2018 Young Songwriter Summer Camp Schedule is here!

 

I’m so excited to announce this summer’s Young Songwriter Summer Camps! We still have openings for more especially in August so please contact me if you’d like to set something up. Also please note that some camps require registration through our host and others you may contact me at havilahrand@gmail.com or use the links on the sidebar for application and paypal deposit. Looking forward to hearing all the beautiful songs we will create and record this summer!!

June 18 – 22 The Valley School  Seattle, WA  Register with them please!

June 25 – 28 9am – 2pm $200  Roots Community School in Chelan, WA Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com to register!

July 9 – 12  Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon, WA Register through them please!

July 16 – 19 10am – 3pm  $275 Chuckanut Center Bellingham, WA Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com to register!

July 23 – 26  Songbird Camp at Full Moon Rising Farm on Whidbey Island, WA  Register through them please!

August 13 and 14  Songwriting Workshop for Teens at Full Moon Rising Farm on Whidbey Island, WA Register through them please!

“I have to tell you that Audri’s music and writing really took off after getting such a solid and affirming start with you. She has wrote and recorded a whole album, with two songs one about the local whales and one about wild bison that she has been asked repeatedly to perform in the area for awareness events for Orca Network and Buffalo Field Campaign. We are so grateful to you for the confidence you gave her and the beautiful epxerience she had working with you” – Parent and host of homeschool songwriting workshop.

“My kids, who were initially both reluctant participants, absolutely LOVED the Songwriter Camp. I am so impressed with the creativity you inspired in them, how you showed them that they can take everyday events and turn them into songs, and how songwriting is an organic process. They also loved the silly fun elements like swimming and observing humans in their natural habitats. I hope you’ll offer the camp again next June!” –  Methow Arts Alliance Director and Parent

“You did an incredible job bringing out her creativity. I was in awe of the song you composed together. I am making a CD to come out by October 1st, and I want to include her song.” – Recording Artist and Grandparent

“As the director of our arts education program I coordinate many camps each summer. Rarely have I seen a camp so engaging for the kids involved. Each day of camp I would see kids sitting alone or in groups working on writing their songs. Havilah was great with the kids and came prepared with all the equipment she needed to record camper’s songs. This camp was a hit and I’m excited about having Havilah back to teach again next summer.” –  Director of Arts Education, Vashon Center for the Arts

Summer 2017 Recap and Planning Ahead!

Greetings friends! I hope that the end of 2017 has you reflecting on as many fun and creative moments as I am. This past summer marked the fourth year that Young Songwriter Programs have been running summer camps throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We held nine camps altogether beginning in Los Angeles, CA for a private workshop at The Lab for Learning and ended in Southington, CT. This year I have relocated from Austin, TX to Bellingham, WA which will now be the home base for Holistic ArtVentures and Young Songwriter Programs. We are now offering songwriting workshops and camps to homeschool communities, private and public schools and children of all ages year round. Songwriting programs work well as an after school activity, during winter and spring break or as an artistic component to any academic curriculum or team building event. Email Havilah today at havilahrand@gmail.com to explore the possibilities!

Here is a photo and video recap of our amazing summer of 2017!

We began on Whidbey Island in June with a youth group called the Earth Guardians. Hosted at a beautiful home complete with gardens and farm on gorgeous Whidbey Island, our songs centered around protecting the Earth and all of its creatures.

 

The next stop on the songwriting train was The Methow Valley to work with a small powerhouse trio of young ladies at The Methow Valley Community School.  Our songs also centered on animals, friendship and….crazy librarians??

We returned to Whidbey Island for a week at Full Moon Rising Farm with seven incredible songwriters spanning ages 6 – 14. I was amazed at how well everyone got along despite the age gaps. The idyllic setting complete with nature trails, farm animals, and yurt to work out of made this camp extra special and we can’t wait to return in 2018!

The ferry to Vashon Island from Seattle is always one of my favorite highlights of summer travels. The Vashon Center for the Arts always gives me a warm welcome with friendly smiles and a group of eleven excited songwriters. This week was bustling with activity as we wrote over thirty songs using our urban explorations and theater activities as inspiration.

