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The Mystery of Songwriting

at 92nd Street Y - Online

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Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this song writing class:

Learn the elements of songwriting with award-winning singer/songwriter/composer Christopher North.

He'll take you from the first note to the finished song, and share technical tips like harmony, riffs, arrangements and hooks, while helping you find and build confidence in your voice and develop unforgettable titles for your songs. He'll share practical information on recording and publishing your work — all in the context of how the great singer-songwriters created their work.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


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Refund Policies:

92nd Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.

There are no refunds for outings, classes or workshops that meet fewer than three times per semester.

If you are unable to attend, you may contact Customer Service prior to the first date for a receipt that enables you to claim your contribution as a tax-deductible gift.

Unless otherwise noted in program description, the following schedule applies to programs which meet three times or more per semester:

  • To receive a 100% refund, written request must be received 2 weeks prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 75% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 50% refund, written request must be received at least one day prior to the second session.
  • After that, refunds cannot be granted.

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Customer Service. Refunds are computed from the date written notice is received.

To receive a refund, you must enclose the original of your confirmation letter.

Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request. Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.


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Question from Anonymous
Do we gain a certificate with this course?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! There is no certificate given for this class. Thanks!
Question from anonymous
Hi, I'm wondering if this is a good class to take if you have very little to no music experience. I have very little guitar ability and am very shy when it comes to my voice, so I'm wondering if this class will be possible with those limitations or not. Thank you!
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The Mystery of Songwriting with Christopher North is a workshopping class for singer-songwriters. There is no singing requirement for the class but is welcomed if the students are comfortable enough. In this group-setting class, students will work on writing songs from start to finish. No actual preparation or material is needed prior to the start of the class; just songwriting interest, some music experience, and preferably some creative experience (poetry, music improv, etc). Hope this helps!
Question from Rebecca G.
Hi there, I am curious how much material I am to have prepared before the start of the class? DO I need to have songs prepared and if not, what should I have? I'd like to enroll. Thanks
Answer from 92Y School of M.
No actual preparation or materials needed prior to start of class. Just songwriting interest, some music experience, preferably some creative experience (words, poetry, music inc improv, laptop / iPhone). We look forward to having you join the class!

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The Mystery of Songwriting
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/14/2018
He is a really nice and talented teacher! I learned a lot from this class!

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