High School Summer Recording Camps 


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Camps are held at the world-renowned Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN where some of the biggest names in music have been recorded and produced, like Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Beck, Jack White, and many, many, more! You'll work on the same gear used to produce hit records every day! 

Who should attend? 

High School age musicians, music lovers, band members, home recorders, songwriters, singers, and students with a passion for building their music production skills. 


5-day camps: $1,800 (includes all materials and lunch daily)

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What you will learn: 

Students will work alongside our amazing instructors, guest musicians, engineers, producers, singers, and songwriters to learn: 

The Basics of Audio

Studio/Live Etiquette

Recording and Mixing a Band

Introduction to Pro Tools and Gear

Setting Up the Session Talkback and Headphone Mixes

EQ and Effects

Processing Gear 

Percussion, Vocal, and Background Vocal Overdubs

and Much More!


Upcoming 2018 Dates:


5-Day Camps:

July 16-20, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

August 6 - 10, 2018 


How to Register:

Call 855-385-3251 or email carma@theblackbirdacademy.com



“I just got home from Nashville and couldn't wait to tell you how much I enjoyed the audio engineering camp last week. I still can't believe that I was at Blackbird Studio . . .  those three days were filled with so many great experiences, from talking about songwriting with Jason Sever and producing with Nathan Chapman to seeing Martina in the studio! When I saw her in concert in March, I never would have believed that I would actually get to meet her and mix tracks for her recording of Natural Woman.  Martina's voice is so amazing that we couldn't help but make it the highlight of our final mix.  She was so nice to all of us, making a point to ask us about our musical interests and our experience at Blackbird.

John, thank you so much for all the incredible advice you gave us. Hearing you talk about  different aspects of the music industry and what it takes to be successful was really something special.  What you taught us goes beyond the mechanics of audio engineering. Hard work and a great attitude really are important - for any path we pursue - and I appreciate you sharing your expertise and insights with us.

Now that I'm home, I'm really excited to use what I learned to record some of my own songs. I never could have gotten these opportunities anywhere else, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!”

– Sarah Killian 

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