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Songwriting Classes Downingtown PA

Songwriting classes cover subjects such as lyric writing, harmony, music writing, jazz composition, commercial songwriting techniques and more. See below for local businesses in Downingtown that give access to jingle writing, music notation using finale, as well as advice and content on music composition for films.

Catherine Offner
301 Mustang Lane
Collegeville, PA
Instruments
Composition, Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
10 Years

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West Chester University
(877) 315-2165
Westchester PA
Westchester, PA

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
(800) CHE-YNEY
Cheyney PA
Cheyney, PA

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Darlington Fine Arts Center
977 Shavertown Rd.
Boothwyn, PA
 
Community Music School of Collegeville
(610) 489-3676
Trappe PA
Trappe, PA

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West Chester University
Swope Hall
West Chester, PA
 
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheyney & Creek Rds
Cheyney, PA
 
Suburban Music School
(610) 566-4215
Media PA
Media, PA

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Darlington Fine Arts Center
610.358.3632 x106
Boothwyn PA
Boothwyn, PA

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Community Music School of Collegeville
775 W. Main St.
Trappe, PA
 
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Defining The True Artist - Do You Have What It Takes?

Defining The True Artist - Do You Have What It Takes?
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

There are musicians who are more than comfortable remaining anonymous. You know, happy to hide behind their guitars or keyboards and be sidemen to the stars of today or tomorrow. Then there are those that have grandiose aspirations of stardom, adoration and limelight. And then there are those who have a driving desire and need to say something original artistically, to express themselves and to communicate that expression to an audience, be it a small niche market or wider demographic.

Those falling into the first category can make a living, albeit fairly modest as a general rule. Those falling into the second category often live in a little bit of a dream world and, depending on their tenacity and 'smart' skills, usually end up disappointed because the focus is set on the destination rather than the journey. The third category usually reap the rewards of the second category gaining all the success and limelight, but as a result of focusing on their art rather than the shallow and flighty end of the musician's world. These are usually the most fascinating people too, because they generally have a little mystery about them and because they actually possess what most entertainers really want; sincere and dedicated talent!

But there are also those that are in the early stages of artistic development who are still learning their craft, and open to influences. Possibly they will become great artists in the future, possibly not. It will be a question of choices and consequences, and doors opened and opportunities taken advantage of - or not. Life certainly will take you places.

But for those that do have aspirations of artistry and expression, then I firmly believe you must have qualities that others do not have. As an artist I believe one must stand out from the heard in order to be heard. It is so easy to make a record these days. One no longer needs to have the luxury of a recording contract in order to stand on a pedestal and say "I am an artist - buy my record!" With home studios costing one 16th of the price they did ten years ago and with software programs that do it all, you can churn out albums by the dozen if you put your mind to it. And many do.

However, just because you can, why would you? - is my question. Just for fun? OK, valid I suppose. But Isn't it better to spend that time and energy searching relentlessly for something unique and different? God knows record companies are releasing enough crap by the hour, even signed artists are now under the impression they have got something to offer. Maybe they have, but for the most part I don't think so (as public reaction and their soundscans will attest!)

Perhaps I am being extremely unfair, but I think too many artists do not realize that they have a responsibility to say something profoundly unique, certainly if they expect any kin...

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