The Craft of Songwriting: Music, Meaning and Emotion

The Craft of Songwriting: Music, Meaning and Emotion

  • Acoustic
  • Americana
  • Folk
  • School of Music workshop
  • Singer/Songwriter

Every songwriter wants to learn more chords but have you ever wondered what the saddest chord in the universe is or what exact notes that Adelle and Bonnie Raitt are singing that make the whole world cry? In this workshop, you will learn the tools used in hit songs and the why of craft.  How each tool we use as a songwriter can support our story and make them have more emotional impact.  It breaks down the ins and outs of songwriting through various examples and exercises aimed at discovering the necessary methods, tools, and techniques to bring your songwriting to the next level. 

Scarlet Keys is a former staff songwriter for Warner Chappell and has had a gold record, a top 10 hit in Britain, songs cut with artists in various genres such as: Jazz, country, pop, Americana and folk.  Scarlet has been teaching at the Berklee College of Music for the past 15 years and has taught: Charlie Puth, Charlie Worsham, Betty Who and Billboard’s new hot artist release Cait, to name a few and has collaborated with: Charlie Puth, Chris Stapleton, Denny Hemmingson of Tim McGraw and Blue Miller of India Arie. Scarlet has just released her book “The Craft of Songwriting: Music, Meaning and Emotion”.

This workshop takes place on Saturday, January 26th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

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