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Watch this video for an example of a songwriting exercise you might do in this class:

Chamber Music Connection - Molly McDonald

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Songwriting for Self-Expression – NEW!

Elizabeth Clough, MT-BC
9 Mondays, February 8-April 19, 2021 
6:00-7:00 pm
Ages 14-18, no previous experience necessary, open to all


Note:  This class has been placed on standby. To inquire about this class or to be added to the list to be notified when the class is rescheduled at a later date, please call our offices at (585) 454-4596.


NOTE: This class is being offered virtually. Online instruction with Hochstein is easy! To find out more about the technical requirements, click here.

Songwriting has always been a wonderful way for individuals to interact with the larger world around them, and it also serves as a valuable coping mechanism in challenging times like our current age of the pandemic. The process of songwriting encourages self-expression, decreases anxiety, helps students manage stress, and increases confidence.

This class will teach individuals how to write melodies and lyrics, learn to use metaphors to convey feelings, explore improvisation, and write songs to release emotions in a healthy way. Class participants will learn a different songwriting technique each week with the goal of helping participants build a creative well-being “toolkit.” 

Students will engage in activities such as: adapting a known/preferred song by replacing with new lyrics, coming up with descriptive phrases to describe an object to spur on lyric-writing, and more. Individuals will learn techniques together in a “virtual songwriting circle” in a safe, collaborative environment so students can continue working on their own individual songwriting at home.


FEE: $10 registration fee; 153* tuition. $117 if enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein. (Fees are as of Winter 2021.)


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