Master Class for Songwriters

    Welcome to the Whitefish Songwriter Master Class hosted by Susan Gibson

    EVERYONE has a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. The trick is to uncover your own style in order to tell that story with a truth that connects with your audience in an original way.

    The Songwriter Master Class at the Whitefish Songwriter Festival is hosted by Susan Gibson. Susan is a award winning songwriter with a number one hit song “Wide Open Spaces” to her credit.

    Susan has taught songwriting workshops to folks of all ages – from 6 all the way up to adult (but young at heart). She has been a mentor at the Real Life, Real Music Summer Camp in The Woodlands, Texas for the past five years.  She’s also given workshops and talks at The Brauntex Theater, The San Antonio Songwriters’ Saloon, The Songwriters Serenade Competition, The Bugle Boy Soldier’ Songs Program, Belmont University, UT Austin, NSAI Nashville and Houston Chapters, and at The Boys and Girls Club among others. Susan draws from her experience as a commercially successful songwriter as well as a nationally touring, independent artist with 5 albums of original material in her catalog. She can address a variety of topics from writing to business

    Our Master Class is conducted in Whitefish, Montana during the Whitefish Songwriter Festival. In this 2-day Master Class our instructors will work with 20 students of all levels to help them clarify the aim of their writing and discover their own, unique voice. The class is scheduled for September 15 & 16, 2022.

    We will begin the class with an inspiring conversation that will give you new tools to put in your songwriting toolbox. After that we’ll get down to the business of writing and working on your songs. You’ll be able to share whatever you’re working on—even if it’s just lyrics—and as a group we’ll offer support. We will suggest how to make a song stronger, find the melody to support it, and how to get to your truth and unique voice.

    Thank you to our Silver Sponsor Park Side Credit Union for offering a
    scholarship to all students signing up for this Master Class.  The price for this class is now discounted from $295 to $195 per student.


    • Susan Gibson, host & hit songwriter
    • Jackson Emmer, songwriter & instructor
    • Guest Instructors from our performing hit songwriters
      • Anatomy of a song
      • How to arrange a song
      • A songwriter’s toolbox.
      • Overcoming songwriting obstacles
      • Tips to sharpen your songwriting skills with instructors and special guests
      • Creating melodies that support your lyrics
      • Collaborative songwriting techniquesDuring this Master Class, we will cover
    • Your tuition includes:
      • Enrollment in Master Class
      • Ticket to Nashville Hit Songwriters on Saturday 9/18
      • Weekend wristband to Rising Star shows
    • Class Schedule:
      • All Classes at the O’Shaughnessy Center for the Performing Arts
      • Thursday 9/15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
      • Friday 9/16, 9:00 am  – 12:00 pm
    • Limited to twenty songwriters
    • Tuition: $195.00

    For more information call Mike at (406) 690-5988 or email at mike@rockymtnsongwriterfestivals.org

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