BOOK A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
My songwriting workshops are available for children, adults, and children with their adults. Groups of 8-12 preferred, but I can accommodate up to 25. We can hold the workshop in a space you provide, or I will arrange for a space depending on the needs of the group.
Email mcknz.mgmt [ @ ] gmail.com for pricing and availability!
Always wanted to write a song? Been writing for years and interested in a new approach?
This unique songwriting workshop focuses on the fundamentals of rhythm, melody and improvisation while incorporating elements of mindfulness, stream of consciousness and play. Students of all skill levels are welcome, no instruments are needed, and everyone walks away having written at least one song! You will stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone and walk away with an unforgettable experience you'll be singing about all the way home.
What should I bring?
Please bring paper, a pen and a willingness to try new things.
What if I can't play an instrument?
It doesn't matter! No musical instruments or instrument-playing skills are required. If you do play an acoustic instrument and would like to have it on hand as a writing tool, you may bring it only if you are willing to share it with other participants and its volume can remain manageable. However, instruments are absolutely not required and electric instruments with amplification are stricly prohibited in the event space. Really, just bring yourself, and an open mind!
“Jocelyn's buoyant energy, quick smile and shining example kept our songwriter group laughing throughout. She created a judgement-free environment, which made it safe to drop our creative crutches. Jocelyn offered us a bright new set of tools, ideas, exercises and smackdown challenges.
I have been a songwriter for many years, but have often struggled with self-judgement, trying to find my voice. Working with Jocelyn quickly leveled the playing field, broke all the rules and helped get me out of my own way! I wouldn't hesitate to work with Jocelyn again!” -J. Blakeslee, Musician
"Jocelyn’s workshop was an eye opener for me. I had thought that songwriters were members of an elite club, with discrete rules, gifts, and daunting entrance requirements. Jocelyn blew those assumptions apart within the first five minutes of the workshop. I felt comfortable and accepted, and opened up to songs within myself I did not know were there.
She brought a group of both newbies and experienced song writers back to basics of rhythm and sound. It all came out of nowhere, it seemed—but it came from all of our hearts and minds. Yet being with her, all experience how this language of music is integrated into her whole being, and shared by all of us who now know how to express it in our own special way. Such a gift." -M. Lewis Sheehan, Poet and New Songwriter
"As co-chair of our 12-year run of the Writers In the Round conferences on Star Island, I have worked with many stellar songwriter-instructors. None has brought more warmth, passion and welcoming to our writers than Jocelyn Mackenzie. She was 'all-in' from the very beginning as she helped writers of all levels develop new material and celebrate their gifts differing.
Her facilitation was clear and impassioned and she showed great sensitivity in her ability to both support and challenge in safe yet growth-promoting ways. Jocelyn’s work with us was activity and workshop-based with little 'lecture,' which is a perfect match for our writers of all levels of experience. In addition to her high level skills and experience, she is an absolute delight to work with – warm, humorous, insightful and empathetic throughout." - C. Werth, Facilitator and Touring Musician