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Discovering New Paths Into Songs With Jonatha Brooke

April 13-16, 2022 • Nashville, TN

Limited to 15 Students

This workshop has been filled.

Please Email Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

NOTE: All attendees of this workshop are required to have had their Covid-19 Vaccination.

PASSWORDS, PROMPTS & PERMISSION. In this workshop Jonatha will work closely with all levels of writers to find new ways into your songs—through poems, rhythms, tunings and melodies—that will open up your channels of inspiration. She’ll breakdown the writing process of her own songs, and join in creative exercises with the class, following the magic of where they might lead. You will also have one-on-one time with Jonatha to talk about artistry or get feedback on a song you’re working on, as well as group song work in the afternoons with Jonatha and her special guests.


Over this three-day workshop, Jonatha will work with you to:

  • Identify words and phrases that resonate
  • Create melodies that support your lyrics
  • Use rhythms to uncover words
  • Learn approaches to collaboration
  • See where some of Jonatha’s favorite guitar tunings and cut capos will lead you


Because of the intimacy of the class size, you’ll not only have a chance to have personal guidance from Jonatha and her guests, but you’ll leave energized, inspired, and with a tribe of new friends that will be a lasting support system.

In addition to the intensive days of songwriting, you’ll enjoy a closing night group dinner and song circle, surprise guest songwriting friends of Jonatha’s who will join us and inspire you, and an opening night dinner on Wednesday evening April 13 at a Nashville home with Jonatha!

If you’d like to be added to the cancellation list, please email Lydia Hutchinson

This workshop has been filled.

NOTE: All attendees of this workshop are required to have had their Covid-19 Vaccination.

LIMIT: 15 Students

COST: $1,395 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Thurs/Fri/Sat), a Wednesday April 13 dinner with Jonatha in a Nashville home to meet each other the night before classes start, one-on-one meeting with Jonatha, and a closing night dinner together on that Saturday. (Other meals can be found at restaurants in walking distance.)

TRAVEL: You’ll want to arrive in Nashville by late afternoon on Wednesday April 13 so you can join us around 6:30 p.m. for our opening night dinner. And you’ll be busy through the late evening of Saturday April 16, so plan on leaving on Sunday April 17 (or stay longer to enjoy more of Nashville!). Also, we often get asked if family members or friends who are traveling with workshop attendees can join us for dinners or evening events, but since group dynamics and spending time getting to know each other is a large part of this event, all of the activities are kept exclusively for the 15 registrants.

TEACHERS: In addition to Jonatha Brooke, there will be a special surprise guest or two…

LODGING: Scarritt Bennett has rooms available on the campus on a first-come, first-served basis. They are now being booked through an outside online service, and you can look into that here where the rooms are listed at the top of the ‘Music Row’ link: Urban Nashville Rentals. If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are a few within walking distance to Scarritt Bennett Campus: Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn.

REFUND POLICY: YOUR DEPOSIT OF $395 IS NON-REFUNDABLE and will secure one of the 15 spots. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1000 on Feb. 1, 2022 that will be due no later than Feb. 15 to keep your spot and not lose your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by March 1, 2022 you’ll be refunded $1000. After March 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by March 30, 2022 then you’ll still receive your $1000 refund. If you cancel after March 30, 2022 there are no refunds.

NOTE: All attendees of this workshop are required to have had their Covid-19 Vaccination.

This workshop has been filled.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

NOTE: All attendees of this workshop are required to have had their Covid-19 Vaccination.

About Jonatha Brooke:

For more than two decades Jonatha Brooke has created shining musical gems—brilliant combinations of poetic lyrics, complex harmonies and memorable melodies—that have earned her legions of devoted fans and journalistic raves as a highly respected artist.

With nine solo releases (and two from her duo The Story) to her credit, her most recent endeavor was writing and performing the one-woman musical My Mother Has Four Noses. The critically acclaimed project—which ran in NYC at The Duke on 42nd Street—documents the poignant journey of caring for her mother, who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s-induced dementia, during the last two years of her life.

Another notable project was 2008’s The Works, a collection of songs written after being invited into Woody Guthrie’s archives by his daughter. Jonatha combed through previously unseen lyrics of Woody’s, edited, pared, ared set them to her own new music, creating a stunning collection of songs.

Currently Jonatha, who lives in Minneapolis, is touring her recently released EP The Sweetwater Sessions, working on three plays, and plans on performing more dates of Noses in various cities.

Testimonials of Jonatha Brooke’s Songwriting Workshops:

Jonatha is as beautiful and giving as a person and instructor as she is beautiful and talented as a performer — and that’s saying a lot. I had to catch myself transitioning between a fan and a student, but I was in awe as both! What a talent! And how lucky we were to have access to her creativity during the workshop. I am forever grateful. Jonatha absolutely rocks!
Chris Wood, Athens, GA

What a delight to be under the tutelage of such a professional. Jonatha has a heart as big as New York and I felt it every hour every minute. Besides her phenomenal gifts as a writer, singer, and guitarist, the depths of her personality and willingness to share the hidden secrets of her life will go a long way in making a difference in the way I approach my work.
Jimmy Abegg, Nashville, TN

Jonatha is such an incredible talent as a singer, writer, AND musician, yet she’s so genuine, relatable, and generous. She definitely changed my perspective in a good way and left me with perpetual gifts of inspiration.
Stephanie Sammons, Dallas, TX

