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

Grab your spot now – course starts August 2nd! 

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

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

Compose Yourself dates: 8 Mondays, August 2nd - September 20th

7:30 PM - 9:00PM EST || Mondays on Zoom for eight weeks. Register now - this course starts soon!


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 Janet Feder 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, Janet’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!

«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.


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
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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.

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.

“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.

Compare Pricing:


1- 6 hours
$ 50-200 $$$ spent to work 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!

Meet Your Instructor:

hi, i’m janet feder

A native of Boulder, Colorado Janet Feder ( is most widely known for pioneering composition for prepared guitar. Free from genre, her music both acknowledges and is simultaneously unmoored from the trappings of jazz, classical, avant-garde, folk or pop, creating a new musical lexicon and aesthetic ideal alike.   

She has been featured on numerous recordings, radio programs, and film scores including the internationally acclaimed solo albums Songs With Words (2012), T H I S C L O S E (2015) and compilations Walk My Way (577 Records, 2021); The $100 Guitar Project (Bridge, 2013); I Never Meta Guitar (Clean Feed, 2010); and 156 Strings (Cuneiform, 2002).   

Janet is a lecturer at the University of Colorado. Touring and teaching internationally, she has performed and collaborated with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians including Paolo Angeli, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Erik Deutsch, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Mark Harris, Erin McKeown, Ron Miles, Tatsuya Nakatani, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Rigler, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson among many others.

Janet collaboratively conceived of and co-curated the international new media festival MediaLive (2011-17), is currently an artistic associate of Square Product Theatre, and serves the boards of Creative Music Works and Supporters Of Children.

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