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Songwriting Workshop

Have you always wanted to write an original song, but don’t know where to start? Join songwriter and performer Bridget Barkan for a five-part songwriting journey that explores the power of songs and provides a step-by-step approach to crafting a song that truly speaks to your ideas and emotions. Bridget shares her thoughtful and personal take on finding inspiration; writing a chorus, verse, and bridge; and making sure that your song has the power to move you and others.

Songwriting Workshop | Part One: History, Power, and the Purpose of Music

Discover the different origins and purposes of songwriting, and see how words, melody, and music can affect yourself and your community.

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Bridget plays piano.

Songwriting Workshop | Part One: History, Power, and the Purpose of Music

Discover the different origins and purposes of songwriting, and see how words, melody, and music can affect yourself and your community.

Bridget sits on a bench with her guitar and writes in her notebook.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Two: Inspiration

Try out several different approaches to brainstorming and generating song ideas as you look for inspiration within your life and environment.

Bridget outlines the themes of her song on a whiteboard.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Three: The Chorus

Find the heart of your song and its most powerful moment as you learn how to write a chorus that effectively expresses what you want to share.

Bridget outlines rhyme patterns in her song on a whiteboard.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Four: Writing the Verses

Experiment with different lyrical styles and poetic approaches to telling your story as you dig in to writing the verses for your original song.

Bridget sings and plays guitar.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Five: The Bridge and Completing Your Song

Learn about the purpose of a bridge and figure out if your song needs one before finishing up and reflecting on your journey.

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