Classes are scheduled in the morning and afternoon and are structured to meet a range of skills from those who learn quickly to those who have 1-2 years experience & the basics of songwriting. Songwriters at all levels will have the opportunity to study the various styles of our instructors.
A range of workshops will be offered which focus on the expertise of our instructors. There will also be nightly songwriting circles to be held in the Courthouse featuring various “staff” writers, some of the camp participants, and other eastern NS songwriters.
WHAT TO BRING - The atmosphere at our school is casual. There is easy access to wooded walking trails, with river swimming on the property. The summer climate can vary from warm and sunny to chilly, cloudy and wet, so be prepared to layer with t-shirts, sweaters, shorts and pants. For all music workshops participants are required to bring their own instruments, paper, strings etc. A recording device would be most useful. Timetable, schedule and session information will be distributed when you arrive. Please bring your own musical instruments if you play.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS - Accommodations for attendees will be in our Hands on History home which is a hostel type house by the river - accommodations are dorm style with shared rooms and bunk style beds, please be advised to bring your own sleeping bags. You may also bring air mattresses for additional comfort. Meals are included for Monday to Thursday night, and we have great cooks here who’ve been feeding groups of school kids and teachers for years. It's not fancy but is clean and functional, and the Village itself is a very special place which lends itself to some great musical and artistic expression.
HOW TO GET HERE - A 45-minute scenic drive south from Antigonish along highway #7 or 3 hours east of Halifax on highway #7. If you are coming from Stanfest we are 115 kl west, on Main Street in Sherbrooke just off the #7.
GUIDELINES FOR CLASSES - When you register, please indicate on the registration form in the space provided your level, writing experience & ability. Songwriter’s classes are geared to those who have had at least 1-2 yrs experience (novice) to advanced songwriters. Courses are directed toward serious students who wish to explore songwriting at the intermediate & advanced levels. Involvement in group opportunities is strongly suggested and will help you build on what you will learn at camp. Classes will be taught at a level which is appropriate to the participants involved and may include various levels.
NOVICE: You have 1-2 years experience and knowledge of the basics.
INTERMEDIATE: You are proficient.
ADVANCED: You are an experienced musician who learns quickly. You are able to learn the advanced aspects of various styles.
Our intention is that all participants will have the opportunity to work with each instructor. We cannot accommodate specific requests for instruction.