Keith Ayling ran his own songwriting residential at Benslow, teaching the songwriting method over one inspirational weekend in June.
Benslow Music is a respected music course residential centre based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and it was a privilege to be invited to run my own residential at the centre for the weekend. The weekend introduced my songwriting method to students giving them tools to write and structure songs quickly and effectively.
We started the weekend with an introduction to my songwriting method which created a lot of excitement with the participants. It is a great way to get things moving very quickly, particularly with those who need to raise their confidence. The process moves into different groups as the confidence level rises and by Saturday each of the participants had songs completed and ready for the Saturday night playback session.
It is really fantastic to see how the completion of songs can bring such transformation of character, confidence and self-esteem. The songwriting method provides all of these in a very short time period.
Benslow provides all accommodation and meals, with a licensed bar.
The mixture of skills among the students was diverse. From blues to classical, and folk to musical theatre, it covered all genres but all were able to transfer the skills into their own styles and genres. There was a real buzz after the Saturday night playback concert that filtered into Sunday’s advanced writing.
Benslow is a beautiful facility. In the centre of Hitchin, but surrounded by trees and gardens so you feel you have escaped the routine of life to concentrate on your art. There were plenty of professional breakout rooms with pianos and space to escape to concentrate on songwriting either alone or in groups.