Santa Fe Flute School

Soaring Spirits Workshop 2020

Songwriting for Native American Style Flutes

Learn to turn your ideas songs!
April 29 - May 2, 2020
Santa Fe, NM
Scott August
Intermediate and Above
Songwriting for NAF
Workshop Description
Learn how to turn small musical ideas into full songs. Explore the many ways to develop and vary your ideas, notate your music to share wth others and have your final song recorded.

Songwriting Topics will cover:
  • Creating melodies from small ideas
  • Simple steps to getting out of ruts when looking for song ideas
  • Add variation and development to spice up your tunes
  • Discover how simple rhythms can make your song catchy and exciting
  • How to create contrasting melodies to add interest
  • Record your song!

Other Topics will include:
  • Working in scales beyond the pentatonic minor
  • Understanding Meter and Time Signatures
  • Creating Harmony, both real and implied
  • A brief look at duets for NAF
  • Improving your listening skills through playing
  • Converting a song to Number TAB, then to NAF TAB (aka Nakai/Demars TAB)

This will be an small workshop to give participants more personalized instruction. Space is Limited!
Participation is by invitation only. Request an invitation below.
Intermediate Level requirements: Basic Number TAB, Basic NAF (Nakai/Demars) TAB, and the ability to play simple notated rhythms.
A demonstration of your skill level may need to be requested. If you have questions, please ask.
Date and Location

Schedule and Resources: Coming Soon

Workshop Resources Page: Coming Soon

Lodging for Soaring Spirits 2020
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The Official Hotel for the 2020 Soaring Spirits Songwriting workshop is the Sage Inn Santa Fe. The Sage Inn is close to the historic plaza and walking distance to many restaurants and shops and they have an hourly shuttle to the plaza.
Soaring Spirits Songwriting Workshop Flashbacks
Photos from past Soaring Spirits workshops. Everyone always writes and records a song, and has fun!

Scroll down to see some of our favorite photos from past Soaring Spirits workshops.

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The 2017 Soaring Spirits Songwriting Workshop Photo
We had participants from all over the country!

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The 2014 Soaring Spirits Songwriting Workshop Graduation Dinner Photo
We had participants from all over the country and Canada!

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Tom M. performs his song

“This class was excellent.  It was exactly what I wanted and needed.  It integrated and clarified the many “How to write a song” concept and idea fragments that were floating around in my head.” – Dave S., CO.
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Marcia and Scott talk about her song

“Being in the Santa Fe Flute School workshops has been the best experiences of my flute journey. The energy and time Scott August puts into creating the best workshops I've attended have inspired me to take music in directions I never imagined I could go. It was really great fun.” – Marcia, TX

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Casey and Scott go over his song.

"Anyone with a passion for learning the Native American flute need look no further for exquisite instruction covering all of the techniques required to sound amazing on this instrument. From breath work to shortcut fingering techniques and more, Scott August has a wonderful methodology that makes all who desire to play, successful. I will return again and again. " -Ginni, AZ
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Mack performs his song

"Scott August is not just an outstanding NAF player, but a exceptionally talented musician and composer, plus he is a patient and inspiring teacher, and just a really good person who I am privileged to work with and associate with. The school simply deepened that opinion." – Tom F., CO.

About the instructor: Scott August
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Multi-instrumentalist Scott August is a best selling composer/producer and Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winner. His music is regularly featured on the nationally syndicated radio shows "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" and on the the digital networks XM, Sirius, DISH and DirecTV.

August's music has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Native American Music Award (NAMMY), an Indian Summer Music Award and Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Award In 2009, his DVD, Ancient Light, was aired on the PBS network. In addition to his recordings August is the author of several books.

John Diliberto of Echoes radio says "August has always been a cut or two above most native flute players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of percussion into his compositions, moving from world fusion to airy ambiences." The Los Angeles Times has called his music "shimmering and luminous."

A Look at Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, the oldest capitol city in the U.S.A. is a premier destination spot. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains it has attracted artists, cowboys and beauty seekers for over a hundred years. Its historic plaza, pueblo architecture, fine art galleries, museums and a unique mix of of Anglo, Hispanic and Pueblo cultures give the city its distinctive look and feel.
If you have the time, consider spending a few extra days before or after the Soaring Spirits workshop to soak up the local flavor, experience the vibrant art scene, taste the delicious New Mexican cuisine and unwind in "The City Different."

"Touch the country [of New Mexico] and you will never be the same again." —D.H. Lawrence, c. 1917

Student Workshop Comments

What students are saying about workshops with Scott August
Terms and Conditions
  • Flutes not included. If you need a flute we can help you get one.
  • If you cancel between January 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 you will receive a refund of your payment, minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel after March 15, 2020, you will receive a refund of your payment, minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • The school requests participants sign a liability waver for school participation.
  • Santa Fe is located at an elevation of 7,000'. Please talk to your health care professional if you have problems with altitude.