Camp Cody in Bellingham, WA never disappoints with a refreshing cold pond to swim in, a treehouse to practice melodic ideas and draft lyrics and trails aplenty for exploring and finding creative inspiration. We were extra lucky this year to have award winning songwriter Johann Wagner join us as a mentor and we look forward to his return summer of 2018!

 

We ended our Northwest camps in beautiful Seattle at The Bertschi School with a small but astoundingly talented group. We spent the week sleuthing for lyrical ideas in the surrounding neighborhood, through watercolor painting and instrument making.

Then I got on a plane to my childhood stomping grounds of Southington, CT to lead a camp hosted by my very own Aunt Mary and her newly opened art center called Southington Community Cultural Arts Center. I was joined by my songwriting and touring buddy Bruce Salmon who did a tremendous job of coaxing some beautifully raw and rockin songs out of our songwriters. We’ll be back next year!

Creating this post brings me so much joy and gratitude for the work I am blessed to do. Looking forward immensely to hear the songs and meet the songwriters of 2018!

Summer Camp Registration Begins NOW

Hey everybody! It’s getting to be that time when folks start making their summer plans so I’m ready to take registration for our 2017 summer camp season. Last year we were selling out of spots by mid March so I recommend registering as soon as you are able. I’ve posted an update schedule below and there is a registration button on the right hand side bar thIMG_4637at you can click on. Please download and/or print your own version of the document before typing info on it. This way it stays blank for everyone to use. You may also pay your $50 deposit using the paypal link or mailing to Havilah Rand 1500 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, WA 98229.

This is going to be our best summer yet and I can hardly wait to meet all of our young songwriters and hear what we create. Thanks and see you soon!!

 

“As the director of our arts education program I coordinate many camps each summer. Rarely have I seen a camp so engaging for the kids involved. Each day of camp I would see kids sitting alone or in groups working on writing their songs. Havilah was great with the kids and came prepared with all the equipment she needed to record camper’s songs. This camp was a hit and I’m excited about having Havilah back to teach again next summer.” –  Director of Arts Education, Vashon Center for the Arts

Young Songwriter Summer Camp Schedule 2017

April 29th Private Songwriting Workshop in Los Angeles. Email havilahrand@gmail.com if you’d like more info and to register.

May 8 – 10  Parkrose Middle School in Portland, OR. Havilah will lead a songwriting workshop through the SUN program guitar class. Contact them directly if you would like to participate.

June 3-5  Private Songwriting Workshop on Whidbey Island, WA. 10am – 3pm ages 7 – 12. Contact Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

June 12 – 15 Methow Young Songwriter Summer Camp at the Methow Valley Community School.  10am – 3pm ages 7 – 13  $225. Register through the document on the sidebar or email havilahrand@gmail.com.

June 26 – 30 Whidbey Island, WA  hosted by Full Moon Rising Camp. Contact Full Moon Rising Camp directly to register.

July 10 – 13  Vashon Island, WA. Contact our hosts Vashon Center for the Arts to register.

July 17 – 20 Bellingham, WA. We are back at Camp Cody in Fairhaven complete with swimming pond and treehouse!! We are also lucky to have Johann Wagner as a guest teacher.  10am – 3pm ages 7 – 13  $265  (partial scholarships available). Register through the document on the sidebar or email havilahrand@gmail.com.

July 24 – 28 Seattle, WA presented through Bertschi School. Contact them directly to register.

August 1 – 4  Ferndale, WA. Hosted at a private location on a beautiful farm!  10am – 3pm ages 7 – 13  $265  (partial scholarships available).Register through the document on the sidebar or email havilahrand@gmail.com to learn more!

August 17 – 20 and 21 – 24 Southington, CT hosted by Southington Community Cultural Arts Center. Please contact our hosts directly to register and learn more.

“My kids, who were initially both reluctant participants, absolutely LOVED the Songwriter Camp. I am so impressed with the creativity you inspired in them, how you showed them that they can take everyday events and turn them into songs, and how songwriting is an organic process. They also loved the silly fun elements like swimming and observing humans in their natural habitats. I hope you’ll offer the camp again next June!” –  Methow Arts Alliance Director and Parent

“You did an incredible job bringing out her creativity. I was in awe of the song you composed together. I am making a CD to come out by October 1st, and I want to include her song.” – Recording Artist and Grandparent

 

Overflowing with Songs and Gratitude!!

