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Cumberland Valley School

of Gospel Music

Welcome to the

Join us for our 41st session June 16-22, 2024 

Welch College - Gallatin, TN

What is CVSGM?

The Cumberland Valley School of Gospel Music is an organization created for students of all ages who desire to learn how to read music and improve their singing abilities. Students from across the nation join together for one-week of worshipping God, singing both new and classic Gospel music, learning music-reading fundamentals, and fellowshipping with life-long friends. 

For the 2024 session, students will check-in on Sunday, June 16th from 1:00-3:00 P.M. CST with classes, an evening meal, and group singing to follow.  Our Closing Program will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at 10:00 A.M. To register for the 2024 session, visit our Tuition and Fees page or click here. More information will also be listed periodically on our social media accounts.

CVSGM is held at:

Welch College  

1045 Bison Trail, Gallatin, TN

The campus entrance is located across from Station Camp High School.


FAQs about CVSGM

What is a typical day like at CVSGM?

  • After breakfast, the entire student body, faculty, and staff begin each day with vocal warm-ups and a devotion led by our school Chaplain or guest speakers.

  • Students attend class after devotions. Classes range from beginner to advanced levels, and students are placed into classes that best suit growth in their current musical knowledge, experience, and ability. 

  • Whole group singing occurs at the end of the morning session so that students can apply what they have learned to a congregational setting. In addition, students rehearse selections at this time for the closing performance. 

  • Lunch follows whole group singing where tasty selections are served buffet style with an unlimited amount of everyone's favorite- ice cream!

  • Afternoons provide additional class time and an opportunity for students to participate in peer ensemble groups. 

  • After classes, recreation offers students an opportunity to connect with others in group games and activities, or they may choose to rest in their dorm rooms. Students who commute to campus may choose to leave for the day at this time, but other students who commute sometimes choose to return for the evening session as well. 

  • Dinner is served before the evening session begins. Night classes along with sectionals are held. An additional large group rehearsal completes the day where a select few students are recognized for their excellence and effort. These "star" students are awarded an exclusive shirt to wear the following day. 

  • Breaks are offered throughout each day where students may visit the "Super Store" for snacks, supplies, and CVSGM merchandise. 

What do students learn at CVSGM?

Whether novice or advanced, every student at CVSGM will gain knowledge and ability in the following areas: 

  • Sight reading

  • Ear training

  • Music theory

  • Harmony

  • Solfege/shape note recognition

  • Songwriting

  • Conducting/song leading

What should I wear?

  • Students are encouraged to dress modestly and appropriately. A copy of the dress code will be given to students upon registration. CVSGM staff will monitor to ensure students' attire is appropriate throughout the session.  

  • Dress clothes or business casual attire is appropriate for the closing performance.

What should I bring?

  • Dorm rooms are provided to students remaining on campus overnight. Students will want to bring any linens, toiletries, clothing, cash for the Super Store, backpack, etc. needed for the week.

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

  • A packing list will be sent to all students who pre-register by June 10th.

Is there an age limit?

  • In short, no! Our student body has consisted of members from ages 0-99+ over the past 4 decades. Students 8 years and older may stay overnight without a parent or guardian present. Students 4-7 years old may attend the Early Learners class from 8:00-3:30 with or without a parent/guardian present. For more information, visit our Tuition and Fees page. 

Do you have accessible facilities or make accommodations for individuals with disabilities?

  • All buildings and sidewalks at Welch College are wheelchair accessible and dormitories have elevator access. 

  • Students with disabilities should inform staff about specific accommodations needed upon registration. 


Congratulations to
Maggie Smith!

2023 Student of the Year

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