Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting and discover effective melody, rhythm, harmony, and lyrical techniques. In this one- or two-week long program, you'll receive expert support and feedback on your original material from current industry professionals. Learn their tips and tricks for being successful in today's music industry.
2021 Program Information
|Week 1||Monday, June 21–Friday, June 25, 2021|
|Week 2||Monday, June 28–Friday, July 2, 2021|
|Registration fee:||$50* (nonrefundable, nontransferable)|
|Payment deadline:||May 1, 2021|
|Week 1||Friday, June 25, 2021, by 7:00 p.m.|
|Week 2||Friday, July 2, 2021, by 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Prices reflect the amount for a one-week session.
- Lock in 2020 tuition and housing rates when you register and pay in full by January 15, 2021.
What is the curriculum like?
- Songwriting Class: Taught by our renowned Songwriting Department, you will explore song form, melody, lyrics, and chord progressions.
- Mentoring Group: Mentors are handpicked Berklee alumni who have been chosen for their talent, their dedication to craft, and their ability to give compassionate and specific feedback while helping orient students to their first Berklee experience.
- Visiting Artist Presentation: Every year, we ask visiting artists to share their experiences in the industry as songwriters. Topics range from songwriting techniques and improving your artistry to business tips and career advice. Previous visiting artists include Wrabel, Kara DioGuardi, and Will Dailey.
Students will attend three mandatory electives and may elect to take three additional electives as well. Each participant will rank their topic preferences before starting the program. Though electives for 2020 are not yet available, the following list of electives offered in 2019 will give you a sense of what to expect:
- Writer Camp (two electives)
- Singer-Songwriter Workshop
- Working with a Band (three electives)
- Introduction to Production for Songwriters (two electives)
- DIY Singer-Songwriter
- Write a Song in 90 Minutes
- Stage Performance Workshop
- Hip-Hop Songwriting
- Topline Writing for Pop, R&B, and EDM
- Vocal Techniques for Songwriters
- Guitar Style for Songwriters
- Keyboard Styles for Songwriters
- Songwriting for Film and TV
- Improvisation Workshop
- Mailbox Money: Making a Living with Your Music
- Marketing and Media for Songwriters
- Intermediate/Advanced Harmony for Songwriters (two electives)
- Contemporary Musical Theater Writing
What is the schedule?
Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.
|8:00 a.m.–8:50 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.||Mentoring Group or Songwriting Class|
|10:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m.||Mentoring Group or Songwriting Class|
|12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 p.m.–2:20 p.m.||Visiting Artist Presentation|
|2:30 p.m.–3:50 p.m.||Elective or Master Class|
|4:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.||Elective|
|5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.||Open Mics|
Schedule subject to change
What are the performance opportunities?
Students have the opportunity to perform in multiple open mics throughout the program.
All performances are free and open to friends and family.
What are the requirements to attend?
All students 15 and older with some background in songwriting are welcome to attend.
Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.
What do I need to bring?
- A notebook: be sure to bring a notebook or some other way to save your ideas—you will have lots of them.
- A completed song (optional): You may want to showcase a work during your time at the Songwriting Workshop. To do so, you may either bring a recording or prepare a performance. Typed lyrics or a lead sheet are also necessary to supplement a completed song. A lead sheet consists of the melody transcribed on staff paper, with the lyrics below and the chord symbols above the melody.
- An instrument (optional): along with your instrument, please bring any accessories (capo, tuner, strap, etc.) you may wish to have with you, and label them with your name and phone number.