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WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE SONGWRITING?
Sustainable Songwriting puts the experience of making songs above all other priorities (packaging, marketing, selling, distributing them). It celebrates both the hard work and joyful play involved in the unique minutia of the craft.
Sustainable Songwriting is about developing the tools and techniques required to maintain a consistent, energizing creative practice in order to reap the benefits of a lifelong relationship with the medium.
Sustainable Songwriting asserts that if you establish a healthy, balanced, long-term creative practice, you can’t help but get better, go deeper, add ever more nuance to your work and continue to grow as both a maker and a human being.
A workshop is a community of makers both supporting and challenging each other by sharing songs, engaging in critical analysis and participating in group discussion of ideas, techniques, and best practices. While there are listening assignments and suggested writing prompts, it’s not a lecture class or a how-to, but a collective interaction designed to elevate the quality of each songwriter’s craft, regardless of their experience level.
The Sustainable Songwriting Workshop provides a supportive environment to grow, whether you’re seeking to improve your craft, looking for more rigorous critical engagement, simply aiming to establish an integrated daily songwriting practice or craving fresh challenges and novel ideas to explore.
HOW IT ACTUALLY WORKS
Participants in the workshop will write a song-a-week and turn it in for comments by the instructor. Twice during the course of the workshop, you will also turn in your songs to the entire group for feedback and discussion from the other members of the workshop. There will also be time set aside for group discussion about listening assignments, technical issues, creative methods and best practices.
WHAT IS A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP?
Scott has a depth and breadth of musical education, practice, and style, rare in an online songwriting teacher. His workshop helped steer my ongoing batch of songs into their strengths, and realize and excise weaknesses. I appreciated his thoroughly trained and critical ear, balanced by his approachable and generous personality. His years of thinking about the discipline of creative work itself will inspire not only music making, but all art making.
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