Songwriting session on Planet Bluegrass
Songwriting seminar with Josh Ritter

Registration for the 2019 Song School is open now at or 800-624-2422. 

Imagine a place where you can explore and grow every aspect of your song- writing and creativity: melody, lyrics, performance, voice, story, guitar techniques… a place where you receive professional feedback, music business and recording tips.

Imagine a place where songwriters from around the country are with you – people who are just beginning to write or sing, professionals with busy tour schedules, and everybody in between.

Ellis's songwriting class in 2015
Ellis's songwriting class in 2015

Imagine all this learning and sharing taking place within a dynamic circle of community where the most important goal is to help each other take the next creative step...

Welcome to The Song School... For the past eighteen years, we have been bringing songwriting and creativity together. We do it in community, based on our shared love of music and support for each other.

Each August, songwriters from around the country join together for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of songwriting. We connect to the creative source of music and to each other. Participants create, hone and share their songs during a week that provides a safe and nurturing environment.

Song School finale in the Wildflower
Song School finale in the Wildflower

Our faculty includes internationally known songwriters, actors, music professionals, and songwriting peers who share their expertise on the art, craft and business of songwriting. Past instructors have included Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Peter Himmelman, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Zoe Lewis, Catie Curtis, Pat Pattison, Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, and many others.

Planet Bluegrass Ranch (photo Benko Photographics)
Planet Bluegrass Ranch
(photo Benko Photographics)

The program is elective-based and designed to be flexible, allowing students to focus on a variety of topics. A typical day offers early morning stretching followed by electives in performance, vocals, guitar, music business, and specialized topics. After a lunch break, choose a three-hour workshop on creative songwriting with one of seven instructors followed by another elective period. After dinner, students perform songs for each other in our new Wildflower Pavilion and retire to the campground for song-sharing late into the night.

Song School final sing in the river
Song School final sing in the river

The 15-acre Planet Bluegrass Ranch offers an inspiring retreat-like setting with on-site camping, an indoor bathhouse and a river running below sandstone cliffs next to the tent classrooms. Tuition includes four days and nights of workshops, open stages, and campfire jams as well as on-site camping, BBQs, and a resource manual.