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Songwriting and Recording Workshop

Full Day: $550 | Half Day: $350
Ages: 13-18 | Lunch (Optional): $55/week


About This Camp

This workshop provides the opportunity for young songwriters to spend two weeks immersing themselves in the art of songwriting.  After exploring songs by master songwriters, students will go through the process of creating their own original songs, from brainstorming to arranging, and culminating in a two day long recording session.  Each student will finish the workshop with a fully recorded song.  Depending on enrollment and instrumentation, they may also get the chance to create a band ‘culture’ and/or learn recording, mixing, and mastering techniques as they assist the teacher and their peers.

The first week will be focused on the creation and editing of an original song.  We will first workshop and analyze songs by master songwriters to explore effective songwriting.  We will then use a variety of brainstorming techniques to generate both lyrics and musical material.  Using both peer and teacher feedback, students will work alone or in songwriting teams to edit and develop the material.  The students will then have the weekend to generate a working draft.

The second week will focus on bringing these original songs to life and recording them.  Students will explore arranging options using both instruments and computer generated sounds and techniques, before teaching their songs to their peers (depending on instrumentation).  Students will gain experience both leading their own ensembles and also gain perspective as they experience the challenges of learning music by their peers.  Depending on the number of participants, students may get the chance to learn recording, mixing, and mastering techniques as they assist the teacher.

This program is designed for children aged 13-18.


Camp Schedule

Session One

Monday - Friday | July 15-19, 2019

Session Two

Monday - Friday | July 22-26, 2019


Full Day: Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Half Day: Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon is a composer, bassist, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Able to compose and perform in a large variety of styles, his works range from pieces for full orchestra, to jazz combos, to rock/pop, and he is adept at composing for both live players and using music software. Gordon’s concert works have been performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the ECHO Chamber Orchestra. He was awarded the Jacob Bruckman Memorial Prize for excellence in composition for his piece "Saint Magnus Dance," which was performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, on May 23, 2008 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. His music for film has won two NYU First Run film festival best original score awards ("Opening Night of the Living Dead" [2010], a musical comedy film by Jonathan McDevitt, and "There’ll Be Peace When You Are Gone" [2009], a film by John De Minil).

He was a music composition and double bass major at Bard College (2008). There he studied with Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, and Keith Fitch. Gordon graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 2012 with a Masters in Music (Scoring for Film and Multimedia), where he studied with Michael Patterson, Ron Sadoff, and Tim Starnes.

In addition to his position as the Director of Contemporary Music at San Domenico School, Kevin Gordon is also a Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Opera, and teaches private lessons and ensemble coaching.