Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach (Part 2) with Mark Simos – Creative Strings Podcast Ep.15

In the second of a two part interview, I sat down with my former colleague at the Berklee College of Music, Mark Simos, to discuss the strategies featured in his book Songwriting Strategies: A 360-Degree Approach. 

Scroll down to listen in on the conversation including:

  • Improvisation as a historic part of the classical composition process
  • Songwriting and improvisation as part of a balanced music education
  • Tune writing and generating new material
  • much more

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To learn more about the 360 degree songwriting approach visit Mark’s website The site includes Audio Examples, an “Ask the Prof” section where Mark answers readers questions and an email list too keep you up to date on all of Mark’s doings.

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Here are several clips of presentations that Mark has given on songwriting:


Clips in this episode