Master Class for Songwriters at the Whitefish Songwriter Festival

    EVERYONE has a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. The trick is to uncover your own style in order to tell that story with a truth that connects with your audience in an original way.

    Our Master Class is held during the WhitefishSongwriter Festival September 15-17, 2022 in Whitefish, Montana.  In this 2-day Master Class our instructors will work with a maximum of  20 students of all levels to help them clarify the aim of their writing and discover their own, unique voice.

    Day 1 will begin with Introductions, and an inspiring conversation about Writing Habits, Breaking Cliches, that will give you new tools to put in your songwriting toolbox.

    • Responsibilities of a Songwriter
    • Identify as a songwriter
    • Write, Write, Write, Write, Write, Write
    • Be Willing to Write Babdly
    • Read
    • Study Your Hero’s
    • Edit, Edit, Edit, Edit, Edit, Edit
    • Facts are Optional, Truth is Mandatory
    • Trust Your Gut

    Day 2 will focus on Music Theory for Songwriters, Honing Your Craft, and Building Community. We will include practice & performance as part day 2. You’ll be able to share whatever you’re working on—even if it’s just lyrics. Our instructors and group will suggest how to make a song stronger, find the melody to support it, and how to get to your truth and unique voice.


    Susan Gibson, Hit Songwriter & Instructor, songwriter of “Wide Open Spaces” recorded by the Chicks.




    Jackson Emmer, Songwriter & Instructor. “Americana songwriters are a dime a dozen these days, but few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” Rolling Stone




    Guest Appearances by hit songwriters performing at the festival.

    Your tuition includes:

    • Enrollment in Master Class
    • Ticket to Nashville Hit Songwriters on Saturday 9/18
    • Weekend wristband to Rising Star shows

    Class Schedule:

    • All Classes at the O’Shaughnessy Center for the Performing Arts
    • Thursday 9/15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Friday 9/16, 9:00 am  – 12:00 pm

    Limited to twenty songwriters

    Tuition: $195.00

    For more information call Mike at (406) 690-5988 or email at

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