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 »   

List of All Songwriting Classes (13 found)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday with 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)

Tuesday or Sunday with 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)

This class runs in rotation through the year.

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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.

Music Theory 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through the year.

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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)

This class is offered on a rotating basis with Music Theory 1

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year.

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

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.

The Songwriter's Practical Toolbox

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Brandon Seyferth

Learn about phrasing, creating balance and imbalance, how harmony works - and shake what ails you to find your own voice!

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