IMG_4572Five camps, over sixty young songwriters and over a hundred songs and I’m sitting here in a coffeeshop in Oregon City feeling so much gratitude towards every kid, parent, assistant and host who have participated in this project over the last three years. Writing songs with kids has reminded me of the joy that comes from the process of creating with spontaneity and curiosity. The list of benefits that I witness these programs providing continues to grow and instead of learning from what didn’t work, I spend most of my time examining what exactly is making these programs so successful!

The strong connections and empathy that build between campers as they allow themselves to be vulnerable in front of each other is a testament to the true nature of human beings to be compassionate towards one another. Many of our songwriters this summer experience anxiety and a variety of challenges when it comes to reading, writing and focusing for long periods of time. We observed these anxieties alleviated to a high degree as they were given the freedom to use words in whatever way they chose, whether it was nonsensically, as poetry, as improvisation and then set in an artistic framework of melody and rhythm. Campers are also provided a variety of choices as to how they’d like to spend their time whether it be sound engineering, writing lyrics, drawing in their journal, working with a group, playing an instrument, mentoring younger participants and so much more. Songwriting can be a tedious process so we make a point of getting out of our heads with spontaneous dance parties, nature walks, theater games and even meditation.  Parents who swore their child was too shy to perform in front of an audience were delighted to watch them describe the process of songwriting and then perform an original piece in front of a crowd of peers and strangers. Most importantly, we had so much FUN! From swimming in freezing cold rivers, to spying on shoppers in the local supermarket, to long walks in the woods, to using paint and recycled materials to make instruments, to our end of the day listening sessions.. every day ended with smiles and excitement for what the next day would bring.

Thank you again to each and every one of you who has participated in making these camps such a transformative and enjoyable experience for myself and for the young songwriters I’ve been so blessed to work with. I’ll be spending part of the fall in Europe and then back in October to offer home school programs, private and small group sessions and planning next summer. Enjoy these pictures and please reach out to me with testimonials, comments, suggestions and requests for a Young Songwriter program near you! My email is havilahrand@gmail.com or fill out the form..

YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP AUSTIN 2016

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METHOW VALLEY YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP SEATTLE 2016

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VASHON ISLAND YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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BELLINGHAM YOUNG SONGWRITER SUMMER CAMP 2016

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Summer is almost here!!

Summer is almost here!!

Hello from sunny warm Austin, TX where famed music conference SXSW is underway.The Obamas have been in town as well as tons of musicians, filmmakers and tech industry innovators. It’s an exciting place to be and I’m a lucky girl to be able to spend a good portion of my time in such a creative city. I’m also very proud to announce that I was recently nominated for the prestigious Austin Music Industry Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education. A huge thank you to all the young people I’ve written songs with over the last ten years for making my work so meaningful.

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In addition to gigs and organizing songwriting programs, I’ve been spending the last few months teaching part time at a small schoolhouse located on a ranch where I also lead an after school songwriting workshop. In order to feed my own creativity, I’ve been preparing for a fall release of a five song EP of the work I’ve been doing with elderly translating life stories into songs. Now that it’s spring, I’m looking forward to upcoming summer travels to Oregon, Washington and Alaska where I’ll be leading a bunch of songwriting programs for young people in addition to my own performing and writing. I’m beyond excited and a little overwhelmed at how much there is to do in only a few short months. This work gives me energy though and now that the summer camps are in their third season, I feel like things are going to flow better than ever this year. Thanks to our fundraising campaign in December, I am able to purchase more instruments and recording gear for our camps as well as  offer at least five full scholarships to campers in need of financial assistance.  By the way, there are still opportunities to give at the Indiegogo site. Click the link on the sidebar and thanks for helping!!

If you are interested in registering for a camp please use the link in the sidebar and feel free to email Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com with all questions. Here is a schedule of what we’ve got planned so far..

