Short Songwriters’ Sessions
Is our multi-week songwriting course too much of a commitment? Try one of our Short Songwriters’ Sessions!
Registration and Schedule
$30 for members, $45 for non-members
There is no audition for this class. Whether you have a song started, finished, or not even begun, you are welcome to join this class.
“This class was better than my college songwriting class! I got one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written out of this class. I can’t wait to take this class again!” – Sami Davis
Myth: You have to play an instrument to write a song.
Reality: Nope! Hit songwriter Jason Blume, for example, with 50 million album sales and hit singles on Billboard’s Pop, Country, and R&B charts, does not play an instrument.
Myth: I’m too old to start writing songs now.
Reality: Songwriting is a skill like any other that can be learned at any time in life. In fact, the older you are, the more life experience you have to write about.
Myth: You need to wait until you feel inspired or sad.
Reality: Just like any other endeavor – creative or otherwise – good songs come from regular practice at the craft.
Myth: Nothing interesting has happened to me, so I don’t have anything to write about.
You are a human being, therefore you have a history. You have stories. You have experienced universal human emotions. You don’t have to have grown up differently from the norm or gone through tragedies in order to write songs people can relate to. In fact, the most relatable songs talk about the things that most people have experienced.
Myth: 2-chord and 3-chord songs are boring. I need to learn more music theory first, so can use more chords to make my songs interesting.
You don’t need lots of chords to make an interesting song. Check out “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac – that’s a two-chord song. Thousands of hits use 4 or fewer chords.
About Your Teacher
Justin Leighton Long is a musician, engineer and record producer who has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop. Justin was a founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter for the band No Address. No Address released Time Doesn’t Notice on Atlantic Records, with their debut single “Sadie (When I’m Gone)” standing at #11 on the Billboard Radio charts for 22 weeks. No Address toured North America extensively and Justin’s compositions have been featured in feature films and television series, as well as continuing to maintain airplay around the world, (as a fun fact) recently reaching #1 on the college radio charts in Bosnia.
As a recording engineer and producer Justin has worked for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records.