About This Group


Singer-songwriters, guitarists, pianists, and artists of other musical styles, connect together here about creating songs, writing lyrics, jamming, performing and more. You are encouraged to:

  • Share your original songs
  • Listen to songs by other group members
  • Request and give feedback

Members: 277
Latest Activity: on Sunday

Songwriting Exchange

Congratulations to Connor Mahoney and Justina Shandler on their winning submissions to Songwriting Exchange! Their exceptional original songs have been selected to be professionally recorded and performed live in New York City this August. 

Click here to see videos of the winning submissions!

We would also like to recognize runners-up Madeline Ertel, Aly Nicole Shulte, and Kendra Bragg for their song submissions and participation throughout the online project.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this project and made Songwriting Exchange a tremendous success. Keep writing and sharing your work in the Songwriting group!

 Recap: Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search

Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search began last spring with a nationwide call for songwriters. After six weeks of online songwriting activities, a group of talented young songwriters took the trip of a lifetime, performing at the CMDA Route 40 Music Festival and collaborating with young South Africans.


Click here for a recap of the complete project.


Songwriter Series

Explore the craft of songwriting in this ongoing series. Through regular interviews and short videos, professional songwriters share inspiration and advice about diverse musical styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.



Click here to see more interviews.

Discussion Forum

Searching for Help! 2 Replies

Hey everyone! I'm in a bit of a pickle.  I have about 10 songs that I really like right now (lyrics only) and I was hoping to find someone willing to help me out with the musical component?I've been learning guitar as quickly as I can and I do have…Continue

Tags: help, composition

Started by Alexa Corey. Last reply by Ken Bragg Jul 14.

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Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on Sunday

Great to hear you Aly Nicole Schulte! This song has such a summery vibe. I like how you actually did a stop on the "slow" the first time, that caught my attention. I was thinking on the "pain" lyrics-maybe extending those would capture the listener in a similar way. In other words, giving each syllable a couple of beats, or a whole measure, instead of one. Keep posting!!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on Sunday

Jeff Winn your extended version is really nice. I hope this isn't taken in the wrong way (because I happen to really like the song I am about to reference) but it reminds me of Bella's Lullaby in the Twilight movies. It also inspires me to want to sit down and just play some nice calming piano. Thanks!

Comment by Aly Nicole Schulte on Saturday

Check Out my new song Slow Down. Sorry for the angle of the camera, I had to place it so no one would see that I was recording myself. Thanks!
Comment by Aly Nicole Schulte on Saturday
Awesome Job Jeff, I love the piano especially in the beginning. I think maybe some crescendos with more instruments would also be good. :) keep at it
Comment by Jeff Winn on Saturday
Comment by Joseph Makoviecki on July 13, 2014 at 4:31pm
This summer has been great so far! Been writing a lot of music and am working on my second novel. Now i gotta learn about getting a literart agent...lol.

Recently i was asked to open for the infamous stringdusters in Asbury park at the stone pony! Very excited.

Everyone's summers sound great. Should be in NYC soon!
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on July 10, 2014 at 11:13pm

WOW you guys are all doing amazing things! I hope I can see you all here in NYC sometime and will keep following your posts. I've been mostly hanging with my two kids, going to Rhode Island, Coney Island, etc. I've also doing some work for Carnegie involving an engagement activity between some shelter students and the National Youth Orchestra. And hope to be also songwriting a lot!

Comment by Zandi Holup on July 8, 2014 at 8:15pm

Hey Deidre and everyone else reading this! I went to LA a week ago and now I am back here in NYC. I am playing a show this Friday at the BMI summer stage! I will link the event if anyone is interested in hearing me jam! 


Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on July 8, 2014 at 7:29pm

And of course I am SONG WRITING!

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on July 8, 2014 at 7:20pm

Hi Deidre!! My summer has been really fun so far.  I started doing open mic performances every weekend at The Underground Lounge, and I just performed at The Sidewalk Cafe last night which was quite an experience. You pick a number from a hat and that's the number you go on.  Out of 50, I was number 26 so I had to wait 3 hours to perform!! But it was super fun.  I also have my Bitter End 30 minute set this Sunday and I am REALLY excited for that as well.  In my spare time, I am going to the beach and the pool at the Jersey Shore every weekend which I love. How about you, Deidre? Hope your summer has been great!


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