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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Songwriting Workshop

girl writing music and playing keyboard

Grades 7–12

Sign in Location: Music Bldg., Room 0001

Program Schedule

Let’s hear song ideas! Improve your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs of any and all styles! Hone your songwriting skills by taking daily small-group instruction on piano and/or guitar, lyric writing, music theory, and arranging. Learn how to use software programs like Pro Tools and GarageBand. Develop successful means of marketing both you and your music through the Internet and other “grassroots”-oriented tactics. Participate in “hands-on” recording sessions and refine your live performance skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Receive a DVD of the final performance!

(Video created by Ava P., Filmmaking Institute '14)

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Songwriting Workshop can be combined with the Creative Vocal Lab, Vocal Intensive, Minecraft™ Designers and Modders, Code Breakers and App Designers, Creating Comic Books, Young Actors, Young Journalists (new!), Young Filmmakers, Shakespeare Workshop, and/or Young Architects to make for a well-rounded summer experience. (Refer to precollege programs for students in grades 9–12.)

Session I: June 29–July 10
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Tom Rosato (lead instructor) graduated from Purchase College with a MusB in studio composition and an MM (studio composition concentration). As a professional music producer and recording/live engineer, Tom has been working in renowned recording studios and venues for more than 10 years and has worked with countless industry professionals and artists in both the live and studio audio arenas. As a producer, he has co-written and produced records for many artists.

Blake Reynolds (instructor) received his MM (studio composition concentration) from Purchase College in May 2010. Since then, he has been pursuing a career in game composition and songwriting. His first published work, the soundtrack to the iPhone game “100 Rogues,” was released in summer 2010. He is currently working on the soundtrack to its unofficial sequel for Android phones.

Lorrie Doriza (instructor) is a New York based singer, songwriter and arranger. She holds a MM degree in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase College and has been a music teacher for almost a decade. Though she's been involved with various projects, she is most well-known for her work with Vespertina, a collaboration with noted producer Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks. She continues to score music for short films and animations shown in festivals around the world.

Emily Carmen (instructor) has been a studio violinist/string player, composer, and producer for over a decade, working with various Grammy-winning artists (ie. CeeLo Green), and on numerous children’s television programs (i.e. “Dora The Explorer”). She holds a MusB in Studio Composition (SUNY Purchase) and Film Scoring (Berklee College of Music), and presently teaches and is director of music at Westfield Day School. She’s also Communications and Development Assistant Director at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Updated July 6, 2015

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Summer Youth Programs:

How to Register
Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Code Breakers & App Designers
Creating Comic Books
Creative Vocal Lab
Minecraft™ Designers &

Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
Video Game Creators &

Vocal Intensive
Young Actors
Young Architects
Young Artists
Young Filmmakers
Young Journalists
Young Photographers
Youth Musical Theatre

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Precollege Programs
(grades 9–12)

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