High View Middle School Songwriting Class

We sure had a great time with our first summer songwriting class in the Moundsview District!
It was an intense 4 week course that covered the fundamentals of songwriting and music theory, featured a bunch of guest artists: Ann Reed, Joan Griffeth, Dan Newton, Kevin Gastonguy, and The Honeydogs’ Adam Levy.

After 3 weeks of learning about songwriting we put the theory into practice and each student wrote one song that we recorded at Essential Sessions Studios. Those guys are audio wizards and got this project sounding polished and professional in just 2 days. We were lucky to have the talented Allie Stien to lay down some vocal tracks for us.

This is what the students had to say about it :

“I think my favorite thing about the class would be the recording of the song. It’s super fun to hear all the different results of the music all of us wrote. It was my first time in a recording studio and I am dying to go back. I think I might take some classes in collage now for mixing music and using the types of equipment in the studios. “

“I can’t wait to go and write more songs. “

“Now that I’ve tried to write songs and I’ve realized how fun it is I am going to try and write more often. It will be a good way for me to be able to express myself. “

“Honestly I don’t think I could ever get rid of songwriting because it became a huge part of my life. “

“There were so many awesome things from this class and I want to remember it all but the thing I am going to remember the most is all the fun I had and the friends that I made in class and in the studio. I don’t think you could really make the class experience better when it comes to the people that helped make it the class it was. “

“I seriously want to take this class again just for the experience. “

“I will take away pretty much everything I learned because this has helped me become a better songwriter in every way.”

“This class is Perfect!”

Can’t have a much more ringing endorsement than that! I can’t thank our students enough for bringing their enthusiasm, ideas, songs, and selves to class each day to focus on the work of music making (and to their parents for driving them). You’re all so great.

Here are the songs our students made…it blows me away that these songwriters are only 13 and 14 years old.

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://musicworksmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Smile-Is-A-Cry-7-10.mp3″] Smile As I Cry – Zoey Nollen

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://musicworksmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Remember-7-10.mp3″] Remember – Alani Comulada

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://musicworksmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Sunlight-Burns-7-10.mp3″] Sunlight Burns – Kevin Ihnen

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://musicworksmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/No-Name-Yet-7-10.mp3″] Not Named Yet – Lauren Favre

Congratulations to all of you. It was terrific work! I imagine we will be hearing much more from you in the years to come. Keep on writing!

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