Americana and Folk Songwriting
Folk & Americana Songwriting with Lily Lyons
This class will meet online - you will receive a Zoom invitation in the orientation email upon registering for the class.
If you are someone who enjoys writing songs and is into Americana and Folk music, then this class is for you! Each week we’ll study iconic Folk and Americana songs then use the techniques we’ve learned to write song sections of our own. We’ll explore music from greats such as Hazel Dickens and John Prine and newer writers like Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch. This will be a hands-on workshop. You’ll develop ways to write in genre that are still authentic to your writing style, and get individualized feedback each week!
Topics will include:
- How to write a song in traditional ballad form
- How to use common chord progressions and modes of Folk and Americana writing in your own songs
- Lyrical storytelling techniques
- Studying master songwriters in Folk and Americana traditions • Ways to add instrumental hooks to your songs that fit the genre • Acapella songs
- Americana and Folk songs for social change
Goal: By the end of the 8 weeks, you will complete 1-2 full Americana or Folk songs and share them with your classmates!
Prerequisites: previous experience with songwriting is highly encouraged. Musicians who have taken previous songwriting class(es) at the Folk School or elsewhere will find this class to be at a good level. If you haven’t taken classes but have some previous songwriting experience in another way then this class could be a great fit for you too! Feel free to reach out if you’re not sure. No previous experience writing within Americana or Folk styles is required.
Contact: Instructor Lily Lyons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions