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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

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Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2017

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

New song I working on, would like critiques on progress. 1 Reply

I don't Really know what direction to take the bass part in. I feel as if it would be to boring if it just followed the chords. I would like to add some interest in the Background before I decide on a main melody.…Continue

Tags: unfinished, rock, Music

Started by Tyler (Kaori) Diioia. Last reply by Kaitlyn Mann Mar 21, 2016.

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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 Deidre Rodman Struck on February 19, 2015 at 8:54pm

Aly Nicole Schulte this is a SOLID song!!! Record it with a band!!

Comment by Aly Nichole on February 15, 2015 at 6:41pm
Thanks for your feedback Deidre!

Here is my "Communal Title": Love Song

It's main idea was: there at so many different types of love songs: without love, with love, wanting love, avoiding love

My song basically described the fact that I don't have a love song. As the bridge states: you did nothing right
So I can't be sorry
You did nothing wrong
So I can't be angry
I did nothing right
So I can't be happy
I did nothing wrong
So I can't be guilty

Basically there's no love song for me

I almost forgot how much fun these challenges were! Thanks for bringing them back. My favorite from before was defiantly the Unconventional Song. It opened my mind to so many different thoughts of: 'what is a song?' And I ended up writing one of my favorite originals.
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 14, 2015 at 8:05pm

Aly Nicole Schulte, thanks for posting your song! The chorus is SO catchy, I was singing harmonies along to it and have a feeling I will singing the hook for a few days. I am a huge fan of songs written in minor keys, so it's been fun to listen to both yours and Kaitlyn's back to back. This song is super solid. I have nothing to add except: more!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 14, 2015 at 7:59pm

Kaitlyn Mann your War Song is totally haunting me, in a good way. I love the dissonance, the way it works with the lyrics. Plus your voice is getting stronger every time I hear it! Go, girl!!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 13, 2015 at 8:33pm
Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 13, 2015 at 8:03pm

WOW I have a lot of listening to do! I just discovered Glenn Campbell's song The Straight Life and thought I might cover it for an upcoming show-it's a funny fantasy of all the things he'd do if he was a "free" man, but nah, he'll stick around with his woman because love is better.

I was also underwhelmed by the Grammys this year. (Although I don't know how I could be underwhelmed by Katy Perry riding out on a huge tiger puppet-oh wait, that was the Superbowl!)

Comment by Jacob Derwin on February 12, 2015 at 2:17pm

Love songs -  I'll start with an actual sweet one: "Do You Love Me" by Guster. 
Then, I love Jonathan Coulton's song to his daughter (I always find those parent-child songs to be better love songs than romantic ones) called "You Ruined Everything".

And I need to include "She's Always a Woman" by Billy Joel because screw love - everyone's evil and awful and we're all confused and sad and whipped. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Comment by Ken Bragg on February 11, 2015 at 8:14pm

Hey Deidre Rodman Struck! My current favorite wuv song is "Man I'm Supposed to Be" by American Aquarium, but my all-time favorite is "Mystery" by Michael Logen.

My favorite challenge from last year was probably the co-write. I grew a lot out of that experience and became addicted to collaboration (I have a Skype meeting tomorrow night, actually).

Hopefully I'll be posting some songs for you guys to take a gander at soon! I'm doing a 52-week writing challenge (in addition to writing what I need/want to) so I've got material. It's just deciding whether it's any good or not. ;)

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on February 10, 2015 at 9:14pm

Hi Everyone! Loving the new songs!

I'm working on a blog post for Valentine's Day and would love to get feedback for one or more of the following questions:

What are your favorite songs about love?

Did anyone watch the Grammys? Thoughts about the songs?

Also, old timers-what was your favorite songwriting challenge from last year?

See you soon!!


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