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Intro to Songwriting (Ages 13-18) SESSION I

  • Tiny Voice Box 310 North Rose Street Kalamazoo, MI, 49007 United States (map)

Intro to Songwriting

Like to make up your own melodies or write poetry? Whether you play an instrument or not, come join this class made for beginning songwriters ages 13 - 18. Designed to increase confidence and encourage personal expression, this group class teaches students of all ability levels proper vocal technique, songwriting and performance skills. Students will learn about great masters of songwriting, like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, how to craft artistic and meaningful songs. A final class performance will feature the songwriters’ work. Bring your instrument if you play one, but it is not required.

The class will be taught by jazz singer and songwriter, Ashley Daneman. Ms. Daneman has a Master of Music degree in vocal jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music and has been teaching privately for over 10 years. She is also a professional singer/songwriter and performing artist.



  • Improve your singing voice

  • Learn the basics of songwriting; melody, lyrics and harmony

  • Grow in self-expression and storytelling in a relaxed and encouraging environment

  • Practice creativity, improvisation and brainstorming

  • Work on critical thinking, critical listening and memorization

  • Practice taking risks, and offering/receiving constructive feedback

  • Meet new friends who share your interests

  • An awesome sense of accomplishment!


Session I: Monday, July 16th - Friday, July 20th; 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Ages: 13 - 18* (enrollment limited to 8 students)

Tuition:  $100**

Location:  Kalamazoo Piano Company, 310 N. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


*Other ages may be considered based on ability.

**Partial need-based scholarship may be offered to those who arrange an audition for consideration.


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