What a song writing session looks like…
I’ve been teaching composition and songwriting for seven years now, and it is unlike anything else. The craft of songwriting is wonderfully collaborative, with each learning and drawing from the creativity of the other. I see my role as that of mentor, collaborator, and producer. I do not refer to the members of my studio as “students” but as songwriters, musicians, artists, and co-collaborators. My songwriters are very different from each other, with different needs and creative styles and strengths, and I work hard to help them discover the uniqueness of their voices and their powerful abilities to express themselves through music.
During the week, I continue to collaborate with my musicians, sending audio clips back and forth to give feedback on new melodies and lyrics. When I teach students online, the process is similar—we meet over Skype for regular sessions, and send tracks and ideas back and forth between sessions. I love to teach in this way, because I get to mentor my musicians through every step of the process—it’s stunning to watch them go from being unsure about their potential, to becoming confident in their craft and in their ability to do more than they’d thought was possible—it’s even more incredible to watch that idea permeate everything.