COMPOSE YOURSELF, SPECIAL EDITION:
Write 10 Songs in 10 Weeks!
A 10-week, live, intensive workshop for songwriters and composers of any level.
Welcome to COMPOSE YOURSELF
This LIVE 10-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 10 classes, songwriter Siena Friend will guide you through writing your own original music from scratch, and help you further develop those first drafts into completed songs. With a focus on lyrical, melodic, and instrumental exploration, Siena’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 approach songwriting from various angles, including co-writing and collaboration, and you’ll receive individual feedback on your creations from your instructor and peers each week.
an invitation 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, and will be passing work along to other classmates for some long-distance collaboration! If you’re wanting to take your songwriting more seriously and build a catalog of original songs, this 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 siena friend
Siena Friend is a singer-songwriter, producer, filmmaker, and coach. She has studied songwriting with Jonatha Brooke, Rob Seals (founder of the Songwriting School of Los Angeles), and Gary Grundei, among others. From participating in the first Compose Yourself class at the beginning of golden lotus studio, Siena has been an active part of the gls community. Siena’s latest album, Start Again, was created within the golden lotus studio DIY Album Mastermind program, and released in 2021; you can find it on your favorite streaming platform. Siena lives in Hollywood with her husband and daughter. As a busy new mom, she is passionate about helping others find the time and space to devote to their creativity.
What you get:
10 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
- Pre-recorded classes
- No interaction or feedback
- No incentive to watch the videos or do the assignments
- No individualized instruction
BERKLEE ONLINE12 weeks
- Prohibitively expensive
- Large, impersonal institution
- You're a small fish in a big ocean. Don't let your music get lost.
COMPOSE YOURSELF10 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 our 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.
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Can't wait to start writing with you...