Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshops

Our Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop is all about helping our membersbecome 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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Monthly Songwriting Craft Workshop Songwriting Workshop

Thursday April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave S.
Edina, MN 55435 
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Phone:612-543-5900
Website: hclib.org/southdale

Secrets of Using Melody to Write Next Level Songs

Presenter: Chad Shank

The workshop will be at the Hennepin County Southdale Library from 7pm to 9pm in Edina, MN. The April Workshop is going to deep dive into How to Write Better Melodies, and How to Master Melodies to Write Better Songs. This workshop will be interactive and include discussion, analysis, and creation.

What is the secret that hit Songwriters like Max Martin and Diane Warren know? They both know the crucial role melody plays in hit songwriting. If you want to explore what makes this melodies work, and learn how to write your own melodies, you should join us!

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • What is melody?
  • Steps to Writing Catchy Melodies
  • 5 Ways to Create Prosody and Contrast with Melody
  • Dependent and Independent Melodies
  • Popular Modes and Scales
  • Melodic phrases and melodic rhyme
  • Melodic profile
  • Melodic contour
  • Melodic acceleration
  • Exploring songs by Rascal Flatts, Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, Diane Warren, Max Martin and more!

The workshop will take place in the 2nd or 3rd floor conference rooms at the Southdale Library located at 7001 York Ave. South, Edina, MN 55435.

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.