Registration is now open!

Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting

Directed by Dr. Raina Murnak
UM Frost School of Music Faculty in the MADE (Musicianship, Artistry Development & Entrepreneurship) and Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Programs

Study the Art of Songwriting!
Learn How to Market Your Songs!
Be Coached by our Experts on Your Performance!
Get Tips on Recording!
Hone your Lyric Writing Skills!
Learn What if Offered at the Frost School of Music!

If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with students from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that songwriting is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!

Program Length

2 weeks


Session C: July 15 - July 26


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Age Range

Geared for high school students (exceptionally qualified younger students may also audition)

Registration Fee

Prior to April 1/$40
After April 1/$75



Dorm Program - not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities


Housing Check In, Placement Auditions & Orientation

Session C: Sun, July 14
(note: a supervised intersession program will be provided for dorm campers attending both sessions)


Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply to our FROST SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING. The curriculum of this program is based on the Frost School of Music's Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. This program has limited enrollment and students are chosen to participate based upon an audition demo of original songs. We offer 2 levels, Level 1 for experienced singer/songwriters and Level 2 for students who are serious, but have less experience. Students in both levels will have the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members of the UM Frost School of Music's C.A.M. (Creative American Music Program). Our mission is to bring together students like you from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide you with a challenging college-level experience. We are proud to say that a number of our campers have gone on to major in this program at UM!


  • Songwriters should submit a video file or YouTube link of your personal performance of 2 original songs, plus a pdf file of the lyrics.
  • All auditions must be submitted as high-quality video files or a YouTube link. Send your demos to:


  • All bass and guitar should bring their amps, cable and a cart. (dorm participants may rent an amp from the camp). All vocalists should bring a mic and XLR cable.
  • Singer/Songwriters may also want to stay for both sessions and enroll in our "Frost Institute of Contemporary Vocal Performance." These programs are being offered in both sessions.

DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)

9:00 - 10:00

Contemporary Vocal Technique: Students will learn about healthy vocal habits, techniques for singing in contemporary vocal styles, and practical application of technique for singing repertoire.
Jazz Guitar Technique
Music and Video Production: the 1st week will cover audio recording and the 2nd week will cover music video production.

10:15 - 11:15

Music Biz & Digital Branding: This class is devoted to creating a social media presence and branding your image and product. The Music Biz section covers the basics of the business including all aspects of publishing, record labels, and more. You will need to bring a laptop, Ipad, or tablet to class.
Contemporary Piano Technique
Rock Guitar Technique

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.

12:15 - 1:15

This class presents an in-depth approach to the actual song-writing process. Topics such as lyric writing, melody, progression, and form will be covered.

1:30 - 2:45

SONGWRITING SESSIONS: dividing up into small groups, campers will work together to create an original song. Students will have the opportunity to have a recording session of their song.

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 5:00

Songwriters will work individually and as a group to create and rehearse an original song. This will be performed in the special Songwriters Final Concert.




Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal.


Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:15 am - 9:00 am
After Care: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes! Note: The afternoon bus departs from camp at the regular dismissal time of 4:00pm. A 5:00 bus may be provided, IF there is sufficient enrollment. Honors students can sign up for the morning only bus, the bus fee will be reduced by 50%

Broward Bus:

Sawgrass Mall

Miramar Parkway and I-75

Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes

Dade Bus:

Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura)

Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)


For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 12 and above

Are you from out of town - or - do you live in South Florida but want to see what it's like to go to a sleep away camp? Our full-time program is open to campers ages 12 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!


After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!


HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is $1,275 (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.) If you are attending both sessions, a supervised inter-session dorm program is provided for a nominal fee.

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!



Enrollment is limited for this program. You will be notified of your acceptance after the camp receives ALL application materials: Online Registration, Application Fee, Teacher Recommendation, and Audition Demo. Your full deposit (plus the dorm deposit if you are staying in the dorm) is due 3 days after receiving your acceptance letter.

  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your Electives.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your music teacher. This is to confirm that you are in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.