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Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series presented by Tribes Hill

Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series presented by Tribes Hill
Have you ever wanted to write songs or improve your songwriting ability?

Tribes Hill is proud to announce its second Songwriting Workshop series for the New York metro and lower Hudson Valley areas.  We are starting with a lyric-writing subseries and continuing with a series of guest teachers who help you put it all together.  In addition we will offer preparatory classes for those who want to get their basic skills up to speed.  Class size will be limited to give participants individual attention.
The Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series

If you already have some basic song-playing skills this series is an opportunity to:
·        Build confidence to express yourself in a supportive environment
·        Develop songcraft and explore lyric voices
·        Access places inside where songs come from

The series will run for 11 sessions (usually but not always weekly) followed by a performance for family and friends. The first 4 sessions will focus on lyrics with veteran songwriter and teacher Ina May Wool,  

The next seven sessions will feature guest artists along with a concluding session with the series facilitator to consolidate gains.
Series locations: a private home in Hartsdale.
Times and Dates: Sundays, 3 to 5:30 PM, from September 21 to mid-December.

About the guest artists:
Each of our guest teaching artists is a professional songwriter with years of experience.  We are finalizing our list of teachers now and will announce it soon.

Preparatory Classes:
We will also offer preparatory classes, a music 101, for those who want to learn beginning song theory with keyboard and/or guitar. These classes will run prior to and during the early weeks of the Songwriting Series. They will run according to need.  Cost is separate.  For more information on these classes email Steve at

Do I need to know how to play an instrument?
No, but we'll recommend you start with the Preparatory Classes to get some basic chord progressions under your fingers.

Do I need to know how to sing on pitch?
No, but we can help you with that. That way you'll be able to express your musical ideas better.

What if I can only make part of the series?
We will have a limit on class size, so you will be responsible for the series fees.  We can discuss special situations.

Class size?
8 maximum, in order to give each participant attention.

Age limits?
High school and up

$370 for 11 sessions and a concluding performance.  If you wish to take the lyric-writing section or the guest-teacher section by itself, please contact Steve.

About Tribes Hill:
We are a collaborative non-profit community of musicians and music lovers centered in the lower Hudson Valley.  Since 2002 we have presented concert performances, monthly gatherings, song circles, benefits and fundraisers.

To register and for questions, email Steve at and write "songwriting" in the header.

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Dear Friends,

Save the date!  Sunday, September 14, 2014, from 11 am until 6 pm is the day of the Tribes Hill Music Festival at John Jay Homestead.  This event is the first collaboration of the Tribes Hill music community with the historic  John Jay Homestead park and cultural center, located on Route 22 at 400 Jay Street in Katonah, NY.

Our headliner is RED MOLLY!!!  Also featuring the Sloan Wainwright Trio!!  Plus James Durst, Fred Gillen Jr., Susan Kane and Matt Turk in the round!  Also performing:  The Levins (the hottest folk duo around), Larry Kolker with Judy Kass, Pluck & Rail (featuring George Gierer), Steven Frieder (a jazzy young  sax virtuoso), M.R. Poulopoulos, and the EarthTones.  Music on the main stage is from noon until 6 pm.  And if you’d like to make your own music, bring your instrument and take a turn at our song circle/jam tent!

On the beautiful and spacious grounds of John Jay Homestead we will also have locally-produced food and beverage vendors, arts & crafts vendors,  activities for children, sound engineering by Iris & Pete, solar power by Solar Punch, and a really big tent in case of rain.  And actual plumbing!

Admission is $20 day of show, $18 in advance at, $15 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. Parking is free and easy.

Don’t want to pay admission?  Then volunteer!  This is a grass-roots event and we need a lot of help.  Volunteer tasks include advance publicity, program ad sales (by commission – know any college students looking to earn a few bucks this summer?), set up and take down, directing parking, musician hospitality, sound engineering and backstage help, and manning (or womaning) the Tribes Hill/merch table.  

To volunteer  email us at  

Likewise, please email us if  you are a food or crafts vendor who would like to participate (the fees are low), or if you’d like to place an ad in our program.

For more info about the John Jay Homestead, visit

Thanks very much and have a wonderful Summer.

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