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"I learned the basics of songwriting, including composition of the song, the importance of rhythm and melody, and the different opportunities available for artistic exposure."
- Daiana Bispo
 Receptionist/Club Worker
"The instructor was able to see where you want to go musically and lyrically...he helps you get there."
- Neil Fishman
 Attorney
"This class was amazing. I learned so much and to my suprise, started writing songs after the first class."
- Sari Kessler
 jazz singer
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Songwriting
prince It happens in the dark shadows of a club. Or on a spotlit stage. Or behind the soundproof walls of a studio. A song unleashes its power and who knows where it’ll go? Songs fuel desire, inspire hope, break hearts, rock worlds, unite people, shake booties, turn blahs into blues, and sometimes make us feel as goood as James Brown.  All in a mere few minutes.

If you dream of taking your music beyond the shower, you’ll want to do it right. In our courses, you will learn how to structure songs, create “hooks,” craft lyrics, manipulate melody, rhythm and harmony, merge words with music, and write toward genre. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you favor pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, country, music, lyrics, or both, we’ll show you how to write songs that soar.

Note: Songwriting is composed of music and lyrics. The Level I course explores lyric writing and song construction while also touching on musical concepts. The Advanced course deals with lyrics and music in equal measure.

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Level I
Songwriting | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of songwriting. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one/two songs
  • Lectures on basics of songwriting craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Songwriting I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

There are no Songwriting I in NYC classes scheduled at this time.
Please call 877-974-8377 for the next scheduled date.

Songwriting | Intensive
 
The Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned. The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Intensives are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Intensives are offered in NYC on Fridays and weekends throughout the year.

Gotham also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonficiton, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Topics include: song forms, lyric writing, basic music theory, selling songs.
New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Aug 8 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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