Songwriting – You Gotta Start Somewhere!

with Almira Ara

Monday, March 4, 2024


Songwriting – You Gotta Start Somewhere!

  • Folk
  • In-Person Classes
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Storytelling/Spoken Word
  • The Folk Collective


Join me for a songwriting class all about starting songs: from scratch, from fragments, from ideas floating around your head, notes or voice memo apps. It can be so daunting to start songs (let alone finish them) and over the years I’ve gathered an arsenal of tools and tricks to get the inspiration flowing. We will cover a new technique each week, so by the end of the class you’ll have 6 methods for getting off the ground with a new song. I’ll give small weekly assignments and we’ll make time to workshop and review your songs / assignments in progress. We’ll also discuss complimentary methods for getting finished drafts of your songs together.

Anyone and everyone is welcome, in any stage of your songwriting journey from brand new to old hat. The only requirement is having some knowledge of guitar, or piano, or musical instrument to write with. 

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 (makeup: April 8)

Please note: Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 1 hour before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Almira Ara

  • R&B
  • Rock
  • Singer/Songwriter

Almira Ara is a 21 year-old songwriter, singer, and producer that focuses on melding Rock and R&B together to create a genre that is truest to their creations. With influences ranging from Queen and Tracy Chapman to Kehlani, Almira captures aspects of the past and present to create music that can resonate with future generations. Their music is also heavily influenced by their community, which consists of queer Black and POC people, whether their music is talking about queer love or issues that members of the community face.

Ara is based in Boston, Massachusetts, where they are a member of the inaugural Folk Collective at the legendary Club Passim and a co-founder of The Fae Richards Collective: a collective intent on creating a community for Black queer creatives to be seen, be heard, and thrive.

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