Improve your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs of any and all styles!
Location: Music Building, 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
We begin each day by listening to a great song and discussing various aspects of the style, form, and feel.
After the group discussion, we begin the day’s lecture, highlighting topics such as melody, lyric-writing, song form, and music theory.
Students break into groups and expand upon the techniques taught in each lesson.
The workshop includes topics such as ear training, song analysis, and live performance techniques.
Students may either buy lunch on campus or bring a bagged lunch.
Students will eat lunch with the Teaching Assistants on campus grounds, outdoors as the weather allows. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle.
Masterclass is at the core of the Songwriting program. Students break off into semi-private groups and share their original songs.
Each songwriter will receive direct feedback, tips and guidance from their instructors and peers in a supportive environment.
Students learn how to use digital music software, mix and arrange their own songs, and record their music.
Topics may include how to form a band, music promotion and distribution, marketing, and basic copyright law.
At the end of the two-week session, students will perform for family and friends.
Session I: June 29 - July 10
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
$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, 2020)
For a well-rounded summer, combine with Vocal Intensive, Creative Writing Workshop, Coding Academy, Rocket Kart Racers, Visual Arts Institute, Interior Design Intensive, Acting on Camera Boot Camp, Musical Theatre Boot Camp, YouTube® Content Creators, and/or Battle Royale/Fortnite®. Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.
- Students are encouraged to bring in their own songs, instruments (pianos/keyboards are provided), and materials to the workshop, especially to masterclass sessions.
- The building is air conditioned; students may want to bring in a sweatshirt or jacket.