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Learn the art of crafting unforgettable melodies and shaping lyrics that resonate with songwriting classes in NYC, where participants can explore different song structures, develop storytelling techniques, and receive feedback to elevate their songwriting skills.

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Songwriting Level 1: 10 Week Workshop (Online)

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

Unleash the power of your music with Gotham Writers Workshop's Songwriting Level 1. Learn the time-tested elements of songwriting craft and how to market your work. Whether you love pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, or country, this workshop will show you how to write unique, personal songs.

(745) Beginner 18 and older
$464

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The Mystery of Songwriting

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unleash your inner songwriter and discover the secrets behind crafting unforgettable melodies and lyrics in this immersive course taught by award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher North. Develop technical skills, gain confidence in your voice, and learn the ins and outs of recording and publishing your own music. Join us at 92nd Street Y and dive into The Mystery of Songwriting.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
$215

6 sessions

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Songwriting II with Isto

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music @ Virtual Classroom

A fantastic opportunity for aspiring songwriters to deepen their understanding of the craft and further develop their skills. The structured format of discussing different aspects of songwriting each week provides a comprehensive approach to learning, covering both lyrics and music.

(41) All levels 15 and older
$140

4 sessions

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Basic Music Theory 1 w/ Intro to Chart Writing

Alphabet City Music Workshops @ 440 Lafayette St, New York, NY

his 5-week workshop covers basic theory from scratch with an introduction to chart writing concepts. Reading and writing music, notating rhythm, time signatures, major scales, transposing melodies, transcribing simple rhythms, intro to chords in a key. Basic chart/lead-sheet writing techniques such as notating the overall rhythmic feel of a song, repeat signs, numbered endings, bar numbers, rehearsal letters. Goals: Read and write melodic and rhythmic...

(2) Beginner 18 and older
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$240

5 sessions

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DAW Track Writing/Arranging

Hit Song School @ 146 W 29th St, New York, NY

Students will learn to analyze and employ contemporary pop track writing, arranging and production techniques, including use of Pro Tools, and various soft synth samplers, beat making apps and digital plug-ins. Students will also listen, read text related to, analyze the track structure of current hit songs.

(5) All levels 18 and older
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$400

5 sessions

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Saturday Song Intensive Workshop

Hit Song School @ 146 W 29th St, New York, NY

5-million selling songwriter and hitsongschool.com founder Wayne Cohen will lead two, 6 hour group song tutoring workshops, via Skype and in-person, at NYC studio Stand Up Sound. In these sessions Wayne will help you: Wake up your creative thinking Learn intentional melody, lyric and songs structure tips Receive detailed melody, lyric, structure and track critiques of your songs Bring 1-2 songs or songs-in-progress to be shared during the workshop....

(5) All levels 18 and older
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$155
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One-On-One Song Tutoring (Private)

Hit Song School @ 146 W 29th St, New York, NY

In one-one-one 1-hour song tutoring sessions via Skype or in-person meeting, five-million-selling songwriter Wayne Cohen shares a series of personalized hit songwriting tools gleaned from his 25 years as a songwriter/co-writer/producer/artist developer, which will help you to create immediately impactful attention-grabbing songs. You will also receive detailed melody, lyric, structure and track critiques of your songs. One-On-One tutoring available...

(5) All levels 15 and older
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$155
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Secrets of SongWriting Workshop

Voice Academy NYC @ 305 W 38th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and perfect your songwriting skills with our exclusive workshop. Dive deep into the art of crafting captivating lyrics and melodies under the guidance of industry experts.

(19) Beginner 13 and older
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$199

5 sessions

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Experience... Songwriting

Q.E.D. @ 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY

In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will create and express themselves through rhythm, voice and words. Using engaging activities such as beat-making, listening reflection and poetic form, participants will foster creativity, collaboration and create a unique and original song piece.  No prior songwriting or music experience required.  Bring a friend and come experience songwriting!

(252) Beginner 16 and older
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Songwriting and Arranging - An Eight-Week Group Class

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music @ 315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY

Looking for a creative accountability group? Interested in learning how to arrange your songs? Do you love singing in harmony? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, join the Songwriting & Arranging class where we'll work on developing new original material, learn to sing and play beloved songs, and explore arranging originals or covers for solo or group performances. Open to singers, instrumentalists, or those who are both! ...

(41) Intermediate 15 and older
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$255

8 sessions

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Song Building

Classeteria @ 284 Suydam St, Brooklyn, NY

In this class we will build a song collectively from concept to final execution, so that the steps may be more easily broken down with the final goal being that you may be more comfortable writing songs on your own. We will, as a class, get into the mindset of a character and write from their perspective, and then focus the mood created on building a melody and structure, and then finally puzzle piecing in lyrics which we will create together.

(3) All levels 18 and older
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Lyric Writing Workshop: Fairytales & Folklore As Tools

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music @ 315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY

Do your lyrics need a jumpstart? Do you want a collection of new writing exercises and tricks to tuck into your toolbox? As every writer knows, there is nothing more daunting than the dreaded blank page. But what if you didn’t have to start from nothing? What if the strange, beloved stories you’ve known all your life could act as your guide?  In this hands-on workshop for lyricists and poets, alike, we’ll be doing a series of generative...

