Making Music and Making Memories to Beat the Summertime Blahs

Lee's Summit area students will create the magic of music and beat back the "blahs" of summer during Bright Lights Institute's "Songwriting" camp. Musically inclined kids get the chance to understand the craft of songwriting through small group workshops, vocal exercises, instrumental practice and expert instruction. The week ends with the opportunity for students to perform their creative works for parents and friends. 

"Songwriting is a great way for students to channel their thoughts and express what they are thinking," states Camp Instructor Makayla Scott. "We are looking forward to unlocking the stories that these kids have inside and helping them share their talents with others."

Course Content
To help unlock the mystery of how songs come to life, our instructors will break down the songwriting process into understandable units, allowing students of varying skill levels the chance to work on their song ideas individually and in small groups. Lessons include:

  • How does music help convey a mood?
  • What makes a good song tick?
  • How do you write a good lyric?
  • What is the purpose of a song?
  • How do you prepare for a performance?

Students in our five-day camp will also have the opportunity to work with a piano, guitar or a ukulele to learn how vocals and instruments work together to create a winning composition. 

"Parents will be amazed about what their kids will be able to do in just a week," says camp co-instructor A.J. Valle. "Music is a language that can bring people together and we can wait to build a creative community during this week of camp."

About Our Instructors
Bright Lights Institute is proud to announce that Makayla Scott and A.J. Valle will be leading our Songwriting camp. Makayla, a 2017 music graduate of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, has been performing with her band Blue False Indigo for the past four years.  Her original songs have been heard in venues across the Midwest and have a soulful, folk feel, filled with rich harmonies and acoustic instrumentation. A.J. Valle serves as Bright Lights Institute's Performing Arts Director. Under her guidance, Bright Lights has developed a talented troupe of students in the Lee's Summit community. In addition to her work with Bright Lights, A.J. also performs with Blue False Indigo. Learn more about the band by checking out their Facebook page.