Workshops & more...I Heart Songwriting Club founder and award-winning songwriter, Francesca de Valence, presents songwriting workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced songwriters of all ages, Professional Development programs for music teachers, and artist/composer and teacher in residence programs in schools around Australia.
Upcoming WorkshopsLearn how to write songs through simple and targeted lessons, creative improvisation and development of practical skills. Participants will aim to write a song in each workshop. Each program has limited capacity to allow for adequate 1-on-1 instruction and creative development. The workshops suits open-minded and enthusiastic participants with a musical background and a basic level of instrumental skill (piano or guitar) and vocal confidence.
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Artist & Teacher in Residence and Professional Development
Francesca will come to your school for 1 day or up to a week as an artist/teacher/composer in residence. Let her workshop with your students in vocal pedagogy, choral and string ensembles, composition/songwriting, and run PD workshops for staff. For inquiries about this program, please email your requirements, time frame and a brief outline of your educational goals and Francesca will contact you directly.
"Francesca had a warm way about how she interacted with everyone and she was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to anyone seeking to professionally develop their staff, gain insight into the most recent research and trends and provide exciting workshop/teaching opportunities for their students."
Andrew Eunson (Director of Music, St. Andrew's Anglican College)
"Francesca presents her songwriting workshops in a friendly and easy to understand way. I felt very encouraged and inspired by her hints and tips to keep on writing songs and challenging myself as an artist." Alison Avron (singer-songwriter, Sydney)
"Francesca is a great communicator with an engaging presence. Her songwriting workshop was full of great ideas for getting started without relying on the ephemeral nature of inspiration. Highly recommended!" Helen Perris (singer-songwriter, Sydney)
"Francesca's workshop gave me a breakthrough in my songwriting. It was very informative but in a very fun way! There was a great energy and no one felt afraid to show their work or be involved in sharing thoughts/ideas. We covered all the basics yet the most vital parts of arranging, lyrics and melody. This has inspired me to look at songwriting as a fun or therapeutic hobby instead of trying to making it a pressurised task" Kerry Raywood (Vocal Student, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane)
"It was stupendously fun" Marita (beginner adult songwriter, Coolum)
"I attended a Songwriters Workshop, that Francesca ran, and was pleasantly surprised with how much she packed into the time. I left feeling motivated, energised and inspired to write. I highly recommend it for songwriters of any level of experience!" Alastair Taylor (Founder of The Official Top Ten Night, Sydney)
"I so enjoyed our intimate songwriting workshop yesterday under the tent at Coolum. You unleashed new creativity in all of us!! I woke this morning with ideas for writing the last verse for my “evocative” song." Maggie (beginner adult songwriter, Coolum)
More About Francesca
Francesca is an Australian artist, internationally award-winning songwriter, contemporary voice specialist and multi-instrumentalist. Francesca teaches contemporary voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and directs the contemporary vocal ensemble "Raised Voices". Francesca is the founder and director of I Heart Songwriting Club, is a registered teacher and national workshop and conference presenter in songwriting and pop singing.
Francesca de Valence holds a Masters of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy (2012) and a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz piano and voice (2002) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. She also holds a Bachelor of Education and, as a multi- instrumentalist, has two A.Mus.A diplomas in piano and violin.
Francesca is also an established Australian singer/songwriter. She has independently released three EPs, an album and a slew of singles that have earned her praise and recognition around the globe, including a Los Angeles Music Award, an Australian Songwriting Award, and national radio play. She has toured her music around Australia and to the USA, Hong Kong and Germany and has supported such artists as Belinda Carlisle, Manhattan Transfer and Jimmy Web.
Contact Francesca: firstname.lastname@example.org