ExpiredVoice and Vulnerability: Songwriting w/Justina Shandler

  • Voice and Vulnerability: Songwriting w/Justina Shandler
    January 27, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There are some things that cannot be said with words, and that is where music comes in. In this workshop, we will explore the elements that make up a song, as well as discuss ways to create an effective marriage between music and lyrics. You will be given exercises including step-by-step processes that will result in your very own original song. Some other topics discussed are song form, creating conversational melodies, and “trimming the fat” of a song lyric. You will be encouraged to sing and play your original work; however, the emphasis of the class is lyric writing and the revision process. We will have a digital piano available, and participants are welcome to bring their own instruments, but no instruments beyond your voice are necessary or required. All levels welcome. Prerequisite: vulnerability and a good attitude.


Justina Shandler is a singer-songwriter and teacher. Her songs have been lauded in international competitions and by leading industry professionals. She has performed her original songs at Lincoln Center and Rockwood Music Hall in New York (with members of Sara Bareilles’ band), at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and at various comedy clubs in Los Angeles. Justina is currently teaching songwriting as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Media Writing and Production. She is also attending Watson University and teaching songwriting at various schools in Boulder, Colorado, in order to share the power of music to enact social change. Check out the music video for Justina’s song “This Time Around” here.

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