The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) completed its first-ever virtual pop music summer camp for children ages 9-15 earlier this month.

Students received an introduction to vocals and guitar, learned songwriting skills, and were given master classes on home recording, booking performances, and branding their individual sound. All instruction was led through online video communications, with students participating in a virtual “open mic” performance during the camp’s final meeting.

The first of its kind, APA’s Plug-In to Pop Music Virtual Summer Camp was hosted by the Academy’s Music, Media and Entertainment Technology (MMET) Department, which is known for its songwriting-forward curriculum and large-scale student rock concerts.

MMET instructors (and APA alumni) Nicole Kubis and Kamber Fishbein directed the camp’s nine sessions; focusing on hands-on instruction in vocals and guitar, and lending students firsthand knowledge of the music business.

Los Angeles-based musician Angela Parrish also stepped in to hold a master class on her experiences as a professional singer-songwriter. One of Parrish’s most notable accolades is singing lead vocals on the opening number of La La Land‘s soundtrack: “Another Day of Sun.” Parrish additionally worked with students to create the chorus of their in-class songwriting project “Faded in My Memory.”

Parrish instructs students from her home studio in Los Angeles.

To create the original song “Faded in My Memory,” instructors Kubis and Fishbein worked with students on crafting the lyrics and melody in-class. Students then went on to record their individual parts to the song from home.

Students prepare for their virtual “open mic” performances on the final day of class.

To hear the “Plug-In to Pop Music” students perform their original song “Faded in My Memory,” visit

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