Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

Youth Songwriting Workshop with Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is pleased to present our Youth Songwriting Workshop!

All of us in Looking For Alaska have worked teaching music in schools for the past four years, and one thing we have noticed that is often absent is the encouragement of creativity, and specifically any encouragement or guidance for songwriting.

In this workshop specifically aimed at kids, we will be covering all the basics of how to start writing your own songs, including:

– choosing a topic
– writing your first lyrics
– composing melodies
– basic song structures
– for those with instruments, basic chord theory and how to write a chord progression

This will be a fun and easygoing workshop, suitable for kids of all ages and musical abilities. Adults are welcome too!!

Important Dates:

Save the date to find your folk 19 - 22 April 2019

44th Canterbury Folk Festival - a family-friendly weekend featuring the best in acoustic/folk music at the Waipara Adventure Centre2019 performer applications close on 31 July 2018. Please send all links and information to 

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Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:

Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140
ph: 027-454-3885