UNIQUE GIFT of creativity for yourself or someone special who is ready to progress with their songwriting. One session can be enough to jump-start your process, but some people love it so much they sign on for regular monthly sessions.
With nationally-touring, award-winning songwriter Jenny Van West
–Two-time finalist Maine Songwriter Association songwriting contest (2015, 2017)
–2015 Maine Songwriter Association Song of the Year
–Peaked #7 on EuroAmericana chart in July 2018 for internationally-acclaimed new album Happiness to Burn
–Beloved teacher / mentor of songwriters
2 original unfinished or finished songs and lyrics by email (iphone recordings or videos, or rough demos) that you are ready to go to work on / learn from
Pre-session assessment (not judgment!) on 2 songs
1 hour Skype with Jenny to go over assessment and talk about whatever’s on your mind with songwriting
Detailed notes by email post-session
Topics we might cover (we start where YOU are): lyrics (the poetry), arranging (song structure, chord progressions), writing better bridges, becoming a better performer, creative process, goal-setting, etc.
“I love her music, her style, her energy, and her compassion for fellow human beings….I needed a woman mentor. She took me under her wing….We clicked right away. Jenny has been a true friend, teacher, and confidant.”
– Karen Gray, singer-songwriter, Brunswick, Maine
“As a guitarist with a bunch of years performing before live audiences, I wanted desperately to improve and grow in my songwriting. I discovered songwriter Jenny Van West. Her proven ability to craft beautiful songs inspired me deeply. Through time spent in our lessons I quickly discovered also that Jenny is as fantastic a teacher of songwriting as she is a writer. Technology has allowed me to get invaluable lessons with her through Skype at times that are convenient and work for me. It’s just like we are in the same room together!”
Ray Calabro, singer-songwriter, southern Maine