UCLA Summer
Songwriting Intensive Online

Woman singing and playing guitar

Learn the Fundamentals
of Songwriting

2022 Program Announcement Coming Soon

For more information please contact:
Martin Hundley, Community Engagement Programs Manager

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 online 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 (Jackie Winkler, Director of A&R at Island Records). During the program students will work collaboratively and with instructors to create unique recordings that showcase their songwriting.

To cap the experience, a program playlist of student recordings is posted on The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music YouTube channel for participants to share with friends and family!

Daily Schedule

* daily class schedule is subject to change, all time are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Day 1
Fundamentals Part I
Introduction to Ableton Live
Masterclass with Robert Fink
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches

Day 2
The Art of Creativity
Power Write
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches
Masterclass with Bryndon Cook

Day 3
Fundamentals Part II
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches
ASCAP Workshop with Brian Reyes

Day 4
Masterclass with MADGE
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches
Student Open Mic

Day 5
Power Write
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches
Masterclass with Samantha Urbani
UCLA School of Music Admissions Q&A

Day 6
Breakout Collaborations with Coaches
Masterclass with Cole MGN
Recording and Showcase