Arts center to offer songwriting workshop online

Bill Ackerbauer will teach songwriting through a virtual workshop through Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts starting Jan. 28. The cost for the workshop is $30. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will host a virtual songwriting workshop led by local musician Bill Ackerbauer.

The workshop will take place remotely, via the video conference platform Zoom, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28. The cost will be $30.

Ackerbauer will introduce participants to a range of ideas and exercises to “help get the creative juices flowing.”

Concepts to be covered will include:

∫ Brainstorming topics for songs,

∫ Composition of lyrics,

∫ Use of journals and recording devices,

∫ Genre and other style matters, and

∫ Arranging and structuring songs in both traditional and original ways.

After completing the workshop, each student will be invited to submit an original song to Ackerbauer for individual feedback and suggestions via email.

The workshop is open to beginning songwriters and experienced songwriters looking for new strategies.

Participants should have pencil and paper handy. Musical instruments and knowledge of basic music theory are not required but may be helpful.

Ackerbauer, a Johnstown resident, has taught guitar, violin and other instruments at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts for several years. He performs with The Insolent Willies and other bands, and he has two solo album releases and several band recordings to his credit.

To register for the workshop, call the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts at (518) 661-9932 or visit https://tinyurl.com/PNCack1


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