Young Songwriter Summer Camps

Let’s fire up our creativity as we write and record songs! Award winning songwriter and educator Havilah Rand leads all summer camps along with other great musicians, songwriters and educators. We’ll engage in a variety of activities such theater games, word and picture collaging, listening sessions, journaling and outdoor adventures in both natural and urban settings to find inspiration for song topics and lyrics. As our songs take shape, we will record them using a basic recording unit and high quality microphones. Those who play instruments are encouraged to use them but no musical skills or past experience are required. There will also be opportunities for those who are interested in sound engineering to learn more about the use of microphones and basic recording gear. Our work will culminate with a full length CD and and CD release celebration.

Most summer camps last four days and are usually 10am – 3pm with small breaks for snacks, playtime and lunch. Our last day of camp includes an informal performance and celebration of our songs and recordings. Here is the schedule of this summer’s camps. If you are interested in registering, please read the description of the camp to find out who to contact. You can always email Havilah at havilahrand@gmail.com to find out more and to ask questions. A few of our camps require that you register through us and the materials are located on the sidebar along with a paypal link for paying deposits.

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

“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