This website offers ideas for running your own do-it-yourself songwriting group. I sometimes run workshops or short courses on songwriting, and can also visit your group (.e.g a Songwriting Meetup) to do some teaching or song critique. Please get in touch, if you would like me to offer something for your group.
Songwriting groups can be a great way to develop songwriting skills as a lyricist and/or writer of music. Songwriters can:
- network with other songwriters and musicians
- swap experiences and ideas
- learn from and with each other
- support each other
- find co-writers and learn how to collaborate successfully with co-writers
Songwriting groups offer an enjoyable, efficient and cost-effective way to learn. Activities can include:
- analysing how and why great songs work
- studying conceptual models for songwriting
- practising specific songwriting techniques, doing songwriting exercises individually, in pairs and small groups
- learning from experienced songwriters and teachers
- enhancing skills in assessing song material (one’s own and other people’s)
- giving feedback on other songwriters’ material
- receiving assessments and feedback on one’s own song material and work in progress
- briefings on the music business (contracts, intellectual property, finance, recording and demos, song plugging etc)
To find out more about how to work successfully in songwriting groups, and even run a do-it-yourself group, click here or on Songwriting groups on the right hand bar of this webpage. Blog posts on this website offer a possible songwriting group meeting format, some ideas for how to establish and maintain group etiquette, ground rules and ethos, and a six step process for a group to run its own Song Assessment & Feedback Exercise (SAFE).
If you would like me (Alexander Massey) to give a talk, run a workshop, or a short songwriting course, get in touch through the contact page. I’d be very happy to see how I can help.