Seminar Date: Tuesday 29th April
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Those looking to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to ei.ormi@stneve
(No admission charge – However, due to the limited number of places available for this master class places will be allocated by way of a lottery. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 11th April)
From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy-nominated Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. A breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity, she’s penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette Lavette, and many more. Her music has been heard on ER, Dawson’s Creek, Providence, Felicity and in movie soundtracks, including “The Prince of Egypt”, “Message In A Bottle”, “The Rookie”, “Where The Heart Is” and “Practical Magic”. Mega-hit “This Kiss”, ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year, sung by Faith Hill garnered her a Grammy nomination. She was Nashville NAMMY’S 1999 Songwriter of the Year.
A renowned writer of many hits for other artists as well as herself, Beth Nielsen Chapman is in demand as a songwriting teacher and creative coach, having taught at such schools as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Berklee School of Music in Boston, and numerous festivals and venues internationally.
Beth presents her unique and inspiring style of teaching in much the same way she approaches writing itself. For any writer in need of a boost of creative energy, this journey into the workings of the creative flow will cover some great tips and advice on how to step fully into your centre and find your voice, in writing and singing as well as keeping your balance in the performance of your songs.
Play and even chaos can be fertile ground for inspiration and students learn some great tips on how to find a point of leaping off into the “good old unknown” as Chapman would put it. Teaching the dance of balancing between spontaneity and analysis, Beth puts a strong emphasis on the rewriting and editing process, so essential in developing a finished product from raw creative fodder to the best song possible. She addresses how to work with fear and blocks and how to protect and nurture your creative health in the midst of juggling the demands and disappointments of the music business.
As part of the workshop, some participants will get feedback on their songs and advice on how to take it to the next level. Recordings can be played for a song critique but if you are singer-songwriter, performing live can also provide an opportunity for constructive feedback from Beth on how to maximise the presentation of your performance. A guitar or keyboard will be provided. If you prefer to play a recorded version of the song, sound will be provided.