What Is SongU.com?
SongU.com provides multi-level song writing courses developed by award-winning
songwriters, song feedback, mentoring, one-on-one song coaching, co-writing,
unscreened pitching opportunities and more. You will find all the tools you
need to succeed as a songwriter -- all online. Wherever you are, we’ll
bring the music industry to you.
It started July 2003 back in the dark ages before Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube
Long ago in Nashville, TN, Danny Arena, a professional songwriter
who also happened to have an M.S. in Computer Programming
and his wife, Sara Light, also a professional songwriter
with an M.Ed in English had, in the immortal words of Oprah, an “aha moment!” They
asked themselves, “Why not combine our unique skill set and create an ONLINE
school for songwriters providing everything we wished we had access
to back in the days when we had to walk barefoot in the snow from NJ to TN
with no clue? Why not give back to up-and-coming songwriters in the
same way that our mentors guided us? Why don’t we provide songwriters
around the world with easy access to the same songwriting classes and
song coaching that we offer in our on-ground seminar? Why not ask our pro
songwriter friends to contribute their skills? Why not call it
SongU (as in Song University)?” Happily, singer-songwriter, educator and
database guru, Martin Bell, completed our creative team and we set the
wheels in motion. That’s how SongU.com
became the first online education program for songwriters.
What is the SongU.com philosophy?
The guiding philosophy at SongU.com is that education empowers you as a songwriter
and increases your
chances to succeed at meeting your goals. That is why our Platinum members
includes access to all our multi-level Instructor-Led (Live) and Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
courses for no additional cost, including an entire track of song feedback and
mentoring sessions that meet several times a week. Rather than simply
throwing money into demoing songs and then pitching them, we focus on courses,
coaching, and co-writing to help each writer make every song the best it can be – and
to make sure that they are writing at a level that is competitive with other
successful writers. Just to be clear, SongU.com is not, and has never been, a pitching service.
Pitching is simply part of our educational program. We include pitching
opportunities for our members because we feel that learning to pitch songs,
dealing with rejection or having success is part of the educational process. We
believe one of the reasons our members have been successful
with pitching at SongU.com is because of our focus on the writer, their education
and making each song the best it can be.
Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes
Just as music is constantly evolving, so
too is fast-paced technology (can we say iPhone 1, 2, 3, 4, 5?).
So, by necessity, SongU.com has continued to
evolve every single year since 2003. Being able to
keep the technology current for an international online
school with instructor-led web-based classes, song feedback, and
community shared over many internet platforms, computers, and browsers
has been no small feat. We’ve persevered through dial-up to high-speed,
through text-based chatrooms to audio-enabled meeting rooms, from desktops
to tablets, and on and on. During it all our members stayed
true, many of them sticking with us year after year, exceeding
our expectations as they achieved their goals, giving us the
props and encouragement to carry on. Admittedly, we’re proud of this
accomplishment. We’d like to invite you to join us as we continue to
develop and grow, live and learn. And we hope you allow SongU.com to
become a supportive, fun and rewarding community for you
Thank you for taking the time to visit us.
President and Co-founder
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