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An 8-week, live, intensive workshop for songwriters of any level.

Check out more about the class below, and check your NEWSLETTER from us at golden lotus studio for the discount code!

Compose Yourself is a Songwriting Workshop Community Forum Album...with YOUR MUSIC.

Compose Yourself course dates: Monday evenings, Oct. 26-Dec. 14

8:30 PM EST || Monday evenings on zoom for eight weeks. Register now or click the dates to add a registration reminder to your Google calendar, but hurry - this course starts soon!


This LIVE 8-week workshop with built in community, online forum, and cultivates in a produced album available digitally with your music. The course is designed for songwriters of all levels looking for guidance, structure, accountability, individual attention, and a small group of like-minded musical peers to work alongside.

If you’re wanting to take your songwriting more seriously, the Compose Yourself Workshop is a great first step

«Watch and listen to what Sara V. has to say about the Compose Yourself Workshop.»

End writer's block:

I'm so grateful to have participated in Compose Yourself. After over a decade of musician's block, it's such a relief to be writing again! I've finally broken back in! - Elizabeth M.

Have a blast:

The workshop was SO DOPE. Gary, the instructor, is a great guy. I feel like my creative outlet just multiplied after that! - Michael B.


What you get:

8 live zoom calls with your cohort that are recorded so you can go back and watch them again, if desired

Instruction, guidance and exercises that will coach you to write at least 10 new songs by the end of the course 

The support and feedback of a like-minded group of individuals who are on the path with you and who have many of the same challenges and victories that you do

Individual attention and support from a professional songwriting instructor

Free membership to the Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club (FASC)

Instruction in the contemplative tradition that honors a wholistic approach to art

A joyful, unique approach that invites collaboration, builds trust quickly and gives you a feeling of belonging and support that is quite unique in the online universe

Loads of tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use again and again for the rest of your songwriting career
gary at the piano

Success Stories

In the golden lotus studio classes, literally hundreds of people have made thousands of their best songs. I’d love for you to hear what some of my students are saying about this course:

“The class was ideal for me. It presented a variety of useful techniques that help a songwriter, even someone who has never written a sing before, to produce interesting and effective first versions of songs. The course allowed me to learn “song writing basics”, and encouraged me (that is, gave me courage) to continue writing songs after the course ended.”

– Keith W.

“As a total beginner, this class blew my mind because I didn’t think I could write a song and I wrote several. It was so fun to follow his exercises and within minutes have super fun lyrics. It was great to be in an environment with all levels of musicians and be a part of a community of music makers. “

– Macy M.

“I so appreciate how accepting, encouraging, and authentically delighted Gary is with all of his students and…their work. The way Gary set us students up to work together, support each other, and be inspired by each other was fun and brilliant.”

– Liesel E.

“I took Gary’s online workshop this winter and it was one of the most profoundly creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had. He fosters a very positive and supportive atmosphere.”

– Mark C.

Compare Pricing:


1- 6 hours
$ 50-200 $$$ spent to work with...no one.
  • Pre-recorded classes
  • No interaction or feedback
  • No incentive to watch the videos or do the assignments
  • No individualized instruction


12 weeks
$ 1500 $100+++ x 12 weeks...
  • Prohibitively expensive
  • Large, impersonal institution
  • You're a small fish in a big ocean. Don't let your music get lost.


for 2 months open-ended
$ 800-1000
open-ended w no direction
  • Expensive
  • The instructor might be 16 years old (I used to do this job when I was 16)
  • No community, no goals, no proven curriculum


10 songs in 8 weeks
$ 617
for 10 songs in 8 weeks
  • Includes all the benefits of the others, plus:
  • Affordable
  • A proven curriculum and structure
  • Unparalleled individual support on your journey by the instructor and a close-knit community
  • Work and attend class from the comfort of your home!

Watch a Message from Your Instructor

This LIVE 8-week workshop is designed for songwriters who are looking for some structure, accountability, individual attention, and a small group of like-minded musical peers to work alongside. In each of the 8 classes, experienced and renowned songwriter and composer Gary Grundei will guide you through writing your own original music from scratch and help you further develop those first drafts into final drafts. 

With a focus on lyrical and melodic exploration, Gary’s techniques in the Compose Yourself Workshop are tailored to build off of one another as the weeks progress and as you compile a new collection of your own songs. You’ll have the opportunity to find focus, work diligently, collaborate with your peers, and receive individual feedback on your creations from your instructor. 

While our Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club offers great practices for those first drafts, Compose Yourself harbors an environment for extended creation with a growth mindset, using each week’s progress as a springboard into the next. In addition to working on brand new pieces each week, you’ll also work on pieces over the course of several weeks, some of which you will be passing along to other classmates for some long-distance collaboration! If you’re wanting to take your songwriting more seriously, Compose Yourself Workshop is a great first step. We’re cultivating loads of inspiration and motivation and can’t wait to send it your way!

Meet Your Instructor:

hi, i’m gary grundei

My music has appeared on MTV, The Discovery Channel and NPR. I’ve composed for New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Magic Theatre, GALA Choruses, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Leigh Fondakowski, and Caitlyn FitzGerald.

I live in NYC with my family and I am incredibly blessed to be doing what I love full-time . . .

but it wasn’t always like that for me . . .

Before I started to unlock the secrets of great songwriters and my own creativity, I was stuck. I have spent my whole life loving music and brilliant songs, but I spent part of it convinced that songwriting and composing was something that was reserved for a chosen few. And then, through a series of fortunate (and unfortunate) circumstances in my schooling and my family life, I discovered that the keys to making the music that only I could truly make were, in fact, in my pocket the whole time.

As soon as I discovered those keys, I dedicated my life to making my own music and helping other people tap into their own innate abilities to write their lives and hearts in song.

Gary Grundei is a professional songwriter, performer, and teacher.

He’s the founder of golden lotus studio and engages with you LIVE on your songwriting journey.

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*If are experiencing financial hardship, but are craving the songmaking offerings described here, please reach out and let me know because a modest amount of scholarship funds are available for folks in such circumstances. Please send an email to himself [at] garygrundei.com describing your situation.