Don’t wait or hesitate, and don’t be late! Little Steven’s Blues School is limited to just 70 participants, so put your application together now to be ready.

Little Steven’s Blues School is creative melting pot of many rhythmic genres and builds upon the experiences and foundation of the Notodden Blues Festival Band Camp, a tradition in Norwegian music education since 1989.


The national Norwegian NRK broadcast of some of the school’s students from last August!



At Little Steven’s Blues School, you will work with song writing, creative composition, arrangement, use of digital music tools and elements of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation teaching methodology. Then, as part of the “Life in a Band” segment, you will record in the legendary Juke Joint Studio (band camp 2 only), learn organization, structure, cooperation, organizing a tour and perform at the Notodden Blues Festival.

Notodden, Norway
Band camp 1:
Band camp 2
(age group 13-18): July 29 -August 3, 2019


(age group 19-26): July 28-August 1, 2019

Number of Students:
70 total (45 in the 13-18 age group, 25 in 19-26 age group)
Organized by:
Notodden Blues Festival and European Blues Center
Application Deadline:
Band Camp 1 (13-18 year olds) – Register Now!
Band Camp 2 (19-26 year olds) – Register Now!
Tuition covers all costs for the entire week, including a festival pass that gives free access to all the concerts. Just get yourself to Notodden and we will take care of the rest. A week to remember!
Band Camp 1 (13 – 18 year olds)
3,000 NOK (approximately 350 USD / 325 Euro)
Band Camp 2 (19 – 26 year old)
4,000 NOK (approximately 500 USD / 425 Euro)
The cost for Session 2 is slightly higher as you will get access to record in the Juke Joint Studio.
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Little Steven’s Blues School will bring together national and international top-level young musicians. The goal is to stimulate musical innovation, to improve what exists, but also to create something completely new. By studying and playing the Blues with its cultural and musical impact in a broad perspective, students will learn about the Blues and its roots relationship to other types of music – while at the same time teaching the students the heart and core of the Blues as a genre.
The six day school will be staged in the Cultural Center Bok & Blueshuset (19-26 year olds), in Notodden with access to facilities that include a full-fledged analogue studio (the Juke Joint Studio), music and PA equipment, backline, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, blues library, movie theatre, and more, with accommodation at a nearby school in town. The 13-18 year old group will be at the Heddal Ungdomsskole, approx. 4 km outside the city centre, the site of the traditional Band Camp.
During the six day Blues School, the young talents will be led through a “miniature music career” by expert music instructors by use of individual instruction, band instruction, emphasis of music techniques, preparation and staging of concerts, education regarding the music industry, and elements of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation/ teaching methods.
Participating talents will meet new music friends, create music and create a band, to perform as they put their talents into practice and at the end of the week performing at the Notodden Blues Festival.


– Different constellations and grouping of talents into bands during the week
– Individual instruction
– Elements of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation teaching methodology
– Songwriting, creative composition, arrangement
– Use of digital music tools
– “Life in a Band”, organization, structure, cooperation, organizing a tour
– Recording in the famous Juke Joint Studio (Band Camp 2 only)
– Performance at the Notodden Blues Festival


Steven Van Zandt founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation together with fellow founding Board Members Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Jackson Browne and Martin Scorsese with the goal to motivate and encourage youth to learn and achieve excellence. In development of Little Steven’s Blues School, we are working closely with the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, who sees the cooperation with Little Steven’s Blues School as an opportunity to expand their talent development and learning initiative to top talents here in Norway. This cooperation will play an important role in expanding participant students’ creative horizons, their networks and their potential to perform and expand their career nationally and internationally.

Learn more about the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.