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Young singers, musicians fine tune skills at American Rock School camps


TAMPA - If the next American Idol comes from the Tampa Bay area, there's a decent chance that he or she came right out of the American Rock School in Tampa.

Since 2003, Dave Arazmo has been running the school on West Hillsborough Avenue. He's already had a student from one of his summer camps appear on the television show, "The Voice," and he said he has plenty more who are ready to make it big time.

Arazmo started his business as a guitar school, but he's expanded it and now offers various types of summer camps. Camp begins June 10 with drum school and moves on to piano school on June 17. On July 8, guitar school starts, then July 15 for art school, and July 22 for singing school.

The classes run for five days and ages range from 9 to 14 for guitar school and 8 to 13 for piano.

Arazmo is a longtime rocker, but he's learned to adapt to today's music. "We teach all styles," Arazmo said. "We teach mostly pop rock, but there's a lot of different music that the kids like and it isn't all rock 'n' roll."

Kids are allowed to bring their own instruments to the camp, but Arazmo has plenty on hand for those who just want to come and learn.

"For the kids who come in for the first time, we just teach them a little bit of everything,"Arazmo said. "We try to make it fun for a summer camp."

A band that learned its craft at American Rock School - The Perfect Fifth - recently was featured on a local news program and Arazmo said he sees more success stories in the future.

Guitar is Arazmo's specialty. He has been playing for more than 20 years and teaches rock, blues, jazz, classical and country guitar. The school runs throughout the year and recitals are given in the spring and the fall. Arazmo said the school has taught more than 50,000 students music lessons and the number is growing.

The summer camp is a way to get started on the basics and, as the owner of the school, Arazmo is proud of how far the school has come.

"We have the coolest instructors and we love to run this camp," Arazmo said. "We love to rock."

Contact American Rock School at (813) 888-6683 for details. The camp is located at 8332 W. Hillsborough Ave.