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Singer/Songwriter Online Workshop

Songwriting students at summer camp


Do you have a melody stuck in your head? Do you like to play an instrument and sing at the same time, but don’t know how to start creating original songs? Develop creative songwriting techniques and skills to add to your musical toolbox at the Singer/Songwriter Workshop. Begin writing your own songs or learn to arrange and refine your existing works, plus receive valuable performance tips and vocal training/ coaching. Instructor Thomas Routon will provide an interactive songwriting curriculum through live online instruction. Students will present their songs to each other over video conference call at the end of the week!

Students do not need to be accomplished singers or musicians to join this program, but do need to be willing to sing while accompanying themselves on an instrument in order to develop their music and lyrics.

You might also be interested in our Online Music Recording Camp for ages 13-18!


Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  July 27 – 31, 2020
Times:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm EST (M-F)
Tuition:  $375 (Beginning the Friday prior to the start of the program, a $10 late registration fee will apply)
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Daily Schedule

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Live Group Meeting
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Individual Work and Instructor Check ins
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Individual Work and Instructor Check ins
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Live Regroup



Registration is closed.

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Thomas Routon, Songwriting Lessons
Songwriting/Musicianship Instructor: Thomas Routon
Professional Musician and Songwriter
Read about Mr. Routon

Thom Routon is a professional musician, songwriter, and audio engineer based in Northern Virginia. Graduating with honors from George Mason University, Mr. Routon received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. He has been involved in music from a very young age, with more than 10 years of classical training in violin, as well as several years of proficiency in mandolin and acoustic guitar. Mr. Routon began writing original songs in college, which would become a significant facet of his professional career. Under the name Brother Kestrel, Thom released his debut EP “In the Earth” in February 2016 utilizing his skills to write, record, and produce his first published release of original music. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and perform live shows throughout the Northern Virginia area. Mr. Routon has gained additional teaching experience with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra through coaching summer chamber music ensembles. He enjoys collaborating with young artists and finding new ways to learn about music!

Seon Gyu Park, Voice Lessons
Vocal/ Presentation Instructor: Seon Gyu Park
Read about Ms. Park





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