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What is FIFTYSONGS

FiftySongs is a subscription based, year long accountability and education group for songwriters! 

Hi! I'm Annelise! I'm a Certified Singing Success Associate Voice Coach & professional singer/songwriter and I have a huge passion for songwriting. I have had so many people tell me they want to write songs but they have no idea where to start. I also know seasoned songwriters who just need some motivation and accountability (like myself).

 

So, I decided to create this group where those passionate about music and songwriting can come together and help each other accomplish the goal of writing a song a week for a year, that's 50 songs! (Well, there are 52 weeks in a year so you get two free weeks)

The group is for all levels of ability from complete beginner, with a desire to write songs, to those who have been writing for decades.  You do need to know how to operate a computer and a recording device and upload song files to the FiftySongs platform. 

 

The courses are tailored to the needs of the group. If you are a beginner or you don't sing or play an instrument, please do not feel intimidated. There are many ways to write a song. You do not have to sing, play an instrument or be a poet.

The group will have strict rules to encourage & motivate the goal of writing 50 songs in 2023! You have to turn in a song every week. The small group atmosphere will be an encouraging and nurturing space for growth. There are only 20 spots available in each group. Those wishing to join after the spots have been filled will be placed on a waiting list for the next group. 

The FiftySongs Story

The first FiftySongs group started in January of 2022 as a result of me having the flu over Christmas. Not knowing whether I had Covid or not, I was quarantined in a room at my mom's house and finally had the time to bring to fruition an idea I had. I built the website, figured out the game plan and starting putting the word out and miraculously people joined. In the beginning the rules were really strict. Miss three submissions and you were kicked out forever. But then I got to know the participants and couldn't bear to give them the boot so I loosened up and became their biggest cheerleader.  

 

Since the inception the participants have been writing and submitting their songs each week. They have had classes on various songwriting topics and the group has become very close knit, like a songwriting family. As their host, I never imagined the incredible things that have happened as a result of creating this group. Life long friendships have been forged, amazing music has been written, confidence has been cultivated, commitment has been challenged, imperfection has been celebrated, mental muscles have been worked and worked and worked, hidden talent has been exposed, deep feelings have been processed and most importantly every member has become someone new, they have become songwriters, some even say they finally feel like themselves. They have proven that they can stick to something challenging for a long time. They have made songwriting a lifestyle and that will stay with them their entire lives. 

Having a front row seat to all of this has been absolutely rewarding and I want to do it again in 2023! I wrote songs every week right along side them so I can say without hesitation that it is doable. I am an extremely busy mom, voice coach, volunteer, and wife. If I have time to write, so do you, if it is important to you. That doesn't mean every song is a hit but what matters is consistency. I am looking forward to releasing a new album from the songs I have written with FiftySongs! 

Read Group 1's experiences below...

~Annelise

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What's Included?

Annelise LeCheminant will be host, primary instructor and group facilitator (Learn more here). At the beginning of each month participants will be taught a songwriting class. Each week participants will write a song, practicing what they have learned, and submit it to the group by a specific deadline. Each participant will listen to and critique everyone's songs and give feedback. 

Course topics include:

  • Structures of songwriting

  • Perfect, close and wide rhymes

  • Tools of the trade

  • Charting your song

  • How to unlock your creativity/getting over writers block

  • Writing in various genres

  • How to find chord progressions

  • How to create a melody & harmonies

  • Co-writing

  • Critiques by other participants and guest instructors

  • and more!

Throughout the year amazing and talented guest instructors will be invited to teach specific topics.

Guest instructors include:

  • Grammy Nominated Music Instructors

  • Published Songwriters 

  • Recording Artists

  • Music producers

  • Nashville Session Musicians

  • and more!

Course Requirements

  • Commit to the group for an entire year!

  • Must be able to use a computer and navigate the internet, zoom and the FiftySongs platform.

  • Must be able to capture your songs on a recording device and upload to the forum.

  • Attend the class or watch the replay the first Monday of each month.

  • Write and submit a song every week to the group forum by a specific deadline.

  • Participate on the group forum giving encouraging feedback and helpful suggestions on other participants songs.

  • Believe that excuses are poor rewards and you will not use them throughout the year. 

Guest Instructors

Click their names to learn more

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Host, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, Voice Coach

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Nashville Session Bassist

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Award winning & Grammy nominated music instructor 

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Songwriting Coach and Publisher

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Producer and Songwriter