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Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting
ADVANCED SONGWRITING for students with songwriting experience - Audition Required
SONGWRITING STUDIO for students with little or no experience - No Audition Required

Directed by Dr. Raina Murnak
Assistant Professor/ Director of Contemporary Voice and Performance Artistry

MADE (Musicianship, Artistry Development and Entrepreneurship)

Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program

Study the Art of Songwriting!
Learn How to Market Your Songs!
Be Coached by our Experts on Your Performance!
Get Tips on Recording!
Hone your Lyric Writing Skills!
Learn What if Offered at the Frost School of Music!

If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with students from all over the US and other countries, whether you are just starting out as a songwriter or if you already know that you want to be a music major in a college like UM - THEN - we invite you to join our unique program this summer and learn from our professional faculty - the ART OF SONGWRITING!

Program Length

2 weeks


June 29 - July 10


10:00 am - 3:45 pm (Lunch Break from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

Age Range

Entering grades 9-12 in the fall (qualified younger students may also enroll)

Application Fee



Songwriting Studio Program / $1075
Advanced Songwriting Program / $1275


The curriculum of this program is based on the Frost School of Music's Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. We offer two levels: Advanced Songwriting for experienced singer/songwriters and Songwriter's Studio Program for students who are motivated to learn, but have limited experience writing songs.

In the Advanced Songwriting level, students will work intensively on their craft under the guidance of Frost School of Music faculty and industry experts. They will also have the opportunity to record their originals in the studio working with producers/engineers, learn the principals of the music business, form and write together in a band, and hone their performance skills while working towards a final show.

Students in the Songwriter's Studio level will about the fundamental concepts of songwriting, receive expert musical and performance instruction, learn about the music business from industry experts and have a chance to play their songs in a final show.

Campers must submit an audition video to be accepted into Advanced Songwriting, however, there is no audition requirement for Songwriter's Studio. Students in both levels will have the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members and alumni of UM Frost School of Music's C.A.M. (Creative American Music and MADE (Musicianship, Artistry Development and Entrepreneurship) programs. Our mission is to bring together students from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide a challenging college-level experience. We are proud to say that a number of our students have gone on to major in these programs at UM and other major universities!


All classes will be conducted on online.


Campers will be coached on their parts by their teachers. In order to appear in the Final Concert, campers will need to record their part on their home device and email it to the camp. Their camp teacher will guide them through this process.


  • Songwriters enrolling in the Advanced Program should submit a video file or YouTube link of your personal performance of 2 original songs, plus a pdf file of the lyrics.
  • All auditions must be submitted as high-quality video files or a YouTube link. Send your demos to:
  • Songwriters enrolling in the Songwriters Studio Program do not need to submit an audition.


DAILY SCHEDULE (10:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.)

10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Lyric Writing Workshop: This class presents an in-depth approach to the song-writing process. Students will analyze lyrics in depth, consider elements of form, melody and progression, and create their own based on creative prompts.

Intro to Songwriting: Students in the Songwriting Studio program will take a look at well-written song examples and learn the basic principles of creating a song of their own.

11:15 - 12:15

Music Biz & Digital Branding: This class is devoted to creating a social media presence and branding your image and product. The Music Biz section covers the basics of the business including all aspects of publishing, record labels, and more. You will need to bring a laptop, Ipad, or tablet to class.

12:15 - 1:15


1:15 - 2:30

Making the Band: Songwriters will work within a group setting to write and arrange songs for their "band."
Songwriting Sessions: Songwriters will work in co-writes with individualized coaching from Frost faculty to create original songs.

2:45 - 3:45

RECORDING/MUSIC PRODUCTION: Students will have the opportunity to virtually experience working in UM Frost School of Music's recording studios. They will learn about how a professional session runs and will leave the program will a recording of their original song.

3:45 - 4:45

OPTIONAL CLASSES (separate fees apply)
Private Instruction: Individual lessons with the Camp faculty!


Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal. The lessons are one hour long and all of the instructors are part of our camp faculty. The classes are held daily except for the last day of the session. When you register, you can select the day that you want. The camp cannot re-schedule a missed private lesson.


Enrollment is limited for this program. You will be notified of your acceptance after the camp receives ALL application materials: Online Registration, Application Fee, Teacher Recommendation, and Audition Demo. Your full deposit (plus the dorm deposit if you are staying in the dorm) is due 3 days after receiving your acceptance letter.

  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your Electives.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your music teacher. This is to confirm that you are in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.