John Munnelly’s ‘Songwriting ‘Boot Camp™’ is currently available in 2017 through the Irish Arts Center of New York.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward
Winter and Spring Sessions begin Thursday’s in February & April 2017 for six week sessions.
Brooklyn based Songwriter, John Munnelly, will take students on a journey through the basics of songwriting, explaining the use of melody, song structure, rhyme and rhythm to create contrast, energy, and motion. Classes will involve discussions and tips on writing, inspiration, perseverance and performance. Students will try out practical exercises in class and will also be encouraged to ‘join-in’ during class and continue to try out skills at home. The aim of this class is to break down the songwriting mystique into approachable parts, demonstrating a ‘how to’ in order to give attendees the confidence, tools, and encouragement needed to write and finish their own song.
Click link to Sign up for the Irish Arts Center Classes in Songwriting
Attendees will require: a pen and paper. Use of an instrument is not mandatory though some knowledge of an instrument or some musical theory will add to the participants’ enjoyment and learning.
Classes begin with a small writing exercise and then there is a mix of theory, examples, practical applications in song and class exercises and participatory discussions and invites to class participation in actual song writing.
Here is a review testimonial from a recent Irish Arts Center ‘Songwriters Boot ™’ participant:
A wonderful opportunity to work with an award-winning songwriter and to focus on all aspects of the creative process from generating ideas to working on practical techniques to finishing and refining a draft song. There is a great balance between theory and hands-on experience. You’ll find the lessons learned here will apply to other creative endeavors in your life!
Please note this is not at Irish Arts Center Main Center | Class held at a central city location: Studio 150, 150 West 46th Street btw 6th and 7th Avenues, 6th floor. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for your room.
Teachers, Teaching, Teach.
I come from a long family line of teachers and musical too – mother, father, aunties, grandparents, great-grandparents and myself all teachers at one time or for life. I have taught various IT software and A/v media related subjects in UK and New York.
As a writer of sometimes two or three songs every single day for stretches of weeks at a time I have likely at this point put in the proverbial 10,000 hours to allow me to claim some mastery of the craft of songwriting.
Not satisfied to rest on my award plaudits and natural lyrical and musical abilities I have continued to sharpen my skills traveling far and wide to meet the best song writing instructors on the planet. I have attended songwriters camps, intensive training courses and conferences in Nashville, Vancouver Canada, LA, New York, New Jersey, Austin TX. I have had 1:1 and group song critiques from the likes of Pat Pattison the renowned song whisperer and Berklee Professor of music.
I have been a member of many professional songwriting groups such as NSAI, TAXI, ASCAP, Songwriters guild.
I am an award winning songwriter receiving the rare ASCAP award for a ‘song with a social conscience’ titled “The Unemployment Blues” This song is an example of a co-written song.
I have also played in bands, toured as a solo musician and received technical experience and training in professional audio production.
Well there’s all the justifications for my songwriting existence. But what this list of things gives proof of is experience. My hope is to distill all of this into an easy to digest method of learning to do just this – write a song.
If you want to join one of my classes starting in 2016 in New York please get in touch by email at songcompose [at] gmail [dot] com or by phone 718-312 -8313 or from details and form on the contact page.