Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshops

Our Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop is all about helping our members become better Songwriters. Our series of workshops will focus on the art and craft of writing songs. We will be learning by doing. These are not just lectures. You will be writing and developing your skills real-time. The key to becoming a better writer is to practice proven techniques and processes to really tap your talent. We welcome writers of all skill levels, genres, and experience. Whether you want to write for fun, expression, or to be published, it all begins with great songs that people want to listen to over and over again. 

Our workshops will provide you with tools and techniques you can use right away in your own songs. We will focus on live education and exercises that will fill your toolbox that you can use over and over again. We will learn and write together. You will leave with real tools  and valuable tips. 

Workshops will deep dive into lyrics, melody, and harmony to help you become a more skilled and efficient writer. We will explore concepts and tricks to help you become the writer you have wanted to be. We will help you write songs that connect with people and get you noticed. We want to help you write awesome songs that you can then bring to our monthly Review Meetings and Showcases. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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WHAT: MAS Monthly Songwriting Workshop

WHEN: Nov 14th - 7 to 9 PM

WHERE: Southdale Library - 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

WHO: YOU!

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

WHO: YOU!

We welcome anyone to attend up to 2 meetings before joining MAS. For information on becoming a member, please visit https://www.mnsongwriters.org

Presenter: Chad Shank

http://www.chadshankmusic.com

We hope you will make plans to join a growing group of songwriters who are working on learning tips and tricks in the craft of songwriting.

In this workshop, we will also be practicing writing exercises to help you learn how to tap into deeper levels of creativity.  You will develop a natural feel to write more emotionally and visually powerful songs. 

This workshop is structured so that  you will leave with writing exercises, song ideas and even some lyrics to help you write your next tune! We look forward to seeing you all there! Bring your song ideas, lyrics in progress and a notebook & pen.