Instructor: Anna Vogelzang
Recommended ages: 10 & over
Max number of students: 25
About the workshop: This session will delve deep into the songwriting process, with a concentration on words and song structure. What are ways we can surprise our audience & break away from the "june- moon" rhymes? How do other artists use extended metaphors and/or imagery to make their songs come alive? How is poetry a source we can draw from in songwriting? What are some tools we can discover to get our minds inspired and excited to write songs that really "wow" our listeners? We'll work through these ideas as a group, honing skills and creating tools to bring back to our own songwriting practices. All levels are welcome.
About the instructor: Anna Vogelzang has been making songs since 2000, playing them in public since 2003, and driving them around the country since 2007. Her melody-driven, multi-instrumental folk-pop ballads have been met with warm reviews (9/10, PopMatters) & landed her at festivals, conferences, and on bills with some of her heroes, including Sara Bareilles, Gillian Welch, Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Laura Gibson, Wye Oak, Steve Poltz, Amanda Palmer, & many more. Anna is currently touring in support of the Driftless EP, a home-spun, steadfast collection of gritty new-folk songs, many of which were written in 2014 as part of the song-a-week project RealWomenRealSongs. In 2015, she will return to the studio to work with producer Todd Sickafoose on her fifth LP. Vogelzang plays the banjo, ukuleles, guitar, and kalimba on stage, but has always been a singer who loves words and feelings first and foremost.
Anna has been a successful private and group-based instructor since 2007, and enjoys teaching to all ages and experience levels in areas including vocals, guitar, ukulele, banjo, songwriting, and band coaching. Her extensive work at Girls Rock Camp Madison since 2009 has deemed her an integral part of the organization. She has also received leadership opportunities in the greater Wisconsin area such as facilitating songwriting workshops at the Wisconsin Music Arts Festival and appearing as a guest speaker and workshop leader at local area high schools.
“It’s tempting to describe her voice in terms typically reserved to describe forces of nature.” – The Capital Times.