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July 22-26, 2024


Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 5, 2024


July 22-26, 2024


Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

Oremus Fine Arts Building


None! This camp is free. Lunch, snacks, & T-shirt provided.


All students, grades 8-12, who identify as female.


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Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 5, 2024

The Girls Create Music Camp brings approximately twenty aspiring musicians who identify as female (grades 8-12) to Lewis University, free of charge, for a week of learning about songwriting, music production, and recording techniques. Working collaboratively with professional musicians, students will create, record, and produce original music. Campers will also develop basic music theory skills and learn about the contributions of women to popular music and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A substantial gender imbalance exists in the music industry. A research study published in 2020 by the USC Annenberg Foundation reported that 12.5% of songwriters and only 2.6% of producers were women.1 In the study, researchers found that one of the core drivers of gender inequality in the music industry is lack of access to educational resources. The aim of the Girls Create Music Camp is to contribute to the ongoing efforts to address gender disparity in the music industry by providing arts education that emphasizes representation and inclusivity.

Interested in Attending or Supporting Girls Create Music?
1 Stacy L. Smith et al., "Inclusion in the Recording Studio 2019," Inclusion in the Recording Studio?: Gender and Race/Ethnicity of Artists, Songwriters & Producers (University of Southern California, 2019),, 3.

Daily Schedule

9:30am: Drop-off and Welcome
10am: Improvisation Workshop
Campers work with professional musicians, workshopping their original songs.
11am: Pop Music History - Women in Music
Campers learn about the contributions of women to popular music and discuss issues related to gender and equity in the music industry.
Noon: Lunch and Social Activities
1pm: Recording and ProTools
Campers learn about microphone techniques, Pro Tools (digital audio workstation). Students work on recording original works in the recording studio.
2pm: Songwriting
Campers work collaboratively and independently on original songs.
3pm: Audio Class
Campers learn basic music theory, audio theory, MIDI, etc.. and continue to work on creative projects.
4pm: Recap and Social Activities
Campers listen to each others' works and participate in social activities designed to strengthen confidence and creativity.
4:30pm: Departure

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