A Recap of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Songwriting Camp Demo Day Hosted with SAE Institute Nashville

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July finished off on a high note at SAE Institute Nashville where the collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Songwriting Camp Demo Day was a great success. The aspiring songwriters, whose ages ranged from 11 to 18, had an opportunity to tour the campus and learn fundamental studio processes, including  how to record and mix songs. Students also received performance coaching, learned about the museum business, and recorded a demo of the song they wrote in camp with professional session musicians.

Twelve campers were in attendance over the two-day event and arrived eager to learn and collaborate with the campus’s industry pros and fellow campers. 

“We’re really happy with not only the turnout from the event but the passion and dedication that the campers showed. Our faculty were proud to be a part of their experience and we look forward to hopefully collaborating on more opportunities with the museum in the future,” says SAE Institute Nashville Campus Director, Shannon Meggert.

Alongside students and SAE faculty was Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music Program Senior Manager, Aaron Helvig, and Community Outreach and Music Programs Senior Manager, Adam Ollendorff. Keep reading to learn more about what they had to say about the event and more.

Photo Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

What do you think made this year’s event such a success?

Demo Days would not have been possible without the SAE Institute Nashville staff and campus! When we first met with the SAE staff about this partnership, not only did they enthusiastically say “yes,” but they went above and beyond to make the experience a life- changing event for these young songwriters. SAE’s industry professionals worked individually with our students on how to take their artistry to the next level, including developing a music marketing plan and teaching them how to do a basic mix in Pro Tools and Logic. Also, the campus is a top-notch facility that provided the perfect environment for students to experience recording in a professional recording studio.

What kind of feedback have you received from campers who attended?

Several students expressed that Songwriting Camp and Demo Day helped them find their people. They were able to connect with peers and professionals who are in their corner when they often feel alone as a young songwriter in their school and community. Their faces were all beaming with excitement when they heard their new songs with a live band for the first time. One student said, “I loved … getting to see all of the music come to life right in front of us.”

What do you look forward to most for the next event?

We look forward to growing our partnership to offer this experience to more students, who, for many, is their first time in a recording studio. The museum and SAE staff expressed how we wished we could have had opportunities like this at their ages. We feel fortunate to be a part of these students’ musical journey and can’t wait to see their progress in years to come.
For more information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s youth programs, visit them online. For more about the SAE Institute Nashville campus, reach out to us via phone at 615-244-5848 or online at

Photo Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum