Music Production Summer Camp

Music Production Summer Camps at Studio West are back!


This four-day interactive workshop is for high school students aged 14 – 18. Participants will collaborate to compose, record, and mix an original song in our world-class facility.  Camps will be held from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday the weeks of:

July 11thJuly 18thJuly 25th, and August 1st.

Read on for FAQ’s and to learn more about the camps.

Space is limited – so sign up today or give us a call at (858) 592-9497 if you have any questions.

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

+ Where will the camps be held?

Camps will be held at Studio West located in Rancho Bernardo at: 11021 Via Frontera Suite A, San Diego, CA 92127.

+ How long is the camp?

The camp consists of four 5 and a half hour days.

+ Who are the instructors?

Cheyenne Benton is a singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and audio engineer who has been performing locally for nearly a decade. A graduate from the The Recording Arts Center, Cheyenne was nominated as a semi-finalist for the 2018 International Songwriting Competition and has independently released her own EP as well as 3 singles. With a background in youth theatre and a passion for storytelling, Cheyenne integrates her keen artistry with her ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life to create safe environments that foster creative growth and encourage team building skills. She continues to self-write, self-produce, and self-engineer her own original music.


Ryan Finch is a multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and music lover. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Diploma program at The Recording Arts Center, Ryan’s lifelong passion for music has followed him through years of performing, teaching, and music production work. In addition to teaching Music History, Songwriting, and Production in TRAC’s Diploma program, Ryan engineers, mixes, and produces local San Diego artists, recently earning a 2021 SDMA award for ‘Best Rock Song.’


Amelia Sarkisian is a graduate from The Recording Arts Center with extensive experience in live sound. She’s worked at the Music Box in San Diego and toured with several local acts including the San Diego Women’s Chorus. Her studio credits include assistant engineer for Jason Mraz’s “Look for the Good ” album and lead engineer for the 2020 San Diego Music Awards. At Studio West she works as a staff engineer, one-on-one instructor, and lead engineer at the studio’s newest location, The Satellite. 


Cheyenne will be accompanied by a roster of talented guest musicians, engineers, songwriters and artists to assist the students with their projects. Guest speakers will vary depending on the week.

+ What kinds of topics will be covered?

Some of the topics covered include (but are not limited to):

-Goals of an artist/songwriter

-Creative technology


-Pop theory

-Recording/performance techniques

-Basics of audio

-Studio etiquette  

-Introduction to ProTools, mics, + gear

+ What should I bring?

Students should come equipped with a notebook and writing utensils, a thumb drive or external hard drive, any instruments they would like to record with (electric/acoustic guitar, bass, etc.), and a positive attitude.

+ How do I register?

Sign up online right above the FAQ’s

+ Do I need to play an instrument to attend?

We expect that many attendees will be able to play an instrument, and these students will get the chance to play in bands and ensembles that suit their experience and abilities, but instrumental experience is NOT required. There are plenty of roles in the production process that are filled by non-instrumentalists and lots of electronic music production techniques for non-musicians.

+ Do I need prior songwriting or studio experience to attend?

Prior songwriting or studio experience is NOT required to attend – however, any previous experience will be useful. This is a fast-paced program that will require students to apply themselves, adapt to a professional studio environment, and work together as a team to complete their project. As long as you are interested and serious about a future career in audio production, engineering, or songwriting – this is the right program for you.

+ What’s the age range?

Middle School and High School students, ages 14-18

+ What genres of music will be covered?

We all have diverse tastes in music, and this workshop reflects this diversity. Any and all musical tastes are welcome, including electronic music. 

+ Do I get to be in a band?

We’ll be putting together bands made up of instrumentalists, so if you play an instrument, expect to get plenty of chances to play. Drums and amplifiers will be provided. Guitars and basses will be available, but if you have a guitar or bass you want to play, bring it along.

+ How many attendees are in each camp?

The maximum number for each camp is 8.

+ Can a student attend more than one week?

Although there might be a certain amount of duplicated information, students can attend more than one week. The range of subjects covered and experiences available to students is wide enough that different aspects of the creative and technical production process can be explored in different weeks.