Registration is now open!

Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting

Directed by Dr. Raina Murnak
UM Frost School of Music Faculty in the MADE (Musicianship, Artistry Development & Entrepreneurship) and Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Programs

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, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that songwriting is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!

Program Length

2 weeks

Dates

Session C: July 16 - July 27

Hours

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Age Range

Geared for high school students (exceptionally qualified younger students may also audition)

Registration Fee

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

Tuition

$1,600

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

$1,275

Housing Check In/ Check Out Dates

Session C: Sun, July 15 / Sat, July 28
(note: campers attending 2 sessions do not need to check out between sessions, dorm counselors will be on duty)


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply to our FROST SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING. The curriculum of this program is based on the Frost School of Music's Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. This program has limited enrollment and students are chosen to participate based upon an audition demo of original songs. We offer 2 levels, Level 1 for experienced singer/songwriters and Level 2 for students who are serious, but have less experience. Students in both levels will have the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members of the UM Frost School of Music's C.A.M. (Creative American Music Program). Our mission is to bring together students like you from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide you with a challenging college-level experience. We are proud to say that a number of our campers have gone on to major in this program at UM!


REQUIREMENTS

  • Songwriters 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: youngmusicianscamp@gmail.com

NOTE

  • All bass and guitar should bring their amps
  • Singer/Songwriters can also enroll in our brand new "Frost Institute of Contemporary Vocal Performance." This takes place in Session B: July 2-July 13.

FROST SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING
DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.)

9:00 - 10:00

DIGITAL PRESENCE and BRANDING:
This class is devoted to creating a social media presence and branding your image and product.

10:00 - 11:15

RECORDING and PRODUCING:
This class is devoted to the technical aspects using computer programs and the studio. You will leave with a recording of your original song.

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
After our morning classes, we take a short walk to the UM cafeteria. Campers will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. There are also fresh fruits, desserts, beverages, and daily specials.

12:15 - 1:15

MUSIC BIZ
This class goes through 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.
CONTEMPORARY VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Students will learn about healthy vocal habits, techniques for singing in contemporary vocal styles, and practical application of technique for singing repertoire. Microphone and basic recording techniques and other practical advice for singers will also be covered

1:30 - 2:30

VIDEO PRODUCTION
Songwriters will learn the basics of filming and editing. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a group to produce an original music video.

2:45 - 3:45

ENSEMBLE
Advanced Performance Practices in Rock (Rock Ensemble)
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Classical Vocal Ensemble
Swing Jazz Ensemble

4:00 - 5:00

THE ART OF SONGWRITING:
This class presents an in-depth approach to the actual song-writing process.

5:00 - 6:00

MAKING THE BAND:
Songwriters rehearse their originals with their band.

7:00 - 8:00

LYRIC WRITING


FACULTY

This program is directed by UM faculty, Dr. Raina Murnak.

OTHER OPTIONS:

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal.

DORM PROGRAM
For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 11 and above

Are you from out of town - or - do you live in South Florida but want to see what it's like to go to a sleep away camp? Our full-time program is open to campers ages 11 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is $1,275 (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.)

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!

DETAILS ABOUT CHECK IN, CHECK OUT, AND WHAT TO BRING WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU REGISTER.


BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes!

Broward Bus:

Sawgrass Mall

Miramar Parkway and I-75

Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes

Dade Bus:

Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura

Sunny Isles

Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)

HOW TO APPLY

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 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 child's music teacher. This is to confirm that your camper is in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.