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Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting
Tracks: Studio (beginner), Advanced

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 Is Offered at the Frost School of Music!

Come surround yourself with talented students from all over the world in this immersive program. Whether you are just starting out as a songwriter or if you plan on making music your career, we invite you to join our unique program this summer and learn from our world-class faculty.

Program Length

2 weeks


Session B: July 5 - July 16


9:00 am - 4:30 pm (optional 6th class from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm)

Age Range

Entering grades 9-12 in the fall (qualified younger students may also enroll with an audition and teacher recommendation)

Registration Fee

Prior to April 1, $40.
After April 1, $75


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Additional Dorm Program - not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities



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 Grammy award winning 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, opt to 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!


  • 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.
  • All bass and guitar should bring their amps, cable and a cart. (dorm participants may rent an amp from the camp). All vocalists should bring a mic and XLR cable.


DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

9:00 - 10:00

Students will learn how a professional recording session runs and work on how to best record the original song they compose during camp!

10:15 - 11:15

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.

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.

12:15 - 1:15

ENSEMBLE: Contemporary Pop Vocal Ensemble - experience being coached by a faculty who is a Latin GRAMMY nominee.

1:30 - 2:45

Songwriters will work in co-writes with individualized coaching from Frost faculty to create original songs.

3:00 - 4:30

MAKING THE BAND: Songwriters will work within a group setting to write and arrange songs for their "band."



4:40 - 5:40

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.


Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:30 am - 9:00 am


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Please follow these steps to Register:

Click on the "Register Here" Link for the Track that applies to you below. 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. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your music teacher. Also, please decide if you want to add an optional class and/or a private lesson for an additional fee.

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".
  • 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". If you have a Coupon Code, enter it now.

Go to the "CHECK OUT" Section and select either "PAY IN FULL" or "Pay $0.00 now, and then Pay Balance manually".

Click COMPLETE and you will receive a Confirmation E-mail with the details of your Order.

You can login to your Online account at any time to verify your registration and pay your balance. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your child's place and an additional $200 to reserve the Dormitory. This includes your $40 ($75 after April 1) non-refundable Registration Fee. Deposits are due within 10 days of registration. There will be NO refunds issued except for a documented medical emergency. Full payment is due 1 month prior to the start of each session.

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):

Advanced Songwriting & Studio Programs