For information on upcoming workshops, please go to Calendar.
Imagine taking a songwriting class from a songwriter who has “made it.” You can! Steve Seskin has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,“ recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,“ winning NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. Steve enjoys teaching; he is an insightful, helpful and charismatic teacher.
Steve has been invited by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) to lecture at NSAI teaching nights in Nashville since 1995. He has been a guest lecturer at NSAI Spring Symposium as well as one of the most popular teachers at Songposium. Steve has taught regional NSAI workshops in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Vancouver, BC, Banff, Boston, MA, Fresno, CA, Sacramento, CA, Seattle, WA, Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC, Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, Kansas City, MO, Columbus, GA Springfield, MO, St. Louis, MO, Green Bay, WI, Longmont, CO and Nashville, TN. He has been Staff Instructor at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival for the past 10 years. Since 2004 with the help of Claudia Young, he has run his own songcamp weekend in Nashville the 3rd weekend in Jan. In 2006 he and Pat Pattison started an annual song school weekend in Los Angeles. This year he will be on the Texas Songwriters cruise for the first time.
Since 1988, Steve has taught beginning and advanced classes for the West Coast Songwriters Association. He continues to teach about all aspects of writing lyrics and music, including critique classes. Steve has also been a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music and on the faculty at San Francisco State University. In 2009 he will launch an exciting new website dedicated to teaching songwriting online so songwriters all over the world can take a workshop from him without leaving home. The website will include videos of his lectures as well as an interactive level with a critique service.
As one of Steve’s students says so well, “I have benefited from Steve’s encyclopedic knowledge of songcraft at several song schools. He not only writes hit country songs on a regular basis, but is an amazingly enthusiastic, entertaining, concise and effective songwriting teacher. Long may he teach!”
Another comment, "This year, at The Swannanoa Gathering, a friend of mine asked why I liked Steve Seskin so much - I was taking two of his week-long classes. I told her, first, I like the man. Second, I love his songs and third, he is a GREAT teacher. After she'd spent the week around Steve I asked her if she wanted to ask me that question again… She just laughed and signed up for this retreat." – Bruce Johnson, NSAI Charlotte coordinator
Steve’s songwriting courses include; Intro to Lyric Writing, Melody, Phrasing, Rhyming and Metaphor, Point of View, Writing/Rewriting, Inspiration, Music Business, and Collaboration. For details go to Course Descriptions.
For information on booking go to Contact.