Improve your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs of any and all styles!
Let’s hear song ideas!
Hone your songwriting skills by taking daily small-group instruction on piano and/or guitar, lyric writing, music theory, and arranging. Learn how to use software programs like Pro Tools and GarageBand. Develop successful means of marketing both you and your music through the Internet and other grassroots-oriented tactics. Participate in hands-on recording sessions and refine your live performance skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Receive a recording of the final performance!
Song Discovery and Discussion
We begin each day by listening to a great song and discussing various aspects of the style, form, and feel.
After the group discussion, we begin the day’s lecture, highlighting topics such as melody, lyric-writing, song form, and music theory.
Workshops expand upon the techniques taught in each lesson.
The workshop includes topics such as ear training, song analysis, and live performance techniques.
Masterclass is at the core of the Songwriting program. Students have the opportunity to share their original songs.
Each songwriter will receive direct feedback, tips and guidance from their instructors and peers in a supportive environment.
Students learn how to use digital music software, mix and arrange their own songs, and record their music.
Topics may include how to form a band, music promotion and distribution, marketing, and basic copyright law.
At the end of the two-week session, students may perform or share a video of their completed song.
Virtual Program Details
YTH 9420/Songwriting Workshop
Session I: June 28 – July 9
Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (10 virtual sessions)
$550 for the first registration
$495 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 7, 2021)