Young Songwriters Camp in Austin, TX in collaboration with Terra Luz Community School- May 31st  – June 2nd  $185

Methow Valley Young Songwriter’s Camp in Twisp, WA –  June 20-23 11am – 4pm  $185

Young Songwriter Summer Camp at Bertschi School in Seattle – June 27 – July 1  9am – 4pm  SOLD OUT

Young Songwriter Summer Camp on Vashon Island in collaboration with Vashon Allied ArtsJuly 5 – 8 (contact them directly for registration)

Young Songwriter Summer Camp in Bellingham, WA – July 11 – 14 10am – 3pm  Private venue…details given at registration. $225

Young Songwriter Workshop in Talkeetna, AK – July 30th presented by The Grove

Young Songwriter Workshop in McCarthy AK – August 8th presented by the Wrangell Mountain Center

Feel free to use this contact form for inquiries and suggestions!

Gratitude and Looking Forward…

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Greetings and Happy New Year from Havilah, the founder and creator of Young Songwriter Programs. First, I want to thank the many friends and supporters who gave to our Indiegogo fundraising campaign in November and December. Together we were able to raise $2500 which will go towards paying for recording equipment, instruments and providing scholarships for five young songwriters this summer. (by the way you can STILL donate so check out the link HERE) So far I’ve been a one woman machine but now I feel like I truly have a team of supporters and believers behind me. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to give young people the opportunity to tap into their own innate creative talents and express themselves without fear or judgement. After years teaching in both public and alternative learning classrooms, I know the stark difference between a child whose true potential is being stifled or awakened, whose self confidence is being torn down or lifted up and whose desire to create is being supported or squelched.

My dream is that the philosophy and guiding principles of the Young Songwriter Programs will be embodied in a curriculum that can be integrated into public and private school learning communities. For now, the summer camps and workshops are flourishing. The after school workshops at both Integrity Academy and Austin Village Academy culminated with over twelve songs about everything from fossils to minecraft to the fear a tightrope walker must feel when hovering over a city. I also led several private workshops at birthday parties, Christmas parties and a New Year’s Day gathering. These were beautiful moments when I was able to facilitate groups of both young people and adults co-writing a song that was of course recorded and given to each participant.

If you know me, then you know I have itchy feet and have to move around frequently. I’ll be in Austin, TX till May with a quick jaunt to the Colorado area in April. I’m available for private coaching, small group workshops and homeschool programs so contact me if you are interested! Then in June I will offer a Cirque De Soleil summer camp at Integrity Academy from May 30 – June 3. This will be a blast as we write our own music, practice dance and acro-yoga to create an incredible performance. I’ll then take off for the Pacific Northwest and lead summer camps in Twisp, Seattle, Vashon Island and Bellingham all in Washington State. Check out the Summer Camp 2016 page for more details.  In August, it’s off to Alaska. Then a tentative plan to head to the east coast and Europe in the fall. I’ll keep you posted and please reach out if you are interested in helping put together a workshop, house concert, or combination in any of these parts of the globe.

Much Gratitude to all and may 2016 bring you many opportunities to be creative, to sing songs and to manifest your dreams..

Love, Havilah

Help Grow Young Songwriter Programs

The last few months have been a whirlwind of afterschool workshops, private sessions, planning for summer camps and launching our Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds for scholarships and more materiaIMG_0073ls. I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support and positivity from parents, friends, family and young songwriters. In addition to my songwriting, I’ve also been working as a substitute teacher part time. After spending time in public schools and watching kids struggle with standardized testing, boring classroom routines and uninspired approaches to engaging in academic content, I am convinced now more than ever that my songwriting programs are not just a fun way to spend down-time..they are NECESSARY in order to give young people an opportunity to engage in words, music and technology in ways that inspire innovation and support social emotional wellness. I envision my songwriting workshops evolving into enrichment programs at public schools, libraries, community centers and children’s hospitals giving kids from all walks of life a chance to express themselves creatively through music. As we reach the last ten days of our fundraising campaign, I’m inviting everyone to pitch in and help bring us to our goal so that the Young Songwriter Programs can manifest its full potential. At only 20% funded with 10 days to go, I’m expecting a small miracle. No amount is too small, it’s always the thought that counts..here’s the link. Please share!!

http://igg.me/at/youngsongwriters/x/8023029

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