Summer Youth: Summer of Songwriting (Ages 10-14)

Youth, Writers

Summer Youth: Summer of Songwriting (Ages 10-14)

Write a song (and more) in just four days!

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/10/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/11/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/12/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/13/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, 7/10/2023 - Thur, 7/13/2023

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All Levels, Youth Ages 10-12, Class, Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14

Writers' Studio



Using a notebook and your imagination, you'll find and record sounds in the natural world - build beats, discover melodies, and listen to the artists that inspire you. This is a supportive environment for anyone looking to share poems and songs, an introduction to songwriting for those who have never written before, or a space to dive into your existing practice. You are welcome to bring instruments, and write with friends. Prior musical experience is not required.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes on Monday, July 3.
  • A $15 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers what materials are needed. See below for what students can bring.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your child. The email address on their account must be unique. 
    •  The next time you register your child, you will be able to Search Registrants to select them.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth  for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.


You can expect to write multiple songs during the week (and if computer/mics are available in the media lab, you'll also have a chance to record demos). 


        • Students should bring a notebook and writing utensils
        • Headphones and smart phone if available (for one day only)
        • Instruments (optional)

        Class Policies

        • If you have any questions, email BARN Youth Program Coordinator Sarah Jones at

        Instructors or Guides

        Natalie Akers

        Natalie Akers is a pianist and educator who arrived on Bainbridge to teach and learn at IslandWood. She has worked on bringing interdisciplinary and music programs to middle and high school students in the US, France, and Japan and believes in songwriting as a powerful tool for young people to develop a positive and authentic sense of self. She has taught writing in vocational high schools and toured the US playing keyboard in the Jenner Fox band. Sisters Folk Festival review: “It’s a rare person who gets to hear Natalie play and doesn’t find themselves wishing they played piano or falling a little more deeply for music.”

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