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Welcome to the

Cumberland Valley School of Gospel Music

Join us for our 2023 session at Welch College

June 17th-24th


What is CVSGM?

The Cumberland Valley School of Gospel Music is now a one week camp created for all ages who can come together to learn more about the basics of music and to use their knowledge to instruct others on music.  We are a Christian based music camp and sing Gospel music.

This year will look a little different since we are going from 2 weeks to a one week school.  Students will be able to come Saturday afternoon to register.  Sunday morning, we will meet together for a devotion/service time and will then break into classes.  More information to come on the schedule.  

Students will take a short music theory test to determine what class they will be placed in.  Class levels range from very beginning to advanced level classes.  

We spend the week learning the basics of how to read music to the more advanced level on how to write a song.  Students come together a few times during the day to practice songs from the Cumberland Valley Song book and other song books.  They will then perform a selection of these songs at the end of the week on Saturday morning, also known as our Closing Program.  

CVSGM is held on the campus of Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee. 

Address to the school: 1045 Bison Trail, Gallatin, TN

The campus entrance is across from Station Camp High School.

For more information about the cost of tuition or to apply for a scholarship, visit the tuition and fees page.

Dorm space is limited!  Register today and reserve your spot for this year's session of CVSGM! 


FAQs about CVSGM

What is a normal day like at CVSGM?

On a typical day, students will begin together with vocal warm-ups, a devotion, and then go to their classes.  CVSGM offers classes that range from very beginning to advanced level classes.

During the day, we will come together as a full group and receive full group instruction as well as preparing for our closing night program.

We have breaks throughout the day, where students can visit our "SuperStore" for snacks, supplies, CVSGM merchandise, and more!

In the afternoons, we have plenty of fun time, including group recreation activities such as crafts, water games, basketball, board games, and more!

We come back together as a group after dinner and have another class time that may consist of sectionals (where students split into parts to practice) or theory.  We then all gather together again for group singing once more.

Students have another break time before heading to bed and getting ready for the next day!

What will I learn at CVSGM?​​

In your classes throughout the two weeks, you will learn:

  • Sight reading

  • Ear training

  • Music theory

  • Harmony

  • Solfege and shape note recognition

  • Songwriting

  • Conducting and song leading

General Information

Classroom dress code:

  • Students are required to dress appropriately. Dorm staff will check to make sure students are dressed properly.  No spaghetti straps, halter tops, shorts that are no shorter than an index card away from the knee, or any clothing too exposing.

  • Dress clothes are expected for the closing  performance.

What will you need:

  • Students will need their own bed sheets (twin-sized), pillow, bath towels, and toiletries.

  • Umbrella, rain jacket, jacket/hoodie for the classroom may be needed

  • Alarm clock, recreation clothes (swim suit), snack money

  • Students may also bring their own snacks and/or small personal fridge for their dorm room

Class times

  • Each day begins at 8:00 am. Students will be given a class schedule in their notebook at registation.  

  • Students are expected to be on time to each class ready to learn!

Students under 8 years of age

  • Students under the age of 8 are required to have a parent or guardian stay with them on campus.

Students with disabilities

  • All buildings on Welch College's campus are accessible and include elevators.

Congratulations to
Gran Sexton 
2022 Student of the Year!

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