Songwriting Series

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Two incredible songwriters, performers, and teachers. Read about them here and listen to their music. These classes are focused on topics relevant to songwritiers.

Individual class: $25 General Public | $22 Current Students of the Foundry

Age: 12 and up
Maximum of 20 participants in each class
Registration required
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"Beth writes, records, and produces exceptional original songs and inspires everyone she meets. She’s a unique artist and a role model in the songwriting and entertainment worlds."
-Jonathan Little, Music Industry Consultant, JL Presents

Beth Kille is a 19-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist from Madison, WI who has been cranking out her unique blend of rock, country, folk and blues since 2000. From the intimacy of house concerts and coffee houses, to rockin’ out with her band headlining spots at festivals, her love for the stage and genuine passion for performance shine through in all settings. Her stage prowess was recognized in 2011 when she received Artist of the Year honors at the Madison Area Music Awards – a rare accomplishment for a solo artist. She has also been honored twice with the MAMA for Female Vocalist of the Year (’06, ’10).

Kille fronted the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award-winning band, Clear Blue Betty from 2002-2008 before launching her solo career. Heralded by the Americana Gazette (2008) as a “Master Songwriter,” Kille has penned hundreds of tunes and was recognized on a statewide level for her writing with a 2014 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nomination for Singer/Songwriter of the Year as well as on a national level when she won the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Song Showdown in 2009 and received an honorable mention among 2,000 applicants in the 2013 NSAI/CMT Song Contest for her song “End of the Line.”

Learn more about Beth

Have you ever wondered how professional songwriters use basic knowledge of music theory to write songs with cool chord progressions? If you're a songwriter, have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut where you're writing songs with the same chords over and over and wish you could break free? If yes, then this is the class for you! We will break music theory down into the very basics that you need for choosing piano or guitar chords for your songs (bassists would benefit too). You don't need to know anything about music theory, know how to read sheet music or know a ton of chords! “Cheat sheets” will be supplied so that you can go home with tools to take your compositions to the next level.

Enrollment Form

Registration will remain open until the start of the class on October 15th at 1:30PM. 


2016 Artist of the Year (Mascot Theory) - Madison Area Music Awards
2015 Winner of 105.5 Triple M's Project M Songwriting Competition

Singer/songwriter Erik Kjelland has been writing songs over the years almost as an addiction, with over 17 albums of original music recorded with various bands and side projects (The Mascot Theory, Kerosene Kites, Fallen Roadies, Crimson Vim, Midtempo Monsters). His styles range from Beatles-inspired singer/songwriter pop to modern rock to alt-country. Currently he fronts acclaimed folk rock band The Mascot Theory and has recorded three full length albums with this band of Americana troubadours, the most recent album being recorded in Madison, WI and mixed/mastered in Nashville, TN. The Mascot Theory has won 11 Madison Area Music Association Awards (MAMAs) over the past two years including the coveted 2016 Artist of the Year Award.

Under the band name Kerosene Kites, Kjelland and Madison music scene veteran Beth Kille released a two-time MAMA winning album of original holiday/winter songs in 2014 called North Star Sessions and they plan to release a follow up holiday covers album in 2016. Kjelland won the 105.5 Triple M Radio "Project M" songwriting competition in 2015, and has been involved with both the Americana Music Association and Nashville Songwriters Association.

Learn more about Erik and The Mascot Theory

Learn more about the process of writing lyrics and putting them to a tuneful melody. Or is it the other way around...? Erik will help explain.

Enrollment Form

Registration will remain open until the start of the class on November 19th at 1:30PM.