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i’m joining my pal sonya kitchell to help teach this wonderful workshop Feb 15-19, 2019. click here to register!



Winter Songwriting Retreat for Teen Girls

Join us for a four-day master class dedicated to the art and craft of songwriting. Lead by GRAMMY® Award Winning songwriter Sonya Kitchell along with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer Erin McKeown. The pair will bring their expertise in a variety of styles, forms and genres and will facilitate an in-depth exploration of lyrics and music along with a focus on recording and performing original compositions.

Through various solo and group exercises participants will learn to write songs individually and in collaboration. Using comprehensive analysis of storytelling, melody and feel we will demystify the process of songwriting, helping each participant to find their unique voice as an artist.  In a safe and supportive environment students will address writing blocks and difficulties in finishing a song and develop skills in areas of: music theory, co-writing, recording, performance and deep listening.

A maximum of 12 students accepted.

$1,200 includes instruction, access to instruments, audio recording of original song, housing and meals.

Advanced IMA summer program students (two year attendance or more) receive an automatic 30% discount.  Some scholarship funds available.

  • creative group exercises 
  • targeted songwriting assignments
  • battling the inner critic
  • collaborations
  • “how to finish” ― completing your work
  • basic recording
  • music theory
  • detailed analysis of the tools used by the great songwriters
  • listening sessions
  • daily professional and peer-to-peer critiques of their work in-progress.


click here to register!