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P.L.A.Y. Songwriter Workshop

Two-week arts intensive for youth ages 9-15.
two girls looking at notebooks
two girls looking at notebooks
students sitting in class
people writing songs
class on stage
  • July 19-30

  • Session will take place Monday-Friday; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

  • $400 for Two-Week Session; Tuition Assistance Available

Make music on the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

Students go “behind the music” to learn composition through individual lessons and small group ensemble work with a focus on vocal and instrumental work.  Anchored in social engagement, participants will explore the instruments, music styles, and subject matter that inspires them to write lyrics and create their own meaningful songs. We highlight the importance of working as a team while celebrating each individual’s contribution. No previous experience required! We welcome artists of all abilities!

The program concludes in a musical share event of their work on August 30.

For your children's safety, this program will be offered in limited capacity. Apply for P.L.A.Y. below:

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Health & Safety Guidelines:

With the health and safety of our participants and staff as the highest priority, we will be following the recommended guidelines for COVID safety practices from the CDC and NY State Department of Health. 

+ Group size will be limited to 15 participants per session. 

+ Staff and participants will be required to wear masks while in the program. There will be periods of outdoor learning where students will be separated by 6 feet and will be able to remove their masks.

+ Families will be asked to complete a daily health questionnaire and temperate check each morning at drop-off. Participants confirmed to have a temperature over 100.0°F will not be allowed to attend the program.

+ Distance protocols and limited indoor activity times will be in place during program hours.

+ Hand washing will be encouraged and the use of hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the grounds when washing is not possible.

+ Bethel Woods uses cleaning products and protocols which meet EPA guidelines and are approved to be effective against COVID-19 in addition to other viruses, bacteria, and other airborne/bloodborne pathogens. Public spaces, as well as program materials/equipment, will be disinfected on a daily basis.

About P.L.A.Y.

Bethel Woods’ Peace. Love. Arts. You. program invites children ages 5-15 to explore creative arts in a socially-distant way at the historic festival site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The Conservatory and brand-new education building Atria will house four different youth programs, offering unique opportunities for skill development in a variety of ways, from art and music to movement and theater.

Led by Bethel Woods Teaching Artists and special guests, children will explore history, art, music, and the environment to ignite creative imagination. Program participants will enjoy plenty of outdoor time as well as access to The Museum collections and special exhibitions as part of the adventure.