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Music Festival Songwriting: Keeping it Real – G18052-5

Workshop ID: G18052-5
Dates: May 16 - May 20
Price: $560.00 - $1,100.00

John Lilly believes that everyone has a song in there somewhere. There are strategies and techniques for giving it form. In Music Festival Songwriting: Keeping it Real, we will talk about melodies, lyrics (as well as melodies and lyrics as a partnership!), tempo, message, chords, hooks, and arrangement. We will look at some classic songs to help learn what makes a great song so great. He will offer up examples of his own compositions – both the good and the bad — and students will be invited to do likewise. Then we will attempt to write a song as a group. Songwriting should be a fun – even joyous – process, and we will do our best to keep it real. He will also be offering a yodeling workshop where singers can get started on this crazy and cool vocal style. We will talk particularly about the yodeling of Jimmie Rodgers (“The Father of Country Music”) and Hank Williams (the senior one, naturally!). Fit for both men and women singers.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,100.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,090.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$775.00
Camping w/Electricity$670.00
Camping RV$670.00
John Lilly

John Lilly is an award-winning songwriter and performer from Charleston, West Virginia. Formerly a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, a former Green Grass Clogger, former member of the

Registration for all workshops and retreats closes two weeks prior to the start date so that we can be adequately prepared for your arrival. Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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