Queenstown based Turn Up The Music Trust is thrilled to have International musician and singer songwriter Jackie Bristow teaching these songwriting workshops for our talented young Queenstown students during the school holidays.
This two day workshop on Wed Sept 30th and Thursday 1st Oct are open to Wakatipu Basin students aged 13 to 17 years old. You don't need to be able to play an instrument to do this songwriting workshop. But if you do bring it along.
Music can help people express their feelings in a way speaking cannot and songwriting takes it a step further. Songwriting is a form of expression and self discovery and can offer emotional stability.
Bring along -
* An instrument that you play ( don’t worry if you don’t play an instrument or don’t have any ideas started - but if you do we can use this to build on and develop)
* Poetry ideas
* Song titles
* Lyric ideas
* Melody ideas
* Note Pad and Pen
* Smartphone to record ideas (Smartphones will need to be on airplane mode during the workshop)
WHAT WE WILL COVER IN THE WORKSHOP SING - Vocal warm ups.
LETS WRITE A SONG.
Start with writing 15 minutes of pages. This is a non-judgemental and private exercise, like writing in a journal. The exercise frees the mind and helps the creative flow.
(Some students may have never written a song before and some students may be more advanced. We would start out as a group and gauge the level of the students.)
Adding melodies to lyrics and chords
Adding lyrics to melodies
Chords can evoke different emotions.. i.e minor chord could be sad and major is generally more happy
Structure of song
Development line of story in the song. Work on hook
Connect verse and chorus
Learn about rhythm in a song
Use a smartphone or GarageBand to record all ideas as we go.