Schock's songwriting class has had a profound affect on my writing. What
I learned in just the first few weeks totally changed the way I look at
the title and the chorus. Her immediate assessment and incredible ear are
assets not to be taken lightly. You need to meet and work with this woman!
-- Joan Enguita, Lancaster CA
enjoyed Harriet's songwriting workshop, and I've benefited from it in countless
ways. I'll be sad when it is over, but I will also be a much stronger songwriter.
When I nail my first hit single, Harriet Schock will be at the top of my
list of people to thank! -- Scott Brause
just finished taking Harriet's class for the second time and I couldn't
be more excited about the results (again)! The first time through was a
wonderful "eye opener" that there are specific steps a songwriter can use
to write a song, and hands down these steps work, no matter what (even
when I wasn't inspired)! But in taking Harriet's class for a second time
through, I realize that I needed this class for a second time. The steps
Harriet has come up with are so full of "meat" that they have a different
meaning to me this time. The icing on the cake is that Harriet's knowledge
and instinct on the subject of songwriting coupled with her honesty and
respect of the individual artist is an absolute thrill! Thank you, Harriet,
for permanently changing me into a songwriter and showing me the way to
a standard of excellence that I can achieve!
-- Sally Zito
taking Harriet Schock's class for the second time, I learned how to do
an effective Character Study-one with depth---that reveals my character
in an interesting, provocative way. --
typical writing style is to stare at a blank page for days, sometimes brainstorming
with bizarre lists of "key" words. Then when an idea comes to mind I quickly
throw down lyrics, melody and music. This feast and famine style has resulted
in more than a few mediocre songs waiting for a daunting rewrite. Harriet's
song writing steps are a fresh process that boosts a writer quickly past
the blank page doldrums, then gingerly through the lyric and melody composition,
resulting in a song that communicates in word, melody and music.
-- Dennis Jagard of Ten Foot Pole
songwriters we are constantly searching for our truth in our songs and
the process in Harriet's class allows one to get to the core of that truth
and find the story. The whole story. In my case I found quite a bit of
healing as well and I will use this process to finish or perhaps rewrite
so many songs that I wasn't clear on the story I wanted to tell. Now I
know how to get clear. Great!! -- Diana
Schock has brought so much clarity to my songwriting. She's passionate
about the art and craft of songwriting. Through her instruction I've gained
a greater appreciation and respect for the marriage between words and music.
-- Kevin Moore
class is fun, supportive and extremely helpful to the creative process.
She has inspired the most fulfilling writing I've ever done. I will definitely
continue studying with her. -- Anna Montgomery
a trained composer I came to Harriet hoping to solve the tangled mess I
would make whenever I tried to marry music to lyrics. What I got was much
more than that! Harriet showed me the awesome power and beauty of simple,
direct communication in both music and words. Her methods have unblocked
me and improved my overall musicianship a great deal. As a teacher she
has amazing listening skills and the ability go right to the heart of the
matter with her students. I would recommend her to any songwriter at any
level!! -- Cameron Weckerley
course addresses you as an individual. It doesn't stress any particular
style of music or lyric, but it takes you from where you are now to a place
of greater competence and creativity. The more experienced you are, the
more you will get out of the course. Though not designed for beginners,
if you are new to songwriting, my course can be adapted to suit your level
of experience and ability. As a professional you will fine tune your skills
and address some of the problems you have encountered. As a novice you'll
build your confidence and develop good songwriting habits from the start.
steps are focused and effective. Her techniques will save years of haphazard
learning. I heard each participant take the seed of an idea to craft an
extremely well-written, powerful song. The effectiveness can't be doubted
after witnessing the results for myself.
-- Grace Vincent
taking Harriet's class I spent 30 hours and $500 learning something that
could have been taught in 30 minutes for $5. Harriet is a gifted teacher,
as evidenced by the fact that every member of the class has written a better
song, in my opinion, than the one they brought in the first day. Learning
from Harriet is exciting, empowering, and WORTHWHILE.
-- Patricia Zehentmayr
class gives you the benefit of her judgment, not criticism, and it provides
real tools for pulling out unique and telling details that make your work
unique. She focuses on the work, not the blather. Students wind up with
a series of steps that are helpful at any level from beginner to professional.
When I get my Grammy, I'll thank Harriet.
-- Stephanie Voss
class gave me invaluable songwriting tools that I have used when I have
"writer's block," or when I get stuck in a particular train of thought.
-- Kimberlee Lauer
songwriting class is fantastic! I now know how to really communicate through
my songs! I had a four-year writing block. Not any more!! I have the tools
to write a songs whenever I want to, even if I'm not 'inspired.' I look
forward to future classes with Harriet Schock! --
Jill D. Coleman
Schock's songwriting class inspires, encourages and informs the songwriter
on how to truthfully create a concept that will flourish into a powerful
message expressed through lyric, melody and music. Her class is a safe
haven for the creative spirit to live and grow.
-- Clarolyn Maier
the 10 short weeks of Harriet Schock's songwriting class, I saw raw beginners
conceptualize, develop and complete (with melodies mind you) songs as good
as I've come up with after 34 years as a professional songwriter. I find
myself humming their tunes all day long, surprised and delighted to realize
that these fresh new songs aren't from the radio (yet) but belong to various
of my fellow students. The same skills that brought these beginners so
far took my own writing to a fresh new level. I am excited about the future.
In fact, I am already working on two new songs -- and the class only ended
yesterday! Thanks Harriet. -- Terry
is a rare and wonderful blend of artist and teacher, fueled by a seemingly
inexhaustible font of energy and enthusiasm. Her input in the areas of
both words and music means that every song I write these days is absolutely
the best song it can be. -- Leslie
may be other songwriters of Harriet Schock's caliber (though I wouldn't
care to bet on how many), but how many of them possess the rare combination
of knowing how to impart their craft to others, and the willingness to
spend the time to do so? Anyone who is serious about a successful career
in songwriting shouldn't miss an opportunity to study with Harriet Schock.
Besides being well-versed in the craft, she can be quite an inspiration.
-- Bruce Larsen
technique has totally transformed my writing, given it direction and focus.
I consider her sort of a midwife for my works in progress.
-- Frank Johnson
I came to America three weeks ago, I had written only three songs in two
years for my new CD. Now I have the best CD I've made to date, and ten
of my best songs ever. It was quite inspiring to talk to someone who understands
songwriting to that degree. -- Andrej
Schock's information and technologies for writing great songs have been
invaluable for me. for any serious writer it's a top priority. --
took Harriet's class four years ago and I'm still using the techniques.
In fact, I've written more in the past four years than I have all my life.
-- Dale Gonyea
me, Harriet's greatest virtue as a teacher is that she LISTENS. She helps
me find the core of a song and make certain that all of the lyrics and
the music are true to that core. Her style of teaching has also helped
me find and define my own personal style. --
James F. Dean