Teaching & Speaking

BNC_Red_1200A renowned writer of many hits for other artists as well as herself, Beth Nielsen Chapman is in demand as a songwriting teacher and creative coach, having taught at such schools as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Berklee School of Music in Boston, and numerous festivals and venues internationally.

Beth presents her unique and inspiring style of teaching in much the same way she approaches writing itself.  For any writer in need of a boost of creative energy, this journey into the workings of the creative flow will cover some great tips and advice on how to step fully into your center and find your voice, in writing and singing as well as keeping your balance in the performance of your songs.

She begins each class by bringing everyone into a full appreciation of the never-changing-ever-present “Creative Spirit,” sharing great tips on how to “cultivate, trust, and learn to follow the clues brought forth by that powerful yet effortless source that tosses the most brilliant stuff up onto the shores of our psyche.”

“We are all like gardeners here. From the place of ‘thinking’ we can only prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the seeds and pull the weeds—even rearrange the rocks and plants by seeking inspiration in the work of others, study hard, practice, edit and restructure.  But we cannot claim ownership of the power or force that actually causes a seed to crack open and push through to the light, we can take no more credit for what is brilliant in our song, poem or painting than we can for making the flower that grows in our garden.  Still, as creative vessels we can experience that miracle come right through us as we learn to open a space for it to enter.”

The miracle of creative flow comes from the same source no matter what’s growing. The great song, like the flower, is a divine expression of creativity.  In the beginning of the process it’s better to keep the brain out of the way and allow the heart and soul, the subconscious wells of creativity, to flow and stumble along without “knowing”. Drifting into the “unknown” is the essence of creative unfolding.  There’s plenty of time to fine tune and polish the work to perfection.

Beth intersperses songs, stories and insights using great pro-active tangible exercises, the students learn ways to access and trust intuition, work with fear (it’s along for the ride) and move the brain/ego aside to allow the most creative oxygen in. “After that first draft it’s time to roll up our sleeves and put the brain to work analyzing and editing your work into it’s finished perfection. It’s essential to embrace the art of balancing the craft with the inspiration. If the heart and body and breath of great writing come from the soul, then you can thank the brain for help with the clothes, shoes, and matching handbag.”

You’ll experience some valuable insights on how to maximize the whole spectrum of what you can bring to your writing after a BNC workshop!


A Few Topics Beth Teaches:

Lifting Off With the Muse: Fasten your seatbelts as you embark on the spacious, limitless journey of writing a song letting the creative spirit to guide the process along the path of “not knowing”, eluding the pitfalls and limitations of your ego and your brain and opening the channels of intuition.

The Care And Feeding Of The Creative Spirit: Cultivate and nurture that gift within you.  Protect, defend and develop a healthy Muse.” Four Food Groups”, “Setting Out The Tea”, “Weightlifting in the Gym of Creativity”, and “Planting Your Garden” are some of the many tools and tips you can learn.

There’s Got To Be A Morning After:  Beth will critique songs and talk about looking at what you’ve written in the ‘light of day’.  Learn to let ‘the critic’ within you speak out, nip and tuck … this is one of the most incredible ways to grow as a writer.  Learn how to re-write … and un-re-write!

The Jungle Of The Music Business: “Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!”  Dropping breadcrumbs, tapping your heels together and other methods of finding your way back to your creative center.

Art vs. Commerce:  How and when to wear your armor.  Talent has no compass: mustering determination.

The Three “R’s”:  Recover, Rejuvenate, and Re-write again!  (you have nothing to lose but a sheet of paper and some pencil lead)

Sacred Waiting:  Facing the ‘great white’ {as in “great white blank piece of paper” — just think of what Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan have to live up to!)

Sing When You Speak/Speak When You Sing: This is a technique that addresses the ease of delivery and clarity. We will explore the art of singing from the center of your most powerful effortless center of communication. Your speaking voice!  With no more effort than speaking, we will open up to new ways to perceive the delivery a song. Whether you plan to make it to American Idol or you just want to sing the clearest vocal on your work-tapes that show your song when you play itr a demo singer, this is a great class even for those who don’t consider themselves singers.  It’s a wonderful way to take singing to another level. In addition, we’ll be learning to dive for melody using the voice during the writing process.

To inquire about Beth Teaching or Speaking at your event, go HERE.

To see where Beth is currently teaching or speaking, see her SCHEDULE.