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Songwriting Retreat

Why Attend the Songwriting Retreat

Develop your songwriting skills in a supportive, inspiring environment at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Open to all levels, the Songwriting Retreat will feature instruction from Interlochen's world-class faculty and a surprise guest artist. 

You'll explore various song forms, opening up new ways of structuring your songs according to style and mood. You'll dive into lyric writing and how to find your own unique voice and use different points of view to heighten the emotional impact of your songs. You'll also draw inspiration from your life experience and learn strategies for developing a consistent songwriting practice.

Throughout the workshop, you'll work on your own songs, pair with others to co-write songs, and get coaching and feedback from your instructors and peers. You'll also have the opportunity to perform in an open mic night at a beautiful venue on campus. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced songwriter, this workshop will help you take your songwriting to the next level. Limited space available.

Course Dates: Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5, 2024 
Registration Fee: $395 
Early Registration Fee: $356 (Early Registration Ends March 1, 2024) 
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2024
On-Campus Lodging: Take advantage of a special seasonal rate of $94 per night at the Stone Hotel & Cottages.  Call 231-276-7570 for reservations.  

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K-12 Educators: Earn State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending the Songwriting Retreat. 

Songwriting Retreat Schedule will be posted in February 2024. 

Required Supplies: 
Attendees must supply their own acoustic guitar with a protective case or gig bag.  A steel-string acoustic guitar is preferred but a nylon string “classical” guitar will also work.  Attendees should also have a capo, clip-on chromatic tuner and an extra set of strings.  

Additional Optional Supplies:
Guitar stand, pencils, a notebook for notes and a folder for handouts.


Learn more about the Songwriting Retreat faculty.

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler

Associate Director of Contemporary Music and Collaborative Projects; Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Shane Adams

Shane Adams

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter

Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis

Director of Popular Music; Instructor of Singer-Songwriting