeremy Nycz will be here to present the marketing ideas you MUST apply to succeed in self-promotion. Whether you are a solo artist or in a band, Jeremy will give you some fantastic tips for everyday practical things you need to do. This event could well be a game­ changer; we are extremely fortunate to have Jeremy on hand, take advantage of this!

A NEW event, the Thursday evening SONGWRITING WORKSHOP Kicking things off on Thursday July 21st, we’re going to open the weekend with an evening workshop for SONGWRITERS! I have been wanting to add this for a long time and can’t wait! This jam­packed session will give you tons of information, tricks of the trade, and useful ideas that you can use for IMMEDIATE results. We’ll be going over a TON of highly useful things such as chord progressions, counter point, lyric ­writing skills, how to write for the song structure, and so much more. As time allows, we can use your songs as we analyze proven techniques. This workshop will completely kick your writing skills to the next level. please note, this is an optional event for people interested in songwriting. when registering, simply choose the standard registration. Then if you also wish to also attend the Thursday songwriter’s workshop, simply add it to you registration. ­


Don’t forget about the free CONCERT EVENT on Friday night! As we always do, there will be a concert on Friday night July 22nd in the evening, after the daily activities. One of the core principles of the Rock Academy is WE PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. The proof of every workshop is in the end result. Here at the concert, you can see for yourself how we apply what we teach, in our own music! We’ll play a full set of songs from Whitecross, King James, and, some new songs…who knows, there might even be a new album in the works…!

Remember, this is a FREE concert and it’s open to the public. So invite your friends. If you’re in the area or would like to come to the show, by all means come on and ROCK with us.



All events except the Friday concert will be at Christian Life School in Kenosha, WI. We meet in the band room. Christian Life School: 10700 75th Street, Kenosha, WI 53142 (meet upstairs in the band room)

The Friday Concert will be July 22nd at Cornerstone Community Church in Wadsworth, IL at 7 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Church: 40413 N Delany Rd, Wadsworth, IL 60083

Friday, July 22nd, we begin at 12 noon with snacks provided, and go until 5 p.m. Then we break for the concert at 7 p.m. that evening.

Saturday, July 23rd we begin at 10 a.m. with a one ­hour lunch break in the middle, and conclude at 5 p.m.

There are many food and hotel options within a 2 ­mile radius; this is really a great location for the event.


*Please note, the cost is NOT going up this year, we are holding the line!*

Standard Full Event cost: $175. This covers all activities Fri/Sat July 22 and 23.

Songwriters workshop: $50 additional. Cost for all three days is $225.

EARLY REGISTRATION is now open, through July 7th!

Register any time through July 7th for the discount:

Two day event, with discount: $145

Two day event AND songwriters workshop, with discount: $187


1. The simplest way is to go to the website and click on the “Pay Now” button you will find at the bottom of the page.

Clicking on the “Pay Now” button will take you to a secure web page where you can either use a credit card, or your PayPal account if you have one.

You do NOT need a PayPal account in order to use a credit card.



We will also accept checks or cash, at any time right up to the start of the event on Friday July 31st at noon. Can’t wait to see you there! Keep watching this event, and also keep watching the Facebook page “Rex Carroll Rock Academy” for more details. We will announce them as soon as they become available.

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