Songwriting Workshop

Ages 14 & Up

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Songwriting Workshop

Who is this Program For?

The Songwriting Workshop is for students ages 14 & Up who are passionate about the idea of expressing themselves through creating their own music.


Want to write songs but don’t know where to start? Take your poems and journal entries to the next level by applying them to YOUR OWN music with the Songwriting Workshop. Students will learn basic music theory through building chords and melodies into a song structure resulting in the creation of their own song.


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This program is offered using the following teaching models.

  • 100% Virtual

Dates & Times

Type: 2 week workshop

Frequency: Meets 2 times per week

Days: Wednesday and Friday

Times: 12 pm - 1 pm

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Each Virtual Songwriting Workshop session runs two 1.5 hour classes per week for a two-week period (total of 4 classes). Workshops are held Wednesday and Friday @ 12 pm - 1:30 pm on Zoom. Contact us for exact dates.

songwriting workshop Curriculum 

  • Students will be introduced to songwriting and music theory through a workshop analysis of what makes a “song”, a “great song”?
  • “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” - Pablo Picasso; A deep-dive into finding inspiration for writing your own songs.
  • Discussion of chord progressions, examples of “Intro”, “Verse”, “Chorus”, “Bridge” and “Outro”.
  • Students will undergo a lyric study and writing session incorporating specific songwriting techniques tailored to each students' tastes (rhyming, literal and visual).
  • Students will learn writing melody lines and hitting key beats while maintaining the relevance to chords.
  • Student pieces will undergo a structure critique and tempo evaluation with the teacher.
  • Students will be given time to practice, perform and record their songs.

Supplies & Devices

  • Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop to use for attending Zoom sessions
  • Wired Earbuds
  • Zoom App on your device
  • Printed music 
  • Writing Utensil


  • 2 week workshop - $130.00
    Minimum Students: 5

    • * Please note that CHMA charges a one time $25 registration fee for each individual program.

Meet Your Teacher

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Evan Graham Dunn has a Bachelor's Degree in Audio for Visual Media from Columbia College. When he isn’t teaching multiple instruments, songwriting, and music production, you can find him working out of his studio in Chicago producing and recording clients, mixing and scoring for commercials and film, or touring and gigging out in one of his multiple bands.

Along with his international success on BBC Radio and magazine coverage with his progressive rock band Alaya, Evan has charted on iTunes and Amazon while holding 4 songs in steady rotation on Sirius Radio’s “Coffee House” with his Folk Rock / Americana band “Edward & Graham”. Evan loves what he does, and can't wait to help you do the same by maintaining a light-hearted, down to earth and humorous approach in all of the courses and lessons he offers with CHMA.

Enter your Name & Email to receive a One Time $25 DISCOUNT and Information on how to ENROLL

You can TEXT OR CALL (630) 986-8742 with your questions