Is your camper a budding songwriter? Campers will work with a professional composer and performer to explore how to structure their own songs and what it takes to become a professional songwriter. Camp activities include analyzing famous songs, creating melodies, writing lyrics, giving and receiving constructive feedback, peer review, and feedback from a working music professional, Steve Neale.  The camp offers a fun and creative outlet for those interested in expressing ideas through songs in any style. No previous experience is required. Lyric content must be age appropriate.

Instructor Steve Neale composes music for media (KMOX in St. Louis and WTMJ in Milwaukee, WI), has worked on films and video games, directs theatre and live events, does sound-design, conducts area choirs including show choirs, is a sought-after session pianist, accompanist and vocalist, works as a producer and video editor, has decades of teaching experience at the high school and college level (Saint Louis University and Webster University) and is a speaker and clinician. He has performed on some of the biggest and smallest stages in the country and toured with the a cappella octet Pieces of 8. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Film Scoring.

There must be a minimum of 8 students enrolled in this camp. 

Refund Policies
If the camp does not make it required minimum enrollment two weeks prior to camp start date all families will receive a full refund of the camp.  

If your family decides to cancel before two weeks prior to the camp start date, you will not receive a refund. 

Days missed due to injury, illness or any other reason may not be “made up” and will not result in a credit or refund.   

COVID-19: In the event of mandated closure, Camp initiated quarantine or other exclusion by any governmental agency due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 Pandemic, any tuition or fees paid for the missed days will be credited towards the next year’s Summer Camp. No refunds will be provided. 

For camps that have reached their maximum capacity, students may choose to be placed on a waitlist. Students will be contacted if a vacancy in the program arises.     

Registration Confirmation
Sheldon will email a receipt for your registration. You will receive a confirmation email 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. Patrons can register online for a week of camp up until two weeks before the camp starts. Early registration is recommended.  

Promotional Policies
You understand The Sheldon photographs students and artwork for possible use in its publications and/or website. You acknowledge that no compensation is provided to individuals who appear in photographs or videotapes. In an effort to protect your child’s privacy, you understand that names will not be used with any publication. If you are concerned with this policy, you understand it is your responsibility to contact Laurel Wacyk with your concerns.   

Accident Policies
Although every effort will be made to provide a safe environment, accidents can occur. You agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness, or injury during your child’s participation at The Sheldon. If necessary, you authorize The Sheldon to administer first aid/and or authorize medical treatment of your child.

Health-Related Needs/Accommodations 
If your camper has health-related needs, such as allergies, special dietary needs, hearing or visual impairments, chronic illness, medical concerns, or developmental variations, note them on the Registration Form or contact Laurel Wacyk. Medical authorization is required from a physician for campers who require to take or carry medication during the camp day.