• July 28, 2024
    4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • July 29, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • July 30, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • July 31, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • August 1, 2024
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • August 2, 2024
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join MUSIC FOR PEOPLE in our ANNUAL DEEP DIVE into musical renewal, mindfulness, and creativity. For musicians and vocalists experienced in any musical tradition – classical, jazz, theater, rock, ethnic, avant-garde, et al. In an energetic, humorous and open-minded environment, discover how to move beyond the limits of musical training while playing at the peak of your technical and expressive ability. All instruments welcome – acoustic, electric, winds, strings, hand drums, percussion and home-made innovations. For beginners and professionals alike. Prior experience in improvisation is not necessary.

Led by Mary Knysh, Irene Feher, Alina Plourde and David Rudge – with help from members and graduates of Music for People’s Musicianship and Leadership Program, you can:

  • Discover skill and confidence. Release your musical inhibitions.
  • Jam with other creative participants in large and small groups in unique combinations.
  • Experience why listening and imitation are the most fundamental musical skills. In this approach, there are “no wrong notes.”
  • Create music “in the moment” by playing through your heart.
  • Record with other workshop participants.
  • Choose from sessions on:
    • Developing and practicing group facilitation skills.
    • Exploring vocal expression.
    • Deepening your musicianship with improvisation.


The workshop will be held at Hamilton’s College School of Music in Clinton, New York.

The nearest airport is in Syracuse, New York. The nearest Amtrak/Bus station is in Utica, a 20 minute drive to the campus.


There are dorm rooms available in two dorms – Skenandoa (has air conditioning) and Morris (without air conditioning). Meals are provided in the cafeteria.

To Register:

  • You must choose 1 tuition option.
  • If you are staying at Hamilton College, choose one dorm option.
  • Additional registration options:

  • If you are staying off campus, you can purchase a meal plan for the week or per day.
  • If you are financially able, please consider making a donation to Music for People’s Scholarship Fund.
  • Limited scholarships are available for those interested in using this training in their professional work. Contact the Music for People office at mfp@musicforpeople.org.
Details Price Qty
TUITION: Early Birdshow details + $490.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Regularshow details + $595.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 1, 2024
Tuition: Early Bird Day Rate per Dayshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Regular Day Rate per Dayshow details + $125.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 1, 2024
Tuition: Hamilton Students Onlyshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
HOUSING: Skenandoa Single w/mealsshow details + $525.00 (USD)  
Housing: Skenandoa Double w/mealsshow details + $355.00 (USD)  
Housing: Morris Single w/mealsshow details + $440.00 (USD)  
Housing: Morris Double w/mealsshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Housing: Extra Saturday Night July 27thshow details + $68.00 (USD)  
MEALS ONLY: Full Weekshow details + $187.00 (USD)  
Meals Only: Per Dayshow details + $38.00 (USD)  
DONATION: Scholarship Fundshow details + $25.00 (USD)  


Venue Website:

3959 Campus Road, Clinton, New York, 13323, United States


Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Village of Clinton, New York. The college is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast and 90 minutes west of Albany.