Song Forms for Songwriters

We'll explore the variety and history of song forms used in folk, blues, country and pop music, and the function of various song parts (verse, chorus, bridge, refrain, etc.)

Each week we will explore a different form, listening to examples and placing the form in historical context. Participants will come away with a deepened understanding of song forms and a variety of forms to use in writing their own songs. $140.

$30 discount when taken with Songwriting as Truth-Telling

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm PST - Jan 3 - February 14 (6 weeks; no class Jan 17)

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Songwriting as Truth-Telling

Dedicated to each writer developing their own voice and sharing their unique perspective. We'll write, share and listen to songs and explore songwriting as human communication and connection. Each participant shares a song each week, with the goal of trying to write a song each week. Songs by someone else, fragments, poems, and older songs are equally welcome. We'll listen generously and appreciatively to create an inspiring, non-judgmental space in which to deepen songwriting practice. Songwriters of all levels of experience welcome.

6-week Online Classes:

  • Tuesdays 4-6 pm, Jan 2 - Feb 13 (no class Jan 16)
  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm, Jan 2 - Feb 13 (no class Jan 16)
  • Wednesdays 6-8 pm, Jan 3 - Feb 14 (no class Jan 17)

All times Pacific. Space limited to 9 participants per class. $180.

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About Matt Meighan

Matt Meighan lives in Portland, Oregon where he performs regularly and has taught his weekly Songwriting as Truth-Telling class since 2009. He hosts the annual Hidden River Songwriting Camp on the Long Beach, Washington peninsula each July and an annual week-long songwriting retreat in Donegal, Ireland.

Matt studied poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University) in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics.