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September 2014 Workshop

Take part in our first Premier Multi-Day Workshop in Santa Fe!

Soaring Spirits: Songwriting for the NAF
Writing, Remembering and Recording Songs
Instructor: Scott August
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This workshop is full.
We invite you to sign up on our Workshop Waiting List
located at the bottom of this page.

Workshop Description
Experience the charm and enchantment of Santa Fe, New Mexico while mastering the art of songwriting for your Native American Style Flute. Native American Music Award winner Scott August will guide you through this multi-day songwriting workshop. Using easy to follow, step-by-step techniques, the Soaring Spirits workshop will show you how to turn your musical ideas into complete songs, and share them through notation/publication and recording.

This will be an intimate workshop, with no more than 15 participants, and will focus on the following:
  • Finding Your Songs: Easy techniques to improvise or compose short songs for the NAF
  • Dancing to Your Songs: A look at simple rhythms and how they can make your song move
  • Organizing Your Songs: Understanding how to give your songs shape and structure
  • Sharing Your Songs: An exploration at the different ways a songs can be notated (written down) for publication
  • Recording Your Songs: Each participant will get to record the song they create during the workshop and receive a copy to take with them
Bonus sessions will include Group Rhythm Playing and Group NAF Playing.

Date and Location
Location: The Sage Inn
725 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Santa Fe Flute School Rates: $76.00 per night:
Dates: September 17-20, 2014
Cost: $400 If you book after August 6, 2014

Book Early and Save!
$350 If you book before August 6, 2014 SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL!
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Cancelation Policy/Balance Payments
* Cancel before August 6th we will refund your money minus a $25 handling fee.
* Cancel on, or after, August 6th we will refund your money minus a $75 handling fee.
++ Balance payments made after August 6th will be $225, based on the full price of $400

* The school requests participants sign a liability waver for school participation.
* Santa Fe is located at an elevation of 7,000'. If you have any problems with altitude please talk to your
health care professional before booking the workshop.

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The Sage Inn Santa Fe: The Official Hotel for Soaring Spirits

Sage InnThe Soaring Spirits workshop will be held at the Sage Inn Santa Fe, the official hotel for the Soaring Spirits workshop. 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. The Sage Inn is offering participants of the Soaring Spirits workshop a special rate on lodging.

About 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 three books and a informative blog.

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, condisder 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

Soaring Spirits Schedule

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