Finish your songs!
An 8-week, live, intensive workshop for songwriters and composers of any level.
Welcome to COMPOSE YOURSELF
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, melodic, and instrumental 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.
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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:
Acclaimed professional songwriter, performer, teacher
He’s the founder of the FASC community and engages with you LIVE on your songwriting journey.
To keep the process fresh and the community ever vibrant, Gary brings guest songwriting leaders who are also adept at bringing forth your best creative output! (see below for past and upcoming guests!)
Gary’s music has appeared on MTV, The Discovery Channel, NPR and the Kennedy Center. He’s composed for New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Magic Theatre, GALA Choruses, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He’s also been fortunate enough to work with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Leigh Fondakowski, Matt Berninger, Ron Miles, Barbara Dilley and Caitlyn FitzGerald. Gary lives in NYC with his family and is a member of the band High Fiction.
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, motivation, and exercises that will allow you to finally finish several of your 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
Plus, the cohort will produce a class album by the end of the course, complete with a celebratory online listening party!
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
Access to a private online forum to ask questions, post assignments and connect with your community
UDEMY COURSE1- 6 hours
No interaction or feedback
No incentive to watch the videos or do the assignments
No individualized instruction
BERKLEE ONLINE12 weeks
Large, impersonal institution
You're a small fish in a big ocean. Don't let your music get lost.
COMPOSE YOURSELF10 songs in 8 weeks
Includes all the benefits of the others, plus:
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!
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.
“Golden Lotus Studio is a jewel, a great big YES. A nourishing, vibrant incubator for growing as a creative musician, breaking through old rules, hearing the songs inside and expressing them in new ways, and having fun doing this with other like-minded musicians from all over. Highly recommended.“
– Rob R.
“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 took [the] online workshop this winter and it was one of the most profoundly creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had. [They] foster a very positive and supportive atmosphere.”
– Mark C.
«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. I feel like my creative outlet just multiplied after that! - Michael B.
*If you 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.
golden lotus studio reserves the right to cancel this class if enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement.