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Songwriting Classes Manchester CT

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

The Hartt School
(860) 768-4296
West Hartford CT
West Hartford, CT

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University of Connecticut
(860) 486-3137
Storrs CT
Storrs, CT

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University of Hartford (THE HARTT SCHOOL : MUSIC-DANCE-THEATER)
(860) 768-4454
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT
 
University of Connecticut (University of Connecticut - Department of Music)
(860) 486-3728
1295 Storrs Rd, Unit 1012
Storrs, CT
 
Eastern Connecticut State University (Eastern Connecticut State University - Music Program)
(860) 465-5325
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT
 
Central Connecticut State University
(888) 733-2278
New Britain CT
New Britain, CT

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Saint Joseph College (Saint Joseph College - Fine and Performing Arts )
(860) 232-4571
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT
 
Trinity College (Trinity College - Music Department)
(860) 297-2000
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT
 
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU Music Department)
(860) 832-2912
1615 Stanley St.
New Britain, CT
 
Wesleyan University (Wesleyan University Music Department)
(860) 685-2650
Middletown, CT
 
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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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