UCLA Summer
Songwriting Intensive


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Summer Songwriting Intensive

Learn the Fundamentals
of Songwriting

On Campus Session A:
June 19 – 24, 2023

Online Session B:
June 26 – July 1, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT daily

Online program – $800
On-campus program – $1,200
* Scholarships are available

Apply by May 31, 2023

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To succeed at any type of songwriting, it is very important to understand the fundamentals, the delicate balance of collaboration, and the professional expectations of today’s music industry. This summer intensive will cover: why songs work, structures and approaches to songwriting, home studio set-up, live songwriting sessions, the importance of tracking royalties, studio expectations, and creative collaboration.

Students will interact with UCLA faculty (Professor Robert Fink, Chair of Music Industry)  working songwriters, and guests from the music industry. During the program, students will work collaboratively with one another and with instructors to create unique recordings that showcase their songwriting.

To cap the experience, a showcase of student performances will be held at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (on-campus program) and a playlist of student recordings will be posted on The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music YouTube channel for participants to share their work with friends and family!

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Daily Schedule

* Daily class schedule details are subject to change. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Day 1 

  • Introductions
  • Fundamentals of Songwriting
  • Building on Song Concepts
  • Full Class Collaboration

Day 2

  • Vocal warm-ups and breathwork
  • Melody Writing
  • Break-out collaborations with Faculty

Day 3 

  • Rhyming workshop
  • Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
  • Using Figures of Speech in Lyrics

Day 4 

  • Vocal Treatment in Digital Audio Workstations
  • Rhythm and Tempo Workshop
  • Artist Pitch Workshop

Day 5 

  • Chord progression workshop
  • Sampling and looping in songwriting
  • Do-it-Yourself music release workshop
  • PRO and Publishing Masterclass

Day 6

  • Soundcheck
  • Rehearsal
  • Live Performances
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Applications due May 31, 2023