Natural Objects: Generative Songwriting Workshop

April 2022

By taking this course, you are committing to a four-week exercise in creativity and criticism. The result should be a sense of inspiration to do something creative that you may not have otherwise done. This course is not intended to teach you to write songs like someone else might, but rather to inspire you to write something – anything – and also provide a framework within which you may be more likely to accomplish your personal goals. By combining private instruction with group discussion, you will have a variety of perspectives on your material and on the instruction. Be open to the possibilities and you are sure to demystify the songwriting process, generate original material that is completely unique to your voice, be more critical of new songs in the search for higher quality lyrics, and find a deeper appreciation for the songs you already love.

This is a songwriting course, but you do not need to be a musician or singer in order to participate. It’s as much about finding new appreciation for your favorite music as it is about generating song materials. 

Class will be held April 4th-25th with weekly group lessons and one-on-one sessions for three of those weeks.

The goals of this course are to help participants:

  • Become more confident in their ability to generate songs and learn techniques to reach that end.
  • Express the nature of the human experience from their unique perspective in the form of original lyrics.
  • Connect lyric, meaning, and music together as one in an effective way.
  • Perform critical literary analysis of popular songwriting to derive more pleasure from the listening experience.
  • Generate at least one song that is effective (communicates well), engaging (catches the audience’s attention), and expansive (represents something larger than itself)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Perform critical analysis of popular songwriting.
  • Preserve the natural shape of language in lyric form.
  • Generate ideas for new songs that are original and insightful.
Meet Your Instructor

Matthew Parsons

Matt is a songwriter who channels many of the greats: from Prine to Knopfler. His style is original and deeply rooted in his bluegrass origins. Located in the growing musical epicenter of eastern Kentucky, Matt has played with musical greats and local artists. He has appeared on W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show, as well as with The Local Honeys as guitarist and back-up vocalist. Matt’s family is riddled with great writers and song-smiths and he has certainly raised the bar.