Songwriting



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Songwriting is a rewarding form of expression. Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Time to get this Songwriting party started now! »

Let some of Chicago's most talented songwriters kick start your personal musical expression. Maybe you have a melody in your head, a notebook of lyrics, or a chord progression that you keep playing; now is the time start piecing it all together.We offer exercises and assignment that will bring the music out of you.

Just Added - We are now offering Songwriting: Fundamentals at our 909 W. Armitage location Tuesdays at 6:30PM.

Finish Your Damn Songs! »   Songwriting: Fundamentals »   Steve Dawson »   Charles Kim »   Deanna Devore »   

All Originals Ensemble »

Here's an opportunity for songwriters to work in a band setting as participants work on each others compositions. It's an enlightening way to address song forms and arrangements. Hear where the ensemble will take your tune and help produce the tunes of others. All originals all the time. Tuesdays at 6:30PM.

All Originals Ensemble »   Charles Kim »   

Sue Demel will be here for a special 4 week class! »

That power house of a teaching artist offers a special 4 week class in October called, Four Writing Memos for the Millennium. Based on the book "Six Memos for the Next Millennium", this promises to be rich satisfying experience for all involved. SIGN UP SOON before the class fills up

Four Writing Memos for this Millennium »   Sue Demel »   

List of All Songwriting Classes (12 found)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim or Deanna Devore

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Charles Kim or Steve Dawson

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Songwriting: Chords and Structure

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Focus your attention to these 2 essential elements of songwriting.

Songwriting: Lyrics and Melody

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Charles Kim

Study your craft by dissecting these two basic elements.

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

Let Professor Dawson coax a few hits out of you.

Beginning Music Theory

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Music Theory 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden

Things are gonna get real interesting soon.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with David Jennings

Find out the nuts and bolts of all the tunes and licks you've been woodsheding.

Applied Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with David Jennings

You've learned the scales and chords, now it's time to take it to the bandstand.

Four Writing Memos for this Millennium

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($82 members)

Wednesday with Sue Demel

Write a song each week with direction from a creative force.

Master Class for the Performing Songwriter with Susan Werner

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Thursday with Susan Werner

Watch and listen as Susan Werner helps songwriters selected from among the audience to refine their songs for performance.

Tools for the Performing Songwriter

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $60 ($58 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Susan Werner

Hone your chops, sharpen up your songcraft, and conquer your onstage insecurities once and for all in this two-night workshop.

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