In this class, emerging singer-songwriters are guided by Butch and Trish in the areas of songwriting, vocal technique, mic skills, and performance skills. The class culminates in a coffee house concert, highlighting each student and his or her original work. This unique class offers a safe place to work together with other singer-songwriters to build confidence, find inspiration, and build lasting friendships.
“I have been songwriting for a couple of years and wanting to play more. I came to the class because I felt it was the right time to put more energy into the art and craft of songwriting and performing,” says Joylene Green, a recent graduate of the class. “The class showed me that I want to be performing more, and I am willing to put the work in to feel good about the process. I gained some really solid ideas about how to take a song in a beginning rough format and really polish it, edit it, and finish it out so it is ready to be performed. I used to have this idea that you are born with natural talent or not, which I found discouraging. But this class showed me that a lot can be accomplished with practice and instruction and editing. Since the class, I have continued working on my vocal confidence with Trish and continued songwriting. I played at the Backstage Bar and Casual Pint with another songwriter because of a connection I made in the class, performed for the holiday show of River City Sessions because of the credibility I gained from taking the class, and was asked to perform in a songwriters-in-the-round event at the Creative Arts Guild in Dalton, where I performed new songs I’ve written since the class that were very well received. I also played at Puckett’s and The Spot. I am on my way to being a singer songwriter who gets to play and perform regularly for pay!”
The class takes place at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., on Signal Mountain. Classes begin with an off-site concert on Tuesday, March 6, (location information given upon registration), and all classes thereafter take place each Tuesday from March 12 to April 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuition discounts are available if registration is paid in full before March 1. Accompanying instruments are helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and up are urged to sign up. Space is limited.
For more information, visit the MACC website, email Trish Ferrell Wileman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (941) 330-5547.