Camp Kiya expands songwriting, audio workshops | Lifestyle

Have you ever wanted to write a song but didn’t know where to start? Have you written songs and want to take them to the next level? Do you have a song you would like to record?

Camp Kiya has offered songwriting classes in the past, but plans to have a full workshop this year. Kerry Patrick Clark and Peter Romano are returning to head up the program. They will be joined by Max Valentino, who will also teach bass, percussion and guitar, as in past years.

Camp Kiya is a traditional music camp for the whole family. It will take place this year from July 23 through 27 in Tehachapi Mountain Park. Class levels range from total beginners to advanced. “From Scratch” workshops are available for those who want to try something new. A special “Acorn” program is available for children.

The songwriting workshop will have two levels. Songwriting 101 is for absolute beginners, who will learn the form and craft. The goal will be for participants to come away with finished songs that they will be proud to perform at open mics.

For those who have some experience with songwriting already, the instructors will give ideas for editing and production that will make the songs really “sing.” The next step in the workshop will be producing and recording the song, with Peter Cutler engineering. Various instrumentalists will be available among the instructors and campers to help put the right amount of production behind the songs. Special guest Gary Mazzola will also be on hand to contribute piano parts and other ideas.

Clark, Romano and Valentino are all experienced singer-songwriters with years spent honing their craft. Kerry Patrick Clark has given several concerts at Fiddlers Crossing and has produced seven CDs of his own songs. He toured as a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels. His songs have been used in film and TV. “Ground…

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