Rider Rock Band Academy

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Rider Rock Band Academy
July 12-18, 2020


UPDATE: Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Rider University announced that all Summer courses would move to remote or alternative instruction. Due to the on-campus resources, equipment, and/or minimum software requirements for this program, we are unable to offer this course remotely. We very much hope to see you next year.


For questions regarding our 2020 Summer programs, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or email us at [email protected].


Rider Rock Academy is a hands on and exciting approach to making live music. It provides students with practical college-level class room experience of what playing in an actual pop/rock band entails, including working with others, listening skills, thinking on one’s feet, and anticipating and reacting to sound and equipment issues.

Program Highlights

  • Learn pop-rock songs on their own
  • Perform them in a live group setting.
  • Identify the characteristics of various musical genres and apply them to the group setting.
  • Demonstrate skills in learning material and live music performance.


Since 2011 Rich Scannella has been the drummer for Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia. Rich has also performed with Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Steven Van Zandt & the Disciples of Soul, and Hubert Sumlin among others. He played with Bon Jovi on the South American leg of their 'Because We Can' tour, which was the highest grossing tour of 2013. In addition, Rich has toured the USA, Europe, UK, South America, Japan, and Canada. He writes for Modern Drummer Magazine and currently teaches music at Rider University where he earned a BA in Liberal Studies. As a session drummer Rich’s playing has been heard on numerous TV shows and in the 2013 feature film 'Lullaby' staring Amy Adams, Jennifer Hudson, and Terrence Howard. He attended The Collective (Drummers Collective) in New York City, is endorsed by DW Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Ahead Drumsticks, leads his own band The Rich Scannella Group, and teaches private drum instruction in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He can be reached at

Tuition (includes room and board)​


Tuition Discounts

  • Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
  • Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
Students who attend a summer camp/program will automatically qualify for a renewable scholarship to go towards attendance at Rider University. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-962-4647 or [email protected].

Enrollment is open to students entering 9th grade through those having just completed their senior year.

General Summer Camp Information

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
[email protected]