Have you always wanted to write songs but were too intimated? Or, are you a professional songwriter longing for accountability and feedback?
Like the Greek Goddess Athena who was born fully formed from her father Zeus’ head, there is a myth that songs come to us in a moment of inspiration. While it’s true that some songs make a magical appearance, for the most part there is a craft to songwriting that few people know about, discuss, or even understand.
How do we know if an idea is solid enough to inspire a song? What’s the difference between a ballad and a 3 minute pop song? What are our choices when it comes to rhyming schemes and how do we maintain a flow when scanning lyrics to melody? How do we write a thrilling pre-chorus and what makes a song have an impact? In this four-week workshop we will transform your ideas into songs; exploring structure, storytelling techniques, melodic phrasing, harmonic support and verse/chorus/bridge formats. Each week there will be a songwriting assignment, followed by the opportunity to share your work and receive in-depth feedback from your instructor and peers.
Art is usually not created in a void. We need others for inspiration, tool-building and insights. In each session we will learn a new skill, share what we are working on, and gain valuable feedback. Think of this class as part skill-building and part market research. See how others respond to your songs to test if you are getting your message across effectively and powerfully.
Athena teaches from a place of positivity, generosity and inspiration. Expect passion, connection and fun!