Creative Strategies 3: Music for Networks and Communities – ST2: The Music Works

‘Jim gets help with the blues and with social isolation’ ‘Jim (not his real name) was an 18-year-old guitarist who was passionate about jazz music but had got stuck and lost confidence in developing his skills. He struggled with anxiety and having dropped out of school and with no prospects of a job or training, …

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Creative Strategies 3: Music for Networks and Communities – ST1: Psychodynamics

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of psychoanalysis that deals with the interpretation of an individual's emotional and mental processes. It is used as a more immediate alternative to psychoanalysis, which can be quite a lengthy process, to alleviate the symptoms of negative psychological processes. While undergoing psychodynamic therapy the client will be given a review of …

Songwriting & Context – ST3: Write a Protest Song

For this task, writing a protest song, I teamed up with Rachel (http://rachelirwinmusic.tumblr.com) to tackle the issue of slavery. The song is written from two different perspectives, one of a slave in the USA, the other, of his son back home in Africa. It is sombre and slow-paced, an unintentional reminder to stop and think about …

Songwriting & Context – ST8: Review, Instrumental Composition & Analytical Understanding

I have chosen to review an article from Berklee Online. The article in question is called 'Songwriting Advice from 10 Grammy-Nominated Songwriter,' and takes pieces from interviews with each artist about their songwriting process. In terms of accessibility, the article is quite succinct; it doesn't use masses of technical language or talk of complex ideas. The only …