Improve your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs of any and all styles!
Location: Music Bldg., Room 0001
Let’s hear song ideas!
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 recording of the final performance!
Song discovery and discussion
Students are encouraged to bring in their own songs, instruments*, and materials to the workshop, especially to masterclass sessions. * Pianos/Keyboards are provided.
Session I: July 1-July 12
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$990 for the first registration
$890 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)
For a well-rounded summer, combine with Acting on Camera Boot Camp, Musical Theatre Boot Camp, Vocal Intensive, Modern Journalism, Virtual and Augmented Reality Adventures!, Web App Creator and Python Programmer, Visual Arts Institute, Architecture Intensive, and/or Creative Writing Workshop. Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.
Interested in undergraduate programs at Purchase College? Check out Voice & Opera Studies, Studio Composition, Music Composition, Studio Production, and Jazz Studies Programs in the Conservatory of Music.
About the Instructors
Jessica Callen (lead instructor) is a harpist, songwriter, and singer. Her career has taken her from bustling NYC clubs to Hollywood sound stages. Conservatory trained with a composition degree from SUNY Purchase College, she’s been featured in Harp Magazine with her group The Callen Sisters and has worked on major film and television productions like Mozart In The Jungle and Confessions of a Shopaholic. As an educator she has 10+ years behind her belt as a college, elementary and private music instructor.
Mikhail Pivovarov (production instructor) is a producer and engineer who has worked with artists like Beach House, Dianna Ross, Moe., John Scofield, Johnny Winter, Seth Glier, Rachael Sage and more. He holds a degree in music production from SUNY Purchase and his work has earned him multiple Grammy award nominations and two wins. Mikhail has appeared as a musical guest on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Morning Joe.
Dan Castellani’s (production instructor) musical career as a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and composer has traversed the music industry from the concert stage as a piano soloist, to Number 1 albums on the Billboard Top 10, to composing and designing sound for video games, film and some of the world’s most well known brands such as Delta Airlines and PayPal. Currently, Dan is a Principal Product Manager at Nuance Communications where he manages a product portfolio that is used to power virtual assistants like Siri.