Songwriting camps

Find songwriting camps for kids and teens listed below.

Songwriting camps are a fun and productive summer option for many kids. They allow your child to develop and improve the basics and finer features of songwriting and other musical skills. They also provide a stimulating creative outlet for those interested in music and songwriting. Read more

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Rockstar Music   

Oakville; Annex, Toronto; Vaughan

  • Music (multi)
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

Learn from the comfort of home. Discover a new way to learn music while building confidence, creativity and leadership skills. Book a free trial with a Rockstar instructor today! Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $30/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed301-1000Oakville, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, OntarioMusic (multi)Rockstar MusicLearn from the comfort of home. Discover a new way to learn music while building confidence, creativity and leadership skills. Book a free trial with a Rockstar instructor today! Oakville, Ontario, Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed
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Camps offering songwriting as one of a variety of activities.

Randolph Kids Performing Arts   

South Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Content creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $20/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed206-170South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : Theatre ArtsRandolph Kids Performing ArtsContent creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Laurus Summer Camp   

Quebec (5)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Montreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day camp openCamp Coed1503-151Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, WestmountTraditional (multi activity) Laurus Summer CampMontreal, Laval and Beaconsfield's #1 Lifestyle Summer day camp! We blend fun, education & specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 - 15! Registration is open in November for 2020! Montreal, Laval, Beaconsfield, Westmount Day camp Coed

Roseneath Theatre   

Downtown West, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

A creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $40/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed406-162Downtown West, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Roseneath TheatreA creative collection of programs that range from Dance, Drama, ASL Improv, our popular Dungeons & Dragons programs and more. Our expert councillors bring the arts to kids computers in fun and accessible ways. Downtown West, Toronto, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

STEM Minds   

Online; Aurora

  • Science: STEAM
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

STEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $100/program
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed1004-143Virtual Program, , Aurora, OntarioScience: STEAMSTEM MindsSTEM Minds is a mission-driven social enterprise that teaches technology to new and skilled users with in-class and virtual education programs in coding, video game design, and more for children ages 4-14. Virtual Program, , Aurora, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Solelim   

Lawrence Manor, Toronto; Sudbury

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $7,385/6 weeks
Overnight camp openCamp Coed738513-154Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp SolelimCamp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish 13 to 15 year olds. Our programming includes traditional waterfront, sports, arts and outdoor activities, as well as leadership development and community building. Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario Overnight camp Coed

Fraser Lake Camp   

Bancroft; Whitchurch - Stouffville

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

We have a rich history and a rooted community. We provide a variety of land and water sports in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff are positive role models and the culture they create is our biggest asset. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $434/week
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed4348-165Bancroft, Ontario, Whitchurch - Stouffville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Fraser Lake CampWe have a rich history and a rooted community. We provide a variety of land and water sports in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff are positive role models and the culture they create is our biggest asset. Bancroft, Ontario, Whitchurch - Stouffville, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $45/day
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed455-126Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

Songwriting camps near you

Songwriting camps are becoming an increasingly popular summer option. Below, we list songwriting camps offered in several different cities and regions in Canada. Find a camp near you. 

Other ways to work on your songwriting

For those interested in songwriting, there are alternatives to summer camp. Songwriting programs are offered in the winter, fall, and spring. This includes after-school and weekend classes, some of which take place throughout the year. Use OurKids.net to find the right option for you.

You might also consider

Songwriting is one among a rapidly growing list of art camps. Some other camps your child might be interested in include the following:

Performing arts camps teach a variety of stage skills including singing and acting as well as technical and background skills such as lighting, sound, and more.

Music camps range from rock camp to classical music training, but you can also experience everything from salsa and merengue to guitar jams and many other styles 

Musical theatre camps offer instruction in acting, singing, and dancing, as well as teach a variety of stage skills.

Acting and drama camps enable your child to unleash their creativity through movement, improvisation (improv), vocal training, and dance.

Songwriting skills

Songwriting camps enable kids to get musical training with a specific focus on songwriting. Your child will be taught by trained instructors with plenty of experience in music education. They’ll help your child acquire the skills needed to be a songwriter, whether it’s for a future career in the music industry or it’s just for fun.

Here are some essentials skills and knowledge your child will likely acquire at a songwriting camp:

  • Reading music
  • Understanding musical theory
  • Using good notation software
  • Lyrics
  • Melody
  • Choruses, hooks, and riffs
  • Rythm
  • Rhyme
  • Tonality
  • Scales 
  • Compositions
  • Song forms
  • Musical genres

And here are some suggestions to improve your songwriting (source: gensanartists), which may be emphasized and practiced in camp:

  • Make time to write
  • Find a place to write
  • Write for short periods daily
  • Don’t try to make first drafts perfect
  • Organize unfinished ideas
  • Work with other songwriters
  • Attend workshops and learn new materials
  • Show people what you have done
  • Have a consistent work schedule

Benefits of songwriting camps

Songwriting camps help kids acquire pivotal knowledge and skills. They can also motivate and inspire your child, and shape their creative development.

Beyond these, there are numerous other potential perks of writing and journalism camps. They include:

Finding the right songwriting camp for your child

To find the right songwriting camp for your child, check out the Our Kids Camp and Program Expo, held every year in the winter. At the expo, you can meet with the staff of many different camps, including songwriting camps, and get your questions answered. You can also meet with programs that run throughout the year. 

For further guidance on choosing the right camp for your child, check out the following Our Kids resources: How to choose a camp, Annual camp and program guide, and How camps develop character traits.
 

Finally, to learn more about songwriting, we recommend consulting the following resources:
Music City: Tips for Beginning Songwriters
Music Goat: Five Songwriting Techniques
Songwriters Association of Canada



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