“Disclaimer” by Natalie

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. The recordings we do in Songwriting are very much demos. A full-fledged recording needs pre-production, someone acting as producer, extensive production and mixing, and mastering. In 4.5 days of workshop, students have just enough time to write the song, refine it, and make some …

“Raffi is My Dad” by Raffi

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. Listening to the pros can often be invaluable, especially if you’re trying to step a little bit out of your comfort zone. In the same way that writers need to spend a lot of time reading in order to hone their craft, songwriters need …

“Lost at Sea” and “Seventh Ave” by Julia

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. New students often bring a new perspective to the class. We get a lot of songwriters coming back year after year, and we get to explore a new level each time. But the new students with their varying talents really keep the class fresh. …

“Loose Ends” by Anaisja

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. This year in our Songwriting workshop, I basically prohibited our students from mindlessly assigning titles to their songs. No simply copying the hook and naming the song that (unless the song demands it). A song title is more space to be creative, to get …