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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!

See our 2020 Virtual Classical Concert Performance below.

Songwriting/Making the Band Ensembles

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


July 5 - July 16


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 / $995
Advanced Songwriting Program / $1350


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 have their original group songs engineered in a professional studio, 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 learn 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.


Note: The Advanced Program is limited to advanced songwriters. When you register, please select this program only if you have submitted your audition and have been accepted. The Studio Program is for songwriters with limited experience. There are 2 tracks - select the one based on your principal instrument: (1) Piano or Guitar or (2) Voice.
DAILY SCHEDULE (10:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.)

10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Lyric Writing Workshop (Advanced Program)

Songwriting 101 (Studio Program)

11:15 - 12:15

Music Biz & Digital Branding (Advanced Program)

Contemporary Rock Technique (piano or guitar) OR A Cappella Vocal Ensemble (voice track). (Studio Program)

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 a professional recording studio. They will learn about how a professional session runs and will leave the program will a recording of their original song (Advanced and Studio Programs)

3:45 - 4:45

OPTIONAL CLASS (separate fees apply)
Top Line Writing for Pop, R&B, and EDM. (Advanced Program)


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.


On the Home Page, Click on the Session and Program that you are interested in. Review the Program Description, including the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered. If your program has 2 or 3 different tracks, make sure you know which track you want before you register. Most of the time, the track is related to your child's instrument. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your music teacher. Decide if you want to add an optional class and/or a private lesson for an additional fee. Follow these steps to Register:

  • Click on the "Register Here" Link for the Track that applies to you on the bottom of the Page of the Program you select . The Link will take you to the Session Selection Page and the Cart for your Program. There is no need to filter or search for your Program on the Session Selection Page as long as you used the correct "Register Here" Link for your specific Program. Click on "View more details" to see the details for your Session.
  • On the Session Selection Page, Click on the "ADD TO CART" Link for your Program. Make sure the Program Name and Track are correct. Your Program will automatically move into "YOUR SHOPPING CART". Click on the CONTINUE Link in the Shopping Cart, which will take you to the Registration Information Page where you can begin the registration process.
  • Complete the following information to Register.
    • Section 1: Enter Your Email Address and Click "NEXT". Please review and accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Click NEXT.
    • Section 2: Enter Participants & Options. Complete the required Participant Information. "Session Options" for your program will be pre-selected. Additional classes offered appear as "Optional Classes" and may be selected by checking the appropriate Box or Boxes. Click CONTINUE.
    • Section 3: Please complete the Registration Forms, including the Waivers and Agreements, and sign your Digital Signature. Click "CONTINUE TO CART".
  • Review Cart & Check out. Review the accuracy of the "ORDER DETAILS" and "CHECK OUT". Select "Pay $0.00 now", and then Pay Balance manually. PLEASE DO NOT PAY USING THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM during CHECK OUT.
  • Click COMPLETE and you will receive a Confirmation E-mail with the details of your Order.
  • Payment should be made only from the Home Page of the Website. After you complete the registration process and receive your Confirmation e-Mail--return to the Home Page. In the upper right hand corner is a "Pay Here" button. The University of Miami only accepts credit cards. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your child's place. This includes your $35 non-refundable deposit. There will be NO refunds issued except for a documented medical emergency. All balances must be paid in full by June 1.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your payment has been processed.
  • If you have any questions about the Camp and the Programs offered or How to Apply, please e-mail the Camp at or call 305-498-4925.

Register Here (select the Track that applies to you):