Steps to make a docsong:

1. Draw forth a story
2. Distill into a free verse poem
3. Shape into lyrics
4. Design a melody for one verse and a refrain
5. Edit the remaining verses to fit the melody
6. Choose chords if desired
7. Make a live recording

Docsong Toolkit- Hurdles you may face and tools to try

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Click to see or download a pdf: Curriculum for Documentary Songwriters – 7 Modules for 7 Steps
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People to contact about DocSong training

United Kingdom and Europe
Jonny Westhorp, Bristol, England
Europe and Middle East
Melodi Var Öngel, Adana, Turkey
Midwest and Western United States
Nora Willauer, Cleveland, Ohio
Tori Arau, Boulder, Colorado
Joaquin Contreras, Houston, Texas
Mid-Atlantic and Southern United States
Khalid Taylor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mimi Bornstein, Alexandria, Virginia
New England and Canada
Zach Arfa, Mystic, Connecticut
Genevieve Roby, Bennington, Vermont
Alex Wilder, Belfast, Maine
Chloë Isis, Brunswick, Maine
Malcolm Brooks, Rockport, Maine
Will Foote, Rockport, Maine
Caleb Edwards, Camden, Maine
Chris Finn, Camden, Maine
Hazel Delehey, Lewiston, Maine