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Songwriting Classes Richmond VA

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

Virginia Commonwealth University
922 Park Ave
Richmond, VA
 
University of Richmond
(804) 289-8281
Richmond VA
Richmond, VA

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Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling
11302 Avocet Dr.
Chesterfield, VA
 
University of Richmond (University of Richmond - Department of Music)
(900) 700-1662
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA
 
Music & Arts
(804) 272-1197
Steinmart Festival at Midlothian, 9728 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA
 
Virginia Commonwealth University
(800) 841-3638
Richmond VA
Richmond, VA

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Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling
(804) 778-4708
Chesterfield VA
Chesterfield, VA

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU School of the Arts - Department of Music)
(804) 828-1166
922 Park Ave. | P.O. Box 842004
Richmond, VA
 
Music & Arts
(804) 358-1981
4701 West Broad St
Richmond, VA
 
Phillip H.
(877) 231-8505
Quail Hollow Drive
Hayes, VA
Subjects
Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory, Organ
Ages Taught
10 to 50
Specialties
For beginning piano students, I prefer teaching the Hal Leonard Method.
Education
Moody Bible Institute - Piano Performance - 08/87-05/92 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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