An integrative and collaborative week-long music intensive held on the Marion, Indiana campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Music is excited to invite you to the annual Summer Songwriting and Music Camp! Campers will choose between a Songwriting track or a General Musicianship track. Both tracks will learn music fundamentals including music theory, musical terminology, and listening.

During the week, all campers can expect to learn the basics of music theory and aural skills. It is our hope that by the end of the week all of the campers will be able to test out of our “Intro to Music Theory” course that is a part of the music curriculum for college students. Campers who specifically choose the Songwriting track will learn the basics of what makes a good song from structure and melody to lyrics and story, and will spend time creating original songs with the guidance of IWU faculty. Campers in the General Musicianship track will cover many of the essential elements that are necessary to being a fully developed and well-rounded musician such as basics of conducting, general music history, and will spend time listening to some of the greatest musical works and learning how to intelligently discuss music. Division of music faculty and upper divisional students will teach all of the music courses.

On top of the classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to hear performances by division of music faculty, and make music in rehearsal settings together.

Campers are encouraged to sign up for private lessons during their time at the camp. Private lessons will be taught by many of our IWU music faculty. Lessons are available for most major instruments. (Private study is an additional cost.) Please contact the Music Camp director, Master Davy Chinn at davy.chinn@indwes.edu, for more details.

This camp is a residential camp, meaning that students will stay in residence halls on campus, eat meals in Baldwin Dining Hall, and remain on campus for the duration of the week. Meals, lodging, and all major activities are included in the overall cost of the camp.

Event Information


  • High school students (anyone entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade as well as those graduating 12th grade).


  • June 20-25, 2021 
  • Check-in is on Sunday 2-4 pm
  • Friday at 1 pm, families are invited back to a “Week in Review”. Each camp will showcase their accomplishments. Campers will be dismissed following their program.


Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, Indiana  46953


The total cost of the week depends on several factors. Below is a list to help determine your final cost.

Total Registration Cost $425 (without optional lessons)

  • Base Cost - $375
  • Registration Fee (non-refundable) - $50
  • 30-Minute Lesson* - $25


A sample total:
Base Cost - $375
Registration - $50
Single 30-Minute Lesson - $25
Total - $450

Cost includes resident hall lodging, three meals a day, snacks, and all major aspects of the camp. Our dining hall has many options for those with food allergies. However, we encourage you to bring appropriate snacks since not all snack options will meet all dietary needs.

Note: The $50 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration. No student will be considered registered until they have submitted this fee. Balance of tuition and fees are due by May 31, 2021. Any registrations after June 1, 2021 will incur an additional $50 late registration fee.


You will need to provide a video of yourself performing a minimum of three major and two minor scales that demonstrate the best of your ability and range. You may also choose to include a solo performance. Please upload your video, no greater than ten minutes in length, to YouTube and provide the link in the space provided on the application.


What to Bring

  • Great attitude
  • Open heart to the Lord
  • Excitement to learn
  • Desire to make new friends

and in your suitcase…

  • Bible
  • Pen/notebook
  • Personal items
  • Towels
  • Comfortable, casual clothes and shoes
  • Sleeping bag or linens for twin XL bed & pillow
  • Tennis shoes for lab
  • Money for snacks or campus store (optional)
  • Umbrella (optional)

*Campers will have access to athletic/gym equipment (including a rock-climbing wall). If you would like to use this equipment, please bring the proper attire.

Please do NOT bring the following:

Laptops, iPads and other electronic devices*. Weapons of any kind: e.g. firearms, knives or pocket knives.

*Cell phones are welcome, but please note they should be silent and out of sight when campers are in rehearsals, class, lessons, etc.

Sample Daily Calendar 

7-8 AM


8-10 AM


10-12 PM


12-1 PM


1-3 PM


3-5 PM


5-6 PM


6-9:30 PM


9:30-10 PM


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact The Wildcat Summer Academy at 765-677-2493 or academic.affairs@indwes.edu.

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953