Scott Napier songwriting class offered online

Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky has announced that they will be offering their Songwriting I class (PSM 107) online this summer.

HCTC houses the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, which offers an Associates Degree in Bluegrass and Traditional Music, along with diploma and certificate programs in bluegrass and audio engineering.

Scott Napier, faculty member at the KSBTM and mandolinist with Lost and Found, will teach the course, as he does at the brick and mortar school.

Students will have assigned reading, plus online lectures and bulletin board discussion with fellow registrants. Napier says that he will break down songwriting into three basic concepts: melody, lyrics, and rhythm.

Scott Napier“We will be able to construct a song from multiple directions.

However, so much about songwriting is based on group collaboration, discussing topics, or finding that certain chord that will turn into a great melody, that then will become a great song.”

Students can choose to work alone, or co-write with others in the class.

More information about this one credit hour class can be obtained by contacting Missy Guier or Scott Napier. PSM 107 is open to all students regardless of experience. It begins on August 15.

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