Jonatha Brooke is a seasoned artist who has sung as a vocal duo, with bands, solo work, and musical theater. She is ever-evolving as an artist and is an inspiration to those who love and know her work. She is an amazing teacher. She gives of herself freely and listens to her students. I have been a fan of hers for over 20 years. It was a gift and an honor to sit at her feet and to gain from her wisdom and insight. And she is super fun.
Aisha Brooks-Lytle

Jonatha is an outstanding teacher. Not everyone who is gifted can translate information well for others to learn. Jonatha has a clear understanding of what writers need to know, how to teach those concepts, demonstrate them, and lead participants to accomplishing them. Jonatha has a huge heart and allows herself to be one of the group which makes her one that others can relate to and enjoy.
Linda Lester

Jonatha is a natural teacher. Her honesty and insight helped me learn so much about songwriting in just a few days. She was always present, listening carefully to questions we had and songs we sang, always offering useful, positive feedback. One thing I noticed and loved was her ability to teach a concept, then play a song to illustrate that concept, giving the song the same energy and attention she does in a concert setting. Learning from her was a rare treat and unforgettable.
Karen Mitchill, Waterford, CT

Once I saw that Jonatha Brooke was leading one of Lydia Hutchinson’s PSC Workshops my only answer was “yes!” and it was beyond any expectation or want I could have had for the experience. As a teacher, Jonatha gave to the class a rare look into the process of a songwriter’s path thru ideas, lyrics, music, rhythm, inspiration and collaboration. She deepened the learning by taking the group into exercises that became useful tools to be used in each one’s own crafting process. She genuinely wants each person in the group to find that moment or salient piece of the experience that can be held as a touchstone to be reminded of each one’s own unique voice and contribution. And throughout the entire experience, she was fiercely present, deeply committed to seeing each person be seen and heard, acknowledged and encouraged. Jonatha gave who she was in those three days to her class and I am forever grateful.
Alison Seligson, Marina Del Rey, CA

Jonatha is the REAL DEAL. Not only a musical inspiration but an awesome human being and incredibly present and tuned-in teacher. She was so generous in sharing her methods for getting in touch with the Muse. Thanks for the new avenues into songwriting and for taking such thoughtful care with our work.
Lisa Couto, Riverside, RI

Jonatha’s workshop gave me an opportunity to explore new songwriting tools, use them immediately through breakout sessions, get immediate feedback exploring those tools and start to find new spaces between the words of my songs. The workshop gave me an opportunity to find my authentic voice and start to use it immediately. Even though I only spent three days with Jonatha and my fellow songwriters, it felt like we’d known each other for years. And I’ll just add that each day Jonatha found a way to touch, move and inspire me over and over again. The experience is one I’ll never forget and cherish forever.
Jennifer Vasquez, Bronx, NY

Jonatha Brooke is immaculate as a song writer, musician, performer and teacher. She does not dally with contrived idioms. She speaks in terms of concrete experience and proven results . . . And demonstrates her command of the subject live and in person. She shares her spirit generously and nurtures nascent song writers at all levels.
Drew Weinbrenner, Orlando, FL

I’ve looked up to Jonatha and respected her gifts for years. She was generously pouring heart and soul into making each one of us rise to a whole new level of personal creativity! I feel so blessed to have had this experience!
—Ami Shroyer, High Point, NC

Very few musicians manage to bridge the distance between artistry & mentorship. Jonatha is that rare gem, able to beautifully convey through her experience a sincere, passionate desire toward your growth & artistic purpose. An artist can inspire through their work & Jonatha has certainly been a musical inspiration to me, for more than 20 years. Now, having spent time under her tutelage, I can honestly say I have found a friend, an advocate and a teacher I can greatly admire & respect.
—Jeff Gibson, Navarre, FL

Jonatha is such a real transparent and accessible artist. She opened her life up as her main teaching tool and I’ve never felt so inspired as a creator!
—Shelby Rollins, Nashville, TN

Jonatha’s insight on being a songwriter, an artist, a creative being, is profound. She is a true gem in the music world. She is the very reason I picked up a guitar, and my life changed forever. Thank you Jonatha!
—Sinem Saniye, New York, NY

Learning and witnessing the process of songwriting from someone as talented, warm and entertaining as Jonatha is truly inspiring. Her passion for words and melody is so evident and contagious; one leaves her classes with invaluable tools and encouragement, eager to apply the lessons learned from her to their own songwriting.
—Margie Doherty, Dunellen, NJ

Jonatha is inspiring, funny, smart and remarkably talented. There was so much valuable information shared. It might take a little while to have it all sink in, but I am excited to continue writing while incorporating these tools.
—Dave Lombardi, Roselle, IL

I’m such a fan of Jonatha’s music, that I was a little nervous I would be overly intimidated– But not AT ALL. Jonatha was very open and shared her passion for songwriting with us. So inspiring.
—Kerri Arista, Dallas, TX

Jonatha shared her powerful presence with us; one that comes from the love of making musical stories ring true for her audience. Her sensitivity in listening to others is profound and appreciated. Thank you, Jonatha, for sharing so many incredible stories from your life experiences, especially with your mother. Thank you, thank you!
—Richard Weil, Takoma Park, MD

Jonatha is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is smart, insightful and emotionally present. And, she is so creative! She seems able to find structure and develop songs in ways that are original, true to the writer’s intention, and not formulaic at all. The best!
—Ellen Randall, Princeton, NJ

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