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The Craft of Songwriting

with Danny Zanger


Cost: $100
Ages 14+

A six-week songwriting crash course! 

Bring a notebook and a pencil to take notes if desired.

Pre-registration is required


Join songwriter/composer Danny Zanger in this six-week series that will dive into the art of songwriting. The course will cover concepts that have been utilized by songwriters over the decades to create meaningful, unique, and effective songs. Lyric writing and basics of harmony will be covered. Stock chord progressions will be available for anyone who may struggle with the music composition portion of songwriting, but a basic proficiency of an instrument is helpful. Join Danny and other songwriters in this series to discover what makes a “good” song, and learn  how to explore and implement these concepts in your own writing. The course will conclude week six with an open mic night for anyone who is interested in sharing what they have created over the first five weeks. Classes will take place on Wednesday 6-7pm, beginning on July 12 and continuing through August 16 at Centrally Rooted. 



Week 1: Conceiving an idea 
Week 2: Song Forms 
Week 3: Melody & Harmony
Week 4: Lyric Writing 
Week 5: Songwriters Workshop — share and get feedback from others on what you’re working on. 
Week 6: Open Mic Night — Showcase your songs for an audience, and appreciate what others have created! 
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About the Instructor: Danny Zanger

Danny Zanger is a local Dubuque songwriter and composer. Danny studied Songwriting at McNally Smith College of Music and Composition at Clarke University. Songwriting and composition have always been a passion of his, writing his first songs at the age of 12. Danny has been a part of several groups over the years as a keyboard player, vocalist, and songwriter including the R&B/Funk outfit, One More Day, and the Indie Rock group, Thank You Pizza.  Currently Danny performs his original music in the Dubuque area as a singer-songwriter and with his jazz group— The DZ Combo. Danny believes that well crafted music opens the mind to new perspectives, thoughts and feelings— that music is a key to understanding the human connection.

Book Your Spot

The Craft of Songwriting
The Craft of Songwriting
Jul 12, 2023, 10:00 AM – Aug 16, 2023, 10:00 AM
Centrally Rooted,
2230 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
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