Composition and songwriting empower your students and help them believe more deeply that they, too, are real musicians. This class examines how to integrate songwriting and composition into a guitar curriculum through a combination of exercises such as creating and expanding simple motifs, setting poetry to music, and examining the works of great writers including Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and others suggested and chosen by those in the class.

Instructor: Michael Miles 

Michael_Miles_Headshot_2012Michael J. Miles has taught guitar at Villanova University and VanderCook College of Music for 20 years. He is an author for Mel Bay Publications and Publications International. He has served as President of The Folk Alliance (1990-1993) and Program Director at the Old Town School of Folk Music (1984-1998) where his instructional programming brought the school international acclaim. A renowned banjo player with five highly acclaimed CD's, his one man show, “From Senegal To Seeger: Stories of the American Banjo, as well as his concert performances have been featured Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival among others. Multi-instrumentalist, writer & composer Miles has earned critical acclaim and professional collaborations with Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s dePasquale String Quartet. Theatrical works created by Miles include Chicago Rhythm & Rhymes; America 1941, How Africa Met Ireland In American Song, The Magic Banjo, America 1968, Songs of the Earth, & Transcontinental, America 1957 and the Tin Pan Alley Times. After many years as a self taught musician, Miles earned an MA Music degree from Northeastern IL University.

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