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The Music of Songwriting Workshop

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:00 AM

Event Details

DC Chapter

Event Details: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Flashband HQ - 1715 Q St NW, Washington DC
Flashband HQ - 1715 Q St NW, Washington DC
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About This Event

To complement our From Scratch Flashband Showcase, this special songwriting workshop will help musicians better understand how to go about crafting the notes, melodies, harmonies and progressions that make up their original songwriting. Combining the most useful elements of music theory with techniques and strategies for approaching the songwriting process, this class will cover:

  • How improvisation can be used as a means of exploring melodic and harmonic ideas;
  • Harmonizing a pre-existing melody;
  • How to create interesting melodic lines from harmony;
  • Ideas for creating melody from pre-existing text 

While some knowledge of music theory is useful, all necessary topics will be covered, particularly the elements of theory that may not be fully understood and that are most relevant to the songwriting process. 

Students are invited to bring their own ideas and song concepts into class to be used as examples and as a way to workshop concepts during the class time, and the course content can be adapted based on the areas of most interest to participants. All participants will receive handouts and class materials to use to apply these techniques to their songwriting. Any musician can participate, whether or not they are taking part of our From Scratch show. 



This class will be taught by expert instructor and musician Noah Getz. Hailed as a “highly skillful and an even more highly adventurous player” (Washington City Paper) with “virtuosity, sensitivity, and beauty of tone” (Fanfare), Noah Getz has performed and lectured worldwide, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall, The Phillips Collection and the 2012 Polish Woodwind Festival in Wolsztyn, Poland.  He has presented master classes, recitals, and lectures at universities and events across the country, including at Peabody Conservatory, Mannes-The New School of Music, and the Aaron Copland School of Music.  He is a Musician-in-Residence at American University in Washington, DC. 

This class requires a minimum of 10 participants registered by Sunday, May 11 so that it can be run as planned - so register now if you want to participate!



Flashband HQ

1715 Q Street NW

Washington DC


Tuesday May 13

6:30pm Musician arrival and welcome cocktail

7:00pm Prompt class start

9:30pm Class ends

Musicians are welcome to bring their instrument (in particular, if it is relevant to questions they have about their original compositions) but it is not necessary to do so.

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Event Leader

Caleb Astey is leading this event. Have questions?
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