MUSIC EDUCATION

10 solid steps to inspired songwriting

Photography by Phil Fallway — available at https://www.deviantart.com/philfallway

Bad songwriting is easy. Great songwriting is hard. And there’s a lot in between. That may sound like an oversimplification, but if you grew up during the epic grunge-rock era of the 90s as I did, listening to bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, you’ll appreciate this indisputable truth as much as checkered flannel, goatees, and torn jeans.

Nevertheless, you’ll need to expand your musical horizons to go from bad to great on your journey toward becoming the songwriter you’ve always wanted to be. …


Words of Wisdom from Mike Klonsky on finding our path

Photography by Phil Fallway and Molly Green

When I was in elementary, my teacher repeatedly tried to make me write with a rubber pencil grip to ensure I had correct form. Of course, there was nothing wrong with the teacher doing her job to help me write well, but I was adamant about doing it my way. After her 3rd or 4th attempt at correcting my poor form, I took off the rubber grip and threw it to the other side of the classroom when she wasn’t looking, purposefully losing it. When she returned, she asked what happened to it, and I simply replied “don’t know,” smiled…

Phil Fallway

Composer | Recording Artist | Music Instructor. Writing on music education, the future, and fatherhood. PhilFallway.com. Buy me a coffee: ko-fi.com/philfallway

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