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: 287
Latest Activity: Jan 2

The Somewhere Project

This season, in celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary, the Weill Music Institute is launching The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story, and we want you to particiapte! West Side Story invites us all to explore songwriting at its finest through its extraordinary music, and throughout the season, teaching artist Deidre Struck will be leading the songwriting group with exercises and creative prompts to help dive in to all of the broad ideas and intricate details of the songwriting that helped make West Side Story famous. 


Check out Deidre's first and second posts to join in on the Somewhere Project and start sharing your songs!

Recent Projects

Songwriting Exchange

Ever wonder what it would be like to have your music professionally produced and recorded? In the summer of 2014, we invited songwriters to particiapte in writing acitivities and share their work with us for an opportunity to record in a pro studio and perform at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall.


Click here to see videos of the winning submissions!

 Recap: Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search

Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search began in the spring of 2013 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

Need Help Finding Someone to Help With Background and Electronic Music

Hey everyone :)I need help finding someone who does Synth, Dubstep, House, Dance, Techno, Trance or something like that. It doesn't have to fit into that category exactly, it's just an idea of what I'm looking for. I need it for an intro/outro of a…Continue

Tags: music, composers, background, and, electronic

Started by MadiYin Nov 2, 2014.

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Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 6, 2015 at 8:59pm

Poll: If you were to write a song about the place where you feel most at home, where would it be? I've been exploring writing around this prompt and so far, well, it's complicated. Home can be many places. What do you think?

Comment by daniel nordin on November 3, 2015 at 7:24pm
Thanks, DD. I'm glad you like my song. I'm working on it as time goes on, so expect an updated version in the near future. thanks for the suggestions!
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 3, 2015 at 8:32am

Welcome, daniel nordin! Very catchy groove tune, thanks for sharing!

In the first chorus, is there a way to include some harmony over that melody line? Just a bit? I'd be curious to see what that sounds like..

Comment by daniel nordin on October 26, 2015 at 4:15pm
Hi everyone. It is my honor to join the musical exchange! Please stop by my page and take a listen to an original composition I recently wrote. I'll be composing more music as time goes by. My composition is still in it's work in progress stages, so it's not perfect. I'm looking for any singer/songwriters who could collaborate with me by writing lyrics!
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on October 14, 2015 at 9:48am

Calling all Songwriters! New project and challenges!


Hope to hear new songs soon!

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on April 24, 2015 at 7:43am

Just entered my song, War, in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, wish me luck! 

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 8, 2015 at 10:34am

Hi Micky Lapin! My only suggestion would be to consider the use of the word "secret", since it appears twice. If that is intentional, great. But if not, use it just one, and choose the place where it will have maximum effect.

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 4:12pm

Micky Lapin

Well, one possibility is that what you already have, which is a strong thought, could be the chorus. It seems to be the main theme with "I want to know you baby" as the 'hook'.  And then you can build around that with your story.

If you want to keep those lyrics as the verses, another idea for the chorus could be why the person you are talking to is closed or scared to let you in and you are asking why he or she won't open up to you.

I'm super excited to see what you do next!!

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 10:07am

Aly Nicole Schulte

Your song sounds like a really great country pop song!!  With hints of Jason Mraz.  The only thing I would suggest is maybe to vary the rhythm on the guitar a little bit in the 2nd chorus, bridge, and last chorus so that it can be a little more moving.  Just an idea.  I really like the song and your vocals are spectacular as usual! 

Comment by Kaitlyn Mann on March 5, 2015 at 10:00am

Micky Lapin

These sound pretty cool!  Have you put any music to them yet?  What are your ideas for the chorus?  Can't wait to hear them!


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