Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop
Thursday, May 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lunds & Byerly's Store
In Back of the Restaurant Area
5725 Duluth Street
Golden Valley, MN 55422
May Topic Session 4 - The pre chorus (lift) or second verse
What same purpose do these two sections fulfill?
What should the melody and chord changes do in a pre-chorus?
What needs to be said to the audience in these sections?
What should the rhyme scheme look like?
"As much as I love living in Utah, the offerings for songwriters here are nearly non-existent. So I just want everyone to recognize and use the opportunities that MAS leaders have developed for you! It is seriously amazing - just think how hard it would be to get the workshop opportunities and performance opportunities without all their work!"
- Trish Painter
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS
Cliff Eberhardt Songwriting Workshop!
Cliff Eberhardt Songwriting Workshop!
Saturday, April 9, 2016
1 to 4 pm
3010 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
RSVP by emailing email@example.com
In past workshops with MAS members, Cliff has taught us some great techniques for lyric writing and his award-winning methods for writing great melodies. In April, Cliff will listen to individual songs by MAS members and provide on-the-spot feedback for their "work in progress." Everyone will learn from Cliff's commentary, whether it's directed to you personally or to someone else. Bring something to write with and something to write on.
This page also contains a variety of workshop and other informational material resulting from our "last Wednesday" workshop meetings at McNally Smith College of Music, various resources available online and/or special visits with songwriting professionals.
The file below is a PDF of Andrea Stolpe's PowerPoint presentation of her August, 2014 lyric-writing workshop in Edina, MN.
August 2014 Stolpe Lyric-writing Workshop
Berklee College of Music songwriting professor Pat Pattison has presented numerous songwriting workshops to MAS members since the mid-1990s. The notes provided here were taken by MAS member Tim Zbikowski at a workshop with professor Pattison in October of 2008.
2008 Songwriting Workshop with Pat Pattison
An audio recording of Jill Holly's 54-minute workshop/telephone conversation with Nashville songwriter Mark Selby and his partner Tia Sillers, conducted at one of the MAS meetings.
Another audio recording, this one of Jill Holly's 45-minute workshop via telephone with Nashville songwriter Keith Follese.
This "paper" exercise shows you how to use the structure of an existing song to help you create an entirely different song of your own.
Remodeling A Song
Press Kit Guide for performing songwriters
Touring songwriter T.R. Ritchie provided us with this document, which is designed to walk readers through the process of hosting a house concert.
House Concert Primer
This one-page document provides a set of tips that will help you prepare for a successful performance at an MAS showcase or any other live appearance.
This is a brief discussion of elements that might be found in most successful songs.
Elements of a Song
Here is a 31-page document about the Business of Music from Berkleemusic.com. Berkleemusic is "the award-winning online extension school of Berklee College of Music, the world's premier institution for the study of contemporary music for over 65 years. Berklee's faculty and alumni have won over 150 Grammy Awards and sold over 400 million records."
The document contains information on the following topics:
Unpaid Royalties by David Kusek
CDs vs Downloads by Eric Beall
Sponsorship by John Czajkowski & Jeff Dorenfeld
Copyright Law by Allen Bargfrede
Releasing an Album by Jon Vanhala
Entrepreneurship by Peter Gotcher
Using Fan-Funding Techniques by Mike King
Music Business Handbook from Berkleemusic.com
The link below will allow interested parties to stream a 16-minute radio conversation in 2012 between MAS President Wayne Hamilton and radio DJ Carl Unbehaun, whose weekly Minnesota Homebrew show focuses on original music from Minnesota songwriters. The segment also outlines the benefits of MAS membership for both new and experienced songwriters.
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Radio Interview About The Minnesota Association of Songwriters
Songwriting articles by James Linderman
James Linderman teaches guitar, piano and music theory and coaches songwriting, in studio and over Skype to students from all over the world from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of an international, off campus, academic advisory board for The Berklee College of Music in Boston known as Berkleemusic Ambassadors and is Berklee’s Worship Music Advisor.
James has invited MAS members to email him or visit his web site.
James has had 4 top 10 singles on Canadian Christian radio and songs published in Nashville. He is a guest presenter at music conferences all over Canada and writes songwriting articles for music magazines all over the world. James has a Canadian University (York) and American College (EOSC) education in music theory, composition, and journalism.
Canadian songwriter James Linderman
Facing our Songwriting Enemies
A Good Kind of Stress
Top Ten Tips for the Piano Playing Songwriter
Fingerboard Management for the Modern Guitarist
Tessellation for Songwriters
Harmonic Quality & Function, Part One Related Transposition Chart