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Songwriting Classes Westport 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 Westport that give access to jingle writing, music notation using finale, as well as advice and content on music composition for films.

Western Connecticut State University
(203) 837-8350
Danbury CT
Danbury, CT

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Sacred Heart University (Music - Sacred Heart University)
(203) 371-7999
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT
 
Western Connecticut State University (Department of Music - Western Connecticut State University)
(1-877-837-WCSU (9278)
181 White Street
Danbury, CT
 
State University of New York-Purchase (Purchase College, Conservatory of Music)
(914) 251-6000
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY
 
Elina Christova
476 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$120
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Purchase College, State University of New York
(914) 251-6300
Purchase NY
Purchase, NY

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University of Bridgeport (University of Bridgeport - Music Department)
(203) 576-4552
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 
Manhattanville College (Manhattanville College - Music Department)
(914) 694-2200
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY
 
Tony Man
(631) 473-3443
24 Bunny Ln
East Setauket, NY

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Peter H.
(877) 231-8505
Landmark Sq.
Port Chester, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 60
Specialties
I teach a wide range of popular music styles, with both electric and acoustic guitars, specializing in jazz, but also rock, blues, Latin, Brazilian, and contemporary styles. I use a variety of written materials such as the Berklee Guitar Series, songbook collections (from the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Jon Mayer to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Broadway composers) and theory methods. I also use play-along recordings for students to work on soloing and timing. Topics include basic technique, …
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, composition - 1973-1977 (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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Jenny's Penny Musical
Dates: 11/19/2019 – 11/19/2019
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