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When:

Sat 8 Jun 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 9 Jun 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of NZ), 191 High St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged ($25 discount if you pay before April 30): $250.00
  • APRA members ($20 discount if you pay before April 30): $190.00
  • Unwaged and students ($20 discount if you pay before April 30): $175.00
  • MAINZ students ($15 discount if you pay before April 30): $150.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Gini Parslow

Hit songwriter/author/music publisher Jason Blume’s songs have sold more than 50 million copies. He is one of the only songwriters to ever have singles on Billboard’s Pop, Country, and R&B charts—all at the same time (including a #1 single in New Zealand!). Jason’s songs have been recorded by artists including Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, country music stars The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye (6 cuts), and John Berry (top 5 single). His songs have been on popular TV shows including 'Scrubs,' 'Friday Night Lights,' Disney’s 'First Kid' and 'Kim Possible,' 'The Guiding Light,' and many more.

He is the author of three of the best selling books on the topic of songwriting (all published by Billboard Books) and an acclaimed series of instructional audio CDs. His books are used as the text at top universities and music schools internationally, and he has taught throughout the world, including Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

But Jason’s passion is teaching and helping songwriters and artists achieve their own dreams. His New Zealand workshops have been wildly popular and he will return to present two 2-day events, one in Auckland and one in Christchurch.

During the 2-day event Jason will examine and analyse the lyric and melodic tools and techniques used in successful songs in a variety of popular styles including current pop, country, singer/songwriter, adult contemporary, R&B, and contemporary folk.

You will have an opportunity to 'try on' some of these tools during guided creative writing exercises. Those who wish may share their writing and receive constructive feedback in an encouraging, supportive environment - but sharing your melodies and lyrics is not required.

The workshop will provide multiple opportunities to practice crafting melodies and lyrics that incorporate specific, easy-to-learn techniques that are found in some of today's most successful songs. (No musical training - or ability to play an instrument - is required for these exercises - or to write successful songs!)

You will leave with several new songs started - and the tools to finish them.

Come prepared to be inspired and to leave with the knowledge and skills needed to take your songs to the next level.

Some satisfied customers' remarks:

"Apart from being a gifted songwriter, Jason is a fantastic teacher. He has methodically broken down the craft of songwriting and gives clear, thorough and very interesting presentations on the various aspects of songwriting. I found his presentations riveting and I have learnt a great deal from these sessions. He has an amazing ability to quickly see the strengths and weaknesses in a given song, but beyond this, my experience of this is that Jason actually does care for the writer and the song. In summary, I do believe my songwriting has significantly improved as a result of Jason's influence, he has remained very approachable regarding song critiquing, he has a wealth of knowledge, he is an excellent speaker/teacher, I strongly recommend his services." - Joe Romeo (Australia)

"No other teacher has Jason's simple, effective and easy to understand ideas for writing songs. I have been to Jason's workshops every year in a row and have learned something new and exciting about writing every time. Since learning his "tools of the trade", I have refined my writing skills to the point where my songs have made it onto commercial radio and I have played them on stages with artists as big as Bon Jovi!" - Nick Roberts - October Rage, Sydney, Australia

"I just want to say how much I enjoyed the workshop- Jason was absolutely amazing! Very inspiring and so positive and encouraging. I woke up the next morning and wrote 2 rock songs!... I'd love to do his workshops again." - Jennine Bailey - Christchurch, New Zealand

Email gini@actrix.co.nz

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