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Our November Songwriting Workshop is going to be all about writing a pop song! We know many of you write in various genres, and we will explore others in the future. Don’t let the word Pop scare you away. This month we are going to co-write a Pop Song. We are going to learn by doing. We are also going to learn by examining music by artists like Halsey.

The Workshop will be held at the Edina Public Southdale Library from 7 to 9PM on Thursday Nov 14th. We meet in the 2nd floor conference room.

We are going to try to write a full song by using step by step process. We will focus on generating Lyrics, Melody, and Harmony. By the end of the workshop we should have co-written a song with the group.

Topics you will experience in this workshop:

How to Listen to Other Songs for Ideas

How to Generate solid lyric ideas

Using 5 points of Lyrical Structure

Using 5 points of Melodic Structure

Using Harmony to Build Emotion

After we write the song, my goal will be to record a demo of what we all create in my home studio. We will then post it on the MAS website.

This will be a fun exercise in working in collaboration, and learning about what makes hit pop songs.

WHAT: MAS Monthly Songwriting Workshop
WHEN: Nov 14th - 7 to 9 PM
WHERE: Southdale Library - 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
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Minnesota HomeBrew Music Show - Halloween!
Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! It's our annual Halloween show featuring ooky, spooky songs, even one about OJ! Plus, Thief River Falls is getting it's first brewery . . . all on MHB! (Aired 10/31/2019)
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Have you heard? Youth programs are in full swing once again here at SPNN!

We believe in the power of uplifting young voices in media, so we’re dedicated to offering instruction and mentorship in a creative safe-space for youths ages 12-24 to develop skills in making media.

CreaTech, our drop-in hours, happens every Monday 3-6pm and is perfect for anyone wanting to start learning media skills, build on existing skills, or just hang out in a fun, laid back environment.

Media Active is a paid filmmaking program in which youths become producers and creators of film projects for organizations around the Twin Cities. In addition to film making, this program provide entrepreneurial experience and offers professional connections.

Youth Action Committee (YAC) recognizes the close tie between social change and media, which is why this program focuses on relevant issues, using media to present and tackle them. YAC is great for those looking for a cohort of like-minded people passionate about making positive impacts on their communities.

For more information, you can view our site here.

Questions? Want to join? Contact Kierra Lopac, our Youth Programs Coordinator.

E: kierralopac@spnn.org

P: 651-224-5153

SPNN, 550 Vandalia Street Suite 170, St. Paul MN 55114.
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Sep 10, 2019 @ 7:18pm
My name is Tony Wentersdorf. I'm a songwriter and MAS member who will be teaching a 6 week songwriting class (Songwriting Workshop) starting Sept 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Southwest Community School (3414 47th St / MPLS) FFI contact me at 612-872-0233 or fwentersdorf @hotmail.com.
Aug 22, 2019 @ 9:13am
I'll be at the AMPERS booth in the Education Building on Thursday, August 29 interviewing MSD member, Greg Connor, from Noon - 2 p.m. and Bruce Caswell from 6 - 7 p.m. Stop by for a good time!

Carl Unbehaun
Host, Minnesota HomeBrew Music Show
Jul 13, 2019 @ 11:32am
MAS member, Tom Peschges with his group, Double Down Daredevils, on Hastings Community TV:


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