Folky singer Erin McKeown is utilizing her impeccable skills to teach a class on songwriting this June in Media, Pa. The “retreat” is a two-day program at the Sangha Space where McKeown will share her experience as a songwriter and musician while implementing exercises on using rhythm, prompt writing, collaborative songwriting, listening and the editing process.
Those who join are encouraged to bring an acoustic instrument of their choice, a notebook, headphones and a recording device like a cell phone or handheld recorder. Any students who own a Mac laptop or Pad with Garageband are encouraged to bring that as well.
The Saturday program lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, there will be a “song swap” from 3 to 5 p.m. in which students will play their song for the class and receive feedback. The workshop costs $250 with limited enrollment. More information on this weekend-long class can be found on McKeown’s website. Also, be sure to check out McKeown’s lyricism on her 2013 album, Manifestra.
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