Next Workshop is part of our mini “Breakout Sessions” classes. These are short workshops focused on one subject. This time around we have Chris Shaw, one of our founders, present a workshop on “Making the Most of Your Music” November 3rd 2018 at Blockfort Columbus 12noon-1:30p.

Pre-Register for class to save your spot for $15

Pre-Register NOW

Breakout Sessions: Making The Most Of Your Music w/Chris Shaw

This class will be called “Making The Most Of Your Music” and it will take arranging on first hand explaining how to take an acoustic song and build it from the ground up. This will include arranging songs on the acoustic guitar and utilizing the instrument to it’s fullest potential. There will be a section on how to embellish your songwriting with a looping pedal and Chris will demonstrate these techniques first hand. A discussion on taking your acoustic music into a full band setting will also take place.

– past instructors –  

Dominique Larue

Dominique will talk about writing from her unique perspective as a hip hop artist growing up influenced by Gospel and R&B music. She will cover song structure, counting bars, hooks, writing for other artists, writing for licensing, and more.

Eric Gnezda

Eric has said songwriting is something we learn only by doing and sharing. In his upcoming class students can expect a short “lecture,” followed by their participation. His hope is that everyone, including Eric himself, will leave the day with something that launches them into a new direction, or maybe a finished produce.

Jon and Peggy Elliot

Jon and Peggy return to the Columbus Songwriting Workshop with their unique approach to vocal technique. The mother/son duo will get you singing right away, and empower students to use their own unique voice in the correct way.

Jesse Henry


Explore Your Craft: Adventures in Song

Jesse will present ideas that will challenge your creative process.  Artists encounter moments of joy and excitement upon new discoveries.  We also endure expanses of repetitions and stagnation.

Jesse will share some of his exercises that he uses for artistic growth and development.
He will dive into lyrics, accompaniments, and sing arranging.

–Past Workshop Class info stay tuned for upcoming workshops —-

Music and Healing

Instructor: Megan Palmer

Megan will talk about her recent bout with cancer and how music has helped through the process of healing. As a writer/musician and also a registered nurse, Megan has long thought about how these two parts of her life compliment each other. “Over the past year I’ve had experiences where writing music has been healing for me. I’d like to share some of my experience and also guide everyone in finding places in their lives where writing can be healing.” Megan said recently.

Music Licensing

Instructor: Lisa Cave

List will walk attendees through all the steps of making music ready for sync licensing in three steps.
Before writing: researching and identifying the markers that make a song highly syncable for various uses and how to work those attributes into your writing.
In the studio: legal steps to take before recording begins and what you must have at the end of every studio session.
Marketing: finding the right music supervisors and sync agents to send your music to, what to say and what exactly to send.

House Concerts

Instructor:  Jared Mahone

Jared has been a touring songwriter for years and has extensive experience in all kinds of venues including house concerts. Many may not know that house concert touring is a viable way to make a living as a musician. Whether it be people opening up their living rooms or more official house venues Jared will walk you through his experiences and the many different ways this can be a vehicle to get your songs to the world in a sustainable way.


Paving Your Musical Path

Instructor: Jim, Andy, and Chris Shaw

The Shaws, who play together in the Andy Shaw Band, will talk you through some different musical paths and open the class up to a discussion. This discussion will be focused on what the next step is for you, the student. Whether you are a hobbyist, have done a couple public performances, or a seasoned pro, we will talk about ways to improve what you are doing to get to the next level.