The Art of Songwriting

Mary Gauthier

In this class I will help you understand how to make your songs resonate with listeners. I will work with you and your songs, encouraging you to break through fear-based ruts, and guiding you to take greater risks that will deepen your writing. You will also see other people do their work and learn from watching their process.
We all have to push through firewalls of fear, confusion and self-doubt as we write, and in this class we will see how exposing our vulnerability allows a songs truth to emerge. Once we understand this, our songs will connect us to ourselves and to other beings in ways we never could have imagined. These new connections inevitably bring us joy. All art is a walk from the known towards the unknown. The uncovering and revealing of emotional truth is a powerful source of transformative beauty, the creation of resonant art.

Writing with Others

Keith Greeninger

Sharing ideas and creating a different song then the one you’d write alone. We’ll do some writing with another person and learn the power of give and take and the gift of surprise and detachment in the writing process.

The Song’s Next Level

Keith Greeninger

We’ll look at the process of challenging ourselves to go to deeper levels of meaning with a song we’re working on and how we may be able to pull out deeper metaphors images and emotional performance of our songs.

Mentor Sessions

Joe Craven

To acknowledge, validate, activate, elevate, give permission, help you start your ignition, freshen your edition, mold, shape, twist, turn and honor your words to take flight like the birds. To be a river companion, a river guide, down to the delta on a ride that connects the Lyricism, Melody and Rhythm Rivers. I’m honored to be here at YSR, to help you with your songs… to transport your stories… and take them afar.  See you soon.

At Home on Stage

Adam Burns

There’s a big difference between playing a song alone at home and performing it on stage in front of a crowd. In this class, you’ll learn some practical skills to help you feel at home on stage so you can find out who you are as a performer. I will demystify live sound technology and show you how to prepare technically and emotionally so you can give your songs the delivery they deserve. You’ll leave with the skills you need to light up the room at the open mic tonight!

Songwriting Gym

Adam Burns

Your creativity is just like the muscles in your body; you need to exercise it regularly to keep it strong and healthy. If you’re going to be a great songwriter, you need to write songs. Lots of them. In this class, you’ll learn several activities that, if performed regularly, will strengthen your creative skills so when inspiration strikes, you’re ready to take on the challenge and finish the song. So, eat a healthy lunch at the June Bug cafe and meet me in the Bodie room at 1:30 sharp!

Writing songs for kids and Writing Songs with kids

Gail Dreifus

Gail will encourage you to get in touch with your inner child and write from a kid’s perspective .  Being silly, creative and performing your song with enthusiasm is the goal of this workshop.  She will share with you ideas on what to write about and provide you with thoughts on how to craft your song to be teachable and entertaining.  Another aspect of this workshop is how to write songs with kids. Gail has been trained as a “Guitars in the Classroom”  (GITC) teacher under the founder, Jessica Barron. Gail is bringing this knowledge to YSR to share easy tips on how to write songs with kids.  Bring pencil, paper, and a sense of humor and wonder.

From Start to Finish

Gail Dreifus

Have you ever written a song about a person you don’t know or an experience you never had?  This workshop will focus on the fictional part of writing.  We will practice writing from a perspective that is fictional to you.  Writing a song based only on your experience is easy; writing a fictional song can be more difficult.  Lets stretch our truths and write from a place we have never tried before. Our goal is to write a song or ideas that are compelling based on its own merits, true to the character of its performer or writer.   Can you meet this challenge?

On the Radio

Sleepy John

How to get your music played and make the most of an interview

Get the Gig

Sleepy John

How to book shows and organize successful live music events

Guitar Workshop

Billy Buckman

This workshop is a basic introduction different types of guitar accompaniment that will enhance your vocals on your original songs. I will demonstrate the technique of muting and different strum styles. Using flatpicks and thumb picks. I will be focusing on bringing the volume of your instrument down. I am available and encourage private and small group mentoring sessions to further work on these ideas.

General Music Theory

Mike Christner

Explanation of modes, intervals and scales as they relate to chord structure, concentrating on major and minor triads. Will include handouts and examples of each topic.

General Music Theory Continued

Mike Christner

A continuation of triad chord structure introducing dominate and major 7ths. Then relative minor chords leading to 6ths chords. Introduction to augmented and diminished chords, to include handouts and examples of each topic.

Mentor Sessions

In addition to classes and workshops, Keith Greeninger will also be available for mentor sessions throughout the weekend. These sessions are your opportunity to have some one-on-one time and get specific advice on something you’re working on.