The Art Of The Song Workshops
The NEXT songwriting workshop will be:
Friday 8th (2pm) - Sunday 10th (5pm)
A 3 DAY Autumn Residential Workshop
In the village of Mells, North Somerset.
For the entire course, a private room in a beautiful and inspiring 18th Century Farmhouse and nutritious, wholesome, hearty food throughout your stay PLUS evening entertainment from a guest songwriter and a special supportive open mic (optional) all in front of a roaring fire (wine also optional!) - Just £350
Non residential (everything except the room, so you still get fed, coached and entertained) - £280
Things we will cover...
- Writing an instant song
- Finding your voice! Exploring melody fearlessly!
- Writing a song inspired by a whole new instrument
- Unblocking your creative blocks
- Creating a song with whatever is to hand!
- Crafting lyrics so they fall perfectly into the rhythm of the melody
- Arranging a song
- Writing from a given chord structure
- Vocal and rhythm 'jamming'
- Getting out of your comfort zone! Writing in a comletely new style
- Owning that stage! Performing without apology.
- Having a LOT of fun while you do all of these things!!
This is a completely fresh approach to songwriting and it will change the way you think about songwriting and yourself as a songwriter forever. It starts with a beautiful environment (See the pics above) and a willingness to go on a creative adventure!
There are just 12 very special places on this course so if you think you would like to join us, e mail me as soon as you can (email@example.com) and we will book you in, as they do tend to go rather fast xx
"The BEST songwriting workshop I have ever been on! "
"A creative paradise! Thank you!!!"
"I have to say that my song writing and knowledge of song structure has exceeded massively thanks to Jane"
"The right balance between 'tasks' and 'rest' periods. I have been to many of Jane's workshops and each course has felt fresh and new in its approach"
The coaches are excellent at creating a relaxed and warm environment conducive for creativity"
"The content and delivery were highly professional and stimulating. The leaders encouraged new ideas."
"Encouraging and inquisitive - it really felt each writer was valued and interesting."
"This has inspired me, improved my confidence and completed another piece of the musical learning 'jigsaw'."
"Awesome weekend! Thanks so much for being so supportive"
"Really well structured, fantastic support, educational and inspirational!"
"I felt like part of a family after a few days!"
Private Songwriting Courses
Private tailored songwriting sessions for individual songwriters
Please drop me an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss what you would like to work on most of all.
1 hr a week/2 weeks
A special day session or afternoon
A whole week-end
All tailored to whatever you feel you need to work on as a songwriter. I have worked with people who have never written a song before and with professional full time songwriters. You are all marvelous artists searching for a better way to communicate how you feel through words and music and THAT I love most of all.
WHY TRY A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP?
The art of the song - the process
As a songwriter, over the years I have been fortunate enough to have experienced lots of positive feedback for my craft. The applause and the reviews and the awards are all a nice way of being told that you're songs work somewhere along the line.
That positive feedback has only encouraged me further to develop my craft and to get better at what I do. It's why I know that only when we get positive encouragement do we ever flourish as artists. Far too often songwriters become isolated and are left with a rather negative inner voice that can often sabotage so much of their creative exploration that it can often be a battle to write a song at all!
I know this because I too have been in that battle!
But when I decided that I wanted to teach songwriting I realised that in order to do this well, I really needed to learn to understand my own process. When I broke it down I discovered that writing a song was not actually such a mystery!! I managed to develope many creative and wonderful ways to help people access the songs within them. I truly believe that everyone can write a song if they want to and that we can always find inspiration for our songs and better still, that we can eliminate 'writers block' for ever!!
I thought that breaking down my songwriting process would take out the magic from it. I was used to 'waiting' for songs to arrive whenever they decided to and there was something mystical about this for me.
However, it turns out, it unleashed a whole new way of looking at songwriting and what's more, it meant that I no longer had to 'wait' for inspiration. Today I can write a song about ANYTHING and at any time, and as a working mum with limited time, this has been a complete revelation to me.
We can pass on methods and techniques that will allow you to write songs whenever YOU want to write them and in our workshops you can lean to write a song from scratch without any previous experience.
If you do write already, then we help you develop your craft even further so that you can write in many different styles. We have tips and practical tools that can help any songwriter access every area of their creative potential and in my experience people always have far more potential and talent than they dare to imagine!!
I will be launching the brand new website www.theartofthesong.co.uk this year..watch this space!!