(41) All levels 15 and older
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New Moon Sitar + Restorative Yoga

Sacred Arts Research Foundation @ 107 Green St, Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate and honor the new moon time with a deep restorative yoga practice accompanied by the healing vibrations of live sitar. A restorative yoga practice during the New Moon and Vata phase of the lunar cycle is best for balancing an overworked mind, hormones, emotions and energy. Once a month surrounding the new moon time at SARF we host a deep restorative practice as part of our Community Yoga series. A restorative practice is truly meant for...

(9) All levels 12 and older
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The World of Music I: Music from the 1940s, Part II

92nd Street Y

This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program.  If we are able to offer an in-person version of this class in the coming months, we will contact you and make both options available to you. This semester we continue our deep look at music composed in the 1940’s—perhaps the richest musical decade in the twentieth century—spanning from the war years through...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Musical Analysis I: West Side Story Concluded

92nd Street Y

This course is designed to have a revolving curriculum, where each semester we explore popular song of all genres through in-depth analysis of melody, harmony, structure and the joining of words with music. This semester we complete our comprehensive exploration of the brilliant, ground-breaking Bernstein/Sondheim score from West Side Story. Please note:  This is not a Music Appreciation course. It is assumed that students have taken the...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Singer-Songwriters: Mid-Stream and Renewal

92nd Street Y

This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program. Having established themselves in the first phase of their career, the most successful singer-songwriters, each in their own moment, faced the same challenge: How to sustain the high level of their work, renew themselves, stretch themselves, all while remaining viable in the commercial marketplace. For those fortunate...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Musical Analysis: The Music of Maurice Ravel

92nd Street Y

This course is designed to have a revolving curriculum, where each semester we explore the work of a specific classical composer. This semester we take an in-depth look at the music of Maurice Ravel, starting with his Piano Trio. It is assumed that students have taken the 92Y fundamental four-part Music Theory program or have equivalent knowledge.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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1970: The Singer Songwriter Comes of Age

92nd Street Y

By any measure, 1970 was an extraordinary year in popular song, a year when the singer-songwriter came of age, with the best among them creating albums that flow like song cycles and were destined to influence generations of songwriters to come. The albums that we’ll explore in depth include Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water; George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass; Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon; John Lennon’s ...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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The New Tango of Astor Piazzolla

92nd Street Y

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneon/accordion player extraordinaire. His compositions revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed New Tango, uniquely blending elements from both jazz and classical music. He regularly performed his compositions with a variety of ensembles. Come and get to know the music of this terrific modern master.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Mozart—Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

92nd Street Y

Mozart—Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”: Transcendent Perfection This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program.  If we are able to offer an in-person version of this class in the coming months, we will contact you and make both options available to you. Mozart experienced broad adulation in his early years in Vienna, but within five years was experiencing...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Song Writing Classes in NYC

Song Writing Classes in NYC are rated 4.5 stars based on 2,148 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Songwriting Level 1: 10 Week Workshop (Online)

    Reviewed by pamela l. on 6/22/2018
    The atmosphere of this class was very supportive. Everyone there wanted to learn something and share projects and assignments that we were asked to do on a weekly basis. The teacher was very knowledgeable, a total pro. He had an easy-going, approachable style of teaching which was appreciated by all.
  • Songwriting Level 1: 10 Week Workshop (Online)

    Anonymous review on 12/8/2017
    Hands down the best class I've ever taken. Jody Gray created a wonderfully talented, supportive community. The entirety of class time was spent effectively each week, through analyzing examples and discussing technique, among other things. Jody was very knowledgable and prepared to answer any questions. Listening to student's work every week was inspirational and motivational, and sharing your own work was safe in the classroom. I'll be taking level 2 with Jody next semester.
  • Songwriting Level 1: 10 Week Workshop (Online)

    Anonymous review on 12/7/2017
    I loved coming here every week. The class has people of all levels who are pure beginners or have always been writers. Listening to people’s work every week was inspiring and very effective in getting you to break through in your own writing. Jody is wonderful and the people were wonderfully kind and talented. I will be doing Songwriting II.
  • One-On-One Song Tutoring (Private)

    Reviewed by Joel Collins on 3/24/2017
    Working with Wayne was a phenomenal experience. Wayne helped me to reconnect with what I really want to write, he helped me to see which aspects of song writing I should prioritize in order to avoid ending up in a creative dead end, and he helped me to realize how essential rewriting is to the process of creating breakthrough songs. As someone who has been writing songs for years, I have never been more excited or prepared to write music than I am now.
  • One-On-One Song Tutoring (Private)

    Reviewed by Dimitra on 3/20/2017
    Wayne has taught me how to focus the idea, develop it, using a lot of song craft like ‘urgency', ‘rhyme', ‘rhythm', and the improvement is just great, I’m just really, really honored and grateful. When I write a song now, it’s like everything that he's taught me is in my head, and it comes out more naturally as I’m writing it, whereas before, I wasn’t really aware of all of that. Dimitra https://www.facebook.com/DimitraMusicOfficial
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