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Songwriting Summer School

Songwriting Summer School

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  • Mon 14 Jan ’13 – Fri 18 Jan ’13, 1:00pm – 6:00pm


ABC Studios, 30 Beach Road, Auckland CBD


All Ages

A prescriptive and practical course in songwriting with clear outcomes in a five-day course at ABC Studios in central Auckland.

- What makes a song work.
- How to write lyrics simply and quickly.
- How to put words to music without a degree in music.
- How to generate ideas for your songs.
- How to work quickly without getting lost in the details.
- 5 days of intensive songwriting preparing a portfolio for songs for your band, album and gigs.

In this course we aim to prepare a set of songs that you can call your own. We look at the characteristics of ten songs and what makes them work. Then apply what we have learnt to writing our own songs easily and without fuss. Come prepared to work! Our aim is to have ten songs completed by the end of the course! That is two songs each day! Each day is divided into two-hour blocks. We spend some time looking at what makes other people’s songs work, how they are structured and what then get on to the interesting part – writing your songs.

Cost $995 for a 5-day workshop - January 14th to January 18th 2012. Closing date for enrolment: December 31st 2012. Bookings essential!

Course Director: Stephen Galvin LTCL BMus BA MMus(Hons.) Dip. Tchg. - Musician
Stephen has written two musicals for the stage, two original albums and taught songwriting at Green Bay High School from 2002 – 2008. He has taught Singing, Guitar and Bass since 1981. During that he has taught literally thousands of songs in many styles including jazz, classical, pop, rock and numerous other styles. His aim in teaching is to share the joy of music and music-making.

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