Discover new song ideas and hone your craft in this online course led by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, and a teacher of courses on songwriting and creative writing at Syracuse University.
In six weekly sessions, we’ll play around with words and music through writing games and exercises, and we’ll discuss strategies for finding and nurturing song ideas. You’ll have opportunities to share whatever you're working on, and each week you'll receive writing prompts to help stir ideas for new songs.
A special guest artist joins for the last two sessions to share songwriting strategies, lead exercises, and provide feedback on participants' songs. Past artists have included Peter Mulvey.
This workshop, along with Jeffrey's book, is a must for developing songwriters. The course is thoughtful and supportive while offering respectful and helpful critiques.Gordie Gottlieb
"Jeffrey's class is a safe place to explore ideas and learn new tools. His style is down to earth, and he makes everyone feel valued and supported."—Melissa D. Moorhouse
"JPR is probably the most knowledgeable presenter of songwriting strategies that one can find. He is a both a natural and accomplished teacher."—Robert Orioli
The course is open to all levels of songwriting and instrumental ability. See below for upcoming dates. Advance registration is required, and the group is limited to 12 participants to allow for more interaction and individual attention.
May 18 to June 22: Songwriting Sessions with special guest Cliff Eberhardt
Six Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. EDT, online on Zoom
Cost: $150. Add The Complete Singer-Songwriter to your registration and save 20 percent off the regular book price, with free shipping (U.S. only).
Cliff Eberhardt has been a leading singer-songwriter since the 1990s. His songs have been covered by Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, pop band Erasure, Buffy St. Marie, and more. In recent years, he's written and performed songs in the Folger Theater’s award-winning production of The Taming of the Shrew, and in the Roundhouse Theater's The Heal, a modern retelling of a Sophocles play. A sought-after songwriting mentor, Eberhardt teaches at music camps all over the U.S.
How online sessions work
- When you register, you'll receive a link for attending the live meeting through the easy-to-use Zoom video conferencing platform.
- During the sessions, you'll have opportunities to ask questions, give feedback, and share your own work. For presenting a song idea, you can either perform live or play a pre-recorded audio/video demo.
- A recording of each session will be available afterward for you to review.
- After each session, you'll receive an email with notes, links, and the weekly prompts.
- You'll also have access to a private Facebook group, the Words and Music Lounge, for continuing the conversation and staying in contact with fellow songwriters.
Questions? Email Jeffrey.