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Words and Music: The Art of Songwriting Music Program at WIU

February 27, 2017

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MOLINE, IL – The Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus will host the "Words and Music: The Art of Songwriting" music program for Summer 2017. The program will be held June 19-23 and is open to high school students, grades 9-11.

This program examines the A, B, C's of song structure, as well as, rhyme schemes, riffs, bridges, lyric writing, melody and music. The program offers off-campus field trips, including a visit to an area recording studio, and attendance at a live show over the lunch hour.

Students will document their progress through a program blog. On the final day of the program, instructors and students will perform or read lyrics created during the week. Students are encouraged to bring one to two songs with song lyrics to discuss during the program.

Instructors for the camp include Lojo Russo and David G. Smith. Russo has produced eight albums and is a professionally touring musician and songwriter. Smith has two albums accepted for Grammy consideration and won first place in the International Song Competition.

Registration: Enrollment is limited; the program accepts only 24 participants. Students are admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $275. A $100 deposit is due with registration and the balance of $175 is due by May 19.

The sponsors for "Words and Music: The Art of Songwriting" are WIU's School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach and The Moline Public Library.

To register, contact WIU-QC Distance Learning International Studies and Outreach at (309) 762-9481, ext. 62357.

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Office